With the ever-increasing number of laser end-users, companies are continuously looking to implement cost-effective and efficient laser safety programs for new and current employees. In an effort to offer Laser Safety Officers (LSOs) the best training tools available, Laser Institute of America (LIA) has updated its 2009 Mastering Light: An Introduction to Laser Safety & Hazards training video. LIA aims to provide the best methods for successful laser safety training in the constantly changing, fast-paced field of laser technology and has done so once again with the 2016 edition of Mastering Light: An Introduction to Laser Safety & Hazards — now available for purchase.
For years, the Mastering Light: An Introduction to Laser Safety & Hazards DVD has provided LSOs with a training tool that is not only easy to administer, but also effective in properly training employees, researchers and students alike. Like its predecessor, the new version will still outline the important safety rules and regulations employees must know in the field. However, the latest edition of the video will now feature new footage and updated information to provide employees with the best safety training possible. In addition, LIA is continuing its tradition of striving to improve the training process – both for trainees and the LSOs tasked with the critical job of educating employees – by offering both a DVD and a digital version with the purchase of the single user license version of the video. The digital version will be available for viewing at www.lia.org, where it will appear under users’ downloads.
Written and produced by LIA, Mastering Light: An Introduction to Laser Safety & Hazards fulfills both the ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) laser safety requirements for employees who routinely work with or who potentially could be exposed to Class 3B or Class 4 laser radiation.
This video informs viewers on a multitude of important concepts to ensure their safety in the field. It reviews the physics of a laser, the classification of lasers by hazard potential — Class 1M, Class 2, Class 2M, Class 3R, Class 3B, and Class 4 — and the definition and duties of a Laser Safety Officer. It discusses the two categories of laser hazards: beam and non-beam. It includes a clear explanation of labels and signs, specifically the new sign design and the grandfathering of the old sign designs in previous versions of the ANSI Z136.1. Viewers also receive information about control measures — from administrative and engineering, to personal protective equipment, as well as fiber laser applications. In addition, the video features revised information and footage of Class 1M and 2M military lasers.
“LIA included more information on fiber and diode lasers,” Jeannette Gabay, CAE, stated. “We also included clearer descriptions of the differences between signs and labels, as well as differences between regulatory agencies, such as FDA/CDRH and OSHA.”
These revisions will provide LSOs with an even more thorough training tool to ensure employees’ safety in the field. To further aid in the training process, LIA has created an additional facet to the Mastering Light: An Introduction to Laser Safety & Hazards program – a quiz. This quiz gives LSOs the ability to effectively determine employees’ understanding of the video’s concepts and safety information. By implementing this new addition, LIA hopes to further increase the effectiveness of its training tool.
To learn more about LIA’s well-known training tool or view a sample of the Mastering Light: An Introduction to Laser Safety & Hazards, visit: www.lia.org/store/TRAIN/303_2016.
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