Results of Government Consultation on Laser Pointers

The government consultation on laser pointers carried out in August-October 2017 has now finished, and the results are published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/672013/laser-pointers-call-for-evidence-government-response.pdf

The report concludes that it is not practically possible to control import of laser pointers, and introducing a licensing system as in New Zealand and Australia has had little effect

The main recommendations are to introduce new labelling for the degree of danger that is immediately obvious to the public, and to increase public awareness of the hazards through information campaigns, and in schools.

We fully agree with the statement in the report that:

“the one thing more hazardous than a correctly labelled high power laser pointer is a high power laser pointer labelled as safe”

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