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Laser Accident Emergency Procedures

Learn what to do in the event of a laser accident.

In the event of a laser accident, do the following:

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1. Shut down the laser system.

Turn off the power source.

2. Provide for the safety of personnel.

Provide for the safety of personnel (first aid, evacuation, etc.). Seek medical assistance.

Laser injuries:

  • During normal business hours (8:00 — 4:30):
    • If you are an employee of UCSD, contact Occupational Medicine Clinic, (858) 657-1600, and follow their instructions.
    • If you are a student, refer to Student Health Services, (858) 534-3300, and follow their instructions.
    • If you are unsure of your employment status, contact (858) 534-2454.
  • After normal business hours go to emergency/urgent care:
    • Campus/La Jolla: Thornton Hospital, (858) 657-7600 (directions)
    • Hillcrest: UCSD Medical Center, (619) 543-6222 (directions)

Important: Laser eye injuries should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.

If you need transportation assistance, call UCSD Police: (858) 534-4357 (534-HELP).

3. Inform your principal investigator.

Inform your principal investigator of the accident as soon as possible.

4. Inform the UCSD Laser Safety Officer.

Inform the UCSD Laser Safety Officer of the accident as soon as possible:

  • During normal business hours: (858) 822-2850 or (858) 822-2494
  • After normal business hours: UCSD Police Department, (858) 534-4357 (534-HELP)

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