Any employee working with Class 3b or Class 4 lasers must complete the Laser Safety Awareness course. The course will cover fundamentals of laser operation, bioeffects of laser radiation on eyes and skin, laser system control measures, and non-beam hazards associated with laser operation.
Laser Safety Awareness
This course be administered in two sections:
- The Laser Safety Lecture covers the fundamentals of laser operation, bioeffects of laser radiation on eyes and skin, laser system control measures, and non-beam hazards associated with laser operation. Prospective laser users may attend a live course administered by the laser safety officer (or designee), or review the lecture materials online and submit a knowledge assessment to the Office of Radiation Safety.
- In-Service Training consists of on-site instruction, which encompasses each of the laser systems in use. Users will review the following: standard operating procedures and emergency operating procedures for each laser system; use of laser protective devices, including selection and use of protective eyewear; warnings and precautions to avoid possible exposure to laser radiation in excess of the maximum permissible exposure, as determined in the hazard evaluation; and requirements for safe operation of lasers; and an evaluation of prospective laser users’ competence in operation and safety procedures.