Overview of the Laser Safety Program
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Every person who works with lasers at Penn State must first complete the on-line EHS general laser safety training and quiz. That is located on PSU's course management system (ANGEL). After the EHS general laser safety training you must receive laser specific hands on training from the supervisor or supervisor designee for each laser you are going to use. You must be trained in the laser specific Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which includes the hazards associated with that particular laser and the hazard controls put in place for your protection. This training will be documented on the laser specific training documentation form and kept in a binder in the general vicinity of the laser that also contains the registration form, SOP, and the annual self inspection form.
Each professor who supervises a laboratory that uses lasers must complete the on-line EHS general laser safety training and quiz. The professor is responsible for ensuring that personnel, equipment, and laboratory are in compliance with PSU Safety Policy SY17. The professor must register all class 3B and class 4 lasers with EHS. This includes lasers with classes other than 3b or 4 that contain class 3b or 4 lasers. Laser registration can be completed by filling out the appropriate form on the PSU ANGEL course management system.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for each laser registered must be written. A Standard Operation Procedure outline is located on the EHS laser web site. Use it as a template to ensure that all safety aspects of the laser have been addressed. EHS must review and approve the SOP. This SOP is to be placed in a binder and kept in the general vicinity of the laser.
After the laser SOP’s are written the professor is responsible for making sure that all laser users have completed the EHS general laser safety training. The professor must then facilitate the laser specific SOP training for each laser user. This training will be documented on the laser specific training documentation form and kept in a binder in the general vicinity of the laser that also contains the registration form, SOP, and the annual self inspection form.
The professor is responsible for instituting all personal protective equipment requirements, engineering controls, and administrative controls as specified in the SOP. EHS will review the SOP to ensure that it complies with Safety Policy SY-17.
Greg Herman, January 2010