Updated February 9, 2015
Lasers are used throughout the University community in research and teaching. Since the use of this technology constitutes a potential hazard to health, the possession and use of lasers is governed in the workplace by Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health. Effective February 1, 2007, the University of Manitoba has the duty to inform anyone that may be exposed to radiation from lasers at the University of the potential hazards (MB 217/2006 Workplace safety and Health Regulation Section18.4). Additionally, lasers must be installed, used and maintained in accordance with ANSI Z136.1-2007 American National Standard for the safe use of Lasers (Section 16.28). High- powered lasers (Class 3B or Class 4) may be hazardous under direct or reflected viewing and may cause eye injury, skin damage or fire conditions. Careful attention to heed warning signs on doors and asking questions of the laser operators will reduce the risk.
(ANSI Z136.1-2007 is available by contacting EHS - 204 789-3613)
The University of Manitoba has created a Laser Committee (terms of reference) to oversee the development of a Laser Safety Program.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) maintains a registry of all Class 3B and Class 4 lasers in areas under the control of the University.
University of Manitoba Laser Safety Resources:
Other Laser Safety Sample SOPs:
For more information, contact:
Radiation Safety Coordinator at 204-789-3613, or
Radiation Safety Specialist at 204-789-3654, or email:
PLEASE POST in department seminar or meeting rooms (wherever a laser pointer may be used): Laser Pointer Hazard Alert (pdf)
PLEASE POST in all Laser Facilities with open beam Class 3B or Class 4 Lasers: Laser Emergency Response - Treatment Protocol (pdf)
Laser Pointer Pamphlet (UofM, pdf)
Laser Pamphlet (UofM, pdf)
Draft Laser Safety Information (UofM Power Point)
Laser Accident Database (RLI)