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
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The Z136.1 is a parent document and cornerstone of the Z136 series of laser safety standards, the Z136.1 is the foundation of laser safety programs for industrial, military, medical, and educational applications nationwide.
This standard provides guidance for the safe use, maintenance, service, and installation of optical communications systems utilizing laser diodes or light emitting diodes operating at wavelengths between 0.6 mm and 1 mm. Optical communication systems include end-to-end optical fiber based links, fixed terrestrial point-to-point free-space links, or a combination of both.
ANSI Z136.3 (2011) is recognized as the definitive document on laser safety in all health care environments. It provides guidance for the safe use of lasers for diagnostic, cosmetic, preventative and therapeutic applications in any location where bodily structure or function is altered or symptoms are relieved.
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.
Revised in 2009, this standard applies the requirements of the ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers to the unique environments associated with educational institutions. Such settings include teaching laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls, science fairs, and science museums, which have incorporated lasers into their educational process. It is intended for staff and students using lasers for academic instruction in university, college, secondary, or primary educational facilities.
The Z136.6 Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors (2015) is a necessary tool for anyone operating lasers outdoors. This newly revised document provides guidance for the safe use of potentially hazardous lasers and laser systems (180 nm to 1 mm), in an outdoor environment, where the establishment of open beam paths is necessitated. When used in conjunction with the ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers, the Z136.6 ensures that your outdoor laser applications are in conformity with the latest safety guidelines.
Revised in 2008, The objective of this standard is to provide reasonable and adequate guidance on the test methods, protocols and specifications for devices used to provide eye protection from lasers and laser systems.
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.
This standard provides reasonable and adequate guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems that operate at wavelengths between 180 nm and 1 mm.