Safety Management Book from C.H.I.P.S.

Laser Safety Management
by Kenneth Barat

Laser Safety Management provides practical tools for successfully implementing a laser safety program in any environment.


  • Includes sample forms and checklists for a program management system
  • Discusses standard operating procedures, how to avoid common pitfalls, and personal protection equipment
  • Explains control measures and considers accidents from occurrence through investigation
  • Contains a 16-page color insert with 30 illustrations, a chapter on laser safety calculations, and a list of Web resources
  • Covers administrative control measures such as training, instructions, and warning signs
  • Delineates the associated hazard categories: physical, chemical, biological, mechanical, and ergonomic human factors



  • Traditional Laser Safety
  • Life Cycle
  • Additional Life Cycle Elements
  • Classification
  • Responsibilities
  • Probabilistic Risk Assessment

Biological Effects: Why We Care About Laser Exposure

  • The Eye
  • Signs of Eye Exposure
  • Damage Mechanisms
  • Laser Radiation Effects on Skin
  • Tissue Optics

The Laser Safety Officer: The Key to Laser Safety

  • The effective LSO Gets Out and Walks Laser Use Space
  • Laser Safety Committee
  • Inventory
  • Training
  • Signs
  • Warning Lights
  • Audits

Standard Operating Procedures: A Binding Safety Contract

  • SOP Flow
  • Sample Format
  • Follow-Up to the SOP
  • Laser Control Boilerplates
  • Sample Laser SOP1
  • Laser and Laser System SOP Guidelines

Practical Tools for Laser Safety and Traps to Void

  • The Laser Safety "Tool Box" Wish List
  • Transition Zone Between the LSO and Laser System Users
  • Laser Safety Traps

The Laser-Safety Management Program

  • Benefits of the Laser-Safety Management Program
  • File Structure
  • Institutional Binder Sections
  • Institutional Binders
  • Sample Forms

Laser Safety Training

  • Awareness Training
  • On-the-Job Safety Training
  • Exploring Training Options
  • New Training Suggestion: A Laser Lessons Learned Class
  • Refresher Training
  • Laser Quizzes
  • The Training Matrix
  • Laser Pointer Awareness

Personnel Protection Equipment

  • Full Attenuation
  • Visual Light Transmission
  • Comfort and Fit
  • Damage Threshold Considerations
  • Prescriptions
  • Sensor Card Use
  • Weight
  • Labeling
  • Ultrafast Lasers
  • Additional Considerations
  • Partial Attenuation (Alignment Eyewear)
  • Additional PPE

Laser Accidents

  • Alignment Activities
  • Failure to Wear Protective Eyewear
  • Electrical Hazards Overlooked
  • Additional Hazards and Solutions
  • Improper Restoration of Lasers after Servicing
  • Lack of Planning
  • Wearing the Wrong Eyewear and Improper Fit
  • Fatigue and Stress
  • Workplace Culture
  • To Whom Are These Accidents Happening?
  • The Perceived Incident
  • Accident Investigation
  • Written Report: Not Finished Until the Paperwork Is Done
  • Why Should Recommendations Be Made?
  • What Should Be Done if the Investigation Reveals Human Error?
  • Not Every Laser Accident Involves an Eye or Skin Injury
  • Typical Laser Pointer Incidents
  • Guidance for Laser Pointer Use
  • Examples of Laser Accidents
  • Laser Accident Action Plan
  • Medical Facility
  • Can Laser Accidents Be Prevented

An Explanation of Control Measures

  • Administrative Controls
  • For the Institution
  • Research Lab Administrative Controls
  • Engineering Controls
  • Engineering Control Measures

U.S. and European Regulations and Standards

  • User Regulations
  • State Regulations
  • User Standards
  • Manufacturer Regulations
  • British Regulations and Standards

Laser Safety Calculations

  • Converting between Irradiance and Radiant Exposure
  • Optical Density
  • Choosing Exposure Duration Times

Nonbeam Hazards

  • Electrical Hazards
  • Physical Hazards
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Fire Hazards
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Seismic Safety
  • Area Illumination
  • Mechanical Hazards
  • Supplemental Electrical Safety Section

Practical Control Measures

  • Web Resources

Laser Basics

  • What is a Laser?.
  • Laser Theory and Operation
  • Components of A Laser
  • Types of Lasers


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Laser Safety Management
by Kenneth Barat
2006 • 296 pages • $128.95 + shipping
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