Product Code: 118AE_2021 | ISBN: 978-1-940168-24-1

ANSI Z136.8 (2021) - Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing

Electronic Version

The ANSI Z136.8 - Hardcopy Version is one of the latest offerings in a range of vital resources for laser personnel. This standard includes policies and procedures to ensure laser safety in any area where research, development or testing is performed, including Universities, product development labs, private and government research labs (e.g., National Laboratories) and product testing settings.

From this standard, LSOs will find useful guidance and recommendations for the safe use of lasers and laser systems that operate at wavelengths between 180 nm ultraviolet (UV) and 1 mm (1000 μm) infrared (IR), used in research, development, or testing environments predominantly in an indoor setting.


  •  New color figures
  •  New Sample forms for:
    • Room interlock checks
    • On-the-Job-Training
    • Barrier testing
    • Audits
    • Risk assessment
  •  Expanded sections on:
    • Robotics
    • Fiber optic use
    • Laser accidents
  •  More detailed appendices on:
    • High intensity lasers
    • Frequently asked program questions
    • Frequently asked technical questions
    • Regulatory overview
  •  Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Duties and Responsibilities Table
  •  Updated definitions

This standard is an invaluable resource for LSOs maintaining safety programs in research, development, or testing environments.

More Information

This standard is designed to be used in conjunction with the ANSI Z136.1 (2022). Both documents are available for purchase as a set:

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