The American National Standards Institute is pleased to announce the release of ANSI Z136.8-2012 - American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing,which is now available from the ANSI standards store (webstore.ansi.org).
The newest in the series of Z136 standards, ANSI Z136.8, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing, has arrived in response to the requirements of yet another rapidly growing area of laser use.
"Laser applications in the research setting have been on a steadily increasing pace, in particular with the development of pico- and femtosecond lasers as well as nano laser technology," explains Ken Barat, chairman of the SSC-8 subcommittee responsible for developing the new standard. "The existing Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard was becoming out of sync with these new laser applications in R&D."
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