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Photobiological Safety of Lamps, LEDs & Lighting Training Course

Photobiological Safety

Course Overview

The reappraisal of the place of LEDs in safety standards has had a significant impact on the process of bringing to market products containing LEDs or any other non-laser source of optical radiation, whether the emission of light be the primary purpose of the product or not. From CE marking to consideration of employee safety under the auspices of the EU artificial optical radiation directive, a well defined legal framework is now in place. The course has been designed to provide an overview of photobiology, how standards such as EN 62471 are implemented, to what they apply and the impact of legislation upon business.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at those working for manufacturers of lamps, luminaires (or any product containing non-coherent sources of optical radiation), laboratory managers, laboratory engineers, regulatory affairs managers, quality managers and any individuals who are keen to learn how photobiological safety standards may affect their business.

The Tutor

Leslie Lyons, Technical Support Manager at Bentham Instruments Ltd, Reading UK, has an MPhys degree and has worked in optics and photonics for over twelve years.  Highly experienced in his field and an effective communicator, Leslie has been actively involved in photobiological safety standards development and is a member of BSI and IEC committees TC76, "Optical Radiation and Laser Safety" and BSI CH/172/6, "Ophthalmic Instruments" and sits on the photobiological safety panel of IEC TC34.

New for 2018

For 2018, we've scheduled the Photobiological Safety training module as the third day following our two day Photometry and Light Measurement Training module. This means that delegates can (if they wish) attend the Light Measurement Training on days 1 & 2, which serves as a foundation for the Photobiological Safety Training held on the third day.

Course Information

Date: Click here for course dates Location: Photometric Testing
Film & Photographic Studios
Arle Court
Hatherley Lane
GL51 6PN
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
(arrival from 08:45)
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Fee: £350 (ex. VAT)
£850 (ex. VAT) - combined with Photometry & Light Measurement Training
Nearest Train: Cheltenham
What's Included? 1. Lunch & refreshments
2. Handout
3. Certificate of completion
To Register: Download registration form
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Course Syllabus

§ 1.0 Introduction to Photobiology and Optical Radiation Safety
1.1 Overview of optical radiation
1.2 Overview of photobiology
1.3 Spectral irradiance
1.4 Spectral radiance
1.5 Physiological radiance
1.6 Action spectra
§ 2.0 Practical Session - Spectroradiometric Measurement Principles
2.1 General spectroradiometric principles
2.2 Measurement of irradiance, radiance
2.3 Spectra of various sources
§ 3.0 Photobiological Safety Standards
3.1 History of photobiological safety standards
3.2 Introduction to IEC62471
3.3 Scope of IEC62471
3.4 Hazards consideration
3.5 Classification System
3.6 Exposure Limits
3.7 Measurement distance (GLS & non-GLS)
3.8 Apparent source location and angular subtense
3.9 Labelling and user information
3.10 Hazard Distance
3.11 Implementation of IEC62471 in Europe & ROW (AORD, IECEE scheme)
3.12 Other relevant standards (eg. 60601-2-57)
3.13 IEC TR 62778 and 60598 - series
3.14 Future Prospects
§ 4.0 Photobiological Safety Metrology
4.1 Spectral and geometrical aspects of light measurement
4.2 Hazards to the skin and front of eye
4.3 Retinal Hazards
4.4 Array Spectrometer
4.5 Filter Radiometer
4.6 Scanning Monochromator
4.7 IEC62471 Recommended Instrumentation
4.8 IEC62471 measurement system
4.9 System calibration and NEI/NER
4.10 Consideration of uncertainty
4.11 At what point is measurement required
4.12 Analysis based on data sheet values
4.13 Effects of filters, diffusers, lenses and reflectors
§ 5.0 Practical Session - Putting IEC62471 and the AORD into Practice
5.1 Use PSL Profiler to determine (apparent) source subtense and location
5.2 Use lens set up to measure radiance, as described in 62471 section
5.3 Measurement of source irradiance with DMc150 monochromator
5.4 Measurement of spectral irradiance with IDR300-PSL and TEL309
5.5 AORD example using office lighting and industrial source
5.6 Can risk group classification be calculated from data sheet values?
5.7 Source luminance and the 104 cd/m2 visual comfort threshold


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