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Safe Use of Lasers in Research


Safe Use of Lasers in Research

January 1, 2020

Sir Isaac Newton (?) showing an optical experiment to an audience in his laboratory. Wood engraving by Martin after C. Laverie.

The Laser Institute of America is revising Z136.8 Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development or Testing.  This standard provides recommendations for the safe use of lasers and laser systems that operate at wavelengths between 180 nm and 1 mm and are used to conduct research or used in a research, development, or testing environment. This environment is not limited to universities and national laboratories, but includes medical research facilities and high-tech product development evaluation settings.

You may obtain the public review draft at the link below:

Z136.8 Draft for Second Public Review 

Comments are due February 3rd.

Send comments (with optional copy to to: Liliana Caldero (

We welcome discussion of this consensus product any day during our 11 AM open door teleconferences.  We also maintain the LIA product suite on our periodic Laboratory Safety & Sustainability Standards teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next meeting.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

Issue: [13-37]

Category: Facilities Asset Management, Risk Management, Public Safety

Colleagues: Richard Robben, Markus Schaufele

Agenda / Laboratory Safety & Sustainability Standards



State and local government laser safety requirements

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