Laser Safety

Florida Institute of Technology and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety maintains a laser safety program to assist researchers, faculty and students with the safe use of lasers and to maintain compliance. The goal of the laser safety program is to educate laser operators of the potential hazards of lasers. Annual laser inspections are conducted by Laser Safety Officer to ensure lasers are being operated safely. The Laser Safety Program and its procedures are based upon The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136.1-2014 Standard for Safe Use of Lasers.

Lasers can operate in a broad spectrum of electromagnetic energy from ultraviolet (UV) to infrared (IR). Not all wavelengths present the same risks or hazards so great care and planning must be taken to avoid personal injury. Requirements for laser safety programs incorporate the identification of hazards, proper selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), implementation of engineering and administrative controls, and training.

If you have any questions about laser safety, please contact the Laser Safety Officer, Edward Croy, at dcroy@fit.edu or call (321) 674-8217.