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Global LASER/LED product safety regulations*: 

1. IEC 60825-1:2014-05 Ed.3.0 and IEC 60825-1:2007-03 Ed. 2.0 and AS/NZS 2211.1, Safety of laser products. This is the base standard. All laser and LED (depending on the LED application) products must be tested, classified and brought in compliance with the base standard.

2. IEC 60825-2 (2004), Safety of optical fibre communication systems. This standard applies to completely installed, end to end optical networks, and, it also applies to optical network telecom servers, routers, amplifiers, and subassemblies sold separately. Both the base standard and this standard apply to this type of equipment.

3. IEC 60825-4:1997+A1:2002+A2:2003, Safety of laser guards. This standard applies to laser guards that enclose the process zone of laser processing machines and equipment. Products containing a laser or an LED that employs a laser guard that encloses the process zone must meet both the base standard and this standard.

4. IEC 60825-6(1999-07), Safety of products with optical sources, used exclusively for visible information transmission to human eye. Products containing a laser or an LED that are exclusively used for transmission of information to the human eye must meet both the base standard and this standard.

5. IEC 60825-7(2000-06), Safety of products emitting infrared optical radiation, exclusively for wireless "free air" data transmission and surveillance. Products containing an infrared laser or an LED that are exclusively used for wireless free air data transmission and surveillance must meet both the base standard
and this standard.

6. IEC 60825-12(2004-02), Safety of free space optical communication systems used for transmission of information. Products containing a laser or an LED that transmits information through free space must meet the base standard and this standard.

7. IEC 601-2-22(1995-11), Safety of diagnostic and therapeutic laser equipment. Medical equipment containing a laser or an LED used for diagnostic and therapeutic treatment must meet both the base standard and this standard.

8. IEC 62471 Ed. 1 and CIE S 009/E:2002, International Standard for Photobiological Safety for Lamps & Lamp Systems - General Requirements. This standard covers the evaluation and control of optical radiation hazards from all electrically powered sources of optical radiation such as LEDs, UV and IR lamps, lamp devices, etc.

United States laser product safety regulations:

1. US FDA 21Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter J - Radiological Health (21CFR). Products that contain a laser must be tested and classified to 21CFR. A Product Report must then be compiled detailing construction and performance compliance to 21CFR and filed with the US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The CDRH will issue an Accession number to the product allowing the product to be introduced into US commerce.

2. US FDA CDRH Laser Notices. These are CDRH published bulletins to industry further clarifying 21CFR. They provide the CDRHs position and interpretations of the 21CFR requirements.

3. ANSI Z136.1-2000, American National Standard for safe use of lasers. This standard is a guide for the safe use of stand alone lasers and products that incorporate a laser or lasers and the facility they are used in.

4. ANSI Z136.2-1997, American National Standard for safe use of optical fiber communication systems utilizing laser diodes and LED sources. This standard is a guide for the safe use of optical networks.

5. ANSI Z136.3-2005, American National Standard for safe use of lasers in health care facilities. This standard is a guide for the safe use of lasers for diagnostic and therapeutic uses in health care facilities.

6. ANSI Z136.4-2005, American National Standard Recommended Practice for Laser Safety Measurements for Hazard Evaluation. This recommended practice provides adequate, practical guidance for necessary measurement procedures used for classification and hazard evaluation of lasers. The information provided in this recommended practice is intended to assist users who are entrusted with the responsibility of conducting laser hazard evaluations to ensure that appropriate control measures are implemented.

7. ANSI Z136.5 2000, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions. This standard applies the requirements of the latest revision of the ANSI Z136.1 to the uniqueenvironments associated with educational institutions, including teaching laboratories, classrooms, and lecture halls, science fairs as well as projects, and science museums, when they incorporate lasers into their educational process.

8. ANSI Z136.6 2000, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors. This standard provides guidance for the safe use of potentially hazardous laser and laser systems, in an outdoor environment. It also provides guidance to control disabling glare from exposure to non-injurious levels of visible laser light, e.g., when it might interfere with sensitive or critical tasks, and guidance for the manufacturers of these open-beam laser systems. 

