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The general rules below are to be followed by all personnel, visitors, and spectators to ensure maximum safety.

  • The minimum laser radiant energy or laser power level required for the application should always be used.
  • Emergency response procedures must be in plain view in all laser facilities.
  • All facilities must have an openly available set of operating procedures (SOPs) for each individual laser.
  • A qualified technician must perform servicing for a laser or laser system.
  • Lasers are to be operated in well-lighted areas, if at all possible, to minimize possible eye damage.
  • Flash lamps used with solid state lasers should be shielded.
  • Never leave an operating laser unattended and never work alone in the facility while operating a laser, especially after normal working hours.

To minimize direct eye exposure observe these precautions:

  • Do not intentionally look directly into laser beam or at specular reflection, regardless of its power.
  • Minimize specular reflection.
  • Terminate beam at end of its useful path.
  • Clearly identify the beam path(s) and ensure that they do not cross populated areas or traffic paths.
  • Locate the beam path at a point other than eye level when standing or when sitting at a desk.
  • Orient the laser so that the beam is not directed toward entry doors or aisles.
  • Securely mount laser systems on a stable platform to maintain the beam in a fixed position during operation and limit beam traverse during adjustments and alignments.
  • Jewelry must not be worn in a controlled laser area.
  • Visual alignment of laser systems while the laser is operating should not be attempted. If possible, lasers should be powered down during alignment. 

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