The Laser Safety Program is established to facilitate and ensure the safe and knowledgeable use of lasers in laboratories, classrooms and the environment.
The Laser Safety Program is administered by RLS to ensure the safe use of lasers and compliance with the requirements of the New York State Department of Labor, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136.1-2014 Safe Use of Lasers, and other related regulations and standards. The program applies to all NYU personnel owning, supervising, operating and working in the proximity to Class 3B or Class 4 lasers, or any laser in a teaching laboratory.
The required Laser Safety Program components are as follow:
- Laser registration and hazard assessment by RLS
- Laser worker safety training
- Written laser safety operating procedure
- Appropriate laser protective eyewear/PPE
Contact RLS if you have questions.
All Class 3B and Class 4 lasers or laser system(s) must be registered with RLS. This includes devices on loan from the manufacturer or from another institution, and Class 1 microscopy station with an embedded Class 3B or Class 4 laser. If you are unsure of your registration status, please contact RLS.
Laser Safety Training
The PI must ensure personnel are adequately trained before allowing them to operate, maintain, service or work in the vicinity of lasers. Training includes completing the RLS Laser Safety course found in SciShield, one on one training on the specific laser equipment and the Laser Safety Procedures used in the lab, provided by the supervisor, Principal Investigator (PI) or experienced user.
Laser Safety Standard Operating Procedure (LSSOP)
All personnel who work with lasers must be made familiar with the Laser Safety Standard Operating Procedure (LSSOP) developed by the PI or lab supervisor.
The LSSOP should address alignments, maintenance and normal operations procedures; all hazards; types of PPE; and emergency procedures associated with the particular laser system. RLS has created a template LSSOP (DOC: 54 KB) to assist with this process.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where can I get my laser protective eyewear?
How do I properly clean my laser eyewear?
Always follow the manufacterers instructions. Laser eyewear should be cleaned with a mild detergent soap and plenty of lukewarm water. Attention should be paid to the parts of the eyewear that directly touch the skin (e.g., bridge of nose, ears) and care should be taken when cleaning and drying the lens to avoid scratches, especially with glass eyewear with dielectric coatings. AVOID harsh chemicals and other cleaning products as they may damage the lens.