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Product Code: ILSC2009_803

OP-TEC National Center for Optics and Photonics Education and ANSI Z136.5 American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions - How They Will Work Together to Improve Laser Safety in Educational Institutions
Fred P. Seeber, Camden County College; Manahawkin NJ USA
Presented at ILSC 2009

A consortium of two-year colleges, high schools, universities, national laboratories, industry partners, and professional societies created OP-TEC. This ATE-NSF program is committed to join forces in creating a secondary-to-postsecondary pipeline of highly qualified and strongly motivated students and empowering community colleges to meet the urgent need for technicians in optics and photonics. Part of OP-TEC is to act in an advisory role for high schools, colleges and universities to develop safe laser laboratories as they infuse photonics into their programs. Dr. Fred Seeber who is a Co-Investigator for OP-TEC also chairs the ANSI Z136.5 subcommittee for the Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions. This presentation will discuss how the ANSI Z136.5 standard will guide OP-TEC when it advises educational institutions on how to safely instruct and create laser laboratories. The ANSI Z136.5 originally published in 2000 and nearing the end of a revision cycle, is expected to come out with the next addition at the end of 2008.

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