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SAFETY INFORMATION


Lasers used in displays have an excellent safety record*. LumaLaser will work with you to help maintain audience safety.


  • If the laser projector will be used in the U.S., we will help you meet the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration. A few states also have additional regulations, most notably Arizona, New York and Texas.

  • If the laser projector will be used outside the U.S., our local dealers/distributors can work with you regarding any applicable laws.


Getting U.S. approval is generally a simple, low-cost process. It does take a bit of time. Normally, the laser projector cannot be used until the approval process is complete. For this reason, LumaLaser will work with you as early as possible, to start this process.

Here is an overview of the process. For more details, including links to U.S. government documents, click here.

Basic laser safety

For the types of lasers used by LumaLaser, the key area of concern is the human eye. The eye is very sensitive to concentrated light. Under the wrong conditions, lasers could cause permanent damage to the retina. (This is the same type of damage you could get by looking directly into the sun, a welding arc, or even a searchlight at close range.)

Whether actual damage occurs depends on factors such as the strength and spread of the beam, the distance to the eye, and how steadily the beam stays on the eye. So safety is a function of both the laser and how it is used.

Worldwide and U.S. standards

To reduce any potential eye hazard,most industrial countries have laws covering lasers and their uses. The light levels and use regulations are similar in most countries. However,enforcement does differ from country to country.

The United States has especially strict enforcement. At the federal level, regulations are set by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), part of the Food and Drug Administration. The CDRH regulates both:


  • The laser projector equipment.

  • How the laser projector equipment is used -- the "laser show".

What the U.S. CDRH requires

The CDRH requires three documents to be in place before you can do a laser show.


  • The Product Report covers the projector -- how it is built, what safety measures it includes, and how to do maintenance.
    This is produced by LumaLaser. We automatically provide you with a copy of your projector's Product Report, for you to keep on file.


  • The Laser Light Show Report is specific to your site. CDRH wants to be sure the projector and bounce mirrors are securely mounted, that beams are kept out of the audience's reach, and that safety checks are done and recorded.
    LumaLaser, or your dealer, can work with you on the installation details and on submitting the Laser Light Show Report. There is generally an extra charge for this, which can vary depending on the site complexity.

  • A Laser Show Variance Number. A "variance" gives you permission to vary (not follow) some of the Federal Laser Performance Standards. You must have an approved variance, with a number issued by the CDRH, before you can do a laser show.
    As with the laser show report, LumaLaser or your dealer can develop and submit the laser show variance for you.

State requirements

As mentioned earlier, a few U.S. states have additional laser show reporting requirements.
LumaLaser can provide you with any additional documents and data your state may require.

Summary

Laser shows use a spectacular, powerfulsource of light. They have an enviable safety record, which is partially due to governmental regulations imposed on them.


In the U.S., these regulations require a custom report for your site. Approval will lead to a slight delay in installing a laser projector. The safety and liability benefits are well worth this small wait. You and your audience will be assured that you have approved laser equipment, that it is correctly installed and that it is safely operated.


* A worldwide study of laser entertainment found essentially no documented cases of accidental eye injuries to audience members. (There were a very few injuries where an audience member deliberately looked straight into the laser beam for long periods.)
This is a remarkably safe record -- especially compared with other high-tech entertainment equipment. For example, roller coasters injure and even kill riders every year.
Laser shows are also much safer than typical health hazards found in entertainment environments such as excessively loud music,

 

 

The CDRH, a division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, regulates American laser projectors and light shows. Anyone presenting a laser light show in the U.S. must have a Product Report covering the equipment, a Laser Light Show Report covering how it is used, and a Variance Number giving approval to deviate from certain laser standards.







 
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