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Radiation Protection

The Radiation Protection Adviser, (Health Protection Agency), is responsible for advising on relevant legislation, providing professional advice on matters relating to Radiation and will ensure, on behalf of the University Court, that the statutory and regulatory provisions are being complied with.  They must be consulted on all aspects of equipment, personnel and processes having radiation safety implications.

 

Laser Safety

The University Laser Safety Advisor is responsible for advising on relevant legislation, providing professional advice on matters relating to Lasers and the suitability of laser procedures in the University. The advisor must be consulted on all aspects of equipment, personnel and processes having laser safety implications.

University Laser Safety Advisor: Peter Wallace

Email: P.Wallace@gcu.ac.uk

Phone no: Extension no: 3656

Peter is also the Departmental Laser Safety Officer for the School for Engineering & Built Environment.

General guidance on good practice can be found in the AURPO (Association of University Radiation Protection Officers) ‘Guidance on the Safe Use of Lasers in Education and Research’ document, 2012 Revised Edition

Laser Classes

Laser hazards are identified by the classification of the laser and this must be marked clearly by the supplier. Hazard class 1-4 is the classification for UK/EU products; Hazard class I-IV is the classification for US products.

Registration of Lasers and Users

Any laser equipment held in the School/Division/Department or any activity, current or planned, involving the use of laser equipment must be registered with the University Laser Safety Advisor and the University Health and Safety Advisor by completing the following Laser Registration Form. The form is also used to register users of lasers. Please note that laser printers, CD or DVD equipment need not be included.

Lasers registrations for class 3 (either 3R or 3B, or class 4 lasers must be accompanied by a risk assessment. The completed form should be returned to Dr Peter Wallace (GCU Laser Safety Advisor) via email P.Wallace@gcu.ac.uk and a copy emailed to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Procedure

In departments where Class 3B and Class 4 lasers are used the Head of Department in consultation with the Laser Safety Adviser/Officer should appoint a suitably qualified member of staff as Departmental Laser Safety Officer

  • Schools/Departments should appoint a Departmental Laser Safety Officer  
  • Each School/Department must maintain a Laser Register that contains a list of all lasers/laser equipment and users of Class 3 and above lasers with the exception of embedded laser products such as laser printers or CD players. Staff/students that could or are going to modify Class 1M or 2M devices should also be identified.  
  • No Class 3B or 4 laser system should be put into use for the first time without the approval of the University Laser Safety Advisor and where relevant, the School/Departmental Laser Safety Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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