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

January 12 April 10 July 11 October 03
February 07 May 10 August 10 November 08
March 15 June 15 September 11 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 2017

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