CCAC Lab Safety

OneDrive with Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and more: CCAC Labs

CCAC Lab Managers

Lab Number

Lab Manager

Lab Manager e-mail

Faculty Member

FM e-mail


Dagny Sacksteder

Megan Holtz


Nate Bernstein

Geoff Brennecka


Yewon Shin

Michael Sanders


Shannon Rogers

Geoff Brennecka


Youdong Kim

Ryan O’Hayre


Charlie Meisel

Ryan O’Hayre

HH375 & 377

Jaime Tellez Gonzalez

Geoff Brennecka


Mitchell Lensing / Pandora Picariello /

Geoff Brennecka


CCAC Graduate Student Equipment Trainers
Equipment Trainers

Lithoz: Nellie Pestian

Tethon: Pandora Picariello

Extrusion: Mitchell Lensing


Alex Hopkins

Jaime Tellez Gonzalez

Mitchell Lensing


Mills: Shannon Rogers

Presses: Jaime Tellez Gonzalez


Jaime Tellez Gonzalez

Mitchell Lensing

Rheometer Mitchell Lensing
Low Speed Saw Dagny Sacksteder

Click below to watch the
CCAC Lab Safety orientation

(For the required yearly refresher, please click the second video.)

This training is required for BlasterCard access to the CCAC labs. The training must be refreshed once per year.  Please contact Kelly Ragland with questions

INITIAL SAFETY ORIENTATION: After completing the training please answer these questions and follow these instructions to receive BlasterCard access to the CCAC labs.

REFRESHER SAFETY ORIENTATION: After completing the training please complete this form.

Two EHS trainings, General Laboratory Safety Training and Hazardous Waste Generator, are also required for Blastercard access to the CCAC labs. They can be found here.




Lab Managers Duties

  • Oversee lab safety, cleanliness, and equipment and report to faculty when there are issues
  • Train users on lab specific equipment
  • If lab specific training is required for your lab, keep a shared list of authorized users
  • Attend Lab Managers Meetings and take part in making lab policies and procedures
  • Make sure lab SOP and any SDS are updated (in the Google Drive or similar system)
  • Answer lab users’ questions about your lab
  • All lab managers are also part of the lab safety committee
  • Make sure lab has shared supplies needed (gloves, Wypalls, chemicals, etc.) and notify CCAC Manager if shared consumables need replenished in HH373
  • Lead lab clean-up events in your lab
  • Lab Manager has the ability to turn off access to users who aren’t compliant.
  • Lab managers have the on option to run samples on certain equipment for one-time users, for a fee, instead of training.

Lab Announcements

NEW – Key and Blastercard access process

From: Stacey LuceroSent: Monday, October 25, 2021 4:57 PMTo: mt-faculty ; mme-grad-students ; mt-ugrad-students ; hillhall ; MT-PostdocsSubject: NEW - Key and Blastercard access processImportance: High Good afternoon, You may have seen notifications in the Daily Blast that Access Services (Lock Shop) has a new process to request all hard key and Blastercard access through FAMIS. As building proctor for Hill Hall I wanted to make sure you are all aware of this change that is now in place since the old access forms will no longer be used. Please go to Access Services website for directions: and click on the “Click here” link for step by step instructions. Students: Once I receive the FAMIS electronic request I will contact you by email and ask that you provide email confirmation of permission to use the lab/area by the lab owner. Quick tip for everyone: Once you chose the property be sure to use “General” for the floor along with the...

Mines Has State-of-the-Art TOF-SIMS

Here at Colorado School of Mines University we are blessed to have some of the most advanced analytical instruments in world at our disposal to conduct research with, including an IONTOF TOF-SIMS V. Despite being slowed by a worldwide pandemic, our TOF-SIMS instrument performed admirably, advancing the fields of ceramics, photovoltaics, fuel cells, steels, semiconductors, additive manufacturing, and low temperature electrochemical devices, just to name a few. With nearly 800 hours of usage in 2020 and over 2300 hours since its install in the summer of 2018, our TOF-SIMS helped students, facility, other universities and industry leaders obtain valuable data to further their research and find root causes to poor performing materials. Our TOF-SIMS is uniquely equipped with an insitu Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Argon Gas Cluster source (great for polymers and organics), an Extended Dynamic Range Analyzer (7 orders of magnitude), and a hermetically sealed transfer vessel for atmospheric and...

FOM Non-Billable Account Number

From: Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2021 11:16 AM To: Subject: [External] FOM: non-billable account number - This email was sent on behalf of David Diercks <> by the FOM system - EM Lab Users, FOM recently added a "nonbillable" account number for everyone. In some cases this appears to be set as the user's default account. These non-billable accounts can be used for things that do not have charges associated with them, such as scheduling time in rooms. These are not to be used for the EM Lab instruments. For the EM Lab you should choose the appropriate index for billing your activity. To help avoid the problem of using an incorrect index, FOM allows you to set the default account to use on a per instrument basis: Go to "My Accounts." Part way down that page is an expandable section entitled "Set default Account Number for each equipment." Expanding that will show the list of resources you have...

UPDATE on accessing Mines research facilities

From the VPRTT: Good news – we will be standing down the requirement for research access requests effective immediately.  (If you have a request pending, please assume it is approved.)  However, please continue to follow these steps for accessing campus research failities:  Use FOM or the appropriate scheduling tools for your department to commit to specific dates and times for your lab access. Contact the lab manager to make sure you have completed safety and other training required to use the lab. If you are a student, please work with your advisor on this. Contact the building proctor for building and lab access as needed. (If appropriate, work with your advisor on this as well.) Comply with all applicable State and local public health orders, campus health and safety guidance, and laboratory safety rules.  These include, but are not limited to, monitoring your health daily, maintaining a social distance of no less than six (6) feet from any other individuals, wearing a face mask...

CCAC Lab Clean-Up Event a Success!

In October the CCAC organized a clean-up effort of our 8 Ceramics labs. Because of social distancing requirements, we were unable to have a single clean-up event. Instead, we asked all regular users to use FOM to schedule a 15 minute time to clean the lab they use the most. We had 21 regular users participate, some signed up for multiple cleaning shifts. Everyone who participated was entered into a drawing for a solar charger, as a thank-you gift. The lucky winner was Lucas Enright, a graduate researcher in Geoff Brennecka's group. Lucas is pictured below. Thank you to everyone who helped with this effort and everyone who continues to help keep our labs clean and safe!

fall 2020 Message From CCAC Lab Managers

Dear CCAC Students, Below are resources and reminders for CCAC students new and returning with respect to general lab expectations and COVID precautions. Lab Expectations If you are a new CCAC lab user, please familiarize yourself and complete the necessary lab orientation and questions at the following website: . This is a requirement for BlasterCard Access to our labs. Please remember to wear proper PPE when working in CCAC labs, this includes long pants, closed-toed shoes, and protective eyewear at minimum. Gloves should not be worn outside of labs to avoid contaminating common surfaces. EHS will be conducting the annual Safety and Waste Generator Training during the MME virtual seminar on September 10 at 4pm (  If this time does not work for you, EHS offers the Waste Generator Training class through Canvas.  To register, please email and request an...