Did you know that lasers produce monochromatic high intensity light beams? This energy source is frequently capable of causing significant eye damage, body burns and has the potential to cause electrical shock.
At NIH, laser use for research and medical treatments has grown dramatically over the last decade. With an increased use comes an increased potential in risks associated with laser use. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure safe laser use so that researchers can continue scientific and medical breakthroughs here at NIH.
NIH Policy Manual 3036: Laser Safety Program provides guidance and oversight for the safe use of lasers and laser systems at the NIH.
As a laser user, the following is required on an annual basis:
The Laser Safety Program has been developed to provide guidance and oversight for the safe use of lasers and laser systems at the NIH. The program is modeled after the ANSI guidelines established under Z.136-2014 and best practices. The program focuses on the following areas:
Laser labs that use class 3b and/or class 4 lasers must post specific information using appropriate Laser Safety Signage. The templates below are designed for NIH personnel to modify the information appropriately and print for posting on their laser lab.
For questions or obtaining access to the database, please contact ORS, DOHS at (301) 496-3353.
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