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Control measure

Safe system of work: Laser equipment at industrial sites

Control measure knowledge

It may be necessary to switch off, contain or isolate the power supply to the laser equipment. Until the laser equipment is isolated, it may be necessary to avoid the affected area.

The responsible person should be able to provide information about the type and location of laser equipment and its isolation procedures.

If it is not possible to switch off, contain or isolate the power supply to the laser equipment, appropriate specialist personal protective equipment (PPE) such as protective eye wear or face shields may be available on-site.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure that information about laser equipment is included in Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI)
  • Enter into arrangements with any sites operating lasers to provide specialist personal protective equipment if required

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Liaise with the responsible person for information about the type and location of laser equipment and the isolation procedures
  • Consider isolating laser equipment
  • Consider avoiding the area affected by the laser equipment
  • Consider using appropriate specialist personal protective equipment when working near lasers