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New Revision of ANSI Z (Laser Safety Standards)

Standards Subscriptions from ANSI provides a money-saving, multi-user solution for accessing standards. Subscription pricing is determined by: The ansii important changes contained in the newly revised standard are described below. Standards Subsctiption may be the perfect solution. This standard is also available to be included in Standards Subscriptions.

In the past several years the use of laser pointers has proliferated significantly. The new hazard signs contain an equilateral triangle attention symbol in addition to the familiar sunburst pattern. The ANSI Z specifies sign dimension, lettering size, color, and other important sign design elements. The biological data thus produced provides the basis for extending the formalism and hazard limits into new parameter space.

The appendix contains numerous examples that illustrate and clarify the application of the new methodology.

This should be contrasted with previous generations of laser pointers that were based on HeNe lasers and were generally classified as Class 2. Join or Renew Members Only. This standard is also available in these packages:. In the absence of accepted biological data, the previous standard only provided MPE anei for pulses down to 10 —9 seconds, or one nanosecond ns.

Laser Pointers In the past several years the use of laser pointers has proliferated significantly. We have no amendments or corrections for this standard.


As the voice of the U. In general, the guidance based upon the new data is less stringent than the corresponding guidance in the previous version of the standard. The IEC recognizes that their current classification scheme is problematic particularly as it relates to evaluations with and without optically aided viewing.

If the document is revised or amended, you will be notified by email. Three new classes of lasers are being created 1M, 2M and 3R. Proceed to Checkout Continue Shopping.

For pulses shorter than 10 —9 seconds, the guidance was to employ the MPE for 1 ns. Available for Subscriptions Available in Packages Standard is included in: Visit the LIA website at http: Most current Class 2 will remain Class 2 or will become 2M if they possess a highly divergent beam. You may delete a document from your Alert Profile at any time.

The new standard revises the tables containing MPEs, and methods by which hazard evaluation and laser classifications are done for ocular exposure of small intrabeam viewing and extended source viewing.

Once a laser or laser system is properly classified, there should be no need to carry out tedious measurements or calculations to meet the provisions of this standard.

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New Revision of ANSI Z136.1 (Laser Safety Standards)

Maximum Permissible Exposures MPEs The new standard revises ajsi tables containing MPEs, and asi by which hazard evaluation and laser classifications are done for ocular exposure of small intrabeam viewing and extended source asni.

The ramifications of these changes are relatively small. You can download and open this file to your own computer but DRM prevents opening this file on another computer, including a networked server. With the emergence of new biological data for sub-nanosecond pulses, more precise and less conservative guidance is provided in the new standard for ultrashort pulses down to femtoseconds in the retinal hazard region of 0.


Similarly Class 2M applies to visible lasers which are safe when viewed by the unaided eye for up to 0. This clearly produced a conservative approach to the hazard evaluation for such sources. The Class 1 category is therefore significantly expanded for those lasers. The process for conducting hazard evaluation and analysis is thus greatly simplified, and would be welcome by laser safety officers and others who are charged with the responsibility of performing laser hazard evaluation and classification as part of an overall hazard analysis.

Separate tables are provided for dealing with the two distinct viewing conditions, and dual limits photochemical and thermal for the appropriate spectral range are provided. The Control Measures section of the new standard specifically treats safety issues associated with laser pointers, and provides guidance for the safe use of these products.

Currently few differences exist between the two standards. Need more than one copy? Guidance is also offered in the use of laser eyewear in conjunction with ultrashort pulses.

Class 3R for reduced requirements snsi for laser products that are marginally safe for intrabeam viewing. To help rectify the situation, the IEC is considering slight modification to their classification scheme that would more clearly define risk levels under reasonably foreseeable use. They are routinely used in demonstrations, alignment, educational, and numerous other applications. This newly revised standard will contain several important additions and changes to the last ANSI Z