OSHA and Laser Institute of America renew alliance

By: May 14th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

OSHA and the Laser Institute of America have renewed their alliance aimed at reducing and preventing worker exposure to laser beam and non-beam hazards in industrial, research, and medical workplaces.

“Worker exposure to laser beams can result in eye and skin damage, and in more serious cases, blindness and skin cancer,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels in a May 9 agency announcement. “This renewed Alliance will help broaden outreach efforts to workers and employers and share critical education and information to reduce preventable injuries.”

The agreement calls for the development of fact sheets for facilities that use lasers and conducting laser safety seminars for OSHA field staff.

The alliance has already produced laser-related OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics on how to recognize and reduce laser hazards, OSHA standards related to lasers, and training on laser safety. See:

 

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By Sue Niedzwiecki on July 9th, 2015 at 11:24 am

Vision screening is required for healthcare workers who work with a certain type of laser equipment, but I can’t find anything that says what type of equipment that is. Can you tell me? Thanks!

 

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