The European Physical Agent Directive on Artificial Optical Radiation requires that the UK must introduce new specific legislation covering laser and optical radiation safety. This is a statutory requirement on employers to be able to prove through their risk assessment that employees are not being exposed to levels of artificial optical radiation in excess of the nominal limit. In many cases, this is likely to require complex calculations and measurements. There is also a requirement for employees to receive training in optical radiation safety.
Under Health and Safety at Work legislation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) expect risk assessments to have been carried out by users of potentially hazardous sources of optical radiation and measures put in place to ensure that staff are not exposed to radiation in excess of the Exposure Limit Values (ELVs) set by the Health Protection Agency and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
Lasermet have been specialists in laser safety services since 1987 and are closely involved with the standards bodies that will produce the guidance to underpin the new legislation. We offer services for manufacturers and users of sources of non-laser optical radiation of all kinds. Our aim is to enable you to deal with all your optical radiation safety requirements as quickly and easily as possible so that your staff can concentrate on their jobs in the knowledge that all the proper safety procedures are in place.
- Classification of products emitting non-laser optical radiation
- Undertaking workplace risk assessments (including calculations and measurements) on behalf of employers
- Providing advice on how to ensure that the ELVs are not exceeded
- Training in non-laser optical radiation safety
- Supply of a range of products related to non-laser optical radiation safety