Safety Services


Laser Safety Officer training

Departments that use Class 3B and Class 4 lasers must have at least one appointed Laser Safety Officer who has attended the Laser Safety Officer training course.

Course description

This one-day virtual training course runs every spring and is hosted by Aurora Health Physics. It is designed for individuals who will be appointed as a departmental Laser Safety Officer ("LSO") or as a refresher for those already appointed to this role. It will provide nominated LSOs with the information and knowledge needed to effectively carry out the role of Laser Safety Officer at UCL.

The course meets the requirements of The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010 and the LSO responsibilities outlined in the UCL Artificial Optical Radiation Safety Standard.

All safety instructor-led training courses are delivered by our team of safety experts.


By completing this course you will gain an understanding of the following:

  • Basics of laser radiation
  • Biological effects of laser radiation (including indirect effects)
  • Effective laser safety management
  • The role of the Laser Safety Officer at UCL
  • Approving laser risk assessments and setups
  • Practical control measures (hierarchy of controls, including PPE)
  • Incidents, accidents and contingency plans
  • Legislation, standards, and guidance

Target audience

Users of laser systems that include Class 3R, 3B and 4 lasers; room users where Class 3R, 3B and 4 lasers are used.


Training courses are free to UCL staff however your Department will be charged £50 if you fail to attend when booked on a course.  Non-attendance at first aid courses will incur a higher non-attendance fee.

Late applications

If you have not received your confirmation notification from the MyHR Mailer please email safetytraining@ucl.ac.uk.

External delegates

Places to external delegates are only offered if there is spare capacity on an instructor-led course.

Please email safetytraining@ucl.ac.uk to be placed on a waiting list stating the course title and date you wish to join. 

To book

Training courses are accessible using UCL MyLearning. 

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Last updated: Friday, November 11, 2022