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Document ID (ISN)109613
CIS number 09-678
ISBN(s) 3-86509-494-5
Year 2006
Convention or series no. Fb 1069
Author(s) Reidenbach H.D., Hofmann J., Dolllinger K., Ott G.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Human aversion response against visible laser radiation
Original title Abwendungsreaktionen des Menschen gegenüber sichtbarer Laserstrahlung [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2006. 217p. Illus. Approx. 150 ref. Index. Price: EUR 23.00.
Abstract The classification of the safety of lasers according to classes 2, 2M and 3A is mainly based on the aversion responses including the blink reflex. However, this study carried out on 1200 volunteers shows that the blink reflex occurs in a maximum of 20% of all cases if an irradiation is performed under class-2 conditions. Further active protection reactions in form of head movements and eye closure occur in less than 10% of subjects. A second trial with 200 volunteers who received prior training showed that active protection reactions could protect up to 80% of the exposed volunteers against laser radiation within a period of two seconds. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) laser radiation; eyes; safety training in industry; limitation of exposure
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; classification; cognitive performance
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Lighting, colour and vision
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) OSH training
Non-ionizing radiation