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. 

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)