Understand the hazards of laser beams and laser protection in order to meet the legal requirements for laser safety training.

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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.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Laser Characteristics and Properties

    • Laser Basics

      What is a laser? How does it work? What are the characteristics of a laser?

    • The characteristics of optical radiation

      Learn which parts of the electromagnetic are used by lasers.

  • Week 2

    Laser Beam Hazards and Legislation.

    • Laser Beam Hazards

      This section looks at the associated hazard created by a laser beam and the possible consequences.

    • Legislation

      This section focuses on the legislation that is relevant to employers and their duty of care to employees and the public.

  • Week 3

    Practical Control Measures

    • Practical Control Measures

      Methods of restricting exposures to lasers

    • Laser Safety Awareness Quiz

      These questions are designed to help you review the material covered. They should take you less than an hour to complete and you may refer to the course materials.

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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 will you learn with?

I'm the Group Leader of Training for Radiation Protection Services at UKHSA & a qualified Physics Teacher which, combined with UKHSAs experienced LPAs has allowed me to create this high quality course

Who developed the course?

UK Health Security Agency

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.

What's included?

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