Entering the facility places you, and others around you, are at risk to certain hazards. Safety is a serious issue and must be a prominent concern for everyone entering. Only authorized users, or persons accompanied by them, have access to the NMR rooms. Challenge anyone you do not know who enters the NMR rooms.
DANGER: Pacemakers and other medical implants are not designed to work in magnetic fields and can cause lethal failures. If you have medical devices implanted in your body, address the situation with the doctor before entering the NMR room.
DANGER: An extremely small risk exists where the magnet can “Quench” or fall out of super-conduction into normal electrical conduction releasing a great deal of stored energy, as a boil-off of cold helium. You will hear the hissing of cold gas leaving the magnet and see a white cloud on top of the magnet. If this happens and you are present, warn all users and leave the room immediately or risk serious injury or death by asphyxiation. Call all emergency contacts posted on our doors.
DANGER: The strong magnetic field within 3 m (9 foot) of the magnet can suddenly attract loose iron objects like keys, tools etc., which will become projectiles bound to hit you, other one or the magnet, or fall along the magnet and damage the very fragile probe. Large metal objects such as gas cylinders are extremely dangerous and can quench the magnet.
WARNING: The magnetic field can slow-down mechanical watches and erase the information on magnetic media, such as credit cards.