SSRL COVID-19 Updates

Given the high transmission rates of the COVID-19 Delta variant and in an effort to maintain the safety of staff and users alike, SSRL is not currently scheduling unvaccinated users for onsite research. Exceptions may be made in limited circumstances where an individual is legally entitled to an accommodation, such as disability and medical conditions or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Vaccinated users will be requested to show proof of vaccination when they access the SLAC site and to comply with our onsite COVID-19 testing requirement (currently weekly testing for vaccinated individuals). SSRL will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and employ a conservative approach to scheduling onsite external users appropriate for the level of the COVID-19 transmission threat.

Requirements for Returning to the SLAC Site from Locations Outside of California

SSRL Operations Update

Rapid Access to Support COVID-19 Related Research

COVID-19 Related News


SSRL Operations Update

The FY2022 SPEAR3 user run resumes in October when beam lines re-open to support user experiments.

  • Contact beam line staff to discuss SSRL capabilities and research plans as well as to coordinate remote access and sample shipment.
  • Contact the user office for information on beam time and site access.
  • Review SSRL access procedures.
  • Ensure user agreement with your institution (many agreements have expired).
  • All onsite users are required to complete core training which includes:
    • Complete revised ESH Course 100R COVID-19 training for Onsite SLAC Employees and Users
    • Course 219 - ESH Safety Orientation
    • Course 115 - General Employee Radiological Training (GERT)
    • Course CS100 - Cyber Security Training for Lab Users (Also required for Remote Access)
    • SSRL Safety Talk (mandatory training in SSRL Building 120 Monday-Friday at 2 pm)
  • Complete Health Check daily before coming 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 come to SLAC unless the Health Check indicates you are approved.
  • Bring proof of vaccination and original photo identification for verification by SLAC Security.
  • COVID-19 testing is required weekly for vaccinated staff and users working onsite. There are additional requirements following international travel. 
  • Access to beam lines limited to 2 users at a time.
  • Face coverings/masks required.
  • See additional COVID-19 resources from Stanford and SLAC

In addition to the SSRL beam lines, several cryo-electron microscopes are operational; see Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM Center (S2C2) and National Center for Macromolecular Imaging (NCMI).


Support COVID-19 Related Research

We welcome Rapid Access proposals for COVID-19 related studies. Please contact us if you have COVID-19 related projects that require access to our techniques or beam lines.

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COVID-19 Related News and Links

See SLAC Emergency page or SLAC COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.

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