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Toolbox Talk - Lasers

Great for increasing productivity and accuracy but can be hazardous to you and those around you.


Great for increasing productivity and accuracy but can be hazardous. Lasers are widely used throughout the industry when laying out ceiling grids/ interior walls or anytime a perfectly straight line is needed. They are a valuable tool for improving productivity and accuracy. Yet, because they are so common in the industry, they are sometimes taken for granted. Lasers should always be treated with respect. They present dangers to those who work with them, and those who work around them.

What are the different laser classifications?

Lasers are generally divided into four basic classifications. These classifications are based upon a system of graded risk. The higher the class the greater potential for personal injury -- particularly to the eyes or skin. Classes of lasers and conditions of risk are as follows:

  • Class I: Under normal conditions, will not produce a personal injury hazard.
  • Class II: Low powered, visible laser beams normally present no hazard if viewed for short periods, Blinking or turning away is a normal human response.
  • Class III: Do not produce a hazard if viewed for only momentary periods without protection.
  • Class III: Can produce a hazard if viewed directly.
  • Class IV: Hazardous to view with the naked-eye under all conditions. This class also has the potential for starting a fire and inflicting skin damage.

Laser do's and don'ts: 

  1. Always position the laser securely.
  2. Always use accessories that are recommended by the manufacturer.
  3. Do keep the area clean and well lit.
  4. Use the correct batteries as recommended by the manufacturer.
  5. Do not direct the laser beam at another person or animals and do not stare into the laser beam yourself.
  6. Do not remove or deface any warnings or caution labels.
  7. Do not position the laser that may cause anyone to stare into the laser beam intentionally or unintentionally.
  8. Do not operate the laser in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dusts.

Remember team! Safety is a habit! 

Any suggestions or improvements in regard to Health & Safety on site can be emailed to our Health & Safety Officer or have a conversation with him on-site when you see him.