Risk Management & Safety

Used incorrectly, lasers have the potential to be extremely dangerous. One important way to reduce risk is to have a coherent, completed standard operating procedure—also known as an SOP—for your laser; an example of a completed SOP is available if you are having trouble completing yours.

If you are setting up a new laser or new laboratory environment for a laser, you should inform the Laser Safety Officer so he or she may come and assess its hazards. You should also complete the user registration forms for everyone that might be using the laser and have them review the training course.

This document was last modified on December 17, 2015.