To report a non-emergency incident, call 811

GSECARS operates within the safety regulations of The University of Chicago, Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory and the Advanced Photon Source, supplemented where appropriate by guidelines from other agencies or safety authorities. The Executive Director of CARS is responsible for the safe operation of the CARS beamlines and the associated experimental facilities.

Safety Documents

All experiments require an Experiment Safety Assessment Form (ESAF) be submitted and approved prior to the start of each experiment.

Hazardous Materials

For shipping of biohazardous materials to GSECARS please contact:

Nancy Lazarz
(630) 252-0423

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is forbidden to transport to ANL or perform experiments at the APS with any of the Select Agents Listed by the CDC, and any of the high consequence livestock and plant pathogens and toxins listed in APHIS Agriculture Select Agents. The penalties for violating this law are severe. The APS is not registered with the CDC to possess, receive, or transport Select Agents.

Users are NOT allowed to bring/ship hazardous substances (substances identified as hazardous by DOT or IATA such as liquid nitrogen, propane, freon or ethane) directly to BioCARS. These substances have to be shipped to the address given below.

Under no circumstances may users transport a nonexempt hazardous material to the APS in their own vehicle. To have a hazardous material shipped to CARS, please inform the CARS staff user contact of shipment and address the package to:

Host scientist name
GSECARS, University of Chicago
Building 46, Hazardous Materials Receiving
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Ave.
Lemont, IL 60439

Safety Contacts

Pasquale (Lino) DiDonna

Electrical Engineer
Contact for Electrical Inspections
(630) 252-0442

Administrative Contacts


Nancy Lazarz

Sector Coordinator
(630) 252-0423