Medium and high powered lasers (Class 3b and 4) are capable of causing eye or skin injury, fires, and may pose additional hazards from high voltage, high pressure, hazardous chemicals or radiation. The COSE Laser Safety program is coordinated by the Laser Safety Officer and applies to fixed Class 3b or 4 lasers and laser systems. These lasers must be registered with the Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee and all users must be authorized. Standard laser pointers do not need to be registered and are not subject to Laser Safety Program requirements.
Laser Program Requirements
- Faculty and staff who plan to obtain a Class3b or 4 laser system must fill out a Laser Use Registration application (LUR) and submit the completed application to the Laser Safety Officer (LSO).
- The Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee will review the application. Installation of the new laser or laser system may not begin until the LUR application has been approved.
- All new authorized users of high powered lasers or laser systems are required to attend a laser safety orientation before starting work.
- The Holder of the LUR is also required to provide laser system-specific operations training and review the lab's safety policies, emergency shut-down procedures, and alignment procedures.
- A laser eye exam for new users is required. This can be done on campus by the visiting optometrist at the Student Health Center. Contact the eye care provider in the Student Health Service at x8-2304 to book an appointment. There is no charge to the user, but the exam must be approved by both the LSO and the Laser Supervisor and the signed Laser Eye Exam Authorization form must be available at the time of the appointment.
Laser Safety Officer