Laser Safety

laser warningThe acronym LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers produce primarily non-ionizing radiation. The most frequent damage from lasers therefore, is thermal. The safe use of laser systems depends upon the basic principles of safety which are recognition, evaluation, and control of potential hazards. Overall responsibility for compliance with standards for safe laser use is assigned to the Williams College Laser Safety Committee. This committee reports to the Provost’s Office. Laser safety regulations have been promulgated by the Massachusetts Public Health Department (MPHD) under the provisions of Section 51, Chapter 111 of The General Laws of Massachusetts. Additional guidance in working safety can be obtained from ANSI Standard Z136.1-1980.

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Laser Eye Exam Appointments

Eye exams are done by Advanced Eyecare, 664-6736. The practice is located in the Doctors’ Building adjacent to North Adams Regional Hospital. To reach them, take Route 2 to North Adams. Go past the first set of stoplights in downtown North Adams (the Big Y Supermarket will be on the left) and turn left at the second set, onto Eagle Street. There is a Dunkin Donuts on the corner where you turn. Go up the hill, and when the road forks, take the left-hand fork (which is still Eagle Street). Almost immediately, you turn left onto Hospital Avenue. Go in the main entrance to the hospital (a right turn) and turn left after the parking garage into the outdoor parking lot for the Doctors’ Building. The entrance to the offices is at the far end of the parking lot; Advanced Eyecare is on the first floor right at the entrance end. Remember to take with you the form that shows you are getting a laser-safety eye exam, and tell the receptionist that the bill comes to [who?] at Williams College, NOT to you!

Laser Eye Exam Form (PDF) [name on form also needs to be updated]

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