Rochester Institute of Technology's Laser Safety Manual and Training Guide have been created as a recommended safety manual and training guide to help laser users work with lasers and laser systems in a safe manner. Standard operating procedures and protocols have been provided in order to assist the laser user in complying with Local, State, and Federal regulations.

The immense number and variation of lasers that are available makes laser safety a necessity. This manual contains guidelines that enable the laser user to identify areas of concern and apply corrective actions as needed. This manual addresses a wide array of information that is neither exhaustive nor definitive. The Laser Safety Officer (LSO) and the Laser Supervisor (LS) shall act as consultants and instructors to the laser user in appropriate use and operation of the laser or laser system as potential hazardous situations arise.

Because Federal regulations relating to workplace safety only apply to employees, Rochester Institute of Technology has adapted its Laser Safety Manual to the American National Standards Institute for the Safe Use of Lasers (ANSI Z136.1-2000). It is Rochester Institute of Technology's belief that the Radiation Safety Committee, Laser Safety Officer, Laser Supervisor, Faculty and Staff shall make all efforts to ensure that laser users are provided with the necessary information, materials, and training that will enable them to work with lasers and laser systems in a safe manner.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rochester Institute of Technology--Handbooks, manuals, etc; Lasers--Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Industrial safety--Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Safety education, Industrial

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Environmental, Health and Safety Management (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Civil Engineering Technology Environmental Management and Safety (CAST)


Maureen Valentine

Advisor/Committee Member

Jennifer L. Schneider


I, Joseph R. Whitney, hereby DO NOT grant permission to the Wallace Library of the Rochester Institute of Technology to reproduce my thesis in whole or in part. Any reproduction will not be for commercial use or profit.

Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TA1683 .W44 2006


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