A Process for Safe and Efficient Laser Service Subcontractor Work.

March 8, 2017, 4:00 PM EST

Servicing and maintenance of lasers presents an increased level of risk to personnel over normal operations due to the unique nature of the work which can involve open beam alignment tasks and exposure to electrical hazards and other hazardous energy sources. This presentation details a process for safe and efficient laser service subcontractor work, which is outlined in the Department of Energy (DOE) – Energy Facility Contractors Group’s Best Practices #66.

This process applies Hazard Identification and Control of service subcontractor work. A questionnaire is used as a tool to collect information from the service technician prior to arriving on-site to conduct work. This questionnaire serves two purposes:

It collects the scope of work to be done;
It elucidates the contracting companies’ safety approach; and,
It demonstrates to the vendor what safety requirements are likely to be asked of them.
This process adds value to the laser system supervisor by presenting a predictable, consistent approach to bringing service subcontractors on-site, which minimizes delays when technicians arrive to begin their work.

Dr. Matthew S. Dabney spent 13 years mastering details of optics at Hyperfine, Inc. He fabricated and qualified most of the optics in the Hubble Space Telescope and other space flight optics. He brought his optics and engineering experience with him to the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) National Center for Photovoltaics in Golden, CO, where he currently is an optical engineer and researcher. Matthew is a laser expert having worked extensively with Class 4 lasers of all types (ultrafast, pulsed, continuous, OPA’s/OPO’s, and kilowatt lasers) for 28 years. He also is a Certified Laser Safety Officer and served as the LSO for NREL from 2013-2016, served as Secretary on the DOE Laser Safety Sub-Committee, and serves on the ANSI Z136 laser safety board. Matthew has a Bachelors in Physics from Grinnell College, and a Masters and PhD in Materials Science from Colorado School of Mines.

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