Warning: PLEASE CLEANUP after yourselves, or....

James Conway jwc at snf.stanford.edu
Fri Mar 16 08:43:45 PDT 2007


Thank you for sending out this message.  I too have been observing all 
the behaviors you mentioned below and I was also about to draft a very 
similar but somewhat more harsh message to users working in the FAB.

It is my normal practice to take a quick look as I leave the cleanroom 
each evening for obvious hazards and particularly safety issues, 
especially when I work late as it has been in the past weeks.  This 
simple effort has resulted in some improved level of consciousness from 
some Users but not everyone working in the Lab in the evening hours. 
Point in fact, safety glass usage in the cleanroom area has been much 
improved in the evenings. Everyone working in the cleanroom evenings 
knows that I will point it out if they are handling chemicals or working 
in the area without Safety Glasses or normal protective equipment.

Thank you for your support and efforts to address these concerns,

James Conway

Mary Tang wrote:
> Labmembers:
> Please remember, the SNF is a shared lab and everyone must do his or 
> her part to keep this a clean, safe, and productive place to work. As 
> many old-timers have noted, the lab seems to be getting increasingly 
> messy. This is especially evident in the litho area and wet benches, 
> where chemicals have been left unattended, chucks and hot plates are 
> left coated with resist, empty resist bottles have been left on the 
> floor, used wipes left everywhere, optical resist at the ebeam bench, 
> etc. (And of course, the ammonium fluoride crystals found at several 
> wet benches in the white area earlier this month.) At the very least, 
> these are annoying to others; at worst, they present safety hazards to 
> your fellow lab and staff members. And, I hope that everyone would 
> prefer that staff address training, process, and equipment issues 
> rather than cleaning up after others.
> Remember, cleanliness (and safety!) is EVERYONE’S responsibility! “But 
> it was that way when I found it, so I left it” is a lame excuse. When 
> you see something, clean it up if you feel safe doing so; if not, 
> report the situation to staff. And when you see someone else leaving a 
> mess, remind them of their responsibility to you and the rest of the lab.
> *So, here is the warning:** * Starting Monday, for one week SNF staff 
> will sweep the litho area and wet bench areas twice a day... if there 
> is a mess, we will assign cleanup or “community service” tasks to the 
> guilty party – and if we cannot determine who it is (often the case) 
> then tasks will be assigned to EVERYONE who was enabled or working in 
> the area at that time.
> We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, but understand 
> that we have little choice if we want to improve matters. Not that I 
> don’t believe anyone does this intentionally, but I do think that 
> we’ve got a lot of people with deadlines and a lot of new people in 
> the lab – under these conditions, it’s very easy to become careless... 
> And we constantly need to remind ourselves and each other that we all 
> are part of the same lab.
> So, as they say at Burning Man, “leave no trace...” (other than Coral 
> and logsheets, of course.)
> Thanks for your attention –
> Your SNF Staff
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