This thesis presents a model for developing a laser safety program for a large academic research institution. It is based on the standards and requirements of the 1993 American National Standards Institute document Z136.1, The Safe Use of Lasers. This model employs the existing administrative structure and staff of the University Office of Radiological Safety (ORS), augments the Radiation Safety Committee to include laser expertise, and develops a dedicated laser policy and procedures manual. Laser policy would require a faculty or staff member who desires use of a medium or high power laser (class 3 or 4) to obtain a permit for each laser, to provide an accurate description of the laser and use area, to create pertinent procedures, and to document adequate training of each user This constitutes the specific laser safety program. The model assigns detailed responsibilities to the permit holder and establishes clear areas of responsibility for the ORS The model also provides for incorporating current laser users into the program. The specific laser safety program recognizes the Universitys responsibility for assuring laser safety in the diverse application of lasers on campus and provides a reasonable measure of protection.
Johnson, Douglas Allen (1995). The development of a laser safety program for a large academic research institution using Texas A&M University as a model. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University.
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