5 October 2011

Industrial laser safety responsibilities and requirements

  • Sector: Laser Safety
  • Location: Amada, Kidderminster
  • Attendees: All welcome



An intensive half-day tutorial providing an introduction and update to industrial laser safety organised by the Association of Laser Users (AILU) for users, suppliers and integrators of lasers for materials processing

Earlybird 15% discount if you register by 15 September

Download workshop flyer here

Background to this workshop

Laser technology and applications continue to offer promise of more productive and precise manufacturing ranging from the macro to the micro and nano scale and over a breathtakingly wide range of sectors from transport to medicine; telecommunications to renewable energy. Supporting this massive use of lasers are safety standards and guidelines; these have allowed laser technology to provide not only the most flexible but also one of the safest laser tools for materials processing.

But there is no room for complacency. The growth of technology and applications has created new and/or increased risks, and the legal consequences to businesses of laser injuries in the workplace are severe. As a result, there remains a need for those manufacturing laser sources and systems to be aware of current relevant standards and regulations, and similarly for users to be aware of compliance standards of equipment they are purchasing and best practice in laser use.

Scope of meeting

First and foremost, this half day technical introduction and update event addresses in general terms what you need to know about industrial laser safety as an employer or a supervisor responsible for safety in the manufacturer and/or use of industrial laser-based equipment. Its scope includes standards for suppliers of industrial lasers and laser processing machines; and the implementation of regulations for health and safety in the workplace, including requirements for safe use and for servicing of embedded laser products, the design of laser areas and availability of commercial products to support safe laser use.

Who should attend

Manufacturers and integrators of industrial laser sources and processing machines and those responsible for machine servicing and for workplace health and safety in research and production environments will gain a clear understanding of what their responsibilities are, the relevant safety standards and the requirements for assessments that need to be carried out and documented: both from a supplier and user perspective.
Whilst in this half day event the presenters will concentrate on the what the safety requirements demand in the manufacture and use of lasers, examples will be given to illustrate the implementation of good safety practice and the open forum at the end of the event will offer the opportunity for delegates to pose questions related to their specific conditions of laser use. The event will therefore also be useful to laser users and machine operators wishing to know more about laser safety, though it is not intended to satisfy all the needs of those requiring laser safety training.

Certificates of attendance will be provided

There will be a tabletop exhibition of laser safety equipment and services.

Supported by the AILU Market Development Special Interest Group


Chair: Martin Sharp (Liverpool John Moores University, President of AILU)

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 – 09:35 Chair welcome and introduction
Martin Sharp, Principal Lecturer, GERI, Liverpool John Moores University

09:35 – 09:45 Welcome to Amada
Gary Belfort, Amada UK Ltd

09:45 – 10:45 Open beam high power laser use

Responsibilities and delegation in the workplace and the role of laser radiation risk assessment (Legal requirements, principal controls in Class 3B & 4 laser radiation safety, TR 60825-14)
Mike Green, Principal Consultant, Pro Laser

Design considerations for controlled laser areas
Control of access, screens, shutters and enclosures (TR 60825-14, EN 60825-4, EN 12254)
Paul Tozer, Managing Director, Lasermet Ltd.

Specifications and options for viewing windows and protective eyewear
(EN207, 208, EN 60825-4, EN 12254)
Frank Billhardt, Head of sales and marketing, LaserVision GMBH, Germany

10:45 – 11:15 Refreshment break and EXHIBITION

11:15 – 12:15 Laser processing machine safety

Standards for compliance of laser products and processing machines
(EN 60825-1 and EN 11553)

Mike Barrett, Principal Consultant, Pro Laser

Servicing of Class 1 laser cutting machines
(Responsibilities of the user and supplier)
Stuart Turner Plant health and safety at Amada UK

Developments in requirements for safety-related controls
(EN ISO 13849)

Dave Collier, UK Business Development manager, Pilz Ltd.

Dealing with fume hazards in laser materials processing
(COSHH Regulation 2002)
David Quinn
, Area Sales Manager, Purex International Ltd

12:15 – 12:45 Open Forum
A panel of presenters will take questions from delegates

12:45 – 13:15 EXHIBITION

13:15 End of meeting

Delegates are invited to stay for lunch and to tour the Amada Technical Centre


Amada UK Ltd
Spennells Valley Road
DY10 1XS

Ample parking is available. 


AILU members - £110.00 plus VAT (=£132.00)
Including those attending as an employee of a current AILU Member Company.

Unemployed or retired - GBP 60.00 plus VAT (= £72.00) 
Full time students - GBP 40.00 + VAT (= £48:00) 
Non-Members - £135.00 plus VAT (=£162)

EARLY Bird Discount: 15% DISCOUNT for applications received before 15th September

To register, members and delegates of previous AILU events can simply contact the AILU Office (T:01235 539595: E:; alternatively by completing a registration form and returning it to the AILU office by e-mail, mail (AILU, Oxford House, 100 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 1DB) or fax (01235 550499).

Download workshop flyer here

• If you would like another employee can attend in your place simply let us know; there is no extra charge.
• For group discounts (three or more) please contact the AILU office.


A small table top exhibition of laser safety-related hardware and literature will be held during the mid-morning refreshment break and for 30 minutes at the conclusion of the presentations. Tables and banners can be located at the back of the lecture theatre and in the adjacent refreshment area, subject to space limitations.
Only laser safety-related advertising material and/or hardware can be displayed.

Corporate members of AILU who have also registered as a delegate - GBP 75.00 + VAT (= £90.00)
Non-members of AILU who have also registered as a delegate - GBP 95:00 + VAT (= £114:00)
Corporate member of AILU not registering as a delegate - GBP 110:00 + VAT (= £132:00)
Non-members of AILU not registering as a delegate - GBP 135.00 + VAT (= £162:00)
EARLY Bird Discount: 15% DISCOUNT for applications received before 12th September


The recommended hotel is the Gainsborough House Hotel, Bewdley Hill, Kidderminster, DY11 6BS. It is close to the event venue and offers a special Amada rate. 


Amada are south of the centre of Kidderminster being about 2km from the railway station and just off the A449.

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