Environmental Health and Safety

FAMU Laser Safety Program

Program Purpose

The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control, regulates the use of Lasers and laser systems in the State of Florida. The purpose of the University's Laser Safety Program is to ensure all activities related to the use, operation or ownership, and subsequent disposal of lasers and laser systems are conducted with the proper precautions and are in compliance with the requirements of Florida Administrative Code (FAC), Chapter 64E-4 and ANSI  Z136.8.

Lasers are categorized into four different safety classifications, i.e. classes I, II, III, and IV, based on power output and wavelength. All classes 3b and 4 must be registered with the Florida Department of Health, and it’s the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to ensure that registration is initiated. Environmental Health and Safety maintains records for all registered lasers used on campus and updates records as necessary.

The university and in particular Environmental Health and Safety is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all faculty, staff, students and visitors, especially those using laser equipment. As such, Environmental Health and Safety requires notification whenever the procurement or disposal of laser equipment is anticipated.

Contact Environmental Health and Safety for additional information at: (850) 599-3442 or (850) 599-8023.

Laser Safety Manual

Contact Info

2400 Wahnish Way
Plant Operations Building A, Suite 120
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3442
F: (850) 599-8024

E: ehs@famu.edu