18 November 2006

Lasermet news

At the end of September the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) awarded Lasermet accreditation for laser testing at its facility in Bournemouth.

The accreditation is the culmination of an rigorous process of examination and evaluation that has lasted over 2 ½ years, and covers testing to EN / IEC 60825-1, EN / IEC 60825-12 and EN / IEC 60601-2-22

While UKAS accreditation is not a legal requirement, most Test Houses and large companies will much prefer to use a UKAS accredited test facility, as the UKAS approval guarantees a high level of expertise, traceability and rigorous practice. Lasermet is the only testing laboratory to achieve UKAS accreditation for laser testing other than the National Physical Laboratories, in Teddington.

Technical Director Robert Wells, who has successfully led the project to achieve accreditation said, We are extremely pleased to have succeeded in getting UKAS accreditation. Whilst our experience and expertise was never in doubt, we have had to substantially upgrade our procedures and record keeping in order to satisfy the extremely high standards of traceability required by UKAS.'

Laser safety specialists Lasermet have been testing and certifying laser and LED products to the laser safety standards (ie EN 60825-1 and associated standards) for over 12 years. This testing activity is part of a successful business which addresses all aspects of laser safety, from training of Laser Protection Adviser work, to manufacture and sale of laser safety products.

Paul Tozer, Managing Director of Lasermet said, We are expanding our range of products and services on all fronts. We see the current UKAS accreditation as a first step. In the future, we intend to expand the scope of the accreditation to include optical sources other than lasers and LEDs."

Lasermet has recently recruited an extra test engineer / consultant, who is tasked specifically with developing a service product aimed at fulfilling the requirements of the Physical Agents Directive with regards to non-laser optical sources.

Contact: Paul Tozer

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