Hand-held lasers

Laser pointers pens are a tool often used during training and presentations.  They are also involved in a lot of eye injuries, as well as dangerous pranks against vehicles and aircraft.

So how safe are these things? Put simply, lasers are classified according to their degree of optical radiation.

The classes are set out in the standard AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014, which is available here: http://goo.gl/doKozE. Ministry of Health guidance is also available here: http://goo.gl/oGDo4.

Since 2014, strong hand-held lasers deemed a hazard to aircraft have been subject to import, sale and supply controls.  However this does not affect the low-power devices typically found in the workplace. If you’re unsure whether your laser is covered by the regulations, click here to read some helpful information from the Ministry of Health.

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