Laser Hazards. Provides information to assist industrial hygienists in the assessment of work sites for potential laser hazards. Provides information on biological effects, hazard classifications, investigation guidelines, control measures, and safety programs.
Warning Signs. Provides a few examples of warning signs that may be used to alert workers of potential laser hazards.
Hospital Investigations: Health Hazards. Contains information that will assist in the recognition and evaluation of laser hazards within hospitals. Describes lasers as a potential hazard in the hospital environment and identifies areas to investigate.
Physical Agents. Identifies the acute effects of laser exposure and states that chronic effects are unknown.
Hazard of Laser Surgery Smoke. OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin (HIB), (April 11, 1988). Links potential airborne biological hazards with the use of lasers during surgery.
10 Steps to Starting a Medical Laser Safety Program in Health Care Facilities Fact Sheet (PDF*). OSHA and the Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, (November 2014). Assists health care facilities establish a medical laser safety program. The fact sheet focuses on the basic information needed to establish an effective laser safety program in health care facilities such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics and medical spas.
Laser Effects on the Human Eye (PDF*). OSHA and Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, (November 2009). Focuses on the effect lasers have on the human eye.
Laser Safety Checklist (PDF*). OSHA and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Alliance, (June 2011). Provides guidance for perioperative personnel to ensure a safe environment for patients and health care workers during the use of laser technology.
Laser Safety Information Bulletin (PDF). OSHA and the Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, (September 2006). Focuses on the concerns and issues related to laser safety.
Preventing Injury from Laser Skin Treatment (PDF*). OSHA and the Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, (November 2009). Provides information on the potential injury from lasers used for dermatological purposes such as tattoo removal, vascular lesions, and other dermatological surgery.
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