New controls introduced 1 March 2014 restricting the sale of high powered laser pointers are settling in. In the last 3 months, health officers have monitored online auction sites and visited over 80 retailers nationwide to remind them of the ban and to remove high-powered lasers from shop shelves.
The law limits sales of lasers to those under 1 mW in power. However, many lasers are still being sold that have either incorrect or no information about their strength. The Ministry of Health recently tested 22 suspected high-powered lasers, eight of which had no labels, and 17 of which were over the legal strength. Read more.
- Read about the New government laws on laser pointers