ANSI Z American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers and the history of lasers and laser classes. ANSI Z and Z Combination Set. Safe Use of Lasers and Testing and Labeling of Laser Protective Equipment (Historical Package). ANSI Z and. ANSI Z American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers Z 1 provides guidance for the safe use of lasers and laser systems by defining.

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For pulses shorter than 10 —9 seconds, the guidance was to employ the MPE for 1 ns.

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

The new triangular symbol is introduced into both the “Caution” and “Danger” signs. 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 absi femtoseconds in the retinal hazard region of 0. Currently few differences exist between the two standards.

CopyrightLaser Institute of America. The ajsi standard also facilitates the methodology of dealing with small and extended sources.

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. This newly revised standard will contain several important additions and changes to the last ANSI Z This standard is also available in these packages:. Join or Renew Members Only. Already Subscribed to this document.

Your Alert Profile lists the documents that will be monitored. 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.


While it is unlikely that momentary exposure to laser pointers will cause permanent retinal damage, exposure to these devices can cause other visual impairment.

Available for Subscriptions Available in Packages Standard is included in: Three new classes of lasers are being created 1M, 2M and 3R.

ANSI Z – American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers

Subscription pricing is determined by: The new hazard signs contain an equilateral triangle attention symbol in addition to the familiar sunburst pattern. This clearly produced a conservative approach to the hazard evaluation for such sources. With advances in laser device technology driving new designs, the new laser pointers generally contain a diode laser that is classified as Class 3a.

The great proliferation of these devices has made it more likely that individuals who are not familiar with appropriate safety precautions would use them.

This standard is also available to be included in Standards Subscriptions. You may delete a document from your Alert Profile at any time. This would allow users to better prepare for eventual adoption of these changes.

A practical means for accomplishing this is to 1 classify lasers and laser systems according to their relative hazards and to 2 specify appropriate controls for each classification. As the voice of the U. The appendix contains numerous examples that illustrate and clarify the application of the new methodology. Maximum Permissible Exposures MPEs 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.

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The biological data thus produced provides the basis for extending the formalism and hazard limits into new parameter space. In general, the guidance based upon the new data is less stringent than the corresponding guidance in the previous version of the standard. Similarly Class 2M applies to visible lasers which are safe when viewed by the unaided eye for up to 0. Guidance is also offered in the use of laser eyewear in conjunction with ultrashort pulses. 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.


Once adopted by ANSI, corresponding changes will be have to be made in the Control Measures and Measurement sections to account for the added requirements. To help rectify the situation, the IEC is zz136 slight modification to their classification scheme that would more clearly define risk levels under reasonably foreseeable use. The ramifications of these anei are relatively small. Standards Subscriptions from ANSI provides a money-saving, multi-user solution for accessing standards.

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Class 3R for reduced requirements is for laser products that are marginally safe for intrabeam viewing. In the past several years the use of laser pointers has proliferated significantly. Most current Class 2 will remain Class 2 or will become 2M if they possess a highly divergent beam.

Proceed to Checkout Continue Shopping. The IEC recognizes that their current classification scheme is problematic particularly as it relates to evaluations with and without optically aided viewing. Visit the LIA website at http: Flashblindness, afterimage, a136 glare can occur as a result of exposure to laser pointers and may result in visual dysfunction that can affect visual-critical activity such as driving or flying. The most important changes contained in the newly revised standard are described below.

Thus in the visible part of the spectrum, Class 2 range is 0.