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Per DoDI 6055.15, all laser accidents and incidents are to be reported to the Tri-Service Laser Injury Hotline for inclusion in the Laser Accident & Incident Registry in order to analyze data for use in laser safety, protection, and treatment programs. Reporting forms/formats can be found at this site:
Tri-Service Laser Injury Hotline (.mil access/CAC req)
The Naval Safety Center also has the Web Enabled Safety System (WESS) which is designed to receive mishap, incident, and accident reports for all matters related to safety within the Navy and Marine Corps. Laser incident and injury reports should be copied to them, as well.
For all over-the-horizon laser uses, coordination must be made with the USSTRATCOM Directed Energy Branch, per DoDI 3100.11 and CJCSI 3225.01, for consideration by their Laser Clearing House (LCH) mission area. Contact information for the LCH follows:
Section Chief: 805-606-1075
Operations Officer: 805-606-1282
Operations NCO: 805-606-4341
Be advised that the following recent changes (reported to Navy Laser Safety on 07MAR12) to LCH policies are in effect.
LCH is currently not concerned with the following:
- Hand held lasers
- Laser ranging and targeting systems developed for air-to-ground or ground-to-ground applications
- Laser glint from all targets (space based, water based, air based, or ground based)
It is recommended that all testing be conducted in accordance with the MIL-HDBK-828 series to the greatest extent possible.