Do My Laser Safety Goggles Ever Expire?

Laser safety goggles are a valuable investment; do they have a lifespan?

Will My Laser Safety Goggles Expire?

Do Laser Safety Glasses Have an Expiration Date?Laser safety goggles are an important part of an laser system; the risk of eye injury or blindness is very real when working with a powerful laser. If you have been using the same pair of laser safety goggles for a  long time, you can rest assured that they won’t expire.

That being said, there are some “signs of aging” that you should look out for which could compromise the safety or integrity of your goggles. Scuff marks, scratches, worn markings, and cracks in the frame are a few of the things that may render your laser safety goggles unusable, either because they put you in danger or because they violate OSHA regulations.

If you use laser safety goggles regularly, here’s what to look for in “expired” goggles:

  • Markings on the lenses: If your laser safety goggle lenses are scuffed, scratched, hazy, or otherwise marked up, they may be dangerous to use and disqualifies as ANSI-approved laser safety goggles. ANSI Z136 requires that laser safety goggles not have any marks or imperfections on the lenses that could impede your vision. If the lenses are damaged in a way that impedes your vision, it’s time to get a new pair of laser safety goggles.
  • Loss of OD and/or wavelength markings: If your laser safety goggles have had the protection ratings worn off, they must be replaced or the markings must be redone. ANSI Z136 requires that the markings be on the goggles.
  • Crack in the frame: If our laser safety goggle frame is cracked, even slightly, it’s time to get a new pair. Should the crack let any laser radiation in, or if the crack spreads, you run the risk of damaging or losing your eyesight. Frame cracks are also notorious for causing lenses to fall or even pop out.
  • Crack in the lens: This is a problem for several reasons. A crack can impede your vision, and it can also create the possibility that a stray beam could get through the lens to your eye.
  • Damaged strap/arm: If your laser safety glasses or goggles have damage to their strap or arm, it’s probably a good idea to replace them. If the damage should spread and cause the eyewear to fall off at the wrong time, you run the risk of losing your eyesight or getting seriously hurt.

Maintaining a working and safe pair of laser safety goggles is crucial to staying safe during work with a laser. It only takes poor timing or an unfortunate coincidence for a pair of damaged laser safety goggles to cause a terrible accident.

Taking risks with your laser safety goggles is taking risks with your vision or even your life. Many of today’s lasers are powerful enough to cause devastating injuries to a person’s body and vision. Permanent injury is something we should all be working to avoid on the job. If you see somebody using a pair of damaged laser safety goggles or if your own are damaged, talk to that person or work with your LSO to ensure that a safe environment is maintained.

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  1. [...] Optical density, or OD, is inversely related to the amount of light that passes through a lens at a specific wavelength. Since the visible light spectrum (abour 400-700nm wavelengths of light) is only a small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum (lasers operate as low as 100nm and as high as 11,000nm), optical density only relates to VLT where it deals with visible wavelengths of light. In other words, you could have a very high OD for a laser filter, but if it’s blocking an invisible beam, you could still have clear laser safety goggles. [...]

  2. [...] who are in research or using a special, unique system requiring special laser safety goggles are generally more inclined to try to obtain laser safety goggles that are made to order, either [...]

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Do My Laser Safety Goggles Ever Expire?

Laser safety goggles are a valuable investment; do they have a lifespan?

Will My Laser Safety Goggles Expire?

Do Laser Safety Glasses Have an Expiration Date?Laser safety goggles are an important part of an laser system; the risk of eye injury or blindness is very real when working with a powerful laser. If you have been using the same pair of laser safety goggles for a  long time, you can rest assured that they won’t expire.

That being said, there are some “signs of aging” that you should look out for which could compromise the safety or integrity of your goggles. Scuff marks, scratches, worn markings, and cracks in the frame are a few of the things that may render your laser safety goggles unusable, either because they put you in danger or because they violate OSHA regulations.

