Half Day Operator Laser Safety | Level 3

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Contact information

For further information or to request a quotation, please contact the Professional Education Courses Unit on:

Enquiries Phone: 02 5114 5573

Enquiries Email: ProfEdCourses@adfa.edu.au

In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

Essential information for those working with or around hazardous lasers.
The operator laser safety awareness course provides a non-mathematical introduction to lasers and laser hazards for those using lasers in the workplace. It provides an introduction to laser safety practice, hazard control and regulation of the use of lasers. This course is aimed at personnel who work with or around hazardous lasers or are required to work in a laser hazard area.

The course will provide a basic awareness of the principles of generation and the characteristics of laser radiation. Differences between conventional light sources and laser sources in relation to their hazard potential to the eye will be highlighted as will the typical standards and good practice. In particular the course will introduce laser safety terminology, the concepts of laser safety officers and laser safety practice in the work place.

Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of the laser classification system and the implication of these classifications
  • Awareness of the hazards posed by lasers 
  • Awareness of laser hazard controls and workplace safety 
  • Awareness of laser safety hierarchy including laser safety officers and their roles
  • Awareness of legislation and laser safety Standards

A quiz is provided at the end of each section and students are encouraged to attempt the quiz questions (as many times as necessary). A certificate of attainment test is provided for those wishing to receive a certificate indicating that they have completed this course to a satisfactory level.

Should I do a higher-level course? 

The online level 3 operator laser safety course provides a good base knowledge and is recommended as a pre-course activity before attending the level 2 laser safety course. If you register for our level 2 or level 1 laser safety course within 3 months of enrolling in the online level 3 operator laser safety course, we will deduct the purchase price from the enrolment fee.


Trevor Wheatley

Dr Trevor Wheatley has active research in laser based quantum optics and optical quantum parameter estimation at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a lecturer at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy and is an active laser safety practitioner with an international profile. He provides laser safety training and services to both Defence Forces and Civilian organisations in Australia and New Zealand. He is the chair of the Standards Australia Committee SF-019 which is responsible for documenting AS/NZS IEC 60825 (and AS/NZS 2211) Standards. He also Australia's head delegate on the IEC TC 76 responsible for developing and maintaining the international laser safety standards from which the AS/NZS Standards are derived. He is the only Australian representative on IEC TC76 WG1, the working group that writes IEC 60825.1 and was integrally involved in the drafting of the current and future editions.

International Electrotechnical Commission 1906 Award [2016] 

Andrew Lambert

Dr Andrew Lambert from the UNSW Canberra at ADFA has been involved in providing laser safety short courses under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Cochrane to Department of Defence personnel for more than a decade. He undertakes research in optical signal processing and adaptive optics. 

Course Information

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.