Online Training

To access the CLS, the following four training modules must be completed through our online Training system:

  • General Health and Safety Orientation (HSO)
  • User Health and Safety Orientation (HSO)
  • Radiation Awareness (RAM or RWT)
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)

Log in to the CLS Training system using your CLS login credentials (the same as for the User Portal) to complete your training. If you are having difficulty logging in, please contact for assistance.


It is strongly recommended that you complete your training online prior to your arrival at the CLS. This saves a considerable amount of time during your check-in process at Reception.

Additional training required may include:

  • CLS Laboratory Safety Training: This is required prior to use of CLS laboratories, and can be completed online.
  • Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO): A required hands-on orientation of the beamline before conducting experiments at that beamline. CLS beamline staff will provide this orientation; advance preparation is not possible.
  • Experiment-Specific Training: Any additional training or controls required will be indicated on your project page. The training may be required to be completed in-person, or may be completed online via the Training system. Search in “Other Training” for the specific training module.

Building Access

To access the facility, use the main entrance, accessible from the CLS parking lot.

Users with a valid badge can move freely throughout the mezzanine and experimental floor, obeying all signage indicating access restrictions., but may not accompany visitors. 

First Visit to CLS 

Visit Reception to obtain facility access pending completion of all access requirements. Your photo will be taken for your facility access badge. A new photo and ID verification are required every six years. During off hours, contact the Floor Coordinator.

Escorting Visitors

Visitors (individuals who do not have a valid access badge) must be accompanied by CLS staff at all times on the mezzanine and on the experimental floor.

Users wishing to be eligible to accompany visitors on the mezzanine only should contact Science Management to arrange for the appropriate training.

Access Requirements

After registering as a CLS user, the following is required to obtain access to the CLS facility prior to receiving a facility access badge:

  1. Agreement to Use the Canadian Light Source Facility
    • This agreement is required by each institution/organization requiring access to the CLS. Only one agreement is required per institution/organization and covers all individuals who are authorized representatives of the said institution/organization. In many cases, these agreements are in place; if they are not, CLS will be in contact with you.
      Once an agreement between your institution and the CLS is in place, users must confirm agreement with a user acknowledgement on the dashboard of the User Portal. See below for the full text of the CLSI User Acknowledgement.
  2. Photo ID
    • Present one original piece of government issued photo identification with the individual's name and date of birth. The following pieces of identification are acceptable: passport, driver's licence, other government-issued photo ID.
  3. Age Requirement: Users must be at least 18 years of age.
  4. Team Member on a Valid Project: Users must be listed as a team member on a valid project.
  5. Complete all required Facility Access Training.

Foreign Visitor Requirements

If you are a non-Canadian citizen residing outside of Canada please visit Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship to find out if you need a visa to enter Canada. If a visa is required, please contact to obtain a letter of invitation. Allow sufficient time to obtain the appropriate paperwork.

Roles and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the spokesperson or designate are to:

  1. Ensure all required information (including supporting documentation) in the experiment proposal and subsequent CLSI Experimental Permit is complete and accurate.
  2. Ensure any changes to the proposed experiment are submitted as a CLSI Experimental Permit amendment in a timely fashion.
  3. Ensure all team members who will handle hazardous materials at the CLS have the appropriate training and experience to handle the materials in compliance with appropriate standards set forth by regulatory agencies and CLSI policies, principles, programs and procedures.
    Note: The CLSI HSE Department provides basic safety training specific to the CLS.  Task or hazard specific training is to be provided by the Spokesperson of the project or their qualified designates.
  4. Ensure all team members are informed of the potential risks associated with the work and the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.
  5. Obtain required permits to import any material or substances as required by Canadian regulatory agencies.

Only research team members with proper training and experience are authorized to handle hazardous materials while at the CLS. Duties and responsibilities of the authorized research team members are to:

  1. Know their responsibilities and conduct work in a safe and responsible manner so as to protect their health and safety, as well as others who may be affected by their acts or negligence.
  2. Comply with the appropriate standards set forth by regulatory agencies and CLSI policies, principles, programs and procedures.
  3. Comply with the controls outlined in the CLSI Experimental Permit.
  4. Ensure they have received and understood any safety training, procedures or guidelines and any other relevant safety information from their supervisor and/or CLSI HSE department before commencing work that involves hazardous agents. This training must include the proper use and maintenance of safeguards, safety devices, and personal protective equipment, so that they may carry out their work in a safe manner. Note: The CLSI HSE department provides basic safety training specific to the CLS. 
  5. Provide appropriate transport containers and disinfectants for materials in use.
  6. Ensure that the handling of all hazardous waste follows CLSI requirements outlined in Section 11.
  7. Ensure work areas are kept clean, neat and tidy and that any spills, or contaminated equipment, trays, floors, and working surfaces are appropriately cleaned and/or disinfected during the course of and after the completion of the experiment. Each research team member is directly responsible for the cleanliness of their work space and jointly responsible for common areas.
  8. Exercise proper hygiene to avoid personal exposure and cross-contamination.
  9. Immediately notify the CLSI HSE department of any exposures, accidents, or malfunctions of containment equipment involving hazardous materials and complete and submit an Incident Report Form, available from the Floor Coordinator.

Supervisors and Managers must ensure their workers have the required work authorization, safety orientation, PPE and other controls in place to do their work safely.  Supervisors and Managers should consult CLSI HSE department for guidance on the requirements, as required. 

CLSI Authorized Personnel must:

  1. Be familiar with their responsibilities and conduct their work in a safe and responsible manner so as to protect their health and safety, as well as that of any others who may be affected by their acts or negligence.
  2. Co-operate with their supervisor in performing their responsibilities, as well as with CLSI HSE or any other person exercising a duty imposed by a regulatory agency to promote safety.
  3. Ensure they have received work authorization which includes safety training and any other relevant safety information from their supervisor and/or CLSI HSE department before commencing work in areas where hazardous materials are present.
  4. Notify their supervisor or the CLSI HSE Department when they become aware of any unsafe act or condition.


For additional information about user check-in or training, please contact:

CLS User Services Office
Phone: 306-657-3700
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information about experiment specific training or experimental controls, please contact:

CLS Health, Safety & Environment