A permit from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority is required for the use of a powerful laser device.
The use of a powerful laser device (laser classes 3B and 4) as a lighting effect, in an advertisement, in an artwork or in another similar performance or game shall be licenced by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority if people may be present in the location where the device is used or where the beams travel. The licence is granted if the equipment used meets the requirements and if the activities may be carried out safely. The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority may include licence conditions deemed necessary for ensuring safety, such as an initial installation inspection.
More detailed provisions on the information presented in the licence application are included in the Ra-diation and Nuclear Safety Authority's regulation on the use of powerful laser devices (STUK S/10/2021) issued under the Radiation Act.
The licence application shall include information on the applicant and on the laser equipment and its intended use. The application shall indicate whether a fixed-term or indefinite licence is applied for, whether the device is installed permanently in a single location or if it is intended to be moved from one location to another, whether the lasers are used indoors or outdoors, and whether the laser beams are intended to be directed to the sky or into the audience. A risk assessment shall be carried out for the activities to assess the risks and potential radiation safety deviations associated with the use of powerful laser equipment and the resulting potential exposure. In addition, measures to prevent radiation safety deviations and a plan for them shall be presented.
The application for a licence shall identify the person(s) responsible for the use of the laser and the de-tails of their training and experience in laser safety.
The aim is to process the applications within 30 days. The licence and the inspection related to the licence matter are subject to a fee, and the fees charged for them are laid down in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on fees charged for the work performed by STUK. Provisions on annual supervision fees for an indefinite licence are included in the Radiation Act.
The licence holder shall submit a notification on each use of high-power laser equipment as required by the regulation STUK S/10/2021 (Stuklex.fi) to the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority no later than five days before the intended use of the equipment.
In accordance with the Aviation Act, an operator planning outdoor laser operations shall notify Fintraffic Lennonvarmistus Oy of the intended laser activity, and the company will assess the impact of the laser activity on air traffic. Fintraffic Lennonvarmistus Oy will issue a statement at the customer's request. The notification shall be submitted to Fintraffic Lennonvarmistus Oy ten weeks before the planned use of the laser equipment.
In accordance with the Radiation Act, the operator shall ensure that the self-monitoring of the use of powerful laser equipment is arranged adequately in relation to the nature and extent of the activities. Provisions on the area protected by exposure limit values and the need to measure laser radiation in this area are set in the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority's regulation.
A manual has been written for the use of powerful laser devices in public performances. It describes the requirements for the use of the laser, the procedure for applying for a licence and notifying on the use of the laser in more detail.
Use of high-power laser equipment in public events (STUK manual 7 May 2021) (pdf)
Forms for a licence application and notification on the use of powerful laser devices
The joint e-mail address for laser experts, laserlupa(at)stuk.fi, may be used for requests for additional information.
Licence holders for the use of high-power laser equipment
|Operator||Decision valid until|
|Cyber Solutions Finland Oy||Valid until further notice|
|Henry Geitel||Valid until further notice|
|JT-Laser Oy||Valid until further notice|
|Jyväs Media Oy||Valid until further notice|
|Klosse J. Wistbacka||Valid until further notice|
|Laserimage AB||Valid until further notice|
|Mixa.fi||Valid until further notice|
|Oy Pyroman Finland Ltd||Valid until further notice|
|Sillanpää Juha||Valid until further notice|
|ST Sportservice GmbH||Valid until further notice|
|Teatteriyhdistys Taikateatteri 13 ry||Valid until further notice|
|Topwork OÜ||Valid until further notice|
|Xiter Ab||Valid until further notice|
|XYZ Dezigns Oy||Valid until further notice|