Work with lasers can be hazardous if proper precautions are not taken. The Laser Safety Program outlines the responsibilities of those working with lasers; and the procedures and controls that must be implemented before starting the work. This program ensures that risks to those working with or near lasers is minimized.

See the Laser Safety Program for more information.


Laser permits

The Laser Safety Program is a permit-based program. Before working with a class 3B or 4 laser, a laser permit is required. 

If you do not have a laser permit:

  • If you already know the details of your laser, apply for a laser permit by filling out the this form. Contact laser@uwaterloo.ca for more information.  

If you already have a permit:


Training

All workers must complete the following online and practical training. PI's are responsible for verifying training and storing records.

Online training

Laser Safety Training Theory - SO1066

Practical training

Hands on training developed and provided by the laboratory supervisor. This practical training consists of the following components:

How practical training is documented is at the discretion of the PI. One option is the Site Specific Training Form. Refer to the training page for more information on using this form. 


Additional resources and information