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. Work with lasers outside these classes is not controlled or permitted.

Follow these steps to obtain a permit:


You must complete the following online and practical training:

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:

  • Laser operation as described in the manufacturers laser operation manual
  • Specific hazards
  • Standard operating procedures (SOP)

Medical Surveillance

Medical surveillance is required for users of Class 3B and 4 lasers and must be completed prior to beginning work with lasers. The Occupational Health Nurse will conduct the initial eye exam. Contact Karen Parkinson in Occupational Health to make an appointment.

Additional resources and information

View all workers listed under your laser permit

View all equipment listed under your laser permit

View all laser workers at the University (Laser Committee members only)

View all lasers at the University (Laser Committee members only)