Laser Worker Safety Training

1 hour
Prior to start of work
Course Cost: 
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This is a DOE Laser Worker Training course used by UW and it satisfies the EH&S Laser Safety Training requirements. 

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This course provides information on the fundamentals of laser as a part of electromagnetic spectrum, and the characteristics of lasers.  It also provides information of potential hazards associated with working with or around laser- how laser radiation may harm the eyes or skin of people exposed, and how to minimize the risks/ the recommended safe work practices.

The modules covered in this course are:

  • Introduction
  • Fundamentals
  • Accidents
  • Biological effects
  • Engineering controls
  • Administrative/procedural controls
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Fiber optics
  • Non-beam hazards
  • Regulations

You will need to complete the entire modules, pass all quizzes and a final exam in order to fulfill this course credit.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264 (FAX), or email Contact the EH&S Training team for all other accommodation requests.

Intended Audience 
  1. UW personnel who use Class 3b and 4 Lasers with a power greater than 5 milliwatts (mW)
  2. This course is required for anyone (PIs, students, fellows, lab managers, research staff, etc.) who may be exposed to laser radiation from a Class 3B or Class 4 laser in the course of their work.
  3. Principal Investigators (PIs) if their research/lab includes the use of Class 3B or Class 4 laser(s).


EH&S Training Contact

(206) 543-7201