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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.