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Chapter 12-Safety and Environment (eChapter)

Author(s)/Editor(s): Charles L Caristan, PhD
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Published: 08/14/2003
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The safety information in this chapter offers general guidance and is not a substitute for a safety program specific to each individual laser-cutting operation and environment. Although laser cutting of metals has one of the best safety records of all metal fabrication processes, its biggest danger remains complacency. A safe operation takes a sustained effort by all employees in a workplace to maintain proper safety procedures at all times. The bibliography at the back of this chapter lists several safety standards, certifications, and regulation documents that are additional sources of information. Most lethal accidents that occur in laser-equipped installations are related to electrocution. The presence of high voltage calls for handling only by qualified electrical maintenance engineers who are also trained on laser material processing.