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Laser Safety

Most lasers used at College of Charleston are capable of causing eye injury and many may cause burns to exposed skin, ignite flammable materials, and heat materials that release hazardous fumes, gases, debris, or radiation.  Equipment and optical apparatus required to produce and control laser energy may also introduce additional hazards associated with high voltage, high pressure, cryogenics, noise, other forms of radiation, flammable materials, and toxic fluids.  Thus, each proposed experiment or operation involving a laser must be evaluated to determine the hazards involved and the appropriate safety measures and controls required.