Course Details

Laser Safety for Research Supervisors

Who should attend?

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.

A table-top exercise, based upon an existing University laser, is used to demonstrate the laser risk assessment process. The principles of Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) and Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance (NOHD) are described, along with an indication of when calculations or measurements are required to support such an assessment. The exercise will demonstrate practical examples of engineering and administrative controls, including training and supervision. Finally, the selection criteria for personal protective equipment will be explained.

Those attending will be provided with worked examples and supporting documentation to enable them to review their own arrangements.

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 places.


There are currently no scheduled dates for this course.

For further information contact Safety Office.