Texas Christian University (“TCU”) has established a Laser Safety Committee (LSC) to help provide controls and safety guidance for research and educational activities involving lasers. The committee is composed of representatives from TCU faculty and staff that serve as a resource for development and review of laser safety policies and procedures, and, in conjunction with the Laser Safety Officer, addresses laser safety problems, and reviews and recommends use of lasers based upon the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, where applicable.
The LSC is responsible for the following duties:
- Assist in fostering a university-wide culture accountability and compliance
- Research Integrity. Confidentially consult with the Research Integrity Officer on assessments, inquiries, and investigations of research integrity violation allegations.
- Help to establish and maintain adequate policies and practices for the evaluation and control of laser hazards within TCU
- Make recommendations to the LSO for appropriate laser safety training programs and materials and standard operating procedures
- Maintain an awareness of all applicable new or revised laser safety standards.
- Facilitate compliance within their respective Departments with laser safety standards
- Assist in investigating alleged infractions of safety rules or improper use of laser equipment brought to its attention by the LSO or other responsible personnel, and recommend remedial action to correct such infractions
- Monitor procurement, use, and disposal procedures