Laser Safety Manual - Chapter 01: UNC-Chapel Hill Laser Safety Policy


Laser Safety Manual - Chapter 01: UNC-Chapel Hill Laser Safety Policy


The UNC-Chapel Hill policy on laser safety requires that all lasers and laser systems be operated in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136.1 2000, "the Safe Use of Lasers;" and other applicable federal and state regulations. To implement the policy properly while giving the greatest possible latitude to the researcher, all laser operations at UNC-Chapel Hill must be reviewed and approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Laser Safety Officer (LSO).

The primary objective of the UNC laser safety program is to ensure that no laser radiation in excess of the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limit reaches the human eye or skin. Additionally, the program is designed to ensure that adequate protection against collateral hazards is provided. These collateral hazards include the risk of electrical shock, fire hazard from a beam or from use of dyes and solvents, and chemical exposures from use of chemicals and vaporization of targets.

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Executive Director
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01/16/2019 12:00 AM
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03/01/2025 12:00 AM
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04/01/2014 12:00 AM
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Environment, Health and Safety