SSRL Safety Guidelines & Resources

The 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
    • As of November 2016, SON Course 396 and Traffic Safety Course 154 have been merged into Course 219 and the former courses were eliminated. Users with valid 396/154 training will need to take 219 when their current training expires.
  • Course 115 - General Employee Radiation Training (GERT)

  • Course CS100 - Cyber Security Training for Lab Users
    • As of December 2016, CS101-Cyber Security Basics and CS200-Cyber Security Annual Refresher will be replaced with 2 new courses: CS100-Cyber Security Training for Lab Users (this condensed and streamlined annual training is required for anyone who will work at SLAC who is not an employee) and CS200-Cyber Security Training for Employees (this in-depth annual training, required for all staff, was revised to be more engaging, interactive and cover a wider range of cyber security topics). Anyone with valid CS101/CS200 training will need to take the new course appropriate to their role at SLAC when their current training expires.
New SSRL users need to attend the safety orientation talk and hutch operation training. This training is given at 2 pm Monday-Friday. Meet in the Bldg. 120, URA office Monday-Friday shortly before 2 pm (the safety talk is not provided on holidays or SSRL maintenance/accelerator physics days.) This small group, hands-on facility specific training lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. You will be registered for this training when you arrive for check-in. Check the SPEAR operating schedule for information on dates when SSRL will be DOWN for Maintenance, Accelerator Physics, Holiday breaks or 'Low Alpha' operations so that you can plan your 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 LCLS safety office, management and scientific advisory committees. Users are also encouraged to contact the Users' Organization Executive Committee to share their suggestions or concerns. Complete end of run summary through the User Portal.

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