For more information about lasers, contact Susan Welch
Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 988-3996.
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LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The word radiation in this sense refers to energy transfer; lasers are a form of non-ionizing radiation which is not included in the University’s Radiation Safety Program. Laser generating equipment can present various health and safety hazards including burns to eyes and skin. A laser classification scheme has been developed to describe the capability of a laser or laser system to produce injury to personnel. Various control measures (facility design, work practices, training, personal protective equipment) are required depending on the type of laser.
The OEHS reviews purchase orders for laser generating equipment, receives notification of any plans to install lasers, conducts environmental surveys of work areas, and can provide training information on the safe use of lasers. Further details on the laser safety program are provided in the Laser Safety Manual or from the OEHS Laser Safety Officer.
All Class IIIb and IV lasers/laser systems must be registered with the OEHS Laser Safety Officer. See Laser Safety Program information on the OEHS website.
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