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Laser Safety

HS(G)95 The Radiation Safety of Laser used for Display Purposes:

This comprehensive information on the radiation safety problems to consider is prompted by the fact that most lasers used in the leisure sector have outputs high enough to cause significant risk of eye injury. Moreover, if higher than 0.5 watts output then burn is a potential danger. Accordingly, this scopes critical issues such as the regulatory bodies to be consulted, strict user and supplier requirements and installation safety assessment.

Outdoor laser operations

Lasers used in the vicinity of aerodromes add to the known aviation-related problems associated with high intensity lights and can have a physiological impact upon pilots which could threaten aircraft safety, particularly at critical stages of flight such as final approach. Such physiological effects can include: glare, temporary flash blindness, after-image, and, possibly, eye injury. In addition, there is the potential for laser activity to dazzle and distract pilots of aircraft, and any planned laser activity must be organised to avoid this eventuality.
Users are requested to give the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) 28 days notice of intent to use a laser outdoors, through the use of the CAP 736 - notification of Outdoor Laser Installations.

On-line Submission form:

Laser Product Safety Standard

A new edition of the UK and European laser safety standard has recently been published. This document designated BS EN 60825-1:2007, Edition 2 - Safety of laser products – Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements, is the primary standard for laser safety to which many other standards and guidelines refer. It defines the basis on which all laser products are classified and specifies the manufacturing requirements that they must meet. The new edition introduces important changes as well as adopting some general improvements in presentation. Any laser projector that does not have all the necessary features listed for its class affects the validity of CE declaration. Any product that doesn't meet the CE conformity should not be used or supplied. All our products are CE certified.

Laser Safety Training Day

Lasers can be dangerous and can cause hazards if they are not installed and operated safely. Standards, regulations, and guidance do exist for using lasers, but understanding what is and is not necessary for laser displays is a daunting task. LVR offer a Laser Display Safety training course. It is designed to teach you what's necessary to perform safe and enjoyable shows. We highly recommend that anyone using lasers for display purposes goes on this course which is run by a leading expert on laser safety with hands on experience of running shows.

LVR Limited also has a website dealing with safety of lasers for display purposes. If you're looking to buy a system, components or just a venue owner they have loads of essential points to guide you in the right direction. One can also check there if the LSO or venue manager is registered.