The Auburn University Laser Safety Program requirements only apply to Class 3B and/or 4 laser and laser systems. An overview of the additional laser classes are discussed in the Laser Safety Manual as well as recommendations on safety; however the primary focus of the Laser Safety Program will be on Class 3B and/or 4 laser and laser systems, as these types possess the greatest potential for causing serious human injuries and/or property damage.Laser applications in research projects at Auburn University are growing in many areas. Laser and laser systems present a potential safety hazard to students, staff, and faculty if the device is not used and/or stored properly. Auburn University’s Laser Safety Program is committed to ensuring that no laser radiation in excess of the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limit reaches the human eye or skin.
In addition, the program is designed to ensure adequate protection against non-beam (collateral) hazards that can be associated with lasers. Non-beam hazards include the risk of electrical shock, explosion, fire, and personal exposure to harmful chemical or biological hazards. Safety requirements for laser and laser systems are listed in The Auburn University Laser Safety Manual and ANSI Z136.1-2014, American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers.