however, that you should review beore the inspection:STD 01-05-001 [Pub. 8-1.7]
Guidelines or Laser Saety and Hazard Assessment
21 CFR 1040
Perormance Standards or Light-Emitting Products
29 CFR 1910.133
Eye and Face Protection Standard
Occupational Saety and Health Standards
]29 CFR 1926.54
Subpart D Nonionizing Radiation
Saety and Health Regulations or Construction
[www.osha.gov] and provide general guidelines or the sae use o lasers. The acknowledged greatest occupational hazard o lasers iseye damage because the laser beam ocuses an intense amount o light onto a small area. I a person looks straight at a laser beam,or its refection, the beam ocuses on a small area o the eye’sretina causing severe damage, and possibly resulting in permanentblindness.Protective eyewear is one o the most important saety precautions. Provide your laser operators with eyewear that isspecically designed to be worn when working around lasers andshould protect a person or a minimum o a 10 second exposure.Filtering screens are available or longer exposures. People who work in the general area o lasers should also wear protective eyeequipment, even i they do not work directly on the lasers.
radiation. The presence o these hazards may require ventilationsystems or respirators, or protective clothing such as gloves.
1970 requires employers to urnish each o his employees a placeo employment which is ree rom recognized hazards that arecausing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
laser operations as a basis or requiring employers to revise workplace practices to conorm to the recommendations andrequirements o standards such as the American NationalStandards Institute (ANSI) Z 136.1 series o standards onlaser saety.The ANSI series o laser standards are published by the Laser
that although the Z 136.1 standard is not a law, ithas direct impact on laser standards worldwide. ANSI Z 136.1-2007,
Sae Use o Lasers
, provides inormationon how to classiy lasers or saety, laser saety calculations andmeasurements, laser hazard control measures, and
Committees in all types o laser acilities.
training or laser operators. The degree o training required isspelled out in the ANSI standard and is determined by theclassication o laser equipment the operator controls. Lasertraining is available through the Laser Institute. Check laserinstitute.org or more inormation.The ANSI standard also describes laser warning signs that may be required. More inormation about the standard, including itspurchase, is available rom ANSI at http://webstore.ansi.org. Additional laser saety practices are ound in the newly updated
FMA / CNA Saety & Loss Control Manual
e-version which isree to all FMA & TPA members. The document is listed on the
as a sample company-wide laser saety program, and laser saety checklists, are available rom the Saety.BLR link on the Members
The FMA store oers three styles o laser saety eyewear
manet.org/FMAStore, product numbers LASEF2, LASEF3,and LASEF4 or more details.Many resources are available to help you with the audit.Remember, the basic principle is protection – that’s the bestpractice or everyone.
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We’re getting ready for another OSHA inspection. We’ve added some laser cuttingequipment since our last inspection and need to know what OSHA regulationsgovern laser equipment.
Summary o Laser Saety Considerations
1) Are all laser operators provided with adequate eyewear?2) Does everyone working or walking in the laser area wearprotective eyewear?3) Does the laser process cause hazardous umes exceedingacceptable levels o exposure?3a) I yes, is there adequate ventilation or do operatorswear respirators?4) Does the laser process create harmul levels o radiation?4a) I yes, do operators wear appropriate protective clothing?5) Are laser operators adequately trained?6) Is someone designated as a Laser Saety Ofcer?6a) Is the person properly trained or certifed?7) Is signage and/or labeling required?