Lasers, in particular the powerful lasers employed in the STFC – infra-red and ultra-violet - class 3B and 4, and pulsed lasers, can result in thermal and photochemical burns to skin, and eyes in particular, the latter resulting in permanent visual impairment. This code is relevant to managers of staff and staff working with lasers of any type.
The code establishes a hierarchy of responsibilities for laser management, these are:
Overall Laser Responsible Officer (OLRO) – advising LROs and staff on laser safety, investigating laser incidents, controlling changes in laser use; and undertaking laser inspections;
Laser Responsible Officer (LRO) – appointing and training LNPs to work with lasers, approving and supervising the proposed work of LNPs, and maintaining laser documentation; and
Laser Nominated Person (LNP) – approved to follow laser standing orders.
A range of practical advice is included defining expected standards of laser safety.