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Accident: 201503661 - Employee'S Eye Injured By Exposure To Laser Radiation

Accident: 201503661 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 03/14/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12551922303/28/20038221Uc Berkeley
On March 14, 2003, an employee of U C Berkeley, was working with a class 4 Nd:YAG near infrared open beam laser. He wore laser safety eyewear during beam alignment, but afterwards he removed safety eyewear. While taking a meter measurement for output energy, his eye caught a flash from a hidden optic in the beam's path. His exposure exceeded current limits for lasers. The exposure to laser damaged the macula in his retina, resulting in irreversible retinal damage and loss in visual acuity.
Keywords: eye, protective clothing, laser
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125519223 Non Hospitalized injury Other Chemistry teachers

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