Laser and Radiation Safety

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.

Each proposed experiment or operation involving a laser must be evaluated to determine the hazards involved and the appropriate safety measures and controls required.

Contact EHS for risk assessment and safety procedures, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Radiation Safety

EHS is responsible for implementing the University’s radiation safety program as defined by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Broad Scope license and applicable state and federal regulations.

All personnel approved for use of radioactive materials are expected to utilize safe work practices and conduct and complete all required activities to maintain compliance with these regulations.

EHS manages the inventory of all radioactive materials on campus, performs surveys and inspections, and regularly monitors employees to ensure worker safety.