Laser and Photobiological Safety Training

Laser and Photobiological Safety Training

Laser Safety Fundamentals Training

All educational, laboratory and research Laser Users, working with open beam lasers or embedded / enclosed laser systems with maximum power of 5mW or greater, must complete EH&S Laser Safety Fundamentals Training.
Principal Investigators and Personnel Owning or Responsible for: open beam lasers or embedded / enclosed laser systems with maximum power of 5mW or greater must complete EH&S Laser Safety Fundamentals Training.

UCLA EH&S laser safety training is in accordance with ANSI Standard Z136.5 – 2000 (American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions) and is a requirement of OSHA (via the General Duty Clause).  EH&S Laser Safety classroom training is in addition to any practical training previously received from faculty or staff.

You can self-register for laser safety fundamentals at worksafe.ucla.edu.

Laser Equipment Exempt from Safety Training Requirements:

  • Laser pointers. (< 5mW and used for demonstration or presentation)
  • Laser copiers.
  • Laser computer peripherals such as CD/DVD readers/burners.

Refresher Training:

Online laser refresher training must be completed every two years to maintain UCLA authorized worker status.  For laser refresher training please go to the worksafe.ucla.edu and enroll in the - Laser Safety Refresher.

Who Requires Laser Refresher Training?

  • All open beam laser users, working with laser systems of 5mW or greater.
  • Principal Investigators and Personnel Owning open beam lasers or embedded / enclosed laser systems with maximum power of 5mW or greater.
  • Embedded or enclosed laser device lab managers or lab personnel responsible for service events of laser systems of 5mW or greater.
  • Lab personnel responsible for training new laser workers of embedded / enclosed laser devices of 5mW or greater.

Who is Exempt from Laser Refresher Training?

  • Embedded / enclosed laser device users that are not lab managers.
  • Embedded / enclosed laser device users that are not responsible for service events.