Laser Cutter Assessment

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Risk Assessment: Laser Cutter 
  

Revision Date: 2019-05-07



Assessors: Andrew Smithson, Jim Allanson

Scope: This risk assessment is to cover use of the laser cutter at Teesside Hackspace by members, visitors, or any other people who may enter the space.



Hazard Who might be harmed and how? Control measures Action, by whom and due date
Fumes Members and those visiting the site may breath potentially harmful fumes
  • Vent to outside must be in place before using
  • List of materials suitable for use with the machine listed nearby the printer and on the wiki at Equipment/SH-350 Laser Cutter
Eye Damage Members and those visiting the site may get laser in eye causing eye damage.
  • Cover in place with laser absorbing window
  • Clearly state no opening cover with laser running
  • Eye protection suitable for laser available and stored appropriately with the laser cutter.
  • If maintenance is performed on the machine all in the vicinity must have laser protection glasses that came with the machine as labeled for laser cutter. on suitable for Wavelength: 10.6um
Fit interlock, by Jim A & Andy S, due July 2019
Damage to laser cutter Financial damage to members of Hackspace due to unnecessary damage of laser cutter
  • List of materials suitable for use with the machine listed nearby the printer and on the wiki at Equipment/SH-350 Laser Cutter
  • Cooling to be active before using machine and kept below 25°C
  • Cutter not to be ran unattended.
Fire Members or visitors
  • C02 extinguisher suitable and to be used in event of fire.
  • Emergency stop button on machine
Electric shock Members working on the machine may receive shock.
  • Has a “Do not Hack” label indication people are not free to work on this other than under the direction of the Trustees.
  • Mains power and, thousands of volts to power the laser are present.
  • Voltages present even after power off -shock risk labels on covers.
  • Where practicable electrics should not worked on live. When electrics are worked on live the surrounding area is to be clear, and ‘Electric Shock Risk’ (with yellow triangle and lightning bolt) sign is to be present, people are to be aware of the work going on