Laser safety and compliance

Via Conformity, the FDA has released updated guidelines for laser testing compliance as they transition to the newest regulations.

Of more general importance is this safety warning from the International Laser Display Association. This warning is in reference to a Laser Flashlight Hack that has been getting attention around the internet. Details of this DIY laser are at the Instructables web site but, IMHO, the safety warnings provided there are not nearly adequate.

If anyone is planning on making this potentially very dangerous laser pointer out of a DVD burner and cheap parts, I urge you to read and re-read all the warnings from the ILDA.