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LASER is the acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The laser produces an intense, highly directional beam of light. Its unique properties, though hazardous, are essential for many types of research at USC. USC’s Laser Safety Program delineates safe work practices (engineering/administrative controls and PPE) for all faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who handle lasers at USC labs/locations.
- Laser Safety Manual
- Laser Hazard Evaluation and Inspection
- Laser Training
- Laser Registration Forms
- Laser Inspection Forms
- Laser Fact Sheets and Lab Postings
- Other Resources
Laser Safety Manual
Refer to the Laser Safety Manual for information on laser types; registration and inventory; engineering/administrative controls and PPE; and medical surveillance.
Laser Hazard Evaluation and Inspection
Laser hazard analysis software is available on-line to determine Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE), Optical Density of Eyewear (OD), Nominal Hazard Zone (NHZ), and Nominal Ocular Hazard Zone (NOHD).
Contact the Laser Safety Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a complete safety evaluation of laser equipment and lab space.
Laser Registration Forms
- Laser System and Personnel Registration
- Laser Standard Operating Procedure
- Laser Alignment Procedure
- Laser Safety for Confocal Microscope
Laser Inspection Forms
- Laser Safety Inspection Flow Chart
- Laser Safety Inspection Guidelines
- Laser Safety Inspection Checklist
Laser Fact Sheets and Lab Postings
- Laser Safety Fact Sheet
- Laser Safety Eyewear Fact Sheet
- Laser Pointer Awareness Fact Sheet – coming soon
- Laser Door Sign – Class 3B and Class 4
- Laser “In Use” Sign
Laser Safety Vendors – coming soon