My State:
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of 2018 EHS Salary Guide

This report will help you evaluate if you are being paid a fair amount for the responsibilities you are shouldering.

In addition, EHS managers can find the information to keep their departments competitive and efficient—an easy way to guarantee you are paying the right amount to retain hard-to-fill positions but not overpaying on others.

Download Now!
Bookmark and Share
March 27, 2013
Feds find possible eye hazards in laser pointers

You’re familiar, of course, with those red and green laser pointers commonly used in training, meetings, emergency response, and other workplace settings. New research suggests they may be hazardous for those who use them and those who are in places where they are in use.

For a Limited Time receive a FREE Safety Special Report on the "50 Tips For More-Effective Safety Training."  Receive 75 pages of useful safety information broken down into three training sections. Download Now

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) tested 122 handheld laser pointers and found that nearly 90 percent of green pointers and about 44 percent of red ones were out of compliance with federal safety regulations. Both emitted more visible power than allowed, and green pointers also gave off unacceptable levels of infrared light.

The NIST researchers concluded, “Our results raise numerous safety questions regarding laser pointers and their use.” They say that permanent eye damage is a risk.

The tests were conducted on randomly chosen commercial laser devices. They are limited under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to 5 milliwatts maximum emission in the visible portion of the spectrum, and less than 2 milliwatts in the infrared portion. The highest measured output was 66.5 milliwatts, more than 10 times the legal limit.

Featured Special Report:
2018 EHS Salary Guide
   
   
 
 
Twitter  Facebook  Linked In
Follow Us
Copyright © 2021 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on https://Safety.BLR.com
Document URL: https://safety.blr.com/workplace-safety-news/safety-administration/office-safety/Feds-find-possible-eye-hazards-in-laser-pointers/