Laser safety is a crucial aspect of any event, especially in the UK where the use of lasers is heavily regulated. Lasers are often used as a special effect at music events, concerts and festivals – but may also be used at corporate events or at religious ceremonies.
Event Safety Plan specialist Sam White looks at some tips for ensuring laser safety at events:
Comply with regulations:
In the UK, the use of lasers is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations (AOR). It is important to comply with these regulations, which include guidelines for laser classification, laser safety officer (LSO) appointment, and risk assessments.
Appoint a Laser Safety Officer (LSO)
The LSO is responsible for ensuring that the laser equipment is used safely and that all necessary precautions are taken to protect the health and safety of those present at the event. The LSO should have a good understanding of the hazards associated with the use of lasers, and should be trained in the appropriate use of laser equipment.
Conduct a Risk Assessment
A risk assessment should be conducted to identify any potential hazards associated with the use of lasers at the event. This should include an assessment of the audience, the laser equipment and the event environment. The results of the risk assessment should be used to develop a laser safety plan for the event.
Use appropriate laser equipment
It is important to use laser equipment that is appropriate for the event, and to ensure that the equipment is in good working order. This includes ensuring that the laser equipment is properly labelled, has been provided by a competent contractor and that it is being operated by trained personnel.
Have an emergency plan in place
Having an emergency plan in place is essential in case of an incident involving laser equipment. The emergency plan should include procedures for responding to an incident and for providing medical attention if necessary.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that safety is a priority, and that all necessary precautions are taken to protect those working at or in attendance. Remember to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest laser safety guidelines and regulations, and to work closely with the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) to ensure that the laser equipment is used safely.