Laser barrier systems range in size from not much larger than a door to full enclosures containing many square feet of space. Which one is right for your laser system?
Finding the Right Laser Barrier System
Laser barriers are varied. Most companies who produce laser barriers, laser curtains, and laser barrier systems have stock sizes as well as the ability to customize your barrier to suit your laser system.
If you are in the market for a laser barrier system and don’t have an LSO (or if you’re an LSO and could use some tips on laser barrier systems), this article is designed with you in mind. Choosing the right laser barrier is crucial to ensuring the safe operation of your laser.
If you are shopping for a laser barrier or laser curtain, here’s what you need to know:
- Laser barrier systems can range from a simple free-standing rectangle to a full, free-standing enclosure that spans from floor to ceiling.
- If you are operating a laser in an environment where only trained laser personnel have access to the room, and you only need protection for one or a few technicians during a procedure, a free-standing laser barrier is probably your best choice. These square or rectangular barriers are perfect for trained laser personnel to stand behind during a procedure.
- If you are planning a room for a laser system and are going to install track and a laser curtain yourself, you have some options. You can design and procure your track yourself and purchase only a curtain tailored to your track, or you can order the track with the curtain and simply install it all when it gets to you.
- Laser curtain systems can create full enclosures. These require valances to ensure no stray beams or scattered radiation can get through in areas where personnel who are not trained in laser safety may be present.
- Free-standing laser enclosures are useful in situations where a laser is not used everyday. You can utilize a room for laser procedures by setting up the enclosure when needed, and break down the laser system and laser barrier system to store when not in use. This allows the room to be made free for purposes other than laser procedures when the laser is not in use.
- Laser barrier systems and laser curtain systems can be made with their own special safety measures built into the system. For instance, some laser barriers have the power supply for the laser running through their fabric in a sleeve that is built into the barrier. This power supply has a connection at the entrance to the enclosure where the curtain overlaps and can be stepped through. If somebody tries to enter the enclosure while the laser is in use, they will unplug the laser’s power supply, deactivating the laser before they can be exposed.
If you have a design idea or plan for a laser barrier system, you only need to contact a laser barrier manufacturer with it. Most laser enclosures can be done as-designed, no matter how unique they are.
Laser curtains and barriers can also be ordered with laser warning signs tailored to your specific system. If you are ordering a laser barrier, laser curtain, or laser barrier system, ask about laser safety signs to find out what options are available to you.
If you have any questions about laser barriers, leave them in the comments below! We’d love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for reading, and stay safe!