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Who is a Laser Protection Adviser?

A Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) is a qualified professional, often certified, who specializes in the field of laser safety. Their primary role is to provide guidance, expertise, and advice on matters related to laser safety in various settings, hospitals, clinics, healthcare facilities, industrial sites, or any environment where lasers are used. They will also often have expertise in non-laser light sources such as Intense Pulse Light Sources (IPLs) used in aesthetics.

What does a Laser Protection Adviser do?

In general a Laser Protection Adviser will help develop an organisation’s laser/IPL safety program with a foundation which we like to call the Triade of Safety:

  • Carry out Risk Assessment

    LPAs assess the potential hazards associated with the use of lasers and IPLs, and evaluate the level of risk involved. They consider factors like laser/IPL power, wavelength, exposure duration, and the environment in which lasers or IPLs are used.

  • Advise on Safety Measures

    Based on the risk assessment, LPAs recommend appropriate safety measures to minimize or eliminate laser/IPL-related hazards. This may include suggesting the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering controls, administrative controls, and safe working procedures.

  • Provide Training and Education

    LPAs develop and provide training and education to personnel who work with lasers and IPLs. This includes educating them about the potential risks, safe operating procedures, emergency protocols, and the proper use of safety equipment.

Overall, a Laser Protection Adviser plays a crucial role in ensuring the safe and responsible use of lasers in various settings. Their expertise helps prevent accidents, protect personnel from laser-related hazards, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards.

Contact us for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you develop your laser/IPL safety program.