9. ASNI/IESNA RP-27.1-96 and ANSI Z80, American National Standard for Photobiological Safety for Lamps & Lamp Systems - General Requirements. This standard covers the evaluation and control of optical radiation hazards from all electrically powered sources of optical radiation such as UV lamps, LED devices, etc.

Note: The ANSI laser standards are primarily user safety standards. Requirements for products are applicable to products that are not introduced into commerce. That is, products that are used by parties who manufacture them or modify commercial products for their own use. Otherwise the US FDA CDRH standard, 21CFR, has precedence as a legal requirement for laser products in the United States.

Canadian laser product safety regulations:

1. Radiation Emitting Devices Act Chapter R-1:2001(RED),  issued by Department of Justice Canada, An Act respecting the sale and importation of certain radiation emitting devices. This Act refers to both 21CFR and IEC 60825 as the prescribed regulations for the purpose of radiation protection to persons. Depending on the particular Canadian province and the Canadian authority having jurisdiction, either 21CFR or IEC 60825 compliance is required by Canada.

*Note: EN standards are the IEC standards adopted by the countries of the European community and each country may add various national deviations particular to their country. EN stands for "European Norm". Currently, there are no European national deviations to the IEC 60825, safety of laser products standard.



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May 2004
LPS partners with TUV SUD America Inc. establishing LPS as an Authorized Partner Laboratory offering product safety testing for CE Mark and CB Certification. 

July 2004
LPS contracted  to test ultraviolet Class 3B argon lasers intended for DNA testing in FBI  crime labs. 

October 2004
LPS invited to lecture to faculty of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA for laser hazard analysis and radiation measurement. 

January 2005
LPS invited to present at Sparview Conference on the safety of new 3D laser scanning metrology, dimensional control and survey technologies which impact design quality, construction schedules, manufacturing costs, project safety and operations efficiency.

April 2005
LPS announces Class 1 Field Evaluation program for Certifying eligible, installed, Industrial laser systems to ANSI Z136.1.

September 2005
LPS requested to perform testing for FBI investigation of laser pointer airplane incident.

November 2005
LPS contracted  to perform testing on latest Raman and EDFA combination amplifier application that can double the distance of SAN traffic over wide-area DWDM (dense wavelength-division multiplexing) networks making it the world's longest SANs (200km).

March 2006
LPS contracted to evaluate and test breakthrough precision medical device utilizing lasers to measure oxygen levels in organs.

August 2006
LPS featured in August 2006 issue of Laser Focus World magazine for testing a world class laser fishing lure.

October 2006
LPS contracted to evaluate a new near infrared laser spectralyzer used in nanotechnology, analyzing carbon nanotubes (CNT) which are a new form of carbon, configurationally equivalent to two dimensional graphene sheet rolled into a tube. CNTs are grown now by several techniques in the laboratory and are just a few nanometers in diameter and several microns long.

February 2007
LPS contracted to test an infrared Class 3B laser scanner used on the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Shuttle Endeavour.

May 2007
LPS contracted to test an ultraviolet sniffer laser intended for biological and chemical agent detection used by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

July 2007
LPS expands testing capabilities to include Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA), Seismic, Vibration, Shock and Strengths of Materials.

August 2007
LPS announces being equipped with a multiaxis seismic table necessary for the new multiaxis seismic testing requirements of MIL-STD-810F. 

January 2008
LPS contracted to evaluate systems employed by the  the United States Marine Corps' Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV), recently renamed the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). The EFV is capable of transporting 18 Marines and a crew of three over water at speeds of 29 miles an hour. On land, the EFV can achieve speeds of 45 miles an hour.

April 2008
LPS contracted to perform IEC 62471 LED eye safety testing and evaluation on the newest technology in LED solid state lighting referred to as skyceilings and luminous virtual windows. These devices employ LED lighting which illuminate opaque image tiles.

June 2008
LPS expands operations and opens a sales branch office in the USA Northwest: Corvallis, Oregon.

September 2008
LPS contracted to perform IEC 60825 laser eye safety testing and evaluation on the newest technology in laboratory flow cytometer systems using peristaltic pumps to provide a non-pressureized, zero pulsation "push/pull" system with sophisticated microprocessor controlled dynamic feedback.

