Laser Safety Training

Training Courses

 

  • Introduction to Laser Safety

An essential course for any individual operating a laser where the beam is not fully enclosed (open). This might include both routine and non-routine operations (e.g. alignment, modifications, maintenance).


 

Course Details

The optical radiation from lasers is used extensively across the University either directly within experimental designs or inadvertently in items of equipment. In many cases, individuals are protected from the laser beam itself due to the presence of physical enclosures or guarding. If the guarding is removed, for any reason, then there is a risk of injury dependant on the type of laser involved.

This lecture provides an introduction into the hazards associated with operating open beam lasers and the appropriate controls that individuals are expected to take.

Departments must identify training requirements and ensure, as a minimum, that relevant individuals receive an introduction to laser safety. If Departmental Laser Supervisors (DLS) do not provide an appropriate introduction for their laser users, then relevant individuals are expected to attend this session. Please note that this introduction to laser safety is also run by the Department of Physics.

Specifically, the lecture will outline:

  • Beam and non-beam hazards associated with lasers
  • Laser classification
  • Laser registration, training and risk assessment
  • Practical control measures
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Emergency procedures

Departments must identify training requirements and ensure, as a minimum, that relevant individuals receive an introduction to laser safety. If Departmental Laser Supervisors (DLS) do not provide an appropriate introduction for their laser users, then relevant individuals are expected to attend this session. Please note that this introduction to laser safety is also run by the Department of Physics.

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  • Laser Safety for Research Supervisors

Researchers who are responsible for the operation of open beam Class 3R, 3B and 4 lasers and the supervision of individuals who use them. It will be particularly relevant to anyone installing a new laser system or reviewing their current arrangements. It is expected that those attending will have a basic knowledge of laser safety, equivalent to the Introduction to Laser Safety course.


 

Course Details

The University Policy on Laser Safety (S2/09) outlines the responsibility of research supervisors where Class 3R, 3B and 4 lasers are operated. This includes:

  • Laser registration
  • Risk assessment
  • Implementation of suitable control measures
  • Training and supervision of researchers.

The course describes in detail those steps supervisors are expected to take to ensure their lasers are operated in accordance with the laser safety policy.

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  • Departmental Laser Supervisors (DLS)

Individuals who have been appointed as Departmental Laser Supervisor.


 

Course Details

This one day course is provided by the Health Protection Agency (Radiation Protection Division) and covers, in detail, the process of 'Laser Safety Management'. The following points are discussed:

  • Laser-related hazards
  • Quantifying beam hazards (please bring along a scientific calculator)
  • Introduction to laser safety management
  • Lasers and the Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010
  • Identifying the critical elements of the laser application
  • Assessing the risks, identifying and implementing suitable controls

Attendees will learn how to apply the current University policy on laser safety and to assist research supervisors in identifying suitable controls. In light of recent incidents involving lasers and the new Artificial Optical Radiation Regulations, it is vital that all relevant departments apply a consistent approach to laser safety. This course will form an important part of that process.

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