Summary: LASER SAFETY PROGRAM
Contact the USF Laser Safety Officer at 813-974-1194 for more information
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The purpose of this program is to insure the safe use of lasers in University of South Florida (USF)
research by identifying hazards, providing recommendations for proper use, and for laser safety
training for individuals using lasers. Lasers used at USF are capable of causing eye injury to anyone
who looks directly into the beam or its reflections from a specular (mirror-like) surface. High-power
laser beams can burn exposed skin, ignite flammable materials, and heat materials that release
hazardous fumes and gases. All laser users must understand hazards and ways to minimize them.
This Laser Safety Program applies to individuals who operate or work in proximity to Class 3B or
Class 4 lasers at USF.
Laser Safety at USF
The Office of Research and Innovation, Research Integrity and Compliance Division, administers
the USF Laser Safety Program. The USF Radiation Safety Manager has been designated as the
Laser Safety Officer (LSO) for USF.
It is recommend that all lasers be set up and operated to meet the laser safety guidelines
established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard ANSI Z136.1-2007,
American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers and ANSI Z136.5 2009, American