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Important Information About SSRL Access

User access issues have arisen this month due to SLAC’s recent implementation of a new administrative system that has impacted a number of processes, including your ability to get through the automated gates. This primarily impacts how quickly we can bring you onto the experimental floor so you can get to work.

To avoid having problems, please do the following BEFORE arriving at SLAC:

1.  Complete all of your training at least 48 hours before you arrive and bring a hard copy of the training certificates.
2.  Make sure to review the check-in procedures (http://www-ssrl.slac.stanford.edu/content/user-resources/welcome-ssrl-us...) since they may have changed since your last visit.  For example, SLAC Traffic Safety Training (Course #154) is a recent requirement for gate access.
3.  If you have training but coming to SSRL for reasons other than beam time, let URA know so we can make sure your badge is approved for entry.
4.  If you arrive without having done your training and run into problems, call URA (650-926-2079) and we will help.
5.  Reminder, that unless you are certain that your badge will get you through the automated gate, the first stop should be at the Security Trailer by the main gate.

We are working with the project team to get these problems resolved as soon as possible.  Please bear with us during this transition period.

REGISTER & COMPLETE TRAINING TO AVOID DELAYS:  Prior to arrival, register through the user portal to provide or update current contact information. Check list of users scheduled for the next month.

See important details related to foreign users. Users from sensitive countries must alert the User Research Administration (URA) office in advance if their visits to SLAC may exceed 30 days during a 12-month period (see additional requirements for users from Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria).

Complete training before arrival and check in at the URA offices prior to entering the experimental area or starting any experiments. The URA office in Building 120, Room 211, is staffed Monday-Friday from 7 am - 12 noon and 1- 4 pm (except holidays).

* NEW PROXIMITY ACCESSSLAC has installed RFID proximity card readers at the main entrance off Sand Hill Road as well as at Security Gates 17 and Sector 30. Stop at SLAC Security or the Main Gate to obtain temporary access. User ID badges will be activated by URA or Security for proximity access for up to 30 days. Proximity access may be extended for subsequent scheduled user experiments.

* NEW FOOD OPTIONS The SLAC Cafe, auditorium and visitor center have been closed and are being replaced with a new Science and User Support Building (SUSB). During this construction (2013-2015),  new FOOD OPTIONS are provided by the EAT Club (a virtual cafeteria where you can pre-order lunch for delivery to SLAC/SSRL Bldg. 120) or the Cardinal Chef Mobile Gourmet food trucks, 11 am-2 pm in front of SLAC Building 27Discounts are offered at local restaurants: Eric's Gourmet, Luttickens,  Portola Kitchen.

* GUEST HOUSE SURVEY:  If you have tried to get reservations at the Guest House within the last year, and have not yet completed a survey, please contact Jonathan Faulker who is gathering utilization data -- Your input could help to justify increasing the capacity or availability of rooms for users!

WORK SAFELY:  Be aware and exercise caution when visiting SLAC, particularly during construction. Contact Security if help is needed or to report any problems or suspicous activity: 650-926-2551. For EMERGENCIES, CALL 911 OR 5555.

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Onsite Logistics and Additional Resources

We take very seriously the challenges of safety and security here. Please review the access guidelines which are intended to call your attention to concerns which you may encounter at SLAC as well as to encourage you to be alert for and avoid potential problems. All users are required to sign and acknowledge these requirments annually. 

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