Laser Safety

laser table in lab
University of Central Florida

Lasers have become an important research tool in many research facilities, especially in higher education. If improperly used or controlled, lasers can cause severe injuries to operators or others, and/or damage property. Laser related injuries include blindness, burns, and electrocution. Laser related risks can be beam and non-beam hazards and property damages can come from fire or chemical spills.

The University of Central Florida, Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has envisioned a safe working and learning environment for all faculty, staff, researchers, students, and visitors.

EHS also seeks to reflect the guidelines and standards set forth by federal and state regulators: the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Committee Z-136; regulation of lasers in Florida is upheld by the State of Florida’s Laser Safety Program regulations, administered by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), found in the Florida Administrative Code (FAC), Chapter 64E-4, Control of Non-ionizing Radiation Hazards; Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Part 1040.10; and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards.

Useful Laser Safety Links

Florida Department of Health, Laser Radiation Machines
Laser Institute of America
Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Laser Hazards