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Safety Disclosure & Awareness

Safety Disclosure

Laser Classification for Handheld Lasers:

The handheld laser cleaning device is classified as a high-power Class IV –   Class 4 laser device under Canadian Nuclear Safety and Control Act Radiation Protection Regulations (SOR/2000-203)Radiation Emitting Devices Act and US FDA Regulations 21 CFR 1040.10. This product emits invisible laser radiation at or near 1060 nm wavelength and the total optical energy emitted from the optical output exceeds 20 W. This light level can damage eyes and skin. Although radiation is invisible, the beam can cause irreversible damage to the cornea.

Laser safety goggles are supplied with ALFA LASER Machines but must be always worn during laser operation.

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Warning Sign: LASER (Light-Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

Following Instructions and Measures to be taken when seeing this Warning Sign:

 

Avoid Laser Beam Sphere
Use Personal Protective Equipment
Shield Laser Beam
Define Laser Area
Reduce Laser Performance to Needed Energy Level

- Wear suitable laser safety goggles when operating this device. Choosing the right laser safety eyewear requires the end user to accurately identify the wavelength range emitted by the product. If the device is a tunable laser or Raman product, it emits light over a range of wavelengths, so the end user should ensure that the laser safety glasses they use will protect them over the entire wavelength range from the light emitted by the device. must be verified.

 

- Use of controls, adjustments, or performance of procedures other than those specified in this user manual may result in hazardous radiation exposure.

 

- Do not install or terminate fiber optic cables when the laser is active.

 

Device safety label location:

The figures below show the FDA regulated labels and other labels along with their placement on the product.

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Ansi Standard Laser Class 4 Safety Label at Top & Front of Each Machine

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Ansi Standard Laser Class 4 Safety Label at Top & Front of Each Machine

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Ansi Standard Laser Class 4 Safety Label at Top & Front of Each Machine

According to  DIN EN 60825-1:1994

 

Safety Awareness:

Ansi Standard Laser Class 4 Safety Label at Top & Front of Each Machine

 

Safety Awareness:

1. Beams from laser material processing can cause skin burns and serious eye damage.

Proper use and care of this system is essential to its safe operation. Use of controls or adjustments, or performance of procedures other than those specified herein, may result in exposure to hazardous laser radiation.

 

2. When using the optional Class 4 conversion module, proper eyewear wearing is mandatory whenever the beam indicator is illuminated on the Class 4 control panel.

Glasses must be properly certified for use and protection at all material processing laser wavelengths used (10.6 microns, 9.3 microns and 1.06 microns) and have a minimum optical density of 5+. If you are unsure of the proper eyewear requirements, do not operate the laser system with a Class 4 conversion module installed, contact your certified laser safety representative or contact the ALFA LASER factory support team at support@alfalaser.ca

 

3. ALFA LASER

The Laser Cleaning Machine is equipped with interlocked access doors on both sides of the unit. An optional Class 4 conversion module allows the user to operate the laser system with the side panel open. This device bypasses the safety interlock on the side panel of the laser system. When this optional device is installed, the protective system housing cannot completely contain the infrared laser radiation produced by the laser source, creating an exposure risk. This optional device redefines the safety classification of laser systems from Class 1, which is considered safe under all conditions of normal use, to Class 4, which is considered potentially hazardous. Additionally, the system enclosure does not contain flames or by-products from potentially ignitable materials within the system enclosure. Also be aware that infrared laser radiation emitted from the housing of a system with a Class 4 conversion module can damage or ignite combustible materials in immediate or distant locations.

There are several mandatory safety precautions defined by national and international laws and standards that must be observed when operating a Class 4 laser system. Specific safety measures are provided by the manufacturer through inclusion in an optional Class 4 conversion module, including: This feature can be used to connect an interlock switch to the door of a specific room where a laser system is operating, so that the laser is automatically disabled when the door is opened.

◉ Interlock Key Control - Removable key to prevent tampering with the laser.

◉ Laser Radiation Emission Warning signage – A visible warning light that indicates when a laser emits under operation.

◉ Attenuator – A mechanical device used to block the emission of laser radiation. The device is in the form of a manually operated shutter or Curtains.

◉ Class 4 Warning Label - A Class 4 warning label indicating that the laser system is classified as Class 4 and should only be always operated in a well-ventilated area. When installing the optional Class 4 conversion module, the laser system owner must observe operational safety precautions.

