Research Safety

Laser Safety

The University of Michigan (U-M) has the fundamental responsibility to ensure the safe use of all lasers owned and operated under its jurisdiction. Laser use at U-M encompasses many disciplines and applications. Due to the wide array of lasers and the potential hazards unique to each, OSEH has developed a Laser Safety Guideline which addresses work practices to be followed while working with lasers at the U-M.

The University of Michigan Laser Safety Program is designed to provide guidance for the safe use of lasers in research and to help provide for the safety of all personnel and visitors that may be exposed to radiation emitted by lasers.

Many lasers are capable of causing damage to eyes and skin. Therefore, it is imperative that all users of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers are adequately trained before using such devices. Reflections alone can cause permanent eye damage. High-power beams can burn skin. Laser operators must be aware of other non-beam potential hazards including fire, electrical, biological and chemical hazards.

This Guideline will provide basic information on laser operation and safe practices. This Guideline should be used as a tool for laser users when developing a laser safety program. The program must be designed to protect all employees from potential hazards and meet federal, state, and industry standards.

For a link to the Laser Safety Program guideline, go to:

For more information on the Laser Safety Program and requirements, contact Russ Garcia at OSEH, (734) 647-5224.

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