Evaluation and Control of Laser Hazards
BUNDESMINISTERIUM DER VERTEIDIGUNG BONN (GERMANY F R)
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Powerful lasers are used in modern weapon systems for the purpose of range finding, target illumination or designation and weapon guidance. As laser radiation can be harmful to human health, control of field and airborne lasers becomes necessary. This control must rely on the determination of the hazardous zones associated with the lasers operation. The safety guidelines for field and airborne lasers should centre on limiting the access of personnel to laser areas, limiting laser operation in occupied areas and limiting the exposure of personnel to laser radiation. Protection standards have been worked out which enable to classify a laser system and establish an adequate hazardous zone. A summary of international agreements on laser safety is given and a survey of the LASER SAFETY REGULATIONS valid for the German forces is presented. Examples are given for the most commonly used rangefinder of the German Army. Problems arising from airborne laser operations are discussed. Future development of eye- safe lasers is outlined.
- Safety Engineering
- Lasers and Masers