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2014-01-31 23:23:30

Updated for the first time in the last seven years, the new American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers will be available through the Laser Institute of America, secretariat of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136, which develops the laser safety standards. The ANSI Z136.1 standard guides the safe use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for the seven laser hazard classifications. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) January 31, 2014 Updated for the first time in the...

2013-12-27 23:02:09

The long-awaited update of the Z136.1 parent standard for laser safety — packed with vital revisions — is in the final stages of approval and anticipated to be available for sale in Feb. through the Laser Institute of America. For a limited time, LIA is offering a discounted pre-publication price for the print version. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 27, 2013 The long-awaited update of the Z136.1 parent standard for laser safety — packed with vital revisions — is in the final stages...

2013-10-17 12:32:51

UL assists laser pointer retailers and manufacturers in testing compliance to U.S. FDA CDRH requirements NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety science, announces the launch of its new laser safety testing offering for laser pointer retailers and manufacturers. The increasingly widespread applications of laser pointers and the growing number of incidents in connection with these devices being misused have...

2013-08-08 23:17:56

Historically, few states have regulated the use of lasers for medical purposes. However, with the increased use of medical lasers in medical spas, combined with the increase in reported patient and employee injuries, many states have reevaluated or are currently reevaluating their laser safety regulatory controls. Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) August 08, 2013 In 2007, the majority of physicians responding to an American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (“ASDS”) survey reported that the...

2012-06-25 10:25:29

OTTAWA, June 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The issue: Health Canada is advising Canadians about the potential dangers related to battery-operated hand-held lasers or laser pointers. Handheld lasers, which may resemble pens or flashlights, are most commonly used to point at objects in lectures or presentations, though they may also be advertised for other uses. In particular, lasers that emit Class 3B/IIIb or 4/IV accessible radiation(1) have the potential to cause serious harm due to the...

2010-12-07 23:01:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each day nearly 2,000 American workers suffer from avoidable workplace eye injuries that require medical treatment. Despite the risk of eye injury, many workers bypass appropriate precautions to protect their eyes. Today The Vision Council, with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), announced the release of a new issue brief, Eye Safety At-a-Glance: Protecting Your Vision at Work, about the importance of protecting eyes...

2010-08-05 13:49:53

Green laser pointers have become a popular consumer item, delivering light that's brighter to the eye than red lasers, but stories have circulated on the Web about the potential hazards of inexpensive models. Now, a team led by physicist Charles Clark at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) puts some numbers to the problem. In one case, the group found that a green laser pointer emitted almost twice its rated power level of light"”but at invisible and potentially...

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2005-05-14 17:56:50

Sustained targeting of eye could cause real damage, study finds HealthDay News -- Even brief exposure to commercially available green laser pointers can damage the human eye, warn the authors of a new study. The study, published in the May issue of the journal Archives of Ophthalmology, found that exposures of just 60 seconds to commercially available Class 3A green laser pointers can cause visible harm to the eye's retina. The Mayo Clinic study was conducted by pointing a green laser pointer...