Using Lasers in Science Fair Projects

Category: 
4. Youth Science Research - Ethics & Safety
Policy Number: 
4.3.6
Policy Section: 
Safety
Approved by: 
National Ethics & Safety Committee, Executive Director
Date Approved: 
Fri, Nov 27, 2015
Date Effective: 
Immediately
Date Last Amended: 
Fri, Nov 27, 2015
Date of Next Review: 
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Contact: 
National Ethics & Safety Committee
Contact Email: 

 

  1. Lasers can be used in science fair projects done at home or school only if:
    • The beam is protected, so that it can never enter the eye of any observer.
    • All appropriate safety precautions and eye protection are in place.
    • All legal, regulatory and industry standard restrictions are observed.
    • There is an adult supervisor who has sufficient knowledge to enforce safe procedures at all times.
  2. Lasers cannot be brought to the science fair unless the conditions in 1 are in place. 
  3. Lasers may not be used as pointers at the science fair.
  4. Both students and their supervisors must be familiar with this discussion on the Safe Use of Lasers.