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Laser Safety Program

Boston College Office of Environmental Health and Safety

The purpose of the Boston College Laser Safety Program is to:

  • register Class 3B and 4 lasers used on campus;
  • identify potential hazards to health and safety associated with lasers, laser systems, and laser operations and to prescribe suitable means for the evaluation and control of these hazards;
  • provide guidance for compliance with applicable state and federal regulations and other applicable technical standards;
  • indicate specific responsibilities and activities for laser safety, inventory maintenenace, training, medical evaluation, and job assessment.

The Laser Safety Program is administered by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and the Radiation Safety Committee. Eric Johnson is BC's Radiation and Laser Safety Officer.


All laser users are required to have initial laser training before they purchase or work with lasers. Depending on the laser system in use, other workers in labs may need training to understand their own potential exposure risks. Contact your building's operations manager or Eric Johnson to find out when training will be offered next.

Manuals and Forms

Laser Safety Manual

Application for Registration of Laser Systems

Laser Safety Audit Checklist

Laser Worker Registration Form