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LASER Safety

LASER is an acronym which stands for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Lasers produce an intense, highly directional beam of light.  The human body is vulnerable to the output of certain lasers, and under certain circumstances, exposure can result in damage to the eye and skin. 


Development of a LASER Safety Program

The following link is to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), OSHA Laser Hazards page, which provides resource information for developing a Laser Safety Program:
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/laserhazards/index.html


In addition, the link below provides comprehensive technical guidelines developed for the
OSHA Technical Manual or OTM, Chapter 6 - Laser Hazards.
http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_iii/otm_iii_6.html
 

Requirements before Laser Use

   It will be necessary to:
  1.  Inform the Environmental, Health & Safety Office of the intention to use laser equipment for academic or research purposes.
  2.  With the assistance of the Environmental, Health & Safety Office and appropriate administration officials, conduct an assessment for the purpose of determining the suitability of the proposed facility along with user safety requirements in relation to the proposed use of the equipment.

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