Laboratory Access

Planning Ahead

Planning AheadPlease complete the Beam Time Request (BTR) and Support Request forms through the User Portal, include thorough chemical and sample information in your BTR. Support Request forms include a list of collaborators that require laboratory access and equipment requests. Indicate the need to use the Sample Prep Lab (SPL) on the ESAF portion in order to reserve your spot. Radioactive, biohazardous and nano materials have additional safety requirements, see 'Other Requirements' below.

Upon Arrival

Upon ArrivalOnce you arrive at SLAC, get badged (Building 53), check-in with Grace Tang (Building 120, Rm 219), complete Course 204 training and have your SPL Access Forms ready. All SPL doors are locked with access key codes, once your SPL access procedures are complete you will receive the key code.

1) Course 204 - Sample Preparation Laboratory Training

Course 204 is a 45-minute in-person training offered Monday - Friday at 10 A.M. and 3 P.M., it expires one year from the date of completion. Course 204 Refresher is a 15-minute training, that is  available for returning users whose initial training has expired. Contact Grace Tang to schedule an appointment, drop-ins are welcome but not guaranteed. 

Course 204 syllabus: 

  • Sample Prep Lab access requirements and lab policy
  • Lab signage and PPR for entry and work in the lab
  • Basic hazard communication used throughout the lab and the facility
  • How to use the Sample Prep Lab equipment and chemical inventories
  • Proper disposal of hazardous waste in the labs
  • SLAC emergency protocols
  • Proper use of lab safety equipment and where they are located

Course 204 Refresher syllabus:

  • Proper disposal of hazardous waste in the labs
  • SLAC emergency protocols
  • Proper use of lab safety equipment and where they are located

Course 204

2) SPL Access Form

SPL Access Form must be submited each time you visit our facilties. The SPL Access form requires a list of chemicals and samples you are bringing into the labs. This form acts as our daily inventory and must include both hazardous and non-hazardous samples and reagents. Submit by email at least one 1 week in advance to SSRL lab manager.

3) Other Requirements 

Nanomaterial Checklist for experiments using nanomaterial, one or more dimensions is ≤ 100nm.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for particularly hazardous experiments. Contact Grace Tang if you think your experiments might need an SOP written before initiating work. An SOP might be needed if for example, your chemicals are considered to be highly hazardous (by GHS or NFPA), if your procedure uses dangerous equipment, if you are unfamiliar with your procedure. 

After Hours Arrival

If you plan to arrive at SLAC outside of normal business hours, please make prior arrangements with SPL Staff. Unplanned lab access for critical needs may be granted at the SSRL Duty Operator's discretion (x4040). You MUST contact Grace Tang or Risa Benwell the following day.