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Selecting laser eye protectors – a helping hand

Catherine Gappenach, Jörg Krüger, Friedrich Offenhäuser, Sabine Pintaske and Hans-Joachim Krauß


The European laser safety standards EN 207, EN 208, and EN 12254 each contain an annex B, which serves as a guidance for the selection of products. These annexes are informative only and are therefore not binding. As there are a variety of hazard scenarios, it is not recommended to change these annexes to a normative status, through which they would become mandatory. Instead, it is recommended to allow users to apply their own skills and know-how in selecting appropriate products, justifying where and why they deviate from the guidance in the standards. This paper explains the background on which the guidance for selection in the annexes of the standards is based and shows physically meaningful leeway.

Corresponding author: Friedrich Offenhäuser, Offenhäuser and Berger GmbH, Meeboldstrasse 30, Heidenheim 89522, Germany, e-mail:


[1] EN 12254:2010+ AC:2011, Screens for laser working places – safety requirements and testing.Search in Google Scholar

[2] EN 60825-1:2015, Safety of laser products – Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements.Search in Google Scholar

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Received: 2015-9-11
Accepted: 2015-10-30
Published Online: 2015-11-21
Published in Print: 2015-10-1

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