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Contact:

Donald Samaan
Health Physicist (HP) / Laser Safety Officer (LSO)
Phone: 3-8300
donald.samaan@northwestern.edu


Laser Safety Information

The Laser Safety Program is established by the Office for Research Safety (ORS) on behalf of Northwestern University and is managed by the Laser Safety Officer (LSO). The Program encompasses monitoring, assessment, evaluation and control of laser hazards and applications of adequate protective measures.

The LSO is appointed by the Vice President for Research (VPR). The VPR delegates authority and responsibility to the LSO for the oversight and the enforcement of laser safety and compliance as required by the Illinois Administrative Code.

The Program includes provisions for Class 3b and Class 4 laser products and systems. To fulfill the State requirement of laser registrations, each laser must be registered in the Integrated Safety Information System (ISIS). Once approved by the LSO, the laser equipment registration is included in the University's inventory and communicated to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The laser inventory is maintained by the LSO and checked on a semi-annual basis through in-lab laser safety audits.

Due to the number of laser sources and applications in various research areas, a Laser Safety Committee is also formed and associated to the LSO. The VPR appoints the committee members; the LSO recruits members and coordinates the activities.

Laser Safety Handbook

Laser Safety Handbook
The Laser Safety Handbook is University Policy. Adherence to the Laser Safety Program is mandatory.


Incidents

The LSO investigates and reports findings to the Laser Safety Committee. A preparation of action plans for the future prevention of analogous circumstances is discussed and profiled following each case.

Incident Report Form
Incidents or alleged accidents must be reported to ORS within five days using ths form.

Training and Authorization

Personnel must be authorized to use Class 3b and Class 4 lasers.

Basic Laser Safety Awareness Training
Each potential laser operator must complete this course, available online through Blackboard. Retraining and Registration is Required Annually.

Laser Operator Registration in ISIS

After completing the Basic Laser Safety Awareness test, this ISIS-based registration must be completed and submitted to the LSO.


Additional Training

Additional Courses and Seminars
Additional Laser Safety courses, seminars and consultative services available from Research Safety.


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