All work with lasers and optical sources (such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems) is subject to the Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010 and other regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
In the healthcare sector, the regulation of Class 3B/4 lasers and IPL systems varies across the UK. In general, regulators look for evidence that users are following the guidance published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This guidance advises that users seek expert advice from a certificated Laser Protection Adviser (LPA).
Comprehensive Laser Protection Adviser support and advice
PHE provides comprehensive laser protection advice for a wide range of laser applications. Our Laser Protection Adviser services include:
Advice on safety training requirements
Advice on safety legislation and assessment for compliance with standards and guidance
Advice on the safety aspects of new and existing installations
Annual audit of existing arrangements
Administrative procedures support, including preparing local rules and risk assessments - as required by the Management of Health and
Safety at Work Regulations
Assistance with the requirements of the MHRA guidance for healthcare providers, and other relevant legislation.
Compilation and maintenance of a Laser Safety Management File which details the laser safety arrangements
Support for the in-house Laser Protection Supervisor (LPS)
Custom laser safety consultancy
For comprehensive legal advice regarding less common laser protection issues, we also offer a full consultancy service which can include any facet of the Laser Protection Adviser Service, as well as:
Advice on proposed laser installations including liaison with the manufacturer/installer regarding laser safety issues
One-off independent audits of facilities and procedures