 

4. These safety instructions are required for operation of Class 4 laser systems under Canadian Federal & Provincial Law, US federal and state law in the United States and most foreign countries:

 

Many of these safety instructions comply with ANSI standards. Z136.1 US National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, or equivalent standards available in most other countries such as B. European Standard EN 60825-1. Other safety measures may be mandated by state and/or local authorities, such as the German Employers' Liability Insurance Association's BGV B2 laser emission regulations, and it is the owner's responsibility to understand and comply with these laws. is the responsibility of Here is a quick summary of the most common safety requirements for owners of Class 4 laser systems:

◉ In any facility wherein a Class four laser device is to be operated, a person needs to be certain as a Laser Safety Officer (LSO) who will count on the authority and duty to reveal and put into effect the manipulate of laser hazards. The LSO need to study in laser protection and be privy to all protection measures set through law. There are many avenues to gather this education. Recognized reasserts of this education are the Laser Institute of America, the Employer's Insurance Liability Associations in European countries, or laser protection institutions in the Owner's USA or territory.

◉ The Owner of a Class four laser device might be chargeable for the introduction of a managed vicinity wherein the Class four laser device might be operated. A managed vicinity is designed to absolutely incorporate the laser radiation that may get away from a Class four laser device, with measures in area to save you unauthorized employees from coming into the vicinity, such as lighted caution symptoms and symptoms outdoor the certain and managed vicinity and interlocks on entryways.

◉ The LSO might be chargeable for designating and education all employees legal to perform, hold, or carrier a Class four laser device. It can also be the duty of the LSO to take measures to tell and limitation all unauthorized employees from get right of entry to a Class four laser device.

◉ The Owner of a Class four laser device might be chargeable for figuring out and supplying to all legal employees any defensive gadget consisting of specially designed eyewear, defensive gadget, and apparel wished whilst running, maintaining, or servicing a Class four laser device. Furthermore, the Owner will make sure that no juveniles perform the laser. If the laser is in use, the consumer will even make sure that mirrors, lenses, and different reflecting substances are constant and are handiest moved in a managed manner.

◉ The LSO might be chargeable for often auditing all protection measures. This consists of normal retraining of legal employees, serialization, and normal inspection (and alternative whilst vital) of all unique eyewear and apparel, and normal inspection of all protection measures surrounding the managed vicinity wherein a Class four laser device is operated. The LSO can be required to hold information as vital to show compliance.

◉ The LSO might be chargeable for normal scientific surveillance of all legal employees running a Class four laser device. For example, this consists of however is not always confined to, obligatory annual eye exams.

◉ Class 4 laser structures need to know no longer be used at alternate suggests or exhibitions.

◉ Prolonged publicity to meditated mild from an excessive electricity IR (1064nm) laser can reason pores and skin burn. Some people are photosensitive or taking prescribed drugs that may result in expanded photosensitivity. It is suggested to apply suitable face, arm, and hand overlaying to reduce pores and skin publicity.

 

 

Other mandatory safety measures may apply and vary by state and country. It is the responsibility of the Class 4 system owner and the owner of the facility in which the Class 4 system operates to identify and comply with all applicable regulations. For example, in some states, anyone wishing to operate a Class 4 laser system must be registered with the state radiation agency, pay annual dues, and undergo annual inspections. Failure to comply may result in penalties. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also publishes regulations for the safe use of lasers in the workplace. LSOs ​​must comply with all rules and regulations established by law. Again, safety precautions related to the operation of Class 4 laser systems are required under federal and Provincial law in Canada, federal and state law in the United States and most other countries. Do not use the optional Class 4 Laser Conversion Module unless the operator/owner is unable or unwilling to follow all safety precautions required for safe operation of the Class 4 Laser system. For more information on laser safety awareness, please visit https://www.lia.org/.

Technical Standards:

Browsing via requirements is one of the great methods to deeply recognize laser safety, considering that foremost gamers withinside the enterprise have come collectively to agree at the great methods to securely use lasers of all sorts. Following those suggestions will make sure minimum threat for laser structures users.

 

 

ANSI Z136.1 - American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers is a general which have been authorized via way of means of the American National Standards Institute and is produced and posted via way of means of the Laser Institute of America. It is an awesome aid to have handy.

 

ANSI Z136.9 American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments is likewise authorized via way of means of the ANSI however is meant for manufacturers.

 

IEC 60825-1 Safety of laser products - Part 1: Equipment class and necessities is the European model of ANSI Z136 general. It is utilized in Canada, Europe, and different countries. The general covers plenty of subjects including laser class, laser product labelling, on hand emission limits and different subjects associated with laser safety.

Government Regulations:

 

In most countries employers are responsible for the safety of their employees, so it is important to know what kind of regulations apply to your country.

 

CANADA

To follow the Canadian regulations

◉ Nuclear Safety and Control Act Radiation Protection Regulations (SOR/2000-203)
Radiation Emitting Devices Act

◉ Labour code Occupational Health & Safety Regulations (SOR/86-304)

 

USA – United States of America:

To follow the US regulations

◉ FDA Title 21 part 1040 PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR LIGHT-EMITTING PRODUCTS

 

EUROPE

To follow the European regulations

◉ Directive 89/391/EEC - OSH Framework directive

◉ Artificial Optical Radiation Directive 2006/25/EC

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