October 2008
LPS expands operations and opens a sales branch office in Southern California USA: Toluca Lake, California.

November 2008
LPS contracted to perform US FDA 21CFR and IEC 60825 laser eye safety testing and evaluation on the newest technology in infrared simulated weapons used in training by the US Military.

December 2008
LPS expands operations and opens a sales branch office in Asia: Chungli City, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

January 2009
LPS expands operations and opens a sales branch office in Europe: Copenhagan, Denmark.

March 2009
LPS partners with GlobalSpec. GlobalSpec is the leading specialized vertical search, information services and e-publishing company serving the engineering, manufacturing and related scientific and technical market segments.

May 2009
LPS announces the L Mark. The L Mark The L Mark of Laser Product Safety LLC (LPS) signifies laser, LED, UV and/or IR radiation safety compliance. The L Mark on a product means that LPS has tested and evaluated representative samples of that product and determined that they meet the applicable radiation safety requirements.

July 2009
LPS contract to test the latest LED street lamps for IEC 62471 LED radiation safety compliance. The street lamps utilize ultra bright LED rated 70,000 hours (LM70).

September 2009
LPS becomes an authorized partner lab for NEMKO. NEMKO is a NCB test house under the IECEE CB Scheme and has 23 locations in 4 continents and offers market access services in over 150 countries worldwide.

November 2009
LPS contracted by the United States Navy to perform IEC 62471  testing and evaluation of LED light devices used for inspection of US Navy ships.

January 2010
LPS announces consulting services and assistance for the Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation of Hospital Buildings Manual issued by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This Manual provides guidance for the protection of people and buildings from Earthquakes.

August 2010

LPS becomes an Underwriters Laboratories Inc. subcontractor testing laboratory  to perform IEC 62471 testing and evaluation of LED devices.

February 2011
LPS expands operations and opens a sales branch office in Kenya, Africa.

October 2011
LPS announces software testing services: Active Test/Audit of Network systems, SCADA Security Assessment and Device Penetration Testing.

March 2012
LPS announces a Military Division of LPS dedicated to developing Innovative Technologies involving lasers for military projects.   

June 2012
LPS contracted to evaluate and test an Ultra-Violet Laser Optical Screening System which reliably delineates nearly any petroleum NAPL including gasoline, diesel, crude oil, kerosene and many others. Petroleum hydrocarbons contain significant amounts of naturally fluorescent PAHs. Laser-induced fluorescence systems consistently detect them and precisely log their presence versus depth.

August 2012
LPS engaged to perform IEC/EN 62471 and ISO 15004-2 photobiological testing on an ophthalmic slit lamp microscope for irradiating a slit light strong against the transparent bodies such as the cornea and a crystalline lens from slant, carrying out optical cutting using a high brightness LED.

October 2012
LPS contracted by Siemens Power Generation to evaluate and test an enclosure of an 10,600nm 8.0kW industrial CO2 laser used for turbine manufacturing for Class 1 assignment. The enclosure employed high grade metal and polycarbonate windows. 

November 2012
LPS contracted to evaluate and test an IR laser gesture recognition 3D camera specially tuned to see infrared light emitted by the camera creating a real time 3D image.

February 2013
LPS contracted to evaluate and test a handheld Ultra-Violet LED camera scanner assembly to IEC/EN 62471utilized for dental imaging.

May 2013
LPS contracted to perform IEC/EN 60825-1 and 60825-2 evaluation and testing on a WSS (Wave Selective Switch). WSS is the central heart of the very latest DWDM reconfigurable Agile Optical Network. Wavelength switching can be dynamically changed though an electronic communication control interface on the WSS.

September 2013
LPS engaged to evaluate and test a Focused Beam Reflectance Measurement (FBRM) device which provides the unique ability to measure particles and droplets inline in concentrated suspensions and emulsions without the need for sample extraction.

December 2013
LPS contracted to evaluate and test a Raman Spectroscopic device to IEC/EN 60825-1 and US FDA CDRH 21CFR which derives information about secondary and tertiary protein structure by monitoring molecular vibrations.

January 2014
Laser Product Safety LLC's L Mark featured in the January 2014 issue of Laser Focus World magazine.

 
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