Laser registration

A laser inventory must be maintained by the Departmental Laser Supervisors (DLS) for all lasers, except inherently safe Class 1 lasers (e.g. laser printers, CD players etc) and laser pointers below Class 3. The inventory must include Class 1 by design products that have embedded Class 3 or 4 lasers whose beams might be exposed during routine service and maintenance.


Supervisors must ensure that all relevant lasers under their control are registered with the DLS

In particular, they must notify the DLS before use of any new laser. This includes those that are obtained from other departments and also any laser that is temporarily on loan or to be used by contractors to undergo specific activities (eg cleaning or display)


All lasers must conform to BS EN 60825-1 [or other relevant standards] and an overview of the details must be given to the DLS. The Laser Registration Form (LS-1) can be used for this purpose.

The DLS must forward an updated version of the inventory to the University Safety Office on an annual basis. The Laser inventory proforma Appendix 5 can be used.


Laser safety training

Only suitably trained individuals are permitted to work with open beam lasers. The supervisor must identify the appropriate level of training required and outline these requirements within the relevant local rules. Where a level of risk differs depending upon various laser operations (e.g. during alignment), then additional training requirements must also be outlined within the rules.

Laser Users must be authorised by their supervisor before operating a laser and an individual training record must be maintained. The Laser User Authorisation/Training Record (LS-4) can be used for this purpose - See downloadable forms. The training record must give an indication of the competency of an individual, as assessed by their supervisor. This includes individuals who have received training in other departments or establishments. Consideration must also be given to the competency of visitors and contractors before permitting access to lasers.

As a starting point, all users of open beam lasers must undertake the University's Introduction to Laser Safety course.



Register departmental lasers

Register new lasers for use in your department using the LS-1 Laser Registration Form  (Word)


Submit departmental laser inventory

All Departmental Laser Supervisors must forward an updated version of the inventory to the University Safety Office on an annual basis using the LS-5 Laser Inventory Proforma  (Word)