A shining light in laser technology

The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) has granted laser testing accreditation to Bournemouth-based Lasermet

The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) has granted accreditation to Bournemouth-based Lasermet, making it only the second test house in the UK for laser testing with UKAS accreditation after the National Physical Laboratory.

Lasermet has been testing and classifying lasers to industry standards for over 12 years. It advises computing, telecommunications, and aerospace companies in the UK, Europe, the Far East and the US.

The complexity of the work Lasermet undertakes means that the accreditation process takes over two years to complete. UKAS’s assessment manager John Hurll said: ‘A large number of the documented procedures had to be agreed and rigorously audited, as it is the first company of this type to be accredited. This process was exacerbated by the fact that Lasermet deals with the complete range of laser systems, from laser welding, medical systems for eye surgery and blood gas analysis to barcode scanners, speed cameras and laser light shows.’

Paul Tozer, managing director of Lasermet, said: ‘In the last two years there has been a huge growth in the use of intense light sources, mainly in the skin treatments employed in beauty clinics and salons. At the moment these non-coherent sources aren’t included in the standard but will soon be covered by the implementation of the Physical Agents Directive. I anticipate that our accreditation will be extended to cover measurements of these and other non-laser optical sources.’