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Laser Safety

Since the 1960's, when commercial laser technology was first introduced, lasers have come to influence many aspects of our lives, mostly for the better. From medical technology to office machines, home entertainment, communications, industrial alignment, construction leveling, barcode scanning, targeting, and simple pointing, lasers now play a critical role.

In the United States, laser pointers are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Most laser pointers on the US market today are classified as Class IIIA (1-5mW) devices. When used for their intended purpose these products are generally considered safe. In recent years, laser pointer popularity has increased due to lower costs and improved technologies allowing for smaller sizes, higher visibility, and greater convenience than ever before. Hand-held laser pointers have proven to be very effective tools for instruction or presentations. While laser pointers are widely available, it is important to remember that they are not toys and should always be used responsibly.

Following are some important basic safety considerations to keep in mind to prevent the misuse of laser pointers:

  • When purchasing a laser pointer, ensure that it includes a warning label identifying its class and potential hazard to the eyes.

  • Never point a laser beam at anyone, and certainly never point a laser directly at or into another person's or animal's eye.

  • Never stare into the beam projected by a laser pointer.

  • Never view a laser beam using optical instruments such as magnifying lenses, microscopes, binoculars, etc., unless the procedure has been approved by the appropriate technical safety personnel.

  • Do not aim a laser at reflective surfaces such as mirrors, polished metals, glass surfaces, etc., that might reflect the light back at you or toward another person.

  • Laser pointers are not toys and should not be used by children.

  • Discourage the inappropriate and irresponsible use of laser pointers.

CALPAC LASERS encourages the responsible use of laser pointers. Our products comply with FDA regulations and labeling requirements.