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Refresher - Laser Safety Course (Hospital/Medical)


Course Description

Has it been a number of years since you completed laser safety certification1? Refresh your understanding of how laser work for different surgical procedures with our simple to understand, online laser safety refresher course that you can do in your own time, at your own pace.

This comprehensive laser safety training is designed to arm you with all the knowledge you need to understand how lasers work, how to implement laser safety standards and policies in your specific workplace, and to ensure laser safety compliance in various settings (Gynaecology, Urology, Otorhinolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, Orthopaedics, and Ophthalmology). It will remind you about what you already know, and polish your knowledge.


Operational characteristics of lasers

  • Generation of the laser beam and propagation of light
  • Characteristics of lasers and the laser beam
  • Properties of different types of lasers
  • Delivery systems and applicators
  • Laser controls, e.g. power/pulse/time settings, emergency control and delivery systems

Laser hazards

  • Laser-tissue interactions
  • Particular hazards of delivery systems
  • Ocular and skin hazards
  • Patient-specific hazards
  • Reflected beam hazards
  • Laser plume hazards
  • Hazards related to anaesthesia and management of the shared airway
  • Fire, explosion, electrical and environmental hazards.

Principles and procedures for safe laser use

  • Standards, regulations and guidelines
  • Laser classification and hazard analysis
  • Audit of laser facilities
  • Laser controls in health care facilities
  • Examples of safe practice and programs
  • Equipment inspection (quality assurance) protocols
  • Investigation and management of laser accidents/incidents
  • Eye protection and protective eyewear
  • Potential for fire and explosion and protection against flammability hazards
  • Management of airborne contaminants (laser plume)
  • Electrical safety
  • Laser controlled areas—designation, warning signs, entry controls, control of access to the laser
  • Hazards of particular procedures
  • Role and responsibilities of an LSO
  • ACORN Laser Standards1

Who is it for?

All nursing, medical or other personnel in contact with a laser in the operating theatre who haven’t done laser safety education recently.


You have previously completed laser safety education but are due for a refresher

What’s Included?

Our course includes simple to follow, in-depth laser safety training.  It is delivered in short modules, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Additional Resources:

  • Easy to understand lectures and videos to support your learning journey.
  • Lifetime access to your downloadable course notes.
  • Electronic access to clinical resources that support your learning.
  • Regular short quizzes to consolidate your learning and prepare you for the final quiz and certification.
  • Instant final quiz results and immediate access to your certificate of completion.
  • Protection of your certificate with a unique QR code.

Payment Options

Choose between a full upfront payment or a structured payment plan through Paypal in 4 to accommodate your financial preferences. You can get started for as little as $62.50.

This course may be tax deductible as a work-related expense for you, just ask your accountant.

Do you have five or more staff to train? Please Contact Us to discuss group discounts.

What Happens Next?

Once we have reviewed your application, we will send you an email with your username and login details. This is generally available to you on the same day that you enrol, regardless of whether it is within office hours. Please check your spam folder if you don’t see it.

Once you have this login information you will have instant access to your course and you will be guided through a structured learning pathway, culminating in your achievement as a Certified Laser Safety Officer.


This course is benchmarked against international (IEC 60825-1: 2014 Safety of laser products - Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements) and Australia/New Zealand (AS/NZS 4173: 2018 Safe use of lasers and intense light sources in health care) laser safety standards.

This course is endorsed for the application for a laser user’s licence in Queensland (ED - 254), Western Australia and Tasmania.

  1. Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) (2023). Standards for Safe and Quality Care in the Perioperative Environment (SSQCPE).