« Professional Learning/Laser Safety Training

Wed 12 Oct 2022 - Thu 20 Oct 2022


2 Sessions


Vincent Daria

Course Schedule

  1. All Laser User Safety Lectures (Lectures 1-2)
  2. Lecture 3 (2 hrs): Wednesday 19th October 5pm-7pm. Venue TBA/online              
  3. Lecture 4 (1 hr): Thursday 20th October 5pm-6pm. Venue TBA/online
  4. Intermediate LSO exam (1hr): Thursday 20th October 6pm-7pm. Venue TBA/online

Course Description

The LSO-Intermediate training equips the student with the understanding to evaluate and mitigate laser hazards as well as the ability to assume responsibility to manage laser laboratories. This course will be taught via in-person or on-line learning and provides the student with the basic understanding of laser principles and their interaction with biological tissues i.e. skin and eyes. The course will orient the student on how to identify and mitigate risks and hazards on the use of lasers as well as prescribe suitable personal protective equipment. The course is ideally catered for researchers as well as laboratory managers of research laboratories where lasers are used.


  • Basic principles of lasers
  • Laser Hazards - Understand the basic interaction of lasers and biological tissue/eyes
  • Laser Safety Standards
  • Laser safety hazard risks and mitigation
  • Classification of different types of lasers

Learning outcomes

  • Differentiate lasers from normal light sources
  • Identify the atomic and molecular processes involved in producing a laser
  • Categorise the interactions between lasers and biological tissue/eyes
  • Identify and mitigate risks and hazards on the use of lasers.
  • Articulate and explain the laser safety terminologies specified in the Aus/NZ Laser Safety Standards (AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014)
  • Classify common lasers according to the AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014
  • Identify engineering and administrative controls on the design of safe working environment for lasers
  • Prescribe suitable personal protective equipment on the safe use of lasers.

Fee reduction for ANU staff and students

ANU staff qualify for a 50% fee reduction and staff / students from the Research School of Physics may qualify for a fee waiver. Please contact Dr Vincent Daria or Siobhan Ryman to check if you qualify for a fee reduction for this course.