Laser Safety

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.

Lasers 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. Various control measures (facility design, work practices, training, personal protective equipment) are required depending on the type of laser. All Class IIIb and IV lasers/laser systems must be registered with the OEHS Laser Safety Officer.

The OEHS reviews purchase orders for laser generating equipment, receives notification of any plans to install lasers, conducts surveys of laser work areas, and can provide training and information on the safe use of lasers. Further details on the laser safety program are provided in the Laser Safety Manual or from the Laser Safety Officer.