Laser Output Parameters Necessary for Hazard Assessment

  • James Franks
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 242)


Normally, measurement of commercial laser output parameters is not necessary since the manufacturer has provided a hazard classification, and class-dependant control procedures are well defined in laser safety standards. However, if you are a laser manufacturer and must classify lasers or if you are a laser safety officer and potential for overexposure to unprotected personnel exists, then measurement may be required.


Pulse Width Exposure Limit Beam Divergence Laser Beam Diameter American National Standard Institute 
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  1. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers, Z136.1, 1986.Google Scholar
  2. Department of the Army, Control of hazards to health from laser radiation, Washington, DC, Department of the Army, TB MED 524, 20 June 1985.Google Scholar
  3. United States Food and Drug Administration, Performance standard for laser products, Washington, DC, US Government Printing Office, 21 Code of Federal Regulations 1040.10(e)(3); 1985.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Franks
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  1. 1.Laser-Microwave DivisionUS Army Environmental Hygiene AgencyUSA

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