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Laser Safety Advice

Laser Safety Advice

Laser Safety Advice

13 Jan 2017

Dear Colleagues

The misuse of laser pointers (sometimes referred to as laser pens) reported in the press has generated public concern over the safety of these devices.

The advice from PHE takes account of the current British Standard for laser safety, and the technically equivalent European and International Standards.

National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) (now part of PHE) was involved in the initial development of these Standards and currently provides input to the British Standards Institution and International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committees responsible for maintaining these documents.

NRPB provided advice to the then Department of Trade and Industry concerning the safety of hand-held laser pointers and the optical hazards posed by the use of these products.

The following link below provides basic information on the properties of laser radiation, the different laser classes and summarises Public Health England’s (PHE) position on the issue of the safety of laser pointers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laser-radiation-safety-advice/laser-radiation-safety-advice

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