MICE Shifter pre-Shift Instructions
Paul Harrison, 21st Sep. 2009 (Revised 18th Nov. 2009).
Henry Nebrensky revised 26th Nov. 2009, 18th Aug. 2011, 13th May 2012, 22nd Aug.2012
- At least a week before your first MICE shift
- On Any Day Before Your First Shift
- On the Day of Your First Shift
- Duties of a Shifter
Here is a list of things you will need to do before you do a MICE shift.
They start at least a week before your first shift, so please take note
and act early.
It would be helpful to attend a session of running in advance of your
first scheduled shift since it will then be less disruptive to train you
in the operation of the magnets and detectors, as there will hopefully
be an experienced shifter available to assist.
You should contact the following people, both to make yourself known to
them (if you are not known to them already) and so that they can initiate
certain actions on your behalf.
- Rose Hayes and Debbie Loader are the MICE administrators.
They can make sure that you will be admitted to the RAL site, organise
safety training and so on.
- The Mice Operations Manager (alias MOM). (S)he will need to know that
you are coming and that you are new to MICE shifts. To find out their
identity, look at
and look under the month when your shifts are.
To contact the MOM, send email to this address.
More specific contact details are can be found in the expert list which
is on the MICO page. but you will need the username
and password, which the MOM can give you (once you contact them at the
generic address above). The MOM will tell you the time of your shifts.
- Andy Nichols is the MICE Project Manager and CDM Principal Contractor;
- Stewart Greenall is the Hall Manager
and will provide your CDM training.
- You will probably need overnight accommodation, which the
can book for you at Ridgeway House on the RAL site or elsewhere; see also the
Assume that you will want to sleep on the night after your last shift -
your shift may not end until well into the night.
It will be helpful to overlap with the previous and succeeding shifters.
- Access to the MICE Hall is controlled by the CDM Regulations which
mandate (amongst other things) the use of certain personal protection
equipment. Shared hard hats (some with ear defenders), hi-vis vests and
disposable earplugs (where necessary) are provided. You will however
need to provide suitable safety footwear (100% non-metallic boots
meeting EN345) yourself. (Safety shoes rather than boots are acceptable,
but there's a lot of cooling water around that might leak one day!)
Do not take someone else's boots without permission!
Suitable footwear can be bought at the shop in Harwell Campus, either over the
counter with a credit card or via Rose Hayes (who will raise an invoice against
your home institute).
On Any Monday Before Your First Shift
You will need to come to RAL on a Monday before the day of your first
shift, to attend the RAL Site Safety Induction at 09:30.
Rose Hayes or Debbie Loader can book a place for you. This course needs to be retaken every five years.
Report first to either Rose Hayes in her office (building R1, room
2.23) or Debbie Loader (room 2.25). She will arrange a site pass
for you and take you to various other people for the following:
- CDM safety training, regarding operations in and around the MICE
hall. This is given by the Hall Manager or his representative.
You should note down the serial number of your training as you will
need it when signing into/out of the hall.
- A 30' introductory ISIS safety course and a test on it at the ISIS
User's office ("the one with the noises"). Rose Hayes will take you there.
This test needs to be retaken every two years.
ISIS safety information is available here.
- Read through recent eLog
entries, so that you are aware of current issues on the experiment.
- Make sure you have registered on MICEmine
(and still remember your password) as not all the documentation is publically accessible.
- Go to the MICE office on the ground floor of building R76
- Identify yourself to the MOM
- You will need to get a radiation film badge from the Health Physics office next to the ISIS Main Control Room, preferably during working
hours. You must wear it at all times in the MICE Hall. This step can be done any time up to a month before your shift, but no earlier
(the badges are valid for a calendar month).
- You should go to the ISIS control room to ensure that your site badge is
activated to allow 24-hour access to both the MICE office ("ground floor") in R76 and the ISIS
- You will also need a hi-vis vest and a hard hat, which can be
borrowed from outside the MICE Control Room (as well as your boots!).
Shifter duties include:
- Keeping count of the target pulse counts at the start and end of each run,
and the end of each day; and making sure the Target Calibration limits
are not exceeded.
- Filling out the Run Conditions Summary spreadsheet
and/or Configuration Database entry form for every run
- Making relevant eLog entries
- Filling out the magnet checklist
- Helping with the Search and Secure
- Controlling (some of) the magnets and detectors
- Keeping an eye on the MICE Online Monitoring and watching out for the Alarm Handler
- Keeping an eye on ISIS beam losses and status
There is a (red) ring binder of detailed directions for shifters containing manuals for operating all the relevant aspects of the MICE experiment.
It should be kept in the MICE Control Room. (If the instructions aren't in the binder, you probably shouldn't be doing it!)
Some of the above details are also given on the MICE "visitors to RAL"
After your stint, please remember to return your radiation badge to
the Health Physics office and leave the Instructions for Shifters binder
in the MICE Control Room.