SPRUCE Safety and Facilities Orientation -- Required Reading

Please be advised that to undertake field or laboratory work at SPRUCE facilities in Grand Rapids, MN, the Research Safety Summary and the SPRUCE Facilities Orientation are required reading.  These two resources are provided below.

  1. Participants must complete the required reading and submit the Acknowledgement Form (at the bottom of this page) before they can begin work.
  2. SPRUCE Operations Staff will verify completion of this requirement.
  3. Casual visitors (non-participants) are not required to read the RSS. The Facilities Orientation is very highly recommended.

SPRUCE Research Safety Summary -- Required Reading

The most recent RSS was downloaded from ORNL Research Hazard Analysis and Control System (RHACS) on August 20, 2018.

This copy is provided below for the convenience of non-ORNL collaborating participants. Please note:

  1. The embedded links in the RSS document are unavailable outside of the ORNL RHACS system.
  2. Forest Service JHAs (ORNL annotated) and additional SPRUCE attachments to the RSS are provided as separate files below.
  3. Non-ORNL collaborators must read these documents and submit the Acknowledgement Form to meet the SPRUCE required reading requirement.
  4. If you have any questions about accessing the RSS and attachments, please use the CONTACT US link.

Read SPRUCE RSS:   Current RSS -- August 21, 2019


SPRUCE Facilities Orientation -- Required Reading

The Orientation provides site-specific information for Participants and Visitors of the SPRUCE research facilities.

  1. You will find everything you need to know and to do (or don’t do!) to have a safe and productive SPRUCE experience.
  2. Including: SPRUCE Staff Contacts, Facility Access Information, Shipping Addresses, WiFi Connections, and Emergency Contacts.
  3. It’s all about communication and collaboration to facilitate our shared scientific endeavors.

Read Orientation:   Facilities Orientation -- April 4, 2019


SPRUCE Research Safety Summary Attachments:

Forest Service Job Hazards Analyses (JHAs) Attachments (ORNL annotated)








Soil_Sampling_RHACS_Attachment (June 2014)



Work-Aid for Use of Articulated Ladders in Enclosures at the SPRUCE Site (June 2015)

Work-Aid for Extension Ladder Use Within SPRUCE Enclosures at the SPRUCE Site (August 2018)

RHACS_Attachment_Kneeler_Photo_1.jpg (August 2016)

RHACS_Attachment_Kneeler_Photo_2.jpg (August 2016)

RHACS_Attachment_SPRUCE_Enclosure_Platform_Photo.jpg (August 2016)

Driving Directions-- S1 Bog to Grand Rapids Hospital

CO2 Alarm Signage- Outside Enclosure

CO2 Alarm Signage- Inside Enclosure


The Following are Optional for Collaborators

SPRUCE Propane and CO2 Shutoff Procedures (updated 03-2018)

Work-Aid for Use of the Picarro Instrument at the SPRUCE Site (June 2014)

Li-7500_Calibration_procedure (June 2015)

Pre-Job Safety Briefing Checklist (March 2015)

Nitrogen release worst case scenario 102Grand


Acknowledge completion of Required Reading. Please click this button to submit your acknowledgement.


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