Our Safety Culture

At CLS safety is our top priority. To ensure the protection of our employees, our clients, the public and the environment, safety is paramount in guiding all our actions and decisions.

CLS fosters a strong safety program by providing a safe and healthful working environment for all employees. All activities are conducted using reasonable precautions to protect employees, the public, clients and the environment, to minimize the dangers to life, safety and property.

All our employees strive to achieve quality in their work and to carry out this work in a safe and responsible manner in accordance with quality management system requirements.

A safety culture is "the way we do things around here." It includes shared practices, attitudes and perceptions that influence behavior. Workplace culture is influenced by many things, including leadership, management and supervision styles, workplace conditions and design logistics. Improving our safety culture involves clearly demonstrating a high priority on preventing injuries, minimizing risks, solving occupational health and safety incidents, engaging the workforce in health and safety, and continual improvement.

We monitor activities to understand our safety culture and to make improvements. Monitoring may consist of subjective assessments such as workplace observations and employee surveys, or objective assessments such as trending analysis on leading and lagging indicators, compliance safety audits, and site risk assessments.

Public Disclosure Protocol

Public Consultation

CLS communicates with the general public through different mediums, including tours and social media, which provide data (including visits, likes, and questions asked) regarding which types of information the public is most interested in.

Type of Information Made Public and Mediums

Type of information
Targeted disclosure timeframe
Potential disclosure method(s)
Disclosure for routine information

The scientific impacts and outcomes of the scientific publications by users and staff, in the four strategic areas of focus: environment, health, agriculture, and materials science.

Within 2 weeks of scientific paper release

News release

Science Highlight

Social media


Public events such as lectures, open houses, visits by prominent public figures, school tour programs

6 months prior to event

News release

Science Highlight

Social media


Disclosure for non-routine information

Any circumstances arising from a crisis event, such as a fire, natural event, serious worker accident, significant interruptions of facility operations, routine and non-routine releases of radiological and hazardous materials to the environment, unplanned events including those exceeding regulatory limits, and other events or developments that may have an impact on the health and safety of the public or the environment.

ASAR < 48 hours

Social media

News release


Criteria for determining information disseminated

Information that describes and explains to the public how CLS operates, and particularly the breadth and of the impact of CLS-facilitated science is prioritized. For example, discoveries in cancer or stroke, new insights into climate change, or the development of new techniques in advanced materials or plant imaging.

Contact Information

If you’d like to know more about our safety culture and information programs, please contact:

Grant Cubbon, Manager, Health, Safety & Environment, 306-657-3515, grant.cubbon@lightsource.ca

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