Laser Safety Introduction

2 Day Course
Code PWL055

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This 2-day laser safety course and assessment is accredited by the OCN, regional Open College Network. Successful candidates gain a qualification recognised as a level 2 award under the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) national framework. This award is broadly equivalent to a GCSE pass at grades A-C. We believe this is the first laser safety qualification recognised under the national framework.


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Introduction (3 topics)

  • Safety legislation
  • Hazards and risks
  • Standard BS EN 60825

Light Fundamentals (3 topics)

  • Waves & the electromagnetic spectrum
  • LEDs & Lasers
  • CW & pulsed emission

Laser Beam Properties (6 topics)

  • Intensity distributions
  • Beam divergence
  • Irradiance
  • Modification with lenses
  • Mirrors
  • Scattering & optical fibres

Laser Radiation Hazards (6 topics)

  • Optical radiation hazard spectrum
  • Physiology of the eye
  • Photo-thermal effect
  • Photochemical effect
  • Eye hazard
  • Skin hazard

Laser Classification (2001) (6 topics)

  • Classification standards
  • Exposure parameters
  • Accessible emission limit (AEL)
  • 2001 revised classification structure
  • Practical laser classification
  • Maximum permissible exposure (MPE) & Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance (NOHD)

Laser Safety Controls (7 topics)

  • Administrative controls
  • Engineering controls & PPE
  • Control measures:
  • housings
  • key switches
  • interlocks
  • protective eye-wear

Using BS EN 60825-1 Laser Safety Standard (4 topics)

  • Structure of the Standard
  • Manufacturers & Users
  • AEL & MPE lookup
  • Worked examples & case studies

Course Review/Written Assessment (2 topics)

  • All trainees will receive a certificate of course attendance.
  • Alternatively, following a short written assessment, delegates will receive a competency certificate applicable to working with laser based equipment in industrial or laboratory environments.


This course has no prerequisites but it is designed for: - Managers, engineers and other staff required to understand the basic principles of laser safety - Staff requiring an awareness of the role of Laser Safety Officer - Engineers and technicians using lasers in the laboratory

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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