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Use this page to find more information about laser safety. For additional questions and/or concerns regarding laser safety, please contact Radiation Safety.

1.1 UNC-Chapel Hill Laser Safety Policy

The UNC-CH policy on laser safety requires that all lasers and laser systems are operated in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136.1 2000, “the Safe Use of Lasers;” and other applicable federal and state regulations. To implement the policy properly while giving the greatest possible latitude to the researcher, all laser operations at UNC-CH must be reviewed and approved by the UNC-CH Laser Safety Officer (LSO).The primary objective of the UNC laser safety program is to ensure that no laser radiation in excess of the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limit reaches the human eye or skin. Additionally, the program is designed to ensure that adequate protection against collateral hazards is provided. These collateral hazards include the risk of electrical shock, fire hazard from a beam or from use of dyes and solvents, and chemical exposures from use of chemicals and vaporization of targets.

Laser Safety Training

Remember that when you have completed the Laser Safety Training, you must complete the Post-Test in order to receive credit.

Laser Supplies

For Warning Signs, contact Radiation Safety. For Laser Eyewear, go to the Rockwell Laser Industries website.

Laser Safety Manual

The online Laser Safety Manual includes all eleven chapters and both appendices, as well as a glossary and references.