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Laser Use Authorization (LUA)

Learn how to obtain and manage a Laser Use Authorization (LUA) for class 3B and 4 lasers and laser systems.

Principal investigators (PIs) with class 3B or 4 lasers or laser systems must have a Laser Use Authorization (LUA) before beginning work at UC San Diego.

Apply for a Laser Use Authorization (LUA)

  • Submit the form requesting your authorization:
    • Print and complete a Laser Use Authorization form.
    • Mail or fax the form to EH&S Laser Safety:
      • Mail Code: 0089
      • Fax: (858) 822-7763

Read Requirements for Class 3B and 4 Lasers for information you need to know about the UC San Diego Laser Safety Program.

Renew your LUA annually after initial approval. The EH&S Laser Safety Officer (LSO) will notify PIs when renewals are due.

Enroll personnel in the Laser Safety Program

Personnel who will use lasers must enroll in the Laser Safety Program and have appropriate training to safely operate equipment.

  • Submit a form for each individual who will operate laser equipment under your LUA.
  • See Laser Safety Training for training requirements.

Register class 3B and 4 lasers or laser systems

Class 3B and 4 lasers and laser systems must be registered with Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S). This includes all lasers owned by UC San Diego campus or operated by personnel on UC San Diego campus payroll.

Register all class 3B and 4 lasers within UC San Diego campus jurisdiction with EH&S prior to initial use.

Amend an existing LUA

Use the Laser Use Authorization Amendment form to amend your LUA when you:

  • Delete authorized personnel
  • Change the project summary
  • Add or delete a registered laser
  • Add or delete a laser location

Inactivate your LUA

PIs who will be on sabbatical or other leave should designate an Alternate Responsible User via LUA amendment to maintain an active LUA.

    • LUAs that are inactive for more than 1 year will be deactivated.
    • An inactive LUA laboratory may not energize any class 3B or 4 lasers without prior notice for inspection and approval by the EH&S Laser Safety Officer.
    • Reactivation of an LUA within the 1 year period will be processed as an amendment.

Transfer laser equipment

For more information, contact EH&S Laser Safety, (858) 822-2850 or 822-2494.