Laser Safety Auditing


Laser Safety Auditing addresses the responsibilities, requirements and recommendations for operating lasers in accordance with international consensus standards.  It is intended to provide guidance for users of lasers and laser systems in general industry, where there are no OSHA regulations that cover laser usage.  It does not address compliance with the OSHA standard for nonionizing radiation at 29 CFR 1926.54, which applies to lasers used in construction operations and in the power generation, transmission, and distribution installations of electric utilities, as well as equivalent installations of industrial establishments.

In preparing this guide, all major international consensus standards related to lasers were considered.  The rulebook includes a brief discussion of the requirements for laser manufacturers under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration s Federal Laser Product Performance Standard at 21 CFR 1041.10 and the International Electrotechnical Commission s IEC 60825-1, Safety of Laser Products Part 1: Equipment Classification and Requirements.  At this time, there is no international standard that governs users of lasers, so only the requirements and recommendations of the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers (ANSI Z136.1-2014) are discussed in any detail.

Topic Area

  • Hazard Evaluation and Classification
  • Laser Safety Program
  • Control Measures General
  • Control Measures Engineering Controls for All Classes of Lasers
  • Control Measures Additional Engineering Controls for Class 3B and Class 4 Lasers
  • Control Measures Equipment Labels, Warning Signs, and Activation Warnings


Covers applicability of federal motor carrier safety regulations, provides key compliance definitions, and includes reference materials (charts and tables) for each section

Pre-Visit Preparation
Identifies materials to be gathered for review before an audit; includes a list of acronyms and abbreviations

Provides a statement of each relevant regulatory requirement, supported by detailed guide notes that describe specific inspection procedures and practices to determine compliance with that requirement, as well as typical conditions or situations that could indicate potential compliance problems

Enables quick recording of a facility s compliance status for each regulatory requirement

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