Occupational Safety and Health Series, No. 68

The use of lasers in the workplace: A practical guide

The purpose of this book is to provide basic guidance on working conditions and procedures that will lead to higher standards of safety for all personnel engaged in the manufacture, maintenance and operation of laser devices. It is intended in particular for the use of competent authorities, employers and workers, and in general all persons in charge of occupational safety and health.

The following topics are covered: the characteristics of laser radiation; the biological and health effects; occupationally related exposure type and effects; hazard evaluation; instrumentation and measurement techniques; occupational exposure limits and safety standards; control of and protection from exposure to laser radiation; and the principles of an administrative structure needed to ensure laser safety in the workplace. Emphasis is upon protective measures.