If you use laser safety goggles regularly, here’s what to look for in “expired” goggles:

  • Markings on the lenses: If your laser safety goggle lenses are scuffed, scratched, hazy, or otherwise marked up, they may be dangerous to use and disqualifies as ANSI-approved laser safety goggles. ANSI Z136 requires that laser safety goggles not have any marks or imperfections on the lenses that could impede your vision. If the lenses are damaged in a way that impedes your vision, it’s time to get a new pair of laser safety goggles.
  • Loss of OD and/or wavelength markings: If your laser safety goggles have had the protection ratings worn off, they must be replaced or the markings must be redone. ANSI Z136 requires that the markings be on the goggles.
  • Crack in the frame: If our laser safety goggle frame is cracked, even slightly, it’s time to get a new pair. Should the crack let any laser radiation in, or if the crack spreads, you run the risk of damaging or losing your eyesight. Frame cracks are also notorious for causing lenses to fall or even pop out.
  • Crack in the lens: This is a problem for several reasons. A crack can impede your vision, and it can also create the possibility that a stray beam could get through the lens to your eye.
  • Damaged strap/arm: If your laser safety glasses or goggles have damage to their strap or arm, it’s probably a good idea to replace them. If the damage should spread and cause the eyewear to fall off at the wrong time, you run the risk of losing your eyesight or getting seriously hurt.

Maintaining a working and safe pair of laser safety goggles is crucial to staying safe during work with a laser. It only takes poor timing or an unfortunate coincidence for a pair of damaged laser safety goggles to cause a terrible accident.

Taking risks with your laser safety goggles is taking risks with your vision or even your life. Many of today’s lasers are powerful enough to cause devastating injuries to a person’s body and vision. Permanent injury is something we should all be working to avoid on the job. If you see somebody using a pair of damaged laser safety goggles or if your own are damaged, talk to that person or work with your LSO to ensure that a safe environment is maintained.

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2 Responses to Do My Laser Safety Goggles Ever Expire?
  1. [...] Optical density, or OD, is inversely related to the amount of light that passes through a lens at a specific wavelength. Since the visible light spectrum (abour 400-700nm wavelengths of light) is only a small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum (lasers operate as low as 100nm and as high as 11,000nm), optical density only relates to VLT where it deals with visible wavelengths of light. In other words, you could have a very high OD for a laser filter, but if it’s blocking an invisible beam, you could still have clear laser safety goggles. [...]

  2. [...] who are in research or using a special, unique system requiring special laser safety goggles are generally more inclined to try to obtain laser safety goggles that are made to order, either [...]

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Do My Laser Safety Goggles Ever Expire?

Laser safety goggles are a valuable investment; do they have a lifespan?

Will My Laser Safety Goggles Expire?

Do Laser Safety Glasses Have an Expiration Date?Laser safety goggles are an important part of an laser system; the risk of eye injury or blindness is very real when working with a powerful laser. If you have been using the same pair of laser safety goggles for a  long time, you can rest assured that they won’t expire.

That being said, there are some “signs of aging” that you should look out for which could compromise the safety or integrity of your goggles. Scuff marks, scratches, worn markings, and cracks in the frame are a few of the things that may render your laser safety goggles unusable, either because they put you in danger or because they violate OSHA regulations.

If you use laser safety goggles regularly, here’s what to look for in “expired” goggles:

  • Markings on the lenses: If your laser safety goggle lenses are scuffed, scratched, hazy, or otherwise marked up, they may be dangerous to use and disqualifies as ANSI-approved laser safety goggles. ANSI Z136 requires that laser safety goggles not have any marks or imperfections on the lenses that could impede your vision. If the lenses are damaged in a way that impedes your vision, it’s time to get a new pair of laser safety goggles.
  • Loss of OD and/or wavelength markings: If your laser safety goggles have had the protection ratings worn off, they must be replaced or the markings must be redone. ANSI Z136 requires that the markings be on the goggles.
  • Crack in the frame: If our laser safety goggle frame is cracked, even slightly, it’s time to get a new pair. Should the crack let any laser radiation in, or if the crack spreads, you run the risk of damaging or losing your eyesight. Frame cracks are also notorious for causing lenses to fall or even pop out.
  • Crack in the lens: This is a problem for several reasons. A crack can impede your vision, and it can also create the possibility that a stray beam could get through the lens to your eye.
  • Damaged strap/arm: If your laser safety glasses or goggles have damage to their strap or arm, it’s probably a good idea to replace them. If the damage should spread and cause the eyewear to fall off at the wrong time, you run the risk of losing your eyesight or getting seriously hurt.

Maintaining a working and safe pair of laser safety goggles is crucial to staying safe during work with a laser. It only takes poor timing or an unfortunate coincidence for a pair of damaged laser safety goggles to cause a terrible accident.

