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Laser Incident Statistics
Statistical data gathered by LIA concludes that the most common laser incidents are caused by Nd:Yag (29.7%) and Argon (20.5%) lasers. More importantly are the occupations which are involved. Out of 12 categories, scientists are involved in 17.6% of laser incidents, second only to technicians (21.3%). Doctors and Nurses include 9.2% of all incidents, 5th highest of all categories.
What are the causes?
- Unanticipated eye exposure during improper alignment procedures.
- Available eye protection is not often used.
- Improper methods of handling high votage lead to severe shock and even death.
- Protection for non-beam hazards is often lacking.
- Improper restoration of equipment following service.
- Incorrect eyewear selection and/or eyewear failure.
- Equipment malfunction.
*It only takes 0.25 seconds (time required for the blink response) with a direct hit from a high powered laser to damage your eyesight. Don't become a statistic, protect your eyes.