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Guideline: Laser pointer guidelines


To inform staff of guidelines for laser pointers


  1. Laser pointers are a common tool for many lecturers to highlight or direct a person to a relevant location. A presentation laser pointer should be a class I or class II laser product and labelled as such. Class 3 (III) laser pointers are not suitable for presentations and their use is restricted.
  • A laser pointer is not a toy. Keep out of reach of children and juveniles.
  • Never point the laser pointer at people.
  • Misuse of a laser pointer may cause discomfort glare. Viewing the laser beam may cause a temporary blindness and an after image that is disturbing to the victim. Deliberately staring into a laser beam may cause retinal damage.
  • The pointer should only be used to point out inanimate objects, such as slide images etc.
  • Avoid shining on mirror-like targets and objects where reflections may become a problem.
  • Never view the laser beam with any optical instrument, unless approved by the Laser Safety Officer.
  • Take the batteries out when not in use to avoid accidental exposures.
  1. Class 3 (hand held) laser pointers that emit laser radiation in excess of 1mW can be considered a prohibited weapon under the ACT Prohibited Weapons Act 1996. These dangerous lasers should only be used by trained and aware staff with a legitimate reason.
  2. More information on the hazards of lasers and appropriate safety measures is available from the ANU OHS Unit.


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Title Laser pointer
Document Type Guideline
Document Number ANUP_000755
Version 4
Purpose To inform the University community of the safe use of hand held laser pointers
Audience Staff
Category Administrative
Topic/ SubTopic Health, Safety & Environment - Occupational Health & Safety
Effective Date 14 Feb 2011
Review Date 22 Feb 2014
Responsible Officer Director, Human Resources
Approved By: Director, Human Resources
Contact Area Human Resources Division
Authority Work Health & Safety Act 2011