At the end of September the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) awarded Lasermet accreditation for laser testing at its test facility in Bournemouth.

The accreditation is the culmination of an extremely rigorous process of examination and evaluation which has lasted over 2 � years, and covers testing to the following standards when undertaken in Lasermet�s testing laboratories in Bournemouth.

EN / IEC 60825-1
EN / IEC 60825-12
EN / IEC 60601-2-22

While UKAS accreditation is not a legal requirement, most Test Houses and large companies will much prefer to use a UKAS accredited test facility, as the UKAS approval guarantees a high level of expertise, traceability and rigorous practice. Lasermet is the only testing laboratory to achieve UKAS accreditation for laser testing other than the National Physical Laboratories, in Teddington.

Laser safety specialists Lasermet have been testing and certifying laser and LED products to the laser safety standards (ie EN 60825-1 and associated standards) for over 12 years. This testing activity is part of a successful business which addresses all aspects of laser safety, from Training of Laser Protection Adviser work, to manufacture and sale of laser safety products. Paul Tozer, Managing Director of Lasermet said “We are expanding our range of products and services on all fronts. We see the current UKAS accreditation as a first step. In the future, we intend to expand the scope of the accreditation to include optical sources other than lasers and LEDs. We see this as a big growth area with the forthcoming implementation of the Physical Agents Directive, which covers all non-laser optical sources.”

Lasermet has recently recruited an extra test engineer / consultant, who is tasked specifically with developing a service product aimed at fulfilling the requirements of the Physical Agents Directive with regards to non-laser optical sources.