Laboratory Safety & Compliance

Graham Health Center
408 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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Laser Safety


Laser safety training is required for all laboratory workers who operate with lasers or individuals that are working in areas in which a potential exposure to direct or reflected laser light is possible. Lasers can pose a risk to operators if not used properly. Oakland University uses the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Standard Z136.1) as guidance for the safe use of lasers and is explained during the training. The course includes information about the classification of lasers, the potential hazards associated with lasers, means for controlling the hazards, and laboratory workers and administrative responsibilities of Oakland University’s laser safety program.

After successfully passing this course, laboratory workers are also required to have on-the-job training by a supervisor or a senior lab worker on how to operate the lab’s laser system and safety features of the equipment.


In order to ensure the safe use of laser devices, training is required as cited by the OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1926.54(a) Nonionizing Radiation and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Standard Z136.1).