Laser Safety Awareness Training
Lasers are used in various industrial, research, military and educational settings. These settings and their numerous applications present both laser beam and non-beam hazards. This training program was developed for individuals using or working with lasers in manufacturing, research or educational settings.
This course will address the beam
and non-beam safety issues and present methods for controlling these hazards. All Laservision training is designed to meet the OSHA referenced ANSI Z136.1 "Safe Use of Lasers" standard. This training has been awarded 1.0 CM Point
by ABIH and 14 CEC's by AAHP.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed a series of laser safety standards. The parent document, ANSI Z136.1 "Safe Use of Lasers" provides guidance for the safe operation and use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for each classification of laser. The basis of the laser classification scheme is the ability of the direct or reflected beam cause biological damage to the eye or skin during its intended use. Many lasers used in manufacturing, R & D and material processing are classified as Class 3B or 4. These are the two highest classifications of laser systems and by definition may present an eye, skin or fire hazard from the direct or reflected beam. ANSI Z136.1 provides guidelines for developing appropriate control measures, which minimize these potential hazards and are referenced in the development of this Laser Safety Awareness Training.
Employees who routinely work in laser environments and/or who may enter within the nominal hazard zones of Class 3B and 4 lasers systems meet the definition of Laser Personnel according the ANSI Z136.1. Management (employer) has the responsibility for the assurance of the safe use of lasers owned or operated by the employer and is responsible for employee safety, including laser safety. This course has been developed to review and discuss the following topics:
- Laser Standards & Regulations
- Employer/Employee Responsibilities
- Fundamentals of Light
- Specular and Diffuse Reflections
- Laser Output and Types
- Laser Hazard Classification
- Laser Effects on the Eye and Skin
- Maximum Permissible Exposure Limits
- Beam and Non Beam Hazards
- Laser Accidents
- Control Measures
- Understand terminology common to laser hazard analysis
- Interpret the recommendations of various regulatory agencies
- Meet laser safety training requirements as described in the ANSI Z136 standard for Safe Use of Lasers series
- Learn appropriate control measures that minimize hazards associated with the use of Class 3B and Class 4 laser Systems
- Become familiar with the concepts of nominal hazard zones, optical density for safety eyewear and maximum permissible exposure levels for various laser systems
Each attendee will receive a set of course notes, a Laservision Basic Guide to Laser Safety and a certificate of completion.