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Health Hazards: Retail Trade

Volume 492: debated on Thursday 14 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to assess the implications for optical health of the positioning at child's eye height of class 1 laser scanners in shops and supermarkets; and if he will make a statement. (273369)

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 already requires those responsible for shops and supermarkets to make such assessments and to ensure that any risks identified to employees and the public (including children) are properly controlled. Class 1 laser devices are in the safest class under the UK safety standard BS EN 60825-1:2007 - "Safety of Laser Products; Part 1: Equipment Classification and Requirements"