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Laser Safety

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The Laser Safety Program is managed by Environmental Health & Safety and is here to ensure laser safety compliance and provide assistance to the campus laser users. 

Requirements for Laser Users

Regarding laser use on campus, the following requirements listed below must be satisfied for each lab. 

  • Laser Registration: All Class 3B and Class 4 lasers must be registered with the University by submitting a Laser Registration Form
  • Hazard Analysis: The Laser Safety Officer (LSO) must conduct a hazard analysis on all Class 3B and Class 4 lasers based on information gathered about the laser and its environment.
  • Training: All users of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers are required to complete the initial training and refresher every two years thereafter.  Training is recommended for all users of Class 1, 1M, 2, 2M, and 3R lasers. Additional training information is provided below. 
  • Laser Worker Authorization: All individuals planning to work with a Class 3B or Class 4 laser must complete a Laser Worker Authorization Form with the Authorized Laser User and submit it to the LSO in the Environmental Health & Safety department.
  • Proper Door Posting: Laser warning sign and safety guidelines must be displayed on all doors based on the laser class and hazard (print on your own in color or obtain one from the LSO)
  • Standard Operating Procedures: Standard operating procedures (SOPs) specific to the laser, setup, and safeguards must be completed for all Class 4 lasers by the laser user and approved and signed by the LSO. 
  • Alignment Procedures: Alignment procedures must be documented by the laser user and approved and signed by the LSO.
  • Purchasing Restrictions: The LSO shall be contacted if a new laser is bought, prior to its use.

Laser Safety Training

New Users Training

  1. Complete the basic laser safety training on Moodle or attend one of the classroom sessions offered at the beginning of each semester.
  2. Complete the laser safety quiz on Moodle.
  3. Complete the laser worker authorization form and have signed by your authorized user, generally the lab's PI, certifying that you are ready to work in the lab and around the laser (this does not give you the OK to use the laser, that is granted when the lab staff and the primary investigator deems you fit). Print out or email the form to the Environmental Health & Safety office for recording purposes.

Refresher Training

  1. Complete the refresher laser safety training on Moodle.
  2. Complete the laser safety quiz on Moodle.

Regulatory Resources & Guidance

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

  • ANSI Z136.1-2007, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers (hard copy located in Environmental Health & Safety Office, 2207 Price Hall)

Clarkson University Laser Safety Officer

Erica Arnold

Office Location: 2207 Price Hall

Office Phone Number: ext 6640

Cellphone Number: 315-212-3006

Email: earnold@clarkson.edu