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State Standards

Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these states adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some states have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards related to laser hazards.

OSHA

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

Directives

Standard Interpretations

National Consensus

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

The Z136 series of laser safety standards are voluntary consensus standards that have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Laser Institute of America (LIA) is the secretariat to the committee that produces the Z136 standards, as well as publisher of the series.

  • Z136.1-2014, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers
  • Z136.2-2012, American National Standard for Safe Use of Optical Fiber Communication Systems Utilizing Laser Diode and LED Sources
  • Z136.3-2011, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care
  • Z136.4-2010, American National Standard Recommended Practice for Laser Safety Measurements for Hazard Evaluation
  • Z136.5-2009, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions
  • Z136.6-2005, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors
  • Z136.7-2008, American National Standard for Testing and Labeling of Laser Protective Equipment
  • Z136.8-2012, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing
  • Z136.9-2013, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments
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