All Class 3B and Class 4 lasers at the UIHC must be registered with the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Please contact the University’s Laser Safety Officer at 335-8501 prior to ordering a laser so that the unit, work area, procedures, and safety-related equipment can be evaluated prior to use of the laser. EHS will also assign a registration number for your laser system.
All Class 3B or Class 4 laser users are required to complete general laser safety training.
Environmental Health and Safety offers this training in classroom, self-study or on-line formats.
On-line training can be found at (ToDo).
In addition, all laser operators must be trained on the usage of each specific laser to be used. Vendors or other qualified individual may provide this training. Records of this training must be maintained for review by the Laser Safety Officer ( LSO) and/or regulatory agencies.
Before operating a Class 3B or Class 4 laser a person must:
1. Review the Laser Safety Manual and UIHC Laser Safety Policy
2. Review the laser equipment to be used including administrative requirements and applicable SOPs
3. Review the operating and safety instructions furnished by the manufacturer.
4. Utilize appropriate personal protective equipment.
Laser Safety Panel/Laser Safety Officer (LSP/LSO)
The UIHC Laser Safety Panel and Laser Safety Officer are responsible for:
• Maintaining inventory of all Class 3B and Class 4 lasers and verifying classification if necessary.
• Reviewing standard operating procedures, safety procedures and other control measures, before initial use.
• Periodically inspecting Class 3B and Class 4 lasers to assess compliance with safety requirements.
• Providing assistance in evaluating and controlling hazards.
• Maintaining records of Class 3B and Class 4 laser safety audits.
• Participating in accident investigations involving lasers.
• Suspending, restricting or terminating the operation of a laser or laser system without adequate hazard controls.
All UIHC staff involved in laser procedures shall:
• Complete all applicable requirements including training before operating a laser.
• Use lasers safely and in a manner consistent with safe laser practices, requirements and standard operating procedures.
• Maintain a safe environment/area during the operation of a laser.
• Use personal protective equipment as applicable.
• Ensure all necessary safety equipment is present and functional.
• Perform equipment performance checks prior to use as applicable.
• Periodically inspect laser and safety equipment prior to each procedure.
Each department utilizing lasers shall:
• Notify the LSP/LSO of the intent to procure a laser, and provide required information for registration and safety reviews for lasers.
• Ensure all laser users complete general laser safety training.
• Ensure that a hazard assessment for personal protective equipment (PPE) use is completed and specific PPE training is provided for all laser users for whom PPE will be required. See EOC safety policies for guidance.
• Provide laser specific training for all operators.
• Ensure lasers are operated safely and in accordance with applicable requirements.
• Provide medical surveillance for laser operators and ancillary personnel as described in Section XI, as applicable.
• Ensure that each laser is stored securely and safely when not in use so that it is not usable by unauthorized personnel or under unauthorized conditions.
• Maintain written SOPs for Class 3B (with invisible beams) and all Class 4 lasers and ensure laser use is commensurate with the requirements of the SOP.
• Inform the LSP/LSO prior to receiving a laser, transferring a laser to another user, sending a laser to another site off-campus, or disposal of a laser or laser system.
• Report any known or suspected accidents to the Laser Safety Officer/Laser Safety Panel.