Alliance to Fight Laser-Related Injuries in Asheville and Elsewhere Revamps

The Alliance will be going strong for another two years. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Laser Institute of America (LIA) recently announced that they would be renewing their Alliance in an effort to reduce the risks of laser-related work accidents in Asheville and elsewhere.

This Alliance works to help to prevent employee exposure to both non-beam and beam hazards in medical, research and industrial fields. In addition to these efforts, the Alliance will also be releasing new information regarding the regulations and the standards for laser safety as well as the effects that lasers can have on a workers’ skin and eyes. Employers will be offered information regarding various control measures and various safety programs.
“This renewed Alliance will help broaden outreach efforts to workers and employers and share critical education and information to reduce preventable injuries,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSH, David Michaels.

Our Asheville workers’ compensation lawyers understand that employee exposure to laser beams and other related hazards most oftentimes results in skin and eye damage. In some of the most serious cases, exposure can cause skin cancer and blindness. Employers are to make sure that the proper safety precautions are met on each and every work site to help to eliminate the risks associated with laser exposure and other on-the-job hazards. Employees should speak up if any hazards are observed. Safe work sites are a collaborative effort.

During the renewed two-year agreement, both OSHA and the LIA will be creating fact sheets that have various questions that should be asked at work sites that use lasers. Through the Alliance, there will also be Laser Safety Seminars conducted for OSHA’s field staff.

LASER is used as an acronym, standing for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. These products and machinery produce a very strong, intense and directional beam of light. Most commonly, injuries resulting from laser contact to a worker are tissue damage. Typically this injury is thermal in nature, where the skin’s tissue proteins are denatured because of the temperature rise after the absorption of laser energy.

Our bodies are highly vulnerable to the output of certain kinds of lasers and in many of these accidents the eyes and the skin can be severely damaged. It is now widely accepted that the human eye is almost always more vulnerable to injury than human skin. That’s one of the main reasons why it’s so important for workers to use the proper protective gear when working with lasers.

For more information regarding lasers and on-the-job safety for workers who use these devices, visit OSHA’s Lazer Hazards webpage.

If you or someone who is close to you has been injured in a work-related accident in Asheville, Rock Hill or in any of the surrounding North Carolina areas, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers here at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights as an employee. We’re here to offer assistance in protecting the rights of injured employees and their families. Call us today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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