Safety Training

After registering as a CLS user in the CLS User Portal, and accepting the User Agreement, there are two types of training required.

  1. General CLS Safety Training (for on-site access)
  2. Beamline Specific Orientation (for on-site data collection)

General CLS Safety Training

For those visiting the CLS and wishing to collect data on-site, general CLS safety training is arranged through the User Services Office. After you register as a CLS user, you will be instructed to complete WHMIS, HSO & RAM modules online in the CLS Training Site. These modules must be successfully completed before an access badge can be issued.

  • These modules are not required for Remote Control beamtime.
  • Training modules expire after 2 years.
  • Once training is complete, you may pick up your access badge from the CLS Reception Desk in the Main Lobby (Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays). This will allow you access to the experimental floor. You will need to present government-issued photo ID before a user badge can be issued.

Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO)

For on-site data collection, a BSO must be completed.

  • On-Site Visits: You will be met by beamline staff at the beginning of your beamtime to complete the necessary BSO. On-Site BSOs expire after 2 years.

You can check the status of your training at any time in the CLS Training Site, using the same access login as for the CLS User Portal.

An overview of some important safety items covered in the BSOs follows in the sections below. More information about safety in the experimental hutches is found in the Beamline Operations section of the website.

User Responsibilities

Users are responsible for:

  • Understanding and following safety protocols and adhering to all applicable signage.
  • Wearing personal protective equipment when working with potentially dangerous substances.  
  • Ensuring experimenters working with the beamline have completed the Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO).
  • Contacting CLS staff or the Floor Coordinator in case of a problem.
  • Backing up data and completing on-site data processing before run has ended.
  • Cleaning up the beamline and lab areas before run has ended.
  • Reporting missing or broken equipment.
  • Disposing of food-related garbage in the appropriate garbage bin.

Users should not attempt to:

  • Make repairs or align beamline optics
  • Remove covers or unplug detectors or other electrical equipment
  • Reboot computers (unless instructed to do so).
  • Use computer terminals not assigned to users.

Emergency Contact Information

  • Floor Coordinator (306-657-3639) - in most cases this should be your first call
  • Beamline Personnel (contact info posted at beamlines & on Contacts page)
  • Emergency (911)
  • University of Saskatchewan Security (306-966-5555)
  • CLSI HSE 24/7 On-call (306-227-3113)
  • CLSI HSE Normal Business Hours (306-657-3663)

Emergency Exits

Emergency exits are located around the perimeter of the building. The nearest emergency exit for QMSC is via the hallway to the modular building. In case of an emergency (i.e. Fire Alarm or other emergency) proceed through the nearest exit to the front lawn area.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are located at waist height near room and building exits. At QMSC, there is a fire extinguisher located near the exit to the hallway to the modular building. If there is a fire that cannot be put out immediately, calmly leave the building by the nearest emergency exit, pulling the fire alarm on the way out. Proceed to the front lawn area for further instructions.

Beamline Health and Safety Information Centre

Each beamline has a Health and Safety Information Centre, where four items are posted: 

Permit. Information for accessing the electronic permit. All experiments require a valid permit. Without a permit, the floor coordinator or HSE personnel can stop work on the beamline.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Instructions for access to electronic MSDS are also found here. If you require any assistance please contact the Floor Coordinator (3639).

Contact List. A list of important contacts such as the Floor Coordinator, HSE, Campus Security and other emergency contacts.

Evacuation Protocol. These describe the proceedures during an alarm or other emergency.

First Aid

A first aid kit is located on the East wall beside the QMSC ARPES endstation, as well as at other places around the CLS for use in minor first aid. Inside each kit is a standard assortment of supplies capable of handling a small incident.

If additional supplies are required the first aid closets contain extras of all items included in the first aid kits. All incidents and uses of supplies should be recorded on the log sheets (included in the kits), regardless of severity.

Wet Lab: Safety Shower and Eyewash Station

If you need to prepare large volumes of buffers or make use of hazardous chemicals or other hazardous materials, please do not use the QMSC clean-air bench for this. The Wet Lab must be used for these purposes. A safety shower and eye wash station are located in the Wet Lab.

Please inform staff if you wish to make use of the Wet Lab. Note that if you wish to use the Wet Lab you must have indicated on your Proposal that you require Wet Lab facilities. You may submit an amendment to your Proposal if you did not do this. You will have to complete a Laboratory Safety training module before making use of the Wet Lab. 

Leaving the Beamline Unattended

When leaving the beamline for more than 30 minutes while an experiment is running, please login to the User Portal and submit the "Beamline Unattended" form on your active session page.

Emergency Evacuation

In the event of a fire alarm or when asked to do so by the Floor Coordinator or other Emergency Response Personnel, proceed to the closest safe exit route (at QMSC, this is via the south exit to the modular building). Take your jacket and/or personal belongings if safe to do so. Proceed to the designated evacuation gathering area (CLS lawn area at the front of the building) and report to your beamline scientist or User Services Office personnel. During non-business hours, report to University of Saskatchewan security personnel. During inclement weather, the Peterson Building (Southwest of the CLS) can be used for shelter.

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