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Hazard Alert – Laser Pointers

Take care in buying commercially available, high powered laser pointers.

Recently a laser pointer was purchased in Rundle Mall at by one of the Physics Department academic staff. On noticing that the laser seemed quite bright, it was tested by the laser research group. The result is that the strength of the laser pointer is well outside the safety limits (greater than 1 milliwatt) and capable of causing injury. The rating label on the item however indicated that it was within legal limits.

What are the hazards?

Risk of damage to eyes. High power lasers can also burn the skin.

 

This matter was reported to SAPOL and SAPOL have contacted retailer and instructed them to withdraw the item from sale.

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