Historical development of the ANSI laser safety standard

M. L. Wolbarsht, D. H. Sliney

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The development of ANSI Z136 standards is traced. The need for a hazard classification is discussed, as are limits for high-power lasers. Changes made to the standard in 1976, 1980, and 1986 are outlined. The concept of the nominal hazard zone is described from the viewpoint of personnel safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Laser Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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