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(signed August 9, 2005; renewed August 22, 2007; May 8, 2012)


The OSHA and LIA Alliance focuses on providing the organization's members and others, including small businesses with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to laser beam and non-beam hazards in industrial and medical workplaces. In addition, the organizations will share information on laser regulations and standards, bioeffects lasers have on the eyes and skin, laser control measures and laser safety program administration. The Alliance goals include:

Outreach and communication:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the LIA's Web sites) to OSHA staff, employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or LIA’s conferences, local meetings, or other laser safety training events such as LIA’s International Laser Safety conference.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding LIA’s good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

Milestones and Successes


Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events (Archive)

Best Practices Seminars

Additional Activities and Events

  • 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.
  • OSHA On-site Consultation Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
    • 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."

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Laser Effects on the Human Eye [PDF* - 2 MB]. 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)
  • Preventing Injury from Laser Skin Treatment [PDF* - 1 MB]. 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)
  • Hazards of Laser Welders, Cutters, Heat Treaters and Punch Presses [PDF* - 2 MB]. 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)
  • 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)

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

OSHA eTools

Additional Resources

  • LIA/OSHA Alliance page
  • LIA and OSHA Laser Safety Bulletin Podcast
  • 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 and publisher of the Z136 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.

Areas of Emphasis



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