Laser Safety Laser Tags at PSU

Lasers have the potential to cause eye and skin damage and must be evaluated to determine if they comply with FDA requirements. All lasers manufactured in the United States are required to have an accession number assigned by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Laser Manufactures are required to submit a product report to the FDA. If the report conforms to 21CFR the FDA will approve the report and assign an accession number. The accession number thus means that the product is manufactured in accordance with the product report and will be safe for its intended use.

For laser tag you must provide the following information about the lasers to EHS:

  1. FDA CDRH accession number for the laser
  2. Laser information, including Classification (Class 1, 2, 3a/3R, 3b, 4), Laser type, wavelength, maximum output power, operation mode, and repeation frequency for pulsed laser
  3. The name and contact information of the vendor organizing the event

If the laser was manufactured outside of the USA, the person or organization that imported the laser is considered the manufacturer and must meet all requirements as such. The importer must therefore also apply for and receive the FDA CDRH accession number.