Guidelines & Registration
Laser Safety Guidelines
The purpose of the Laser Safety Program is to provide guidance for use of regulated lasers and laser systems, and to provide references for those who wish to learn more about the safe use of lasers. This guideline outlines the Laser Safety Program at WSU.
All new and existing class 3b and 4 lasers and laser systems must be registered with the Radiation Safety Office. This registration also includes lasers or laser systems that are in storage or are out-of-service. Complete one form for each laser or laser system to be registered and submit to the Laser Safety Officer.
The Laser Safety Training is available on Pilot. This format allows individuals to complete most of the curriculum using WSU’s intranet. Persons fulfill the course requirement at their own convenience, at their own pace.
The Laser Safety Training course is designed to instruct users of Class 3B and Class 4 laser systems on required topics as established by ANSI Z136.1 – 2007. These topics are:
- Fundamentals of laser operation
- Bioeffects of laser radiation on the eye and skin
- Significance of specular and diffuse reflections
- Non-beam hazards of lasers
- Laser and laser system classifications
- Control measures
- Facility and personnel responsibilities
- Medical surveillance practices
- Required training
- Consequences of Non-Compliance
- Emergency Procedures
The course consists of a PowerPoint module available on Pilot. A Quiz following the PowerPoint module demonstrates completion of the course curriculum.
Laser Eye Examination
Medical evaluation (or documentation of refusal) is required for all Class 3b and 4 laser users in the university and is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator. The examination is administered by an optometrist and is scheduled through the Department Of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). An appointment for a laser eye exam can be made by calling EHS at (937) 775-2215.
This evaluation must be completed prior to laser use, and shall be performed following suspected laser injury; periodic examinations are not required.
If you don't wish to have the examination please complete the Statement Declining Pre-Placement Eye Exam Form (PDF) to obtain the waiver form which should be printed out and sent to Kimberly Morris, 104 Health Sciences or faxed to (937) 775-4286.