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Aug. 22, 2007
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OSHA renews alliance with the Laser Institute of America

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today renewed its alliance with the Laser Institute of America (LIA) to continue providing its members with important information to help prevent exposure to laser beam and non-beam hazards in industrial and medical workplaces.

"Through this cooperative alliance, OSHA and the LIA are focusing on sharing information on laser regulations and standards, the bioeffects that lasers have on the eyes and skin, laser control measures, and laser safety program administration," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "For example, the alliance has produced the Laser Safety Information Bulletin which was also developed into a podcast by the LIA. This information is beneficial to employers and employees in the medical, industrial, military, research and development, and optical fiber communications industries."

"LIA is pleased to renew this alliance, which gives us an opportunity to continue the partnership with OSHA on laser safety training and education in the workplace," said Richard M. Greene, LIA's education director. "We are committed to working together with OSHA to educate not only their employees but all laser users on the safe use of lasers."

Through the alliance, LIA members are on the editorial boards of four OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and the LIA distributed OSHA materials at the Pacific International Conference on Application of Lasers and Optics last year.

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