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Laser Safety Manual Contents

Scope and Applicability

Overview of Safety Requirements for Lasers

Laser Safety Organization at ASU

Laser and Laser System Classification

Registration and Permits

Laser Hazard Control Requirements

Emergency Procedures

Appendix A:
Laser Hazards

Appendix B:
Controlling "Non-Beam" Hazards

Appendix C:
Exposure Limits and Laser Classification

Appendix D:
Laser Control Area Permit

Appendix E:
Medical Surveillance Form

Appendix F:
Eye Injury Wavelengths Diagram

Appendix G:
Example SOP & Safety Checklist

Appendix H:
Procedures for Establaishing Medical Surveillance

Appendix I:
ASU Radiation Safety Committee Laser Policy

CHAPTER IV - Registration for Lasers and Application for Permits

    4.1 Registration of Lasers
      All Class IIIb and IV lasers at ASU must be registered with the Office of Radiation Safety. In general, registrants must be full time faculty or staff of ASU. The ASU commodity code for purchasing regulated lasers is 781092. Also lasers obtained from other sources (such as salvage, government loans, or other universities) must be registered.

        4.1.1 Registration

        Lasers are registered by submitting the appropriate form to the LSO. Registration forms (MS Word version/PDF version are available online and in the ORS.

        4.1.2 Responsibility of Registrant

        Responsibilities of registrants include:

        1. Registering all laser personnel and incidental personnel with ORS.
        2. Ensuring that operators are properly trained.
        3. Ensuring follow up, termination, and follow up eye examinations in the event of suspected or actual injury.
        4. Ensuring that ASU and ARRA approved control measures are used for Class IIIb and IV lasers.
        5. Notifying the LSO prior to modifications to lasers, changes in procedures, and/or changes in control measures.

        4.2 Training Required for Operators

          All personnel with access to laser control areas must obtain the ORS lase safety class. Also, operators must be trained in the following topics of the ORS laser safety class before use of Class III or Class IV laser equipment:

          1. Fundamentals of laser operations.
          2. Bioeffects of laser radiation on the eye and skin.
          3. Relations of specular and diffuse reflections.
          4. Non radiation hazards of lasers (electrical, chemical, reaction byproducts, etc.).
          5. Laser and laser system classification.
          6. Control measures.
          7. Overall management and employee responsibility.
          8. Medical surveillance.

          The LSO or a designated representative must provide the ORS laser safety class for general safety training purposes. Also operators must obtain on site training with the laser system from the registrant or registrant representative.


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