Facilities & Access

Facilities & Access

Access to Physics Spaces

Access Controller: Anthony Vitan 151 Le Conte Hall 510-642-2242
Back up Access Controller: Carlos Bustamante 151 Le Conte Hall 510-643-0802

Access Control Hours: 9am-12pm Monday-Friday

All Access forms and documentation must be submitted to Access Controller before access is approved. Access request forms must be submitted in person.  Please fill in the fillable PDF form prior to printing and sign them by hand.  This will help speed up the processing time of your access request.  All persons requesting access to Physics spaces ARE REQUIRED to have a Cal ID card.  No exceptions.  You must bring your card with you when submitting your forms.  Folded, wrinkled or stained papework will not be accepted.  If you turn in folded, wrinkled or stained paperwork it will be returned to you and you will be required to get new signatures.  

All persons requesting access to space in Physics must complete the department BEP/IIPP Quiz by reading the following documents Building Emergency Plans** for Birge and Le Conte Hall and the Physics Illness and Injury Prevention Program.  The BEP/IIPP quiz needs to only be completed once.

To note:  There is now only one access request form for office, lab and building entry access.  It has been consolidated to just the single form.

**To access the Building Emergency Plans  you must do the following:

Visitors, undergrads, graduates, post docs and volunteers:  Request them from your lab's safety warden, lab administrator, PI, or host.  To view the lab safety warden list visit our safety page here.

Staff and Faculty:  Please click on the lock in the upper right hand corner to login to the website.  Our website administrator will give you website access within 48 hours to access this file.  If you aren't granted access please email Sarah Wittmer to follow up or see her in room 390 Le Conte Hall.  

To report problems with access, keys, locks or security issues please email Physics Support.

Building Entry and Access

(New Campbell, Birge, Le Conte and Campbell to Le Conte Bridge Access)

Building Access is only permitted for authorized persons with a current UC ID card.  Please complete the access request form.  

For Astronomy students, faculty and staff wanting access to the bridge from Campbell to Le Conte requesters must obtain a faculty signature from a Physics PI or Faculty who reside on the 3rd or 4th floor of Old Le Conte.  Signature is required on the access request form.  Requesters must also complete the Physics BEP/IIPP quiz after having their access form signed by a Physics faculty and return all the completed forms to the 151 Service Desk business hours.  

*Cards will take 3-5 days to process before activation is live.

Lab and Office Access

(Metal Key, Keycard and Numerical Codes for Birge, New Campbell and LeConte Hall Interior Doors)

Undergrads, grads, postdocs and visitors are required to pay a deposit of $20.00 per metal key.  The deposit may be refunded when metal key is returned during Access Controller business hours. If a metal key is not in stock we must order the metal key.  Key orders take 2-3 weeks to process with campus services.

Complete the access request form

For Research lab access the following below must be completed in addition to access request form.  GSI's needing access to teaching labs are only required to take the EHS Lab Safety Fundamentals 101 online training.  They do not need to complete the Lab Roster Tool or Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool.

For Kavli space access in Campbell Hall please fill out required forms and have them signed by Negest Williams .

Physics Reading Room (175 Le Conte)

Access to the Physics Reading Room must be authorized by Claudia Trujillo in 376 Le Conte or Kathy Lee in 368 Le Conte.  Please visit them if you desire access to this space.

Liquid Nitrogen Access

LN2 Access Request   

Cryogens Safety. This online training is available through the UC Learning Center.

After your access is approved remember to always bring your Cal ID card when accessing the Liquid Nitrogen dispenser after hours.  The Loading Dock door locks at 4pm M-F and is locked on holidays and weekends.  Access is through the door is only available via Cal ID card.

**special note**  Undergrads (volunteer or intern) are not given LN2 dispenser access.  They are required to be escorted by another authorized user (grad, post doc, PI, ect. who have LN2 access).

Compressed Gas Cylinder Services

Compressed cylinder gases are available to Physics research labs to check out from the receiving located in Room 151 Le Conte. 
Stocked cylinder gases are argon, helium, nitrogen and oxygen. For safe handling of gas cylinders while transporting and using in the lab please visit this link. Any cylinders returned to Receiving area must have the cap in place and a tag indicating if the cylinder is empty or partially empty.  For safe handling of compressed gas cylinders please read the following safety sheet from UC EHS. 

If you want to get rid of a Praxair cylinder, bring it to the “Praxair Empty” rack outside of Le Conte 151. We will take care of return to Praxair.

If you want to get rid of a Non-Praxair cylinder purchased through campus (as opposed to LBNL), contact the vendor to arrange for pick up. Label your cylinder with your name and contact info, lab name, and scheduled pick up date and leave it in the “LBNL and Non-Praxair Empty” rack outside of 151 Le Conte and email us that you have done so: physics-support@lists.berkeley.edu

If you want to get rid of an LBNL-purchased cylinder, contact your LBNL purchasing contact to have the cylinder picked up either at your lab or from the “LBNL and Non-Praxair Empty” rack outside of 151 Le Conte.  LBNL requires that LBNL-owned or LBNL-purchased cylinders be labeled with an LBNL Transportation Work Order. Please email us that you have left a cylinder for pick up: physics-support@lists.berkeley.edu

Copier/Fax/Scanner Access

Please visit the Front Desk in Room 151 Le Conte for access to the Xerox multi-purpose copier.

Student Shop Access 

Please see Joseph Kant in student shop (Room 102 Old Le Conte) for access.