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The LSO-Advanced training course provides comprehensive training on the use of lasers as well as the design safe working environments in an enclosed laboratory or in an open field setting. The course will be taught via in-person learning and includes practical laboratory work involving high-power lasers.

The LSO-Advanced training equips the student with the understanding to evaluate and mitigate laser hazards as well as the ability to assume responsibility to administer/oversee laboratories and open-field conditions where lasers are used. Since the course is an extension of the LSO-Intermediate training, students in this course would have already obtained basic understanding of laser principles and their interaction with biological tissues i.e. skin and eyes. Moreover, the LSO-Advanced training equips the student with the competency to "quantitatively" evaluate laser hazards. The course also includes practical training on the safe use of lasers in an enclosed or open field setting as well as measurement of laser parameters for accurate classification of lasers.The course will then assess laser exposure and the concept of hazard distance.

The course is ideally catered for researchers as well as laboratory managers of research laboratories where lasers are extensively used. Researchers who intend to use lasers in an open field setting are required to undertake the course.


  • LSO-Intermediate coverage and -
  • In-depth knowledge of laser principles and light-tissue interactions
  • Actual experience of lasers of all classifications
  • Quantitative assessment of laser safety hazard risks and mitigation (Theory and Experiment)
  • Classification of all types of lasers (Theory and Experiment)
  • Theoretical and practical examination

Learning outcomes

  • Distinguish lasers from other light sources
  • Identify the atomic or molecular processes involved in producing a laser beam
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Quantitatively evaluate the safety conditions pertaining to Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) and Nominal Ocular/Skin Hazard Distance (NOHD/NSHD) by navigating the AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014
  • Classify lasers by experimentally measuring the parameters defining the Accessible Emission Limits (AEL) as provided by the AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and construct laser safety working environments in a closed and open-field setting

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 to check if you qualify for a fee reduction for this course.