Laser Standard Operating Procedure

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ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY LASER SAFETY PROGRAM

Outline for Writing a Laser Standard Operating Procedure

Introduction:

Location of laser or laser device.Diagram of room showing laser location(s).Description of each laser at the site (as on registration form, include laser registration number).What the laser is used for?List the hazards associated with the laser(s)

Safety Controls:

Access controls (signage, door locks, etc.)Beam description (closed, open, partly open, pulsed, continuous wave, etc.)Electrical controls (key, key pad switch, etc.)Eye protection requirements, optical density, etc.

Operating procedure:Initial preparationAlignment procedureTarget preparation and descriptionPersonal protection requirementsCountdown procedureShutdown procedure

Emergency procedures (These must be prominently posted in the lab)

Training:

PI training required appropriate for the class of laserStudent training requiredMaintenance training if applicable

(NOTE: class IIIb and IV laser may only be repaired by qualified technicians)

Responsibilities:

PI supervisionEmergency coordinationStudent responsibilities

Miscellaneous:

Visitor regulationsAccident reporting proceduresLocation of laser safety information (RSO)

SOPs must be submitted and approved by the RSO prior to using a Class IIIb or IV laser.

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