Taking risks with your laser safety goggles is taking risks with your vision or even your life. Many of today’s lasers are powerful enough to cause devastating injuries to a person’s body and vision. Permanent injury is something we should all be working to avoid on the job. If you see somebody using a pair of damaged laser safety goggles or if your own are damaged, talk to that person or work with your LSO to ensure that a safe environment is maintained.

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2 Responses to Do My Laser Safety Goggles Ever Expire?
  1. [...] Optical density, or OD, is inversely related to the amount of light that passes through a lens at a specific wavelength. Since the visible light spectrum (abour 400-700nm wavelengths of light) is only a small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum (lasers operate as low as 100nm and as high as 11,000nm), optical density only relates to VLT where it deals with visible wavelengths of light. In other words, you could have a very high OD for a laser filter, but if it’s blocking an invisible beam, you could still have clear laser safety goggles. [...]

  2. [...] who are in research or using a special, unique system requiring special laser safety goggles are generally more inclined to try to obtain laser safety goggles that are made to order, either [...]

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Do My Laser Safety Goggles Ever Expire?

Laser safety goggles are a valuable investment; do they have a lifespan?

Will My Laser Safety Goggles Expire?

Do Laser Safety Glasses Have an Expiration Date?Laser safety goggles are an important part of an laser system; the risk of eye injury or blindness is very real when working with a powerful laser. If you have been using the same pair of laser safety goggles for a  long time, you can rest assured that they won’t expire.

That being said, there are some “signs of aging” that you should look out for which could compromise the safety or integrity of your goggles. Scuff marks, scratches, worn markings, and cracks in the frame are a few of the things that may render your laser safety goggles unusable, either because they put you in danger or because they violate OSHA regulations.

If you use laser safety goggles regularly, here’s what to look for in “expired” goggles:

  • Markings on the lenses: If your laser safety goggle lenses are scuffed, scratched, hazy, or otherwise marked up, they may be dangerous to use and disqualifies as ANSI-approved laser safety goggles. ANSI Z136 requires that laser safety goggles not have any marks or imperfections on the lenses that could impede your vision. If the lenses are damaged in a way that impedes your vision, it’s time to get a new pair of laser safety goggles.
  • Loss of OD and/or wavelength markings: If your laser safety goggles have had the protection ratings worn off, they must be replaced or the markings must be redone. ANSI Z136 requires that the markings be on the goggles.
  • Crack in the frame: If our laser safety goggle frame is cracked, even slightly, it’s time to get a new pair. Should the crack let any laser radiation in, or if the crack spreads, you run the risk of damaging or losing your eyesight. Frame cracks are also notorious for causing lenses to fall or even pop out.
  • Crack in the lens: This is a problem for several reasons. A crack can impede your vision, and it can also create the possibility that a stray beam could get through the lens to your eye.
  • Damaged strap/arm: If your laser safety glasses or goggles have damage to their strap or arm, it’s probably a good idea to replace them. If the damage should spread and cause the eyewear to fall off at the wrong time, you run the risk of losing your eyesight or getting seriously hurt.

Maintaining a working and safe pair of laser safety goggles is crucial to staying safe during work with a laser. It only takes poor timing or an unfortunate coincidence for a pair of damaged laser safety goggles to cause a terrible accident.

Taking risks with your laser safety goggles is taking risks with your vision or even your life. Many of today’s lasers are powerful enough to cause devastating injuries to a person’s body and vision. Permanent injury is something we should all be working to avoid on the job. If you see somebody using a pair of damaged laser safety goggles or if your own are damaged, talk to that person or work with your LSO to ensure that a safe environment is maintained.

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If you have any comments about laser safety, please leave us a comment below. Thanks for reading!

2 Responses to Do My Laser Safety Goggles Ever Expire?
  1. [...] Optical density, or OD, is inversely related to the amount of light that passes through a lens at a specific wavelength. Since the visible light spectrum (abour 400-700nm wavelengths of light) is only a small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum (lasers operate as low as 100nm and as high as 11,000nm), optical density only relates to VLT where it deals with visible wavelengths of light. In other words, you could have a very high OD for a laser filter, but if it’s blocking an invisible beam, you could still have clear laser safety goggles. [...]

  2. [...] who are in research or using a special, unique system requiring special laser safety goggles are generally more inclined to try to obtain laser safety goggles that are made to order, either [...]

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