All uses of class 3B and 4 lasers at Montana State University must be approved by the university’s Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and the Laser Safety Officer (RSO). Approvals for class 3B and 4 lasers by the RSC is expressly lasers and personnel specified in the laser use application. Any unauthorized uses or lasers constitutes a violation of University, State and Federal regulations.
In Montana, the Department of Labor Occupational Health & Safety Division, determines safe practices for use of lasers. Montana has adopted the ANSI standards Z136 for the safe use of lasers.
Proper management of lasers and their operators is the responsibility of the authorized Principal User, under whose permit the device is being used. It is the responsibility of each member of the laboratory to maintain safe use of lasers in their area.