The first laser was invented in 1960 and the first documented laser accident happened in 1964. We now have lasers all around that we live with and use with the confidence that they have been kept in a safe mode. But why do laser accidents happen? 

This book presents a number of laser accident-prone situations and discusses many safety precautions, including the use of virtual reality, to avoid hazards caused by lasers. Being a Laser Safety Officer for many years, the editor has included his own views as well as the views of others in this book. This book is a useful guide for researchers and industrial laser users. Even a common reader will find this book informative and interesting. 

Review by Reva Garg, Institute of Physics, University of Brasilia, Brazil.

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