SSRL Safety Guidelines & Resources

SSRL user operations in the COVID-19 era

SLAC COVID-19 Procedures & Guidelines

The DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) is committed to conducting research in a manner that ensures protection of the workers, the public and the environment, and it is a direct and individual responsibility of all BES managers and BES supported researchers and their staff. Funds provided by BES for research will be applied as necessary to ensure that all BES research activities are conducted safely and in an environmentally conscientious manner. Only research conducted in this way will be supported.

Safety and Security Overview

Each person who works at SSRL is required to be familiar with and identify in advance the hazards associated with his/her work, the hazards associated with work areas, and to properly implement all necessary procedures and protocols for mitigation of those hazards. Each person is required to observe all federal, state, local and SSRL workplace safety regulations as well as  Integrated Safety & Environmental Management System (ISEMS) and Work Planning and Control (WPC).

Proposal Safety Review

A series of safety related questions are incorporated into the proposal and experiment safety process. Please answer these questions and provide additional information as appropriate. When appropriate, the SSRL Safety Office will contact you and coordinate specific training and controls to mitigate potential safety issues associated with your proposed experiment. Contact the SSRL Safety Office to discuss all safety issues related to user proposals or scheduled experiments.

See the SSRL User Resources webpages for more information & step by step instructions.
**It is important to review requirements for shipping samples & ordering chemicals/gases as well as having a full understanding the user agreement.**

Safety Training

SSRL users must complete:

  • Course 219 - ESH Safety Orientation
  • Course 115 - General Employee Radiation Training (GERT)
  • Course CS100 - Cyber Security Training for Lab Users
  • * ESH100R -- SLAC COVID-19 Specific Training - complete before August 1
  • * Complete Health Check daily before traveling to SLAC
  • If you have a Stanford or SLAC computer account, log into the Stanford Health Check with your SUNet or SLAC email address.
  • All other external users log into the user portal, click on the tab for the COVID-19 Health Check, and complete the questions.
    •  Do NOT travel to SLAC unless the Health Check indicates you are approved.


* NEW -- EVERYONE authorized to work onsite must attend the SSRL Safety Orientation talk before conducting work on the SSRL experimental floor. This has been updated to include practical training for onsite work in the COVID era as well as hands-on hutch operation training. Sign up for this training in the Bldg. 120 lobby or contact the SSRL Duty Operator at 650-926-4040 to arrange time for this trainiing before conducting work at SSRL (generally planned for weekdays at 2 pm).  Check the SPEAR operating schedule for information on dates when SSRL will be DOWN for Maintenance, Accelerator Physics, Holiday breaks to plan visits accordingly.

Additional training requirements may be identified for SSRL users who plan to perform particular types of hazardous work while they are SSRL. Additional supplemental safety training courses may include: Laser Worker Safety Training, Radiological Worker Training (RWT), or other courses identified by the SSRL Safety officer or assigned by the user supervisor.

Users are encouraged to review the check-in procedures and complete training before arrival. To complete training, log in to, enter you system ID# and slac2005. When the course is completed, credit for completing the course will be downloaded into the SLAC training database. There is a test at the end of this course, and passing grade of 80% or better is required to receive credit.


Feedback is an important part of the Integrated Safety & Environmental Management System (ISEMS). Users are required to complete an End of Run Summary after each scheduled experiment. The feedback provided by users will be used to address issues raised by users and to continually improve user resources and support. User feedback will be shared with SSRL safety office, management and scientific advisory committees. Users are also encouraged to contact the Users' Organization Executive Committee to share their suggestions or concerns. The End of Run Summary is available through the User Portal.

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