Laser Safety

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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

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 (radsafety@usc.edu) to request a complete safety evaluation of laser equipment and lab space.

Laser Training

Contact the Laser Safety Officer (radsafety@usc.edu) to request Laser Safety Training.

Laser Registration Forms

Laser Inspection Forms

Laser Fact Sheets and Lab Postings

Other Resources

Laser Safety Vendors – coming soon