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    Potential burn hazards: Intense or ultraviolet lighting


    Ultraviolet and other forms of intense lighting can be the cause of an array of potentially serious work injuries, including laser, UV or IPL burns to the skin, and often serious damage to employees’ eyes. Due to the high risk of being injured at work when working with or close to hazardous light sources, the 2010 Artificial Optical Radiation (AOR) at Work Act requires employers to protect workers’ skin and eyes against exposure.

    Accidents at work involving ultraviolet or intense lighting

    Employees particularly at risk of light-related workplace injuries include, among others:

    • Welders and metal workers using arc, oxy-fuel welding, or plasma cutting equipment
    • Pharmaceutical / research workers using or working close to ultraviolet fluorescence or sterilisation systems
    • Workers in ‘hot industries’ working close to furnaces
    • Printing industry workers involved in UV curing (inks)
    • Motor vehicle repair workers using welding equipment or involved in UV curing (paints)
    • Medical and cosmetic treatment employees working with or close to intense pulsed light (IPL) sources, involved in UV or blue light therapies, and/or laser surgery
    • Industry, research or education workers involved in the use of use of BS EN 60825-1: 2007 defined Class 3B/ Class 4 lasers
    • Workers using BS EN 62471: 2008 defined Risk Group 3 lamps / lamp systems (professional projection systems or search lights, for instance)

    Preventing AOR related work accidents 

    Reducing the risk of accidental injury to employees may involve a variety of different measures, depending on the type of work carried out and the light sources involved. Such measures may involve:

    • Using safer alternative light sources capable of achieving the same results
    • Using screens, filters or curtains; safety interlocks; dedicated rooms; remote viewing or time delays; and remote controls
    • Clamping work pieces where appropriate
    • Training employees in or providing appropriate information of best practices
    • Restricting access to areas considered hazardous
    • Reducing worker exposure by organising work appropriately
    • Displaying relevant safety and warning signs
    • Providing personal protective equipment (face shields / goggles, clothing)

    An adequate system of dealing with potential over-exposure (referral to occupational health provider or physician) should also be in place. More detailed information on this matter can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/radiation/nonionising/employers-aor.pdf.

    Industrial injury compensation

    If you were injured by UV or other light-related burns due to a lack of suitable safety measures and procedures, you may be entitled to work injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in successfully conducting a claim for compensation on a no win no fee* basis. Call their advisers on 0800 689 0500 for a confidential discussion of your situation today.

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    Date Published: January 14, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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