“Most lasers are capable of causing eye injury to anyone who looks directly into the beam or specular reflection. Even diffuse reflections of a high-power laser beam can produce permanent eye damage. High-power laser beams can burn exposed skin, ignite flammable materials, and vaporize materials, possibly releasing hazardous fumes, vapors, or gases. The equipment and optical apparatus required to produce the lasing action and control and direct the laser beam may introduce additional hazards. These hazards may include high voltage, high pressure, cryogenics, noise, radiation, and toxic fluids.”
Below is an incomplete listing of the requirements for using a laser at BioCAT. This document is still under construction. To be CERTAIN you have fulfilled all the requirements, contact Weikang Ma.
Laser Safety Training ESH-121 (Low Power) Recommended
Laser Safety Training (either ESH-121 or ESH-120) Required Laser Safety Officer Approval
Class IIIb/Class IV
Not available at BioCAT.
Bring Your own laser
Talk to Weikang Ma if you are planning to bring your own laser. It must be inspected and approved ahead of time.
Explanation of terms:
Laser Safety Training
Anyone using a class IIIa laser must take the ANL-specific Laser Safety class. If ESH-120 will satisfy the requirement, this course can be taken at APS user office:
For more safety related information, please refer to the ESH-120 training document from APS: https://www.aps.anl.gov/files/APS-Uploads/UO/ESH120.pdf
Paper work at BioCAT
After completing ESH-120 at APS user office, you need to sign the laser training form provided by BioCAT staff before using the laser on site.