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Laser Usage

Requested on
Sat 5th January, 2013
Reference
FOI 1611
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. The number of temporary event licence applications you have received for each of the past 5 years where the use of display lasers was involved?
2. Number of venues in your district which have requested as part of their licence conditions permission to use display lasers:
3 a) The number of complaints received regarding laser use at licensed and unlicensed events or premises for each of the last 5 years. Please provide separately the number of these which relate to intentional audience scanning.
3 b) For each complaint describe what action was taken as a result of the complaint:
4. The number of event and premises licenses which :
a) Ban or prohibit the use of lasers
b) Ban or prohibit the use of audience scanning with lasers
c) Stipulate conditions to promote the safe operation and installation of such equipment
5. Nature and type of enforcement action undertaken to deal with display lasers in each of the last 5 years. Please provide an outline of the regulations applied to any enforcement action undertaken.
6) The nature and extent of training given to enforcement staff in respect of display laser safety to include:
1. The number of staff trained in your authority
2. Please provide an outline of the type of training received, whether a cost was incurred for the training, the frequency (if any) that update training is required.
7) Should further assistance be necessary in dealing with lasers, where would you turn for external assistance?
A) The Health Protection Agency
B) Professional bodies such as CIEH, IOSH,
C) Independent Laser Company
D) Other

Answer

1. The number of temporary event license applications you have received for each of the past 5 years where the use of display lasers was involved?
Nil. We have not been made aware of any events using display lasers 2. Number of venues in your district which have requested as part of their license conditions permission to use display lasers.
Nil. We have not been made aware of any events using display lasers
3 a) The number of complaints received regarding laser use at licensed and unlicensed events or premises for each of the last 5 years. Please provide separately the number of these which relate to intentional audience scanning.
Nil.
3 b) For each complaint describe what action was taken as a result of the complaint:
N/A
4. The number of event and premises licenses which :
     a) Ban or prohibit the use of lasers
     b) Ban or prohibit the use of audience scanning with lasers
     c) Stipulate conditions to promote the safe operation and installation of such equipment N/A - Our licenses do not require information regarding the use of lasers.
5. Nature and type of enforcement action undertaken to deal with display lasers in each of the last 5 years. Please provide an outline of the regulations applied to any enforcement action undertaken.
No enforcement action has been taken
6. The nature and extent of training given to enforcement staff in respect of display laser safety to include:
    a) The number of staff trained in your authority Nil.
     b) Please provide an outline of the type of training received, whether a cost was incurred for the training, the frequency (if any) that update training is required. 
Staff trained in beauty laser use only
  7. Should further assistance be necessary in dealing with lasers, where would you turn for external assistance?
d) Other - HSE

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