Laser Safety

Overview

The University of Notre Dame is committed to a program to ensure the safe use of lasers in research and instructional laboratories. To achieve this goal, the University has adopted the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, ANSI Z136.8-2012, which is recognized as a minimum standard for laser safety. The University trains users of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers in the safe use of those lasers, conducts hazard evaluations of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers at the time of installation, and at intervals following installation. Guidance on eyewear of appropriate optical density, as well as other personal protective equipment is provided, and a medical surveillance program has been established with the cooperation of a local eye care center.

Written Program

Laser/UV Light Sources Manual (381 kb, pdf)

Laser/UV Manual Overview (126 kb, pdf)

Training Requirements

Initial training is required for all Class 3B and Class 4 laser users, and those working in a lab with those units.  Laser Safety Training can be assigend through complyND. The course name is RMS - Laser Safety.

Resources

Regulatory Requirements

ANSI Z138.8-2012 (245 kb, pdf)