Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory

Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory

Thank you for your interest in using the Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory, one of the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories. In order to gain access to the lab, please carefully read and follow the following steps:

1. Attend Laboratory Safety Training

Users of University at Buffalo laboratories are required to have completed laboratory safety training, preferably with UB’s Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S), or to produce certification of completion of training during the 12-month period previous to working in University laboratories. Training must meet requirements of 40 CFR 262 (RCRA Hazardous Waste) and 29 CFR (OSHA Right to Know). In the case of the latter, certification will be reviewed by EH&S to ensure that it meets all necessary requirements. Laboratory users must be recertified and renew their training card at least once every 12 months.

2. Attend an Initial Orientation and Training Session

All users of the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories must attend an Initial Orientation and Training Session. This session carries a one-time fee of $125 (academic) or $300 (industry) for each first-time user. This session includes discussion of your project, as well as orientation/training of lab-specific safety and other protocols, an introduction to lab entry/exit procedures, instrument scheduling, and providing you with swipe-card access to the facility.  The fee also includes any future training that may be required on any equipment within our facilities. See our rates page for additional information.

Initial Orientation and Training Sessions are held on an as-needed basis and therefore require regsitration. Sessions are held as follows: 

Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory: Mondays, 2 PM by appointment at 110 Furnas Hall. Email Shirley Bei, Ph.D. to register.

A signed form is required to certify training. Please remember to bring the following form with you to training.

Please note that equipment specific training is not provided during the Initial Orientation and Training Session and must be scheduled during a separate time. Instructions for scheduling equipment training are located on the bottom of this page.

3. Complete the Lab Use Request form

This form can only be submitted when all of the above requirements are completed. To submit the form, you must have the following available to upload:

        EH&S Training Certification Card
        Initial Orientation and Training Session Certification

        Please note that the form cannot be saved to complete at a later date. 

How to schedule equipment training

Training is required for each piece of equipment that a user intends on operating. Staff at each of the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories provide this training by appointment only.

For instrumentation training in the Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory, please contact Shirley Bei, PhD (645-5165)

A signed form is required to certify training. Please remember to bring the following form with you to training.