Laser Equipment Disposal

Unwanted Lasers and Laser Systems

The following minimum guidelines are required when dealing with unwanted lasers or laser systems.

  • Ensure all hazardous substances have been removed and the equipment decontaminated.
  • Ensure a complete Laboratory Equipment Disposal Form (PDF) has been forwarded to EH&S.
  • Verify that EH&S has inspected/tested the equipment and authorized transfer and/or disposal through ISU Surplus.

On Campus Transfer of Lasers and Laser Systems

Whenever lasers are being transferred from one laboratory to another, the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) must be notified and provided with the following information:

  • when the laser will be transferred
  • the names of the person(s) transferring and receiving the laser
  • the sending and receiving locations
  • phone numbers of responsible person(s)

EH&S will update the laser inventory for both laboratories and perform a laser hazard assessment in the new location.

Off Campus Transfer of Lasers and Laser Systems

When planning to transport or ship a laser or laser system off campus, EH&S must be informed in advance to determine correct shipping conditions. The laboratory is responsible for all costs associated with laser shipments. The LSO must be provided with the following information:

  • when the laser will be transferred
  • the names of the person(s) transferring and receiving the laser
  • the sending and receiving locations
  • phone numbers of responsible person(s)

Laser Laboratory Waste

Laboratories generate a wide variety of unwanted chemical, biological and/or radiological materials. Laser laboratories need to ensure the proper disposal of contaminated laser-related material, such as flue and smoke filters, organic dyes and solvent solutions.Generators of unwanted materials must manage them as outlined in the Waste and Recycling Guidelines, Biosafety Manual, and the  Radiation Safety Manual.