ANSI Z136 Standards
ANSI Z136 Standards: The Foundation of a Successful Laser Safety Program
With the increased use of lasers in the workplace, more and more employees are being assigned the responsibility of leading the laser safety effort at their organizations. As you know, it is in
the best interest of the employees and the organization to follow the standards set forth in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136 series of laser safety standards. LIA offers the
most comprehensive selection of ANSI Laser Safety Standards—providing guidelines for implementing a safe laser program in industrial, medical, military and educational applications of
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The ANSI Z136.8 (2012) standard entitled Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing is one of the latest offerings in a range of vital resources for laser personnel. The Z136.8 standard arose from the increasing reliance on lasers in labs and other research-designated areas. It was developed to distinguish it from the parent ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers document by detailing different laser-use locations, as well as noting two additional hazard analysis areas — beam path and beam interaction. Highlights of this new standard include the use of alignment eyewear, use of non-certified lasers, export controls, use of warning signs, including sample audit forms for labs and program reviews and deletion of some CDRH-based control measures.
The parent document and cornerstone of the Z136 series of laser safety standards, the ANSI Z136.1 (2007) provides guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for each of the four laser classes.
Revised in 2010, This Recommended Practice provides guidance for optical measurements associated with laser safety requirements. The information contained in this document is intended to assist users who are entrusted with the responsibility of conducting laser hazard evaluations to ensure that appropriate control measures are implemented. It contains clearly written definitions, examples, and other practical information for manufacturers, laser safety officers, technicians, and other trained laser users.