LASER Safety – General Information & Registration

The primary objective of the UBC LASER Safety Program is to facilitate and ensure the safe and knowledgeable use of LASERs in research, teaching and the environment.

Radiation Safety General Information

What are LASERs?

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. The level of hazard varies by Class, with Classes 3B and 4 having the potential to cause acute injury.

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What are researcher responsibilities for LASER safety?

To work with Class 3B or 4 LASERs, researchers must:

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What LASER documentation is required?

A lab-specific LASER safety program manual.

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Who needs LASER Safety Training?

The training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to setting up or using a Class 3B or 4 LASER.

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What is proof of training and how long is it valid?

Proof of Training is a combination of the certificate received upon the successful completion of the LASER Safety Course and documentation of training in lab-specific procedures. UBC LASER Safety training certificates are valid for 5 years.

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Which LASER Safety training do I need?

If you are…. Then take… It includes
A faculty member, staff member, visiting researcher or student working with Class 3B or 4 LASERs LASER Safety & Development Course 6 online modules ending in quizzes, online final exam and 1 assignment submitted online
A faculty member, staff member or student working with Class 3B or 4 LASERs, and who has an expired certificate LASER Safety Refresher Course Submitting a newly reviewed and revised lab-specific program manual to the Research Safety Office

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How do I find out more about LASER Safety?

See Implementing a LASER Safety Program (WORD)

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