An Introduction to Laser Blocking Blinds

12 June 2019

An Introduction to Laser Blocking Blindslaser shade installed in window looking out to parking lot

Laser Blocking Blinds are suitable for many applications involving the use of lasers.   For example, use cases can be found in the Healthcare market — specifically in patient operating rooms, ambulatory centers, and dentist / doctor offices.  Our Laser Blocking Blinds create a safe barrier between the laser and other supporting staff, patients, or visitors who may walk by.

The blinds/shades are easy to install and aesthetically pleasing to the work environment.   To clarify, the roller blind is built into a white finish aluminum frame.   The frame encapsulates the top, and both edges of the laser blocking material.  This sealed barrier eliminates any possibility of laser beams passing around the sides of the blind.  The barrier also blocks out direct light (not blackout), and proves optimal safety and protection.  The blinds are operated (changing of up/down position) by several methods:

  • Chain (most common)
  • Crank Handle
  • Motorized (Dry Contact (Switch) or Wireless Remote Control)

Blind installation is relatively easy.  Therefore, maintenance or contracted installers can install the blinds.   In addition, we provide installation instructions which can be download from our website.  However, should you run into problems while installing the blinds, our staff can provide immediate assistance.

Laser Blocking Blinds are manufactured based on the dimensions of your windows.  Simply measure the size of the window opening (width by height) of the opening and forward them to us for a price quote.   Lead time for delivery is typically around 3 weeks.  Also, the blinds come with a 12-month limited warranty.  Laser Blocking Window Blinds do not require regular maintenance, as they can be cleaned with soapy water (mild detergent).  Products such as Klorsept (or equivalent) can be used.  To clarify, abrasive cleaning materials must not be used.  They can cause damage to the blind material.

Most importantly, the blinds meet the following compliance standards:

ASTM International
  • ASTM E84 Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
Conformité Européene (CE)
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • EN AW-6060
  • EN 60825-4 Safety Laser Products – Part 4; Laser Guards
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • NFPA 701-2015 Test Method 1 – Flame Propagation
  • NFPA 92-503 – Electric Burner Test

Lasers are often added to a Healthcare Program without adequate window safety/protection.  As a result, this puts the healthcare facility, its workers, patients and visitors at significant risk of laser injury.  Please contact us with any questions you have regarding laser blocking blinds, or other laser safety needs you may have.  You may call us at 770-332-0092.   Likewise, you may complete the form below.  In short, we look forward to providing you the laser safety solution best suited for your facility.

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