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Laser safety standards and regulations

On this page you will find all relevant standards, as well as regulations applicable to the field of laser safety.
Categories are presented to facilitate your search for information.

Standards that manufacturers of laser protection equipment must comply with:

NF EN 60825-4 (2006)

Safety of laser devices - Part 4: Laser barriers.

Specifies requirements for permanent and temporary (e.g., maintenance) laser guards that protect the processing area of a laser machine, as well as specifications for original laser guards.

NF EN 12254 (2010)

Laser Workstation Displays – Safety Requirements and Testing.
Specifies the functional requirements and labeling applicable to passive, temporary or permanent laser protectors intended for protection against laser radiation.

 NF EN 207 (2017)

Individual eye protection – Filters and eye protectors against laser radiation (laser protective glasses).
Applies to eye protectors used against accidental exposure to laser radiation. It defines the requirements, test methods and marking. It does not apply to protectors intended for voluntary exposure to laser radiation. Laser adjustment glasses are covered by NF EN 208.

NF EN 208 (2010)

Personal eye protection – Protective glasses for adjustment work on lasers and laser systems (laser adjustment glasses)
Applies to protective laser adjustment filters and glasses used for work where hazardous radiation occurs in the visible spectral range between 400 nm and 700 nm, and defines specifications, test methods and marking.

Standards to which laser manufacturers and/or users must comply:

NF EN 60825-1 (2014)

Safety of laser devices – Part 1: Classification of equipment and requirements.
Provides information on laser classification methodology, risk control measures, recommendations for laser safety managers. These standards are designed to provide the laser user with requested information and assist in the understanding of laser safety programs. For manufacturers of laser devices, this standard constitutes a conformity criterion. In Europe, all laser products available on the market must comply with this standard and have the CE marking.

 IEC/TR 60825-14 (2022)

Laser Device Safety – Part 14: User Guide.
Intended to help laser users and their employers understand the general principles of safety management, identify hazards that may be present, assess the risks of harm that may occur, and establish and maintain appropriate control measures .

NF EN ISO 11553-1 (2020)

Machine safety - Laser machines – Part 1: General laser safety requirements
Describes the dangerous phenomena linked to laser radiation generated by laser machines. Specifies the safety requirements concerning dangerous phenomena linked to laser radiation, as well as the information that manufacturers of this equipment must provide.

NF EN ISO 11553-2 (2009)

Machine safety - Laser machines – Part 2: Safety requirements for hand-held laser processing devices
Specifies requirements for laser processing devices, which are hand-held or manually operated.

NF EN 50689 (2021)

Laser device safety – Special requirements for consumer laser devices.
This document provides definitions and specifies particular requirements for consumer devices incorporating lasers. The purpose of the document is to ensure that laser devices available to the general public are safe and secure.

European, French, Belgian, Luxembourg, Swiss regulations

Directive 2006/25/EC

Relating to minimum safety and health requirements relating to the exposure of workers to risks due to physical agents (artificial optical radiation).

Decree No. 2010-750

Relating to the protection of workers against risks due to artificial optical radiation.

Royal Decree 04/22/2010

Royal decree relating to the protection of the health and safety of workers against the risks linked to artificial optical radiation in the workplace

Grand Ducal Regulation

Of July 26, 2010 relating to minimum safety and health requirements relating to the exposure of employees to risks due to physical agents

MSST Directive

Directive relating to the use of occupational physicians and other occupational safety specialists

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