The Blue Light Hazard - What Does it Really Mean?

Hosted By: Color Technical Group

19 December 2019, 12:00 - 13:00

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Light can have hazardous and dangerous effects on the retina. In April 2019, the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) published a Position Statement on Blue Light Hazard (BLH), addressing recent concerns about the possible hazardous effects of light on the retina. In this webinar presented by the OSA Color Technical Group, John O'Hagan will outline what the term means and the specific methods to assess the Blue Light Hazard from various sources of optical radiation, including LEDs. In addition, public health implications of the Blue Light Hazard will also be discussed.

What You Will Learn:

  • The meaning of the term “Blue Light Hazard”
  • Methods to calculate Blue Light Hazard
  • What Blue Light Hazard means and whether the media hype about the Blue Light Hazard from LEDs is justified

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone with an interest in the public health issues from lighting

About the Presenter: John O'Hagan, Public Health England and the International Commission on Illumination

John O’Hagan heads the Laser and Optical Radiation Dosimetry Group at Public Health England. This research group covers all aspects of optical radiation dosimetry, including both the beneficial and detrimental effects of optical radiation on people. The group also operates a UV monitoring network across the UK, Eire, Gibraltar and Cyprus. He received his PhD from Loughborough University for research on risks arising from the use of lasers in the entertainment industry. He is a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University where he has organised training courses on laser safety jointly with the University since 1992. He is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Physicist and a Chartered Radiation Protection Professional. He is also a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics, Laser Institute of America and a Senior Member of SPIE. John is Vice-President Standards of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and is a member of a number of other national and international committees.