Accession Number:

ADA167901

Title:

Proceedings of the Symposium of Medical (Ophthalmic) Surveillance of Personnel Potentially Exposed to Laser Radiation Held on 8-9 September 1982.

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for 8 Sep-9 Sep 82,

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AGENCY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

212.0

Abstract:

Since the inception of the laser in 1961 and its use in the Army there has been difficulty in arriving at a policy on laser eye examinations. There have been those from the start who have argued that only a simple vision screening examination was warranted for medical-legal purposes. Others argued in favor of complete ophthalmic examinations since at first the laser presented an unknown agent. The ANSI Z136.1 Standard, Safe Use of Lasers, has relaxed recommendations for medical surveillance in each subsequent edition following 1973. In the next 2 or 3 years, the number of military lasers being issued to field units will rapidly escalate. The total number of laser rangefinders LFR and laser designators LD will be in the tens of thousands. The potential for accidental exposure of the eye to hazardous levels of laser radiation will markedly increase, and the number personnel potentially exposed will increase by an order of magnitude. Indeed, every combat soldier will be potentially exposed. This new laser environment requires that the Army Medical Department reassess the requirements for medical surveillance of Army personnel exposed to laser radiation. The objective of the symposium is to discuss the following areas of concern in medical ophthalmic surveillance of personnel potentially exposed to laser radiation Which potentially exposed personnel would receive surveillance examination What ophthalmic tests should be performed on the selected personnel When should the selected personnel be examined and Medical issues.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Radiobiology
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE