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LIA issues new standards for testing, labeling of laser-protective equipment

Article-LIA issues new standards for testing, labeling of laser-protective equipment

Orlando, Fla. — The Laser Institute of America (LIA) has issued a new American National Standard for Testing and Labeling of Laser Protective Equipment.

The Orlando-based LIA says the new standard provides “reasonable and adequate guidance on the test methods, protocols, specifications, report format, and labeling for devices used for eye protection from lasers and laser systems that operate at wavelengths between 180 nm and 1 mm.”

The protective devices include laser eye protective devices or instrument filters, laser window filters, and laser-area protective barriers, screens or beam-blocking curtains. Depending on the protective device, laser type, temporal mode of operation and wavelength(s), different test methods may be required.

The test procedures are aimed at ensuring that eyewear, windows and barriers maintain their specified level of protection throughout the useful life of the product.

More information can be obtained at the LIA Web site,, or by calling (407) 380-1553.

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