ⓘ Laser safety and standards ..

EN 207

EN 207 is the European norm for laser safety eyewear. Any laser eye protection sold within the European Community must be certified and labeled with the CE mark. According to this standard, laser safety glasses should not only absorb laser light of a given wavelength, but they should also be able to withstand a direct hit from the laser without breaking or melting, both the filter and the frame. In this respect, the European norm is more strict than the American norm that only regulates the required optical density. More precisely, the safety glasses should be able to withstand a continuou ...

Laser Institute of America

Laser Institute of America is a professional society with a focus on laser use and laser safety. The Laser Institute of America was founded in 1968 and acts as secretariat to the Accredited Standards Committee Z136, which develops and maintains the Z136 series of laser safety standards. LIA is publisher of these American National Standards Institute Z136 laser safety standards, which provide the foundation of laser safety programs nationally. LIA is also the publisher of the Journal of Laser Applications and is the organizer of several large international conferences related to laser use a ...

Laser safety

Laser safety is the safe design, use and implementation of lasers to minimize the risk of laser accidents, especially those involving eye injuries. Since even relatively small amounts of laser light can lead to permanent eye injuries, the sale and usage of lasers is typically subject to government regulations. Moderate and high-power lasers are potentially hazardous because they can burn the retina of the eye, or even the skin. To control the risk of injury, various specifications, for example 21 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 1040 in the US and IEC 60825 internationally, define "cla ...

Lasers and aviation safety

Under certain conditions, laser light or other bright lights directed at aircraft can be a hazard. The most likely scenario is when a bright visible laser light causes distraction or temporary flash blindness to a pilot, during a critical phase of flight such as landing or takeoff. It is far less likely, though still possible, that a visible or invisible beam could cause permanent harm to a pilots eyes. Although laser weapons are under development by armed forces, these are so specialized, expensive and controlled that it is improbable for non-military lasers to cause structural damage to ...

Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health

The Center for Devices and Radiological Health is the branch of the United States Food and Drug Administration responsible for the premarket approval of all medical devices, as well as overseeing the manufacturing, performance and safety of these devices. The CDRH also oversees the radiation safety performance of non-medical devices which emit certain types of electromagnetic radiation, such as cellular phones and microwave ovens. The current head of the CDRH is Jeffrey Shuren, who took over in January 2010.