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 must inform the Laser Safety Officer for Class 3b or 4 lasers so he or she may come and assess its hazards. You must also complete the user registration form for everyone that might have supervision of the use of the laser/lasing system and have everyone involved with the use of the laser take the required initial online training course, which must be completed annually.

This document was last modified on September 27, 2019.