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Hazard Knowledge

Lasers may be used for cutting, welding, sorting, counting, printing and measuring. They emit radiation as narrow concentrated beams of light, not necessarily visible to the human eye. Their most commonly-recognised hazard is their ability to damage eyesight or burn skin, which varies according to the wavelength and power of the output. However, in some cases, other associated risks from using the equipment may be more hazardous, such as heat, dust and fumes.

Refer to the supplementary information about lasers. They have many uses including:

Manufacturing, processing and engineering

  • Industrial processes
  • Laboratories

Commercial and business

  • Creating a billboard effect to the outside of buildings
  • Fibre optic installations for communications
  • Laser printing

Places of assembly and entertainment

  • Schools, colleges and universities for scientific purposes
  • Nightclubs, outdoor events and concerts for display purposes
  • Rangefinders on golf courses

Medical facilities and animal facilities

  • For medical procedures

Construction sites

  • Surveying tools

Military and defence establishments and shooting clubs

  • Rangefinders for military purposes and shooting clubs