Information for New Users

Getting Started

Welcome to STS!  We hope we are able to assist you in whatever your goals may be. To get started there are a few steps you will need to take:

  1. All users of STS equipment and facilities are required to complete online safety training.  Please use the following link to enroll in the Canvas course “Lab Safety Training”.  All users are asked to complete the following three modules: General Safety, Chemical Safety and Hazardous Waste.  Once you have competed all of these modules, please request a Certificate of Completion following the instructions in the Canvas course.  Please note that the certificate will not be sent to you immediately, it may take EHS a few days to get this back to you.  Be sure to bring a copy with you to your first meeting:
  2. Instrument reservations are managed using an online system called FOM (Facilities Operation Management).  Please follow the instructions for “Creating User Account on FOM” on the following link: register for a FOM account
  3.  If you plan to use electron microscopy you will need to read and sign the SEM user agreement prior to your first visit/day of training.  Be sure to bring a copy with you to your first meeting: SEM User Agreement

New User Checklist

  • Create a FOM account and apply to use a desired piece of equipment. 

  • Complete all three modules of safety training.

  • Request a safety training Certificate of Completion.

  • Read and sign the SEM user agreement if you plan to use either SEM.

  • Bring your safety training Certificate of Completion and SEM User Agreement (if applicable) to your first scheduled appointment.

If you have questions, please contact us at 360-650-3511.


STS provides training for instrumentation and selected shop equipment to interested individuals or groups in support of classroom, teaching, and research activities. Training is provided to faculty, staff, and students involved in ongoing research projects using the Instrument Center facilities. Training is also available for graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants who use instrumentation in instructional laboratories. Contact personnel from the appropriate division for more information.


Instrument Contact
GC-MS, -FID, & -FPD Charles Wandler
HPLC, GPC, HPIC Sarina Kiesser
Electron Microscopy Michael Kraft
Liquid scintillation counter Sarina Kiesser
FAAS, GFAAS, UV-VIS Charles Wandler
Mass Spectrometry