Hazard 24: Lasers and Radiation

The Legislation

The UK Ionising Radiation Regulations (Revised)

The Ionising Radiation Regulations 1985

The Ionising Radiation (Outside Workers) Regulations 1993

The Radioactive Substances Act 1993

The Risks

  • eye damage

  • fire

  • explosions

  • mobile phones

  • skin damage

Those most at Risk

Actors, laser technicians, musicians, pregnant staff, the public.


The laser is a light amplifier which is capable of generating an intense parallel beam of coherent light. Lasers come in different strengths and are classified according to BS EN 60825. The level of risk will vary according to the class you use: the main risk from strong lasers is skin or eye damage. General purpose safety glasses offer no protection. Eye protectors ...

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