Laser Safety Resources and references

authorIcon By Julien-Mathieu Audet on April 18, 2018 topicIcon Laser Safety

When integrating high-power laser on production floors some concerns regarding the safety of workers will surely arise. In this blog, we suggest a series of resources that you might find useful to answer many of these concerns. You will find links to technical standards for laser safety, government regulations for selected countries, books and websites about laser safety.

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Technical Standards

Browsing through standards is one of the best ways to deeply understand laser safety, since major players in the industry have come together to agree on the best ways to safely use lasers of all sorts. Following these guidelines will ensure minimal risk for laser systems users.

Government Regulations

It might be important to understand what kind of regulations are in effect in your country because in most countries the employer is responsible for the safety of their employees.

United States of America 




Books and Publications

Books are timeless. If standards and regulations seem boring to you, then these books are great for you since they refer to standards in a more casual way.

Useful Websites

Below is a compilation of laser safety equipment suppliers.

Laser Safety Classes

Laser Safety Facts does a good job of explaining the laser classification as mentioned in the ANSI Z136.1 standard. The Rockwell Laser industries' website is also excellent.

Laser Hazards Labels

Labelling laser systems with an appropriate warning is mandatory. Her is two companies that provide laser safety labels:

  • Clarion Safety sells different laser labels that comply with IEC 60825-1 standard.
  • Rockwell Laser Industries also provide labels for ANSI and IEC standards.

Engineering Control Measures

Extensive engineering control measures for a laser system can be found in the McGill University laser safety manual (section 9).

Laser Safety Equipment Suppliers

Laser Safety Glasses

The Laser Safety company provides a filter selection table for laser protection that can be used for selecting laser safety goggles and laser shield for windows or other apertures. Kentek and Thorlabs are also good places for eyewear.

Laser Safety Barriers

For laser safety barriers, Laser safety company and Kentek have a wide range of protection available.

Laser Safety Cabins

Lasermet provides interesting products such as this laser safety cabin that can be used when a laser is used without an enclosure. The device is tested for IEC 60825-4 Safety of Laser Products Part 4 - Laser Guards.


Laserax has developed an extensive expertise in the safe use of high-power laser in industrial settings. In order to get a broader picture of the laser safety landscape read our blog post titled The Basics of Laser safety.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact one of Laserax's dedicated laser safety experts.

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Julien-Mathieu Audet