Guideline: Laser pointer guidelines
To inform staff of guidelines for laser pointers
- 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.
- 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.
- More information on the hazards of lasers and appropriate safety measures is available from the ANU OHS Unit.
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|Purpose||To inform the University community of the safe use of hand held laser pointers|
|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|
Work Health & Safety Act 2011