Laser Safety – Can I walk past the machine?
Generally, we will say no if it is operating, but this is not for safety reasons. This is because it creates noise in the data.
Ever since Laser scanning became a trusted service in Oil & Gas and Mining the question constantly raised by clients is,
Do we need to create an exclusion zone? are my eyes at risk of damage if I look at the laser?
In Short the answer to both these questions is no, The laser scanning systems used by LSA adhere to strict industry guidelines, these systems usually conform to the Class 1 system which by definition is:
A Class 1 laser is safe under all conditions of normal use. This means the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) cannot be exceeded when viewing a laser with the naked eye or with the aid of typical magnifying optics (e.g. telescope or microscope). To verify compliance, the standard specifies the aperture and distance corresponding to the naked eye, a typical telescope viewing a collimated beam, and a typical microscope viewing a divergent beam. It is important to realize that certain lasers classified as Class 1 may still pose a hazard when viewed with a telescope or microscope of sufficiently large aperture. For example, a high-power laser with a very large collimated beam or very highly divergent beam may be classified as Class 1 if the power that passes through the apertures defined in the standard is less than the AEL for Class 1; however, an unsafe power level may be collected by a magnifying optic with larger aperture.
our SPecialist machines carry different lasers
A Class 2 laser is considered to be safe because the blink reflex (glare aversion response to bright lights) will limit the exposure to no more than 0.25 seconds. It only applies to visible-light lasers (400–700 nm). Class-2 lasers are limited to 1 mW continuous wave, or more if the emission time is less than 0.25 seconds or if the light is not spatially coherent. Intentional suppression of the blink reflex could lead to eye injury. Some laser pointers and measuring instruments are class 2.