2nd Edition

Laser Safety Tools and Training, Second Edition

Edited By Ken Barat Copyright 2014
    436 Pages 200 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    436 Pages 200 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    New chapters and updates highlight the second edition of Laser Safety: Tools and Training. This text provides background information relating to lasers and laser safety, and examines the components of laser work and laser safety from a different perspective. Written by a working laser safety officer, the book considers ways to keep users, as well as those around them, safe. The author encourages readers to think beyond protective eyewear. As it relates to safety, he determines that if eyewear is required, then the laser system is not ideal.

    This book factors in optics, the vibration elements of the optical table, the power meter, and user training, elements that are not commonly considered in the context of laser safety. It presents ways for users to evaluate the hazards of any laser procedure and ensure that they are following documented laser safety standards. The material serves as a fundamental means or road map for laser users seeking to utilize the safest system possible.

    What’s New in the Second Edition:

    The second edition provides an inclusion of the Z136.8 Research Laser Standard, and offers updates and an explanation of eye exposure limits (MPE), presents new cases studies, and presents practical example images. It includes coverage of, laser lab design lessons, addresses user facility challenges and laser disposal.

    • Presents case studies of real accidents, preventive measures, and templates for documenting potential laser risks and attendant safety measures
    • Reviews factors often overlooked when one is setting up a laser lab
    • Demonstrates how to investigate a laser incident

    This text which includes fundamental laser and laser safety information, as well as critical laser use information, is appropriate for both the novice and the seasoned professional.

    Laser Safety: Where Are We?

    Ken Barat

    Who Is Responsible for Laser Safety?

    Ken Barat

    Performing a Complete Laser Hazard Evaluation

    Ken Barat

    Documentation of Laser Safety

    Ken Barat

    ANSI Safe Use of Lasers and Laser Safety

    Ken Barat

    Understanding Optics

    Bill Molander

    Diffraction Gratings for High-Intensity Laser Applications

    Jerald A Britten

    How to Select Optical Mounts: Getting the Most Out of Optical Mounts (Understanding Optical Mounts)

    Damon Kopala

    Training Design and Considerations in the Use of Instructor-Led, Web-Based Training of Adults

    Matt Vaughn

    On-the-Job Training

    James Foye

    The New Maximum Permissible Exposure: A Biophysical Basis

    Jack Lund

    Near-Miss Incidents

    Ken Barat

    Accident Investigation

    Bill Wells and Ken Barat

    Laser Accidents Do Happen

    Ken Barat

    Room Access Interlocks and Access Controls

    John Hansknecht

    Laser Eyewear

    Ken Barat

    Introduction to Laser Beam Profiling

    Larry Green

    Vibration Control Is Critical

    James Fisher

    Power and Energy Meters: From Sensors to Displays

    Burt Mooney

    Laser Shutters

    David C Woodruff

    Free-Electron Laser Safety Challenges: Focus on the Jefferson Lab Free-Electron Laser

    Patty Hunt and Stephen Benson

    Tunable External Cavity Diode Lasers

    Diana Warren

    Practical Ideas

    Ken Barat

    User Facilities

    Ken Barat

    Laser Disposal

    Ken Barat




    Ken Barat is the former laser safety officer (LSO) for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Ignition Facility Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Presently he is continuing his passion for laser safety through private consulting. He has received both Jim Rockwell awards (2009 and 2005) for Laser Safety Leadership and Education, and Tim Renner User Service Award (2002) from the Advance Light Source as well as recognition awards from the Department of Energy and LSO Working Group. Member and presenter at the UK Laser Safety Forum series.

    "This new edition provides the Z136.8 Research Laser Standard and offers updates and an explanation of eye exposure limits, e.g., maximum permissible exposure (MPE). There are also new case studies and practical example images. It includes laser lab design lessons and addresses user facility challenges and laser disposal. The various sections deal with components of laser work, laser safety from the optical table, power meters, training adults, and other similar topics. The content will be very useful for the laser safety officer or laser user. This book would be a practical textbook for both the novice and the seasoned professional."
    —Lisa Tongning Li, Livermore, California, USA, from Optics & Photonics News