|Country||Restrictions||Use and certification||Responsibility||Preamble|
|Europe||There is no “problem” to market Class 3R, Class 3B or Class 4
systems for professional use (but it is of course necessary
that the manufacturer provides information for the safe use of
the product and necessary protective measures). These systems
have to be made safe by the specific installation
|–||for professional laser users for instance, mere compliance with
EN 60825-1 (classification as Class 3B or Class 4 and warning
labels) is sufficient, and it is the responsibility of the
installer and event manager to insure that the workers and the
public is safe.
|New Zeland||all lasers except handheld high-power laser pointers||have to follow all the instructions and need a special consent||need a consent otherwise your laser will be picked up by
|Canada||all lasers are allowed||have to follow all the instructions and need FDA labels||have to follow instructions otherwise you will have health
|United Kingdom||all kinds of lasers must be given FDA labels (marked)||have to follow all the instructions and need FDA labels||work with a laser at your own risk but the laser must be marked||
|USA||all lasers are allowed||have to follow all the instructions and need FDA labels||have to follow all the instructions provided by a manufacturer||
|Australia||all lasers are allowed||must use for its destination||work with a laser at your own risk and follow the insturctions||–|
Keep in mind that all Class 4 laser must have:
proper label with:
- Danger Sign
- An arrow indicates the aperture
- Laser Power (in watts)
- Wavelength in nm
- Laser class
and the laser goes with a Standard Operation Procedure Form with
– A key to turn on/off the laser or computer control (TTL cable allows computer control).
– A laser manual.
– Safety goggles must have the wavelength information on them.
– Brand name, contact information and a model number must be given on the laser or inside the manual.
Federal law requires a proper printed documentation with the laser and it must be prepared and sent by the laser manufacturer. Learn more on FDA.gov