1. Complete APS User Orientation and General Employee Radiation Training (GERT)
The APS User Orientation process is a brief introduction to the facility and the safety requirements associated with its use. It takes less than one hour and is conducted by one of the APS user office staff.
The APS requires that all badged users maintain their General Employee Radiation Training certification in order to use the facility. This training may be obtained either at the APS or at the other DOE-operated storage rings (NSLS, SSRL, or ALS), but it expires 24 months after the user passes the training.
Training at the APS is accomplished through a computer-assisted training program followed by a computerized examination. It isn't difficult, but it needs to be completed. The APS user office maintains records of your GERT status; you can check with them to see how soon your training will expire.
2. Obtain APS user badge for access to ANL gate and APS building
This issuance is part of your user-orientation process. Under most circumstances you'll actually receive your badge while you're up at the user office. If your citizenship or birthplace is in one of the DOE's designated "sensitive nations", you won't be able to receive your badge right away.
The sensitive nations are: Algeria Iran Russia
Armenia Iraq Sudan
Azerbaijan Israel Syria
Belarus Kazakhstan Taiwan
China Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan
Cuba Libya Turkmenistan
Georgia Moldova Ukraine
Hong Kong N.Korea Uzbekistan
This delay is associated with what is known as an "Indices Check" under which the Department of Energy, in cooperation with other governmental agencies, verifies the citizenship and employment records of an individual. Users from sensitive countries who are already badged are not affected by this phenomenon.
At SBC Sector: Vending Machines/Kitchen/Dinette/Food Storage
The kitchen/dinette is equipped with: vending machines which sell snacks and cold drinks. Microwave oven, sink area for preparing food and cleaning up, recycling bin for aluminum cans, tables and chairs at which you may eat or relax.
We strongly encourage you to eat in this area rather than the SBC LOM.