ScanImage software is programmed with safety in mind, however software can fail in unpredictable ways. Whenever working on a microscope, ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place.
Even a correctly aligned laser can produce stray light when interacting with optical elements such as lenses, diffractive elements or reflective surfaces. Ensure that the laser light path is fully enclosed.
Ensure to wear safety laser glasses when working with a laser. Ensure that the laser safety glasses are appropriate for the laser used (damage threshold and wavelength).
Ensure no combustible material is exposed to the laser
Ensure that you are not wearing reflective jewelery (rings, watches, etc.) when interacting with a laser.
Use interlocks on the laser. When a light barrier is opened, the laser should automatically turn off.
Implement safeguards to prevent 3rd parties from entering a room with an active laser.