Environmental Health & Safety

Laser Safety


About the Laser Safety Program

 The UCR Laser Safety program ensures the safe use of lasers to minimise the risk of laser accidents, since relatively small amounts of laser light can lead to permanent eye injuries. The  UCR Radiation Safety Committee approves the  use of Class 3B and 4 lasers.  


Forms and Templates

Manuals and Standards

Laser Safety Training

For more information
Refer to the Training
Schedule of Classes

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) template
Laser Machine Registration Application
Laser warning sign templates

Food and Drug Administration"s center for Devices and Radiological Health

Federal Aviaition Administration(FAA)

  • ANSI Standard Z136.1-2014 for Safe Use of Lasers*
  • ANSI Standard Z136.5-2009  for Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions*
  • ANSI Standard Z136.4-2010  for Laser Safety Measurements for Hazard Evaluation*

UCR  Laser Safety Manual

If you have added or are in the process of purchasing a new class 3b or 4 laser, please notify Karen Janiga, Radiation Safety Officer at karen.janiga@ucr.edu

 * ANSI Standards are available for Review at  EH&S

   If you are a new user of a class 3b or 4 laser you must do the following:     


  1. Complete Laser Safety training online. (Must be completed prior to working with 3b or 4 lasers). This includes the Primary Investigator as well as anyone that will be using the laser.
  2. Submit a Laser Machine Registration Application and an SOP form to Karen Janiga, Radiation Safety Officer(karen.janiga@ucr.edu)  There should be a separate SOP form for each laser listed on the Laser Machine Registration form.  The completed application will be reviewed by the radiation safety committee.


Vendors for Laser Curtains, Enclosures,  Eyewear, Laser Supplies, and ANSI Standards


An Example of a Laser Setup

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Laser Safety

More information on Lasers

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