The OSHA and LIA Alliance is committed to providing LIA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by: (1) reducing and preventing exposure to beam and non-beam hazards in industrial, construction, medical and research workplaces; and (2) understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Through the Alliance, the organizations will help identify training opportunities and areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the Laser Safety training program. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and LIA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that they may participate in Alliance activities. The Alliance goals include:
Training and Education:
Deliver the Laser Safety Best Practices Seminar three times per year to OSHA staff, On-site Consultation staff, and Compliance Officers in selected Regional/Area Offices. OSHA's State Plan Compliance Officers and Onsite Consultation staff in the selected regions will be invited to attend.
Develop a web based training program focusing on the Laser Safety Best Practices Seminar that can be accessed by OSHA staff, OSHA State Plan staff and Onsite Consultation staff. The online training webinar will be developed and instituted within the first two years of the agreement.
Outreach and Communication:
Disseminate quarterly (via print and electronic media, social media, electronic assistance tools, and the LIA's web site) information on topics such as OSHA's initiatives, workers' rights, employer and employee responsibilities, and other information on occupational safety and health to employers and workers in the laser industry.
Provide opportunities annually for OSHA to speak, exhibit, or appear at the Lasers in Manufacturing Event and for OSHA's participation at the biennial International Laser Safety Conference.
Work with other Alliance participants (e.g., The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources) to make training on laser safety available to their members, as appropriate.
(L to R) Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; and Gus Anibarro, Education Director, LIA sign a national Alliance renewal agreement on December 18, 2014.
September 11-12, 2013. Lasers for Manufacturing Event, Schaumburg, Illinois.
September 11-12, 2013: Region V OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Laser Institute of America (LIA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
March 18-21, 2013. The International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC), Orlando, Florida.
March 18-21, 2013: Region IV OSHA staff at Alliance exhibit booth.
April 26, 2012: Presenter: Gus Anibarro, Educational Director, LIA. Presentation Name: "Laser Safety Hazard Identification & Control: 13 Questions an OSHA Compliance Officer Should Ask."
May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Laser Institute of America (LIA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."
10 Steps to Starting a Medical Laser Safety Program in Health Care Facilities Fact Sheet (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, LIA developed a fact sheet to assist 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. (2014, November).
Hazards of Laser Welders, Cutters, Heat Treaters and Punch Presses (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, LIA developed " Hazards of Laser Welders, Cutters, Heat Treaters and Punch Presses." The Fact Sheet addresses hazards associated with using high-power welders and cutters in industrial settings. (2009, November).
Introduction to Laser Safety (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, LIA developed a fact sheet that provides an introduction to lasers and exposure hazards. (2015, May).
Laser Effects on the Human Eye (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, LIA developed "Laser Effects on the Human Eye." The Fact Sheet focuses on the effect lasers have on the human eye. (2009, November).
Laser Safety Information Bulletin. Through the OSHA and Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, LIA developed "Laser Safety Information Bulletin." The Bulletin focuses on the concerns and issues related to laser safety. (2006, September).
Preventing Injury from Laser Skin Treatment (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Laser Institute of America (LIA) Alliance, LIA developed "Preventing Injury from Laser Skin Treatment." The Fact Sheet provides information on the potential injury from lasers used for dermatological purposes such as tattoo removal, vascular lesions, and other dermatological surgery. (2009, November).
National Consensus Standards: 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. The following are available on the ANSI Website.
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
† Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.
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