Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Laser Safety Officers responsibilities

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information

The Laser Safety Officer is responsible for the safe operation and security of lasers under their control as follows:

  • All lasers of Class 3A and above are registered with the laser safety officer.
  • All lasers and laser work areas are labelled in accordance with AS/NZS 2211.
  • Schemes of work (local laser safety rules) are drawn up where necessary for the safe operation of lasers. These will generally be required using Class 3B and Class 4 lasers with beam paths that are not totally enclosed.
  • All personnel intending to work with Class 3A and above lasers have read, understood and signed the local laser safety rules for each laser used.
  • All laser users receive instruction and training in the safe use of lasers.
  • Laser safety goggles are provided for all work with Class 3B and Class 4 lasers where the laser beam is not totally enclosed.
  • Undergraduates work with the minimum power laser practicable and they operate under schemes of work.
  • All laser incidents or accidents are reported to the laser safety officer.