Laser hazards are addressed in specific standards for the construction industry.
There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.
This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to laser hazards.
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
- 1926 Subpart D, Occupational health and environmental controls
- 1926.54, Nonionizing radiation
- 1926 Subpart E, Personal protective and life saving equipment [related topic page]
For additional information on specific state plans or other general standards, see the general industry Standards section.
Letters of Interpretation
- Clarification of the terms "direct staring" and "incidental observing". (June 13, 1994). Provides clarification of the standard addressing the use of lasers (29 CFR 1926.54(j)).
- Class I Lasers. (July 12, 1993).
- "De Minimis Violation" Status accorded to power lasers used in the construction industry. (October 21, 1992).
- Necessary training for laser equipment operators. (September 21, 1992).
- Degree of hazard associated with low power lasers in construction industry. (September 17, 1992).
- Interpretation on construction standard for lasers. (February 1, 1982).
- Search all available letters of interpretation.
For information on controls, see the general industry Hazard Recognition section.
Many workers are unaware of the potential hazards in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to injury. The following references aid in recognizing and controlling laser hazards in construction.
- Laser Systems. OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin (HIB), (April 28, 1988). Alerts field compliance and consultation personnel to the importance of careful evaluation of laser systems, the environment in which the laser is used and the possible exposure of workers to laser radiation.
- Eye and Face Protection. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
Related Safety and Health Topics Pages
- Construction Industry Digest (PDF*). OSHA Publication 2202, (2014).
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