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Safety in the industrial applications of lasers

There exists a growing need to evaluate potential risks from
industrial laser applications and develop necessary safety
techniques/equipment. This project should result in safe
equipment/workstations for industrial laser applications.

Investigations and developments relating to environmental, operational and occupational safety have become more and more important because of the increasing innovative dynamics in the field of laser technologies, laser applications and processed materials evaluations. There are several potential dangers regarding production processes by lasers or laser applications, such as the primary laser radiation emission, electric stray fields, secondary emissions such as aerosols and gases, the process gas itself, etc. These hazards, influenced by laser type, machining process, operational system, processed material and marginal conditions (place of installation, characteristics of utilization, etc.) place demands on the necessary safety precautions. The aim of this project is to: 1. identify and assess primary (laser radiation) and secondary (e.g. dust, aerosol and gas emissions) resulting from laser processing, including a medical evaluation. 2. develop equipment for the measurement and control of laser radiation and emissions. 3. undertake a survey of the state-of-the-art of safety in Europe in laser material processing, which should result in greater professionalism with regard to laser safety (e.g. training programmes) 4. cooperate with European norms and standards organisations, in order to recommend appropriate norms and standards for laser safety. This project aims to achieve these objectives through coordinated laboratory-based and workplace-based studies, as described in "Topics of Work", Appendix B. Organisation and Structure: The participants will be organised on a national and an international level. On a national level, participants are represented by a National Coordinator (NC) who is also responsible for reporting to his/her respective government. All NCs will meet regularly in international meetings, organised by the international coordinator, to ensure coordination of the work and rapid dissemination of the results. To ensure the transfer of the technology between the participants and to industry, participants will also be organised into international working groups, which shall meet regularly throughout the programme. The Head of a Working Group (if possible an NC) must report on technical progress at the NC meetings. All information will be collected by the Steering Committee, which will be reponsible for the progress report to the governmental representatives of the participating countries.
Acronym: 
SAFETY-INDAL
Project ID: 
643
Start date: 
01-07-1991
Project Duration: 
65months
Project costs: 
18 840 000.00€
Technological Area: 
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.