Laser Safety Course

University of Toronto Laser Safety Committee

Radiation Protection Service

This training is mandatory for all users of class 3B or class 4 open beam lasers and meets the requirements for laser user training of the American National Standard for Safe Use of Laser ANSI Z136.1-2014

If you plan to work with class 3B or class 4 open beam lasers at the University of Toronto, use your “UTORid” to register for the course at: https://ehs.utoronto.ca/training/my-ehs-training/ and look for course code EHS731. If you are a new user with previously laser safety training and laser work experience, please send an e-mail to sandu.sonoc@utoronto.ca.

If you are from outside the University or do not have an “UTORid” please send an e-mail to sandu.sonoc@utoronto.ca

Dates of training 2017

December 07

Dates of training 2018

January 09 April 12 July 10 October 11
February 08 May 14 August 09 November 08
March 12 June 06 September 10 December 07

Instructor: Dr. Sandu Sonoc, CLSO

Location: 256 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON, room 117
Course hours: from 9:00 to 17:00 (lunch break)

Content

1 – BASICS OF LASER SAFETY

Basic Laser Safety
Units and Definitions
Optical Spectrum and Common Lasers
Simulated Emission of Radiation
Beam Characteristics
Specular and Diffuse Reflection
Laser Operation: CW, Pulsed, Q-Switched
Laser Safety Principles

2 – LASER BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

Normal Function of Eye and Skin
Negative Effects on Eye and Skin
Medical Surveillance Program

3 – NON-BEAM HAZARDS

Electrical, Fire, Explosions
Chemicals, Biological, Compressed Gas
Radiation (ionizing)
Other

4 – Laser lab work

Practice in a laser lab setting

5 – HAZARD CONTROLS

Hazard assessment
Laser Classification
MPE, NHZ, OD
Engineering Controls
Administrative Controls
PPE

6 – LASER SAFETY PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

Regulatory Requirements, Responsibility
Registration, Training, Inspections
Hierarchy of Controls
Management Audit

7 – EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Causes, Higher Risk Scenarios
Types of Accidents, Case Studies
Group Discussions
Emergency Preparation, First Response
CPR Information
Accident Reporting

8 – Examination & Course Evaluation