Laser Safety

Laser and laser systems have several different applications in the workplace. These systems are sources of non-ionizing radiation which can emit ultraviolet radiation, visible light, and infrared radiation. Lasers and laser systems are classified to describe the ability of the laser beam to cause injury to personnel (e.g. biological damage to the eye or skin). The laser classification scheme ranges from Class 1 lasers like laser printers to Class 4 lasers like an excimer laser used for surgical procedures.  

All Class 3B and Class 4 lasers and laser systems are required to be enrolled in the UNMC EHS Laser Safety program. Depending on the application, certain classes of less hazardous lasers and laser systems may have requirements such as control measures or training. Please contact unmcehs@unmc.edu for program enrollment or if you have any questions.