Laser Institute of America laser safety standard defines control measures

A document outlining the ANSI Z136.1 laser safety standard defines control measures for each of the four laser classes. It contains revisions to the previous version, for industrial, military, medical, and educational applications. It includes laser hazard classification definitions, requirements for refresher
training, and updates to medical surveillance requirements.
Laser Institute of America
Orlando, FL

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Ensure That Your Laser Safety Program Is Compliant!

The parent document and cornerstone of the Z136 series of laser safety standards, the ANSI Z136.1 provides guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for each of the four laser classes.

As a result of advances in laser devices and applications, it is recommended that this standard be obtained by all laser end users and is a must for users of class 3B and 4 lasers. Since the ANSI Z136.1 standard is the foundation of laser safety programs for industrial, military, medical and educational applications nationwide, revisions to the previous version can and will affect the training and practice of laser safety in these environments. This standard includes laser hazard classification definitions, requirements for refresher training and updates to medical surveillance requirements. The ANSI Z136.1 standard provides an updated and thorough set of guidelines for implementing a safe laser program.

In addition, the standard covers laser safety program provisions including the duties and responsibilities of the LSO, non-beam hazards, administrative/engineering control measures, definitions, optical density, nominal hazard zone (NHZ), MPEs, accessible emission limit (AEL), bioeffects, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and example calculations. (soft bound, 276 pgs.)

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