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Chapter 10: Laser Safety

The purpose of this program is to mitigate the hazards posed by optical lasers, which operate at wavelengths between 180 nanometer and 1 millimeter. High-power lasers (Class 3B and Class 4) are used at SLAC in research and accelerator operations. The primary hazard associated with their operation is potential eye damage; other potential hazards include skin burns, electrical currents, explosions, fires, toxic material, laser-generated air contaminants, collateral radiation, noise, and ultraviolet light. Low-power lasers (Class 2 and Class 3R) include laser pointers and alignment lasers; they are safe when used as intended, but require some controls.

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Procedures and Requirements

Forms and Tools


Program Ownership

Department:  Radiation Protection
Contact: Program Manager, Mike Woods

Additional Contacts:

Mike Woods, Laser Safety Officer

Jeff Corbett, Deputy Laser Safety Officer

Alan Fry, Chair, Laser Safety Committee

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