Occupational Health Survey of the Use of Lasers.
LaNier-ME; Rose-VE; Powell-CH
NIOSH 1969 Jan:79 pages
A review of the main results of a national survey of laser operations in the United States, carried out by means of interviews with management and of a preliminary, walk-through survey of premises where laser systems were operated. In addition, comprehensive surveys were conducted in California, Massachusetts and New Jersey, which contain one-third of the commercial lasers in the country. Two hundred establishments (educational, research, manufacturing) comprising 2,176 lasers were surveyed by a team of industrial hygienists. Nearly 3,000 employees (out of a total working population of more than 450,000 persons) were classified as laser operators (an additional 5,300 employees had access to, or worked in, the laser area at some time during their working day). 35% of the laser operators were subjected to periodic medical examinations. Eye damage from lasers was reported in 4% of the establishments. Training in the safe use of lasers was provided in 61% of the establishments surveyed.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Author; Safety-education; Radiation-hazards;
NTIS Accession No.
Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report TR-63, 79 pages, 6 references