This Laser Safety video (there 7 modules) is provided as a supplement to Augusta University's Laser Safety Program. This video is designed to compliment information delivered to the user by the individual responsible for laser safety training, such as a Laser Safety Officer (LSO). PLease note that you are required to close each module prior to accessing the next module.

This video was produced to meet all basic laser safety training requirements and present laser safety from the laser user's point of view. It includes all the training topics required by the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers. After completing this course the user will be ready to learn the specific information they will need to know about their laser and job situation.

After completing all the modules, please contact Phil Maguire at 706-721-9832 or pmaguire@augusta.edu to schedule a quiz.

Basics of Lasers and Laser Light

This module acquaints the user with the basic laser terminology, how a laser works, the characteristics of

laser light, and common industrial lasers.

Laser Beam Injuries

This video discusses both skin and eye injuries with a focus on the most serious injury of the two, eye

injuries. Exploration of the parts of the eye and type of injuries that can occur to the various parts are

presented in a clear discussion based on the type of laser and severity of injury.

Non-Beam Hazards

Non-beam hazards associated with industrial lasers include electrical hazards from the laser power

supply, smoke and fumes from laser processes, process radiation, and mechanical hazards from parts

handlers, conveyors, or robots. In this video an overview of these hazards are addressed.

Laser Hazard Classes

All lasers are classified according to the level of laser radiation that is accessible during normal

operation. In this video an explanation of the seven laser hazard classes are presented and the standards

in which lasers can be classified, the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, the IEC 60825

International Standard, and the Federal Laser Product Performance Standard.

Laser Safety Engineering

Under both U. S. federal law and the international laser safety standard there are certain safety

requirements for Class 3b and Class 4 lasers and any Class 1 laser system with an embedded Class 3b or

Class 4 laser. Module 5 discusses the engineering control methods for meeting the safety requirements

of the standards.

Laser Hazard Evaluation

In laser hazard evaluation there are several factors to consider.This video examines the main factors and

explains hazard evaluation terms such as Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE), Nominal Hazard

Zone (NHZ), and Optical Density (OD).

Control of Laser Hazards

This video looks at the three types of control measures in controlling laser hazards from class 3b and

class 4 open beam lasers. The discussion includes enclosures, barriers, beam blocks, controlled access,

signs, and laser control areas.