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Laboratory Safety Unit

Laser Safety for Research and Teaching Laboratories

High power research lasers can present hazards that include but are not limited to the high power voltage power supplies used, the inhalation of vapors and particulates that may be released, inhalation to gases used, exposure to carcinogenic dyes, intense noises, as well as skin damage from exposure to direct or reflected beams.

Annual audits of locations having lasers will be completed by EH&S to verify compliance with the Program listed below. Any problems/deficiencies will be reported to the PI for corrective action. Should deficiencies not be corrected, the applicable Director/Chair and Dean will be notified.


To view the most recent edition of the "Laser Safety Program for Research and Teaching Laboratories" - use this link:


This program is for both staff and students and discusses the responsibilities, training requirements, laser classifications, laser registration, and workplace recommendations/requirements for Class 3b and 4 lasers. The program also addresses actions to prevent exposures and what to do should an exposure occur. This revision removes the required for laser eye examinations before lasers are used but retains any post exposure medical examinations. Please note that LLE has their own standalone program, registration, surveys, and training programs.


  • Laser Registration: Each laser used at your location must be registered with EH&S. The form to be used is available at .
  • Safety Surveys: The local laser safety officer or the PI/lab manager is to complete a safety survey audit for the laser and retain the audit in the lab's safety notebook. The form is
  • Laser Safety Training: All personnel using lasers or who have been assigned space within a laser lab are to participate in a laser safety training program. There are THREE options for training. Please review the information below to verify you are taking the proper training program.
    • Personnel at LLE (staff members at LLE, visiting scientists using the facilities at LLE, and any other University personnel who may work for another department but have privileges to work with lasers at LLE and anyone else who visits/works on a part time basis at this location) must take LLE's Laser Safety Training.
    • PIs, Technical Associates, Technicians, and most graduate students** must take the training listed in MyPath at .
    • Some graduate students** and undergraduates can take the training provided through Blackboard through the link

    **Those graduate students paid by the University automatically have an account through MyPath and are to take their training using this system. Graduate students who are paid by an outside entity and undergraduate are to utilize the Blackboard system.

Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 6/30/2016. Disclaimer.