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Laser Safety Workshop for Research, Development and Scientific Applications

  • 02 July 2021
  • 09:00 - 16:30
  • online via Zoom
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  Early Summer 2021 ISTR Skills Workshop, 

Friday 2 July 2021 

Laser Safety Workshop for Research, Development
and Scientific Applications

    In response to member feedback we are delighted to offer this workshop on laser safety. It replaces the one postponed last spring and is open to both ISTR members and non-members.

    Aim: This workshop will provide learners with an awareness of current British and European laser safety standards and their practical implications and is especially suited to those working in a wide range of research, development and scientific disciplines. 

    Learning outcomes: Learners will gain an understanding of the following:

    Laser classification

    - How to rank the potential hazard of laser sources within the context of risk assessment

    Legal requirements

    - Laser safety in the context of UK legislation on optical radiation and risk assessment

    Hazards from optical sources

    - How laser beams can cause injuries to eye and skin

    Laser Safety Controls

    - How to relate requirements for laser safety controls within the context of laser related research, development and experimentation

    Laser protective eyewear

    How to procure and use PPE (laser protective eyewear) when working with lasers

    Laser Safety Calculations & Risk Assessments

    - Practical guidance on how to undertake these vital aspects of laser safety

    Emphasis is placed on practical guidance including videos on laser alignment and measurement of laser emission using an optical power meter and optical rail system.

    Workshop delivery:

    This workshop will be delivered online in 4 x 1hr 15 min seminars, an approach that has been pioneered successfully during the pandemic. Details of how to access the online workshop will be sent to delegates three days before the event.

    The trainer: Dr Neil Haigh. Neil has over 30 years experience working with light sources in the context of scientific research and development.  He has a PhD in Applied Optics from Imperial College in London that is allied with a strong technical background in fibre optics, optical communications, laser and LED safety.  He is an experienced technical trainer in the field of optics and photonics including the design, development and delivery of advanced training courses in laser, LED and lamp safety. He routinely presents papers on laser safety to the prestigious International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC).   Neil is also active in the design and development of optical light source based products for lighting and photonics applications.

    This workshop is limited to 12 delegates, book soon to secure your place.


    09:00 - 09:15 Login and admin

    09:15 - 10:30: Course Overview and Laser Classification Scheme {Health & Safety Basics – Laser Classification – Light Fundamentals}

    10:30 - 11:00 break (30 mins)

    11:00 - 12:15: Hazards from Optical Sources {Laser Beam Properties - Physiology of Human eye – Laser Safety Exposure limits}

    12:15 to 13:00 - lunch break (45 mins)

    13:00 to 14:15: Practical Laser Safety {Engineering Controls - Laser Alignment - Optical Hardware – Laser Protective Eyewear}

    14:15 - 14:30 break (15 mins)

    14:30 - 15:30 :  Laser Safety Management {Laser Safety Management – Laser Safety Risk Assessment}

    15:30 - 16:30 : Course Conclusion

    Workshop costs

    Existing ISTR Members - £125 per person

    Non-members - £300 per person

    How to become a member

    There are two options available to those who cannot attend:

    1) Nominate a person to attend in your place. This will not incur an administration fee and is ISTR's preferred option

    2) Request a refund. This may be considered depending upon the circumstances for non-attendance and whether your place can be re-sold, up to two weeks prior to the start of the event. All refunds are subject to a charge of £20 to cover administration costs incurred by ISTR.

    Please contact istr-eventssecretary@istr.org.uk in the first instance if you cannot attend.