Information on lasers

The EPA does not regulate the possession or use of lasers. The EPA has prepared this information sheet to assist the general public in finding information on the following lasers: hand held laser pointers; lasers used in industry, lasers used in the entertainment industry, and lasers used for cosmetic purposes.

Hand held laser pointers

The use of hand held laser pointers is regulated by NSW police under the Weapons Prohibition Regulation 1999. Details relating to hand held lasers can be found at Laser Pointers - NSW Police Online.

Lasers used in industry

Lasers used in industry are regulated by SafeWork NSW (formerly WorkCover) under Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (clause 223). This clause applies to the person with management or control, at a workplace, of laser equipment that may create a risk to health and safety.

For further information on this topic please contact SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 or email contact@safework.nsw.gov.au.

Lasers used in the entertainment industry

For information on lasers used in the entertainment industry refer to the industry standard The Employer Guide to Occupational Health and Safety in the Entertainment Industry (PDF 6.7MB). This guide has been developed to provide employers and employees in the entertainment industry in New South Wales with an understanding of their legal responsibilities under Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation and to provide practical guidance on how to manage risks to the health and safety of persons working in the industry and to members of the public who could be affected by entertainment activities.

Section 7.4 of the guide provides general information on lasers and potential dangers using them in public and section 7.4.3 provides guidance on managing the risks associated with the use of lasers in public. This industry guide has been developed to be read in conjunction with relevant legislation, codes, Australian Standards and safety guides.

For further information on this topic please contact SafeWork NSW (formerly WorkCover) on 13 10 50 or email contact@safework.nsw.gov.au.

Lasers used for cosmetic purposes

The use of lasers for cosmetic and related procedures is being considered at a national level by the Radiation Health Committee (RHC) established under the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 and administered by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

In May 2015 ARPANSA prepared for public comment a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement to cover the use of Intense Pulsed Light sources (IPLs) and Lasers in Cosmetic and Beauty Therapy. On 17 March 2017 an analysis of public submissions – technical report was completed and published.

For general information on lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Sources refer to ARPANSA fact sheet Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Sources Used for Cosmetic Purposes.

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