Laser Safety

Lasers are an important tool in a large variety of teaching and research activities at NMSU.  If improperly used or not controlled, Class 3b and Class 4 lasers can be a fire hazard and/or cause severe injuries to operators or other personnel working near these lasers.  The NMSU Laser Safety Program provides guidance to University faculty, staff, and students on using lasers and laser systems safely in teaching and research settings.  The program was also established to ensure the University is in compliance with applicable government regulations and the latest revision of the American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers (ANSI Z 136.1).  The NMSU Laser Safety Program is described in detail in the NMSU Laser Safety Guide.

Registration of Class 3B and Class 4 Lasers

All Class 3B and Class 4 lasers and laser systems at the University are required to be registered with the NMSU Laser Safety Officer.  The primary objective of the registration program is to identify high-power lasers on campus with the potential to pose a risk to workers and a NMSU facility.  The use of these lasers, laser systems, and laser operations will be formally evaluated by the laser owner (OI) and NMSU LSO and operations reviewed to ensure that all hazards are appropriately controlled.

The registration form is available by clicking the link below to access the form. The form can be filled out on-line and submitted by email, or it may be printed and the hard-copy forwarded to the NMSU Laser Safety Officer.

Laser User Safety Training

All laser users must be adequately trained to ensure they have a complete understanding of the safety practices and procedures required by the NMSU Laser Safety Program.  NMSU EH&S offers Fundamentals of Laser Safety – Online to the NMSU community.  This training is required for all users of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers at NMSU.