The NanoFab is open and staffed weekdays from 7:00 AM to midnight on days that the NIST campus is open (i.e. other than federal holidays and temporary closures). Access is possible 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, subject to NanoFab manager approval and NIST security policies. We coordinate with each researcher to ensure that work can be scheduled during permitted access times, which depend on a number of factors.
After hour's access can be granted by the NanoFab manager or his/her designee. This ensures that any facilities maintenance scheduled can be taken into consideration. The NanoFab manger or approving Staff member will notify the user and the User's office that the request has been approved or denied.
Weekend access to the cleanroom must be requested from the NanoFab manager by 4 PM on the preceding Friday to allow the Users Office to program the access control system to grant the Users access. Requests should be submitted to the NanoFab manager and User Office by email.
On weekdays, afterhours access (midnight – 7:00 AM) can be granted by the NanoFab Manager or by second-shift NanoFab staff.
The Buddy System is the practice of not working alone. It is an important element of the NanoFab Safety program whereby users can access NanoFab resources after hours as long as 1 or more NanoFab users accompany them. The following rules apply.