Safety of Consumer Laser Products New Framework for Regulation and Standards

24/03/14

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On 5 February 2014 the European Commission adopted new Commission Decision 2014/59/EU on the safety requirements to be met by European standards for consumer laser products pursuant to Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety.

Compliance with these requirements ensures that a laser product is safe to be used by consumers.

Decision 2014/59/EU entered into force on 5 February 2014.

Context
Laser products, in particular hand-held, battery-powered laser pointers that pose a risk of damage to sight and to the skin have become widely available to consumers.

There is a current European standard for laser products “EN 60825-1:2007 ‘Safety of laser products – Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements” but compliance with that standard does not ensure that a laser product is safe to be used by consumers.

Without hampering technical innovation, it is therefore appropriate to determine the safety requirements for consumer laser products in order to be able to submit a request to the European standardization bodies to develop a new European standard or amend the current European standard.

Definitions

Decision 2014/59/EU specifies definitions:
>> for consumer laser product: product intended for consumer, constituting (or incorporating) a laser (or laser system) and during operation permitting access to laser radiation;
>> for child appealing product:
• product that resembles, by virtue of its form or design, anything that is commonly recognized as being appealing to, or intended for use by, children
• product has any other feature or characteristic, not necessary for the function of the product, that is likely to be appealing to children

Safety Requirements

Decision 2014/59/EU introduces following requirements:
• in case of any exposure to laser radiation that could occur under any conditions of use, child appealing consumer laser products shall not cause damage to the eyes or the skin,
• in case of any exposure to laser radiation that could occur under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, all other consumer laser products shall not cause damage to the eyes or unintended damage to the skin,
• conformity with safety requirements shall be achieved by technical means,
• all consumer laser products (except those child appealing), if exposure to laser radiation that would cause damage to the eyes or the skin could occur under conditions of use other than normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, shall carry appropriate warning labels and shall be supplied with user instructions that contain all relevant safety information.

Additional Information
For more details, please view the full text of Decision 2014/59/EU (Published in OJEU L36 of 7 February 2014) at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:036:0020:0021:EN:PDF

Contact Information
If you have any comments and/or questions, please contact your customer service representative or email Paule PRIMET at: paule.primet@lcie.fr

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