Weekly study2 hours
Laser Safety Awareness
Learn how to safely use laser technology
There are many misconceptions surrounding lasers. This, paired with the ease in which they are available, can easily lead to damage that can become permanent very quickly.
On this three-week course, you’ll explore the risks that need to be considered when working in a laser environment and understand how to safely protect yourself and others.
You’ll discover essential tools and gain critical thinking skills to work within a safe environment that protects you, your employees, and your premises.
Understand the hazards of laser radiation
You’ll develop basic laser knowledge as you explore the formation of a laser, and the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and associated wavelengths.
With this knowledge, you’ll understand laser beam hazards and the different types of injury a laser can cause. You’ll be able to explain how a laser damages the eye and skin in different ways and learn to identify where protection is needed.
Understand the characteristics and key vocabulary of laser safety
You’ll learn to define the properties and characteristics of a laser using key vocabulary. This knowledge will help you better communicate laser safety to others.
Learn from the experts at UKHSA
Finally, you’ll explore legislation, guidance, and legal requirements to help protect employees and premises. You’ll also learn how to use engineering controls to keep exposure below the legal limits.
Guided by the experts at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), you’ll finish the course with the ability to control risk and manage laser work safely and efficiently.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe the main characteristics of a laser beam.
- Evaluate the different hazards and dangers from lasers.
- Explain the precautions that can be taken to protect yourself and others
- Identify the different classes of lasers and their properties.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone involved in using laser technology. You could be a student or professional looking to develop your understanding of laser safety.
Who developed the course?
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is responsible for planning, preventing and responding to external health threats by providing intellectual, scientific and operational leadership at national and local level, as well as on the global stage. UKHSA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.
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