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Laser Safety Training

The Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) holds Laser Safety Training February 25, in Room 1433, Blockley Hal1, 1-2:15 p.m. It is for all faculty, staff and students who use lasers in their research and have not previously attended the University's laser safety training program. Topics include user responsibilities, medical surveillance, and recommended work practices.

Laser safety training is one element of the University's laser safety program. The program also includes a laser safety manual, a laser registry, signage, medical surveillance, and laboratory audits. All laser users should have a copy of the University Laser Safety Manual. For a copy of the manual, call EHRS at 898-4453 or consult the EHRS web site.

Principal investigators must complete a Laser Registry form listing the location and type of laser(s) they are using along with the names of all users. A copy of the form is attached to the Laser Safety Manual.

Door warning signs are required for areas in which lasers are used; upon request EHRS will make these signs which have been specified by the ANSI standards.

A medical surveillance program has been established for faculty and staff that use Class 3B and Class 4 lasers, with examinations done by the Ophthalmology Department at HUP to establish a baseline for each user's eyes. To be eligible for the program, principal investigators must complete the Laser Registry form and return it to EHRS.

To sign up for the training or for any questions, please contact Laura Peller at 898-4453 or e-mail

Computer Courses in March

The Office of Information Systems and Computing Technology Training Group offers computer courses to Penn faculty, staff and students with a valid PENN card. All classes and seminars are held at the Computing Resource Center, 3732 Locust Walk. (across from the Bookstore).

Registration is required for all hands-on courses. Individuals must register themselves by calling 573-3102 (no third party registration). Registration for March classes has begun.

All prerequisites must be satisfied before registering for any course. For more information on course descriptions and prerequisites send email to or visit our web site.

DOS/Windows Users: Intro courses
Windows 95, March 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Word 7.0, March 9, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Excel 7.0, March 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Access 7.0, March 23, 1-4 p.m.

Macintosh users: Intro courses
Excel 5.0, March 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Word 6.0, March 11,1-4 p.m.
Filemaker Pro 3.0, March 27, 1-4 p.m.
Creating a Web Page, March 20, 1-4 p.m.

Lunchtime Seminars
Browsing using Netscape, March 3,12-1 p.m.
File Transfer Using Fetch, March 9,12-1 p.m.


In the February 3 issue's Honors, the description of Dr. Thomas Sugrue's Philip Taft Award was missing a clause: the award is given by Cornell's Institute for Labor Research on the recom-mendation of a national committee. --Ed.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, February 17, 1998, Volume 44, Number 22