Human Resources Division

Laser safety

Lasers are capable of producing intense beams of coherent radiation at optical, ultra violet and infra-red wavelengths.  While lasers vary greatly in power output, wavelength and purpose, the hazard potential of the types used for research purposes can be significant. Laser radiation can be extremely hazardous to the eyes and the skin and a number of cases of serious injury, including loss of sight, have been documented. As a result, a number of international and Australian standards which set out requirements for laser safety have been published or revised in recent years. 

This section provides advice on the hazard control and administrative measures needed to implement these laser safety standards in the University.

Standard

Forms/guidelines

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25th January 2011