Laser Safety UPPS No. 04.05.08
Issue No. 3
Effective Date: 07/15/2009
Review: June 1 E4Y
01. POLICY STATEMENTS
01.01 Individuals at the university will use lasers in accordance with law and the regulations of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) contained in 25 Texas Administrative Code §289.301, Texas Regulations for the Control of Laser Radiation Hazards.
01.02 A laser is defined as an electronic device that emits stimulated radiation to energy density levels that could reasonably cause bodily harm. A laser may also produce an intense, coherent, directional beam of light by stimulating electronic or molecular transitions to lower energy levels. The term "laser" also includes the assembly of electrical, mechanical, and optical components associated with the laser. A laser can be a component of a product or system.
02. LASER SAFETY COMMITTEE
02.01 The Laser Safety Committee will review and monitor the use of laser radiation at Texas State. This committee is appointed by and directly responsible to the president.
02.02 The Laser Safety Committee consists of a department chair or school director, the laser safety officer, the director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management and additional members as deemed appropriate.
02.03 Members of the Laser Safety Committee are appointed in the following manner:
a. By June 15 of each year, the dean of the College of Science will submit to the president, via the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, recommendations for:
1) A qualified person to serve as chair of the committee for the succeeding academic year,
2) A qualified person to serve as laser safety officer, and
3) other committee members as deemed appropriate by the dean.
b. The committee meets at the beginning of each academic year and at such other times as are deemed necessary by the chair of the committee.
03. DUTIES OF THE LASER SAFETY OFFICER
03.01 The laser safety officer is the delegated authority for the daily implementation of policies regarding the safety use of lasers. The laser safety officer shall:
a. Insure that each user of lasers is in compliance with Texas Regulations for the Control of Laser Radiation Hazards, §289.301;
b. Maintain records as required by the above mentioned regulations;
c. Stop any operations not in compliance with the above mentioned regulations; and
d. Conduct periodic surveys to verify the current inventory of covered lasers.
04. PROCEDURES FOR PROCUREMENT OF LASERS
04.01 Each account manager considering the procurement of a laser (with the exception of laser printers) shall include the laser safety officer in the planning stage prior to procurement to assure proper compliance with state regulations.
04.02 The account manager shall supply the following information to the laser safety officer:
a. Manufacture model and serial number;
b. Wave length and power of emission and class of the laser; and
c. Description of appropriate precautions to be taken in its use and installation.
05. REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS
05.01 Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:
Director, Environmental Health, June 1 E4Y
Safety &Risk Management
Laser Safety Officer June 1 E4Y
06. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT
This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.
Director, Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management; senior reviewer of this UPPS
Vice President for Finance and Support Services