Laser Cutter Warning

From Dr Tim Finney, Curtin University

August 2021

Online vendors are selling high powered lasers without adequate safety provisions. (Try googling “laser cutters”). Lasers are capable of causing devastating eye injuries and they can be easily obtained. However, to possess one without licensing in a number of Australian jurisdictions is illegal. Warnings provided by the vendors are inadequate. “Safety” glasses supplied with the lasers seldom comply with Australian requirements and may not provide adequate protection. If you see what appears to be a laser device that is not enclosed then please contact your local Health and Safety representative without delay.


 Unenclosed laser cutter. This is not OK.