OSHA Laser Safety

This course covers basic concepts, an explanation of the different types of lasers and their hazards, industry safety standards, and hazard control.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Laser Safety
  • Laser Hazards
  • Controls

Course Description

This course covers basic concepts, an explanation of the different types of lasers and their hazards, links to industry safety standards, and hazard control measures to follow when duties require you to operate a laser or to be present when a laser is in use in your workplace. It also presents case studies to emphasize the need for laser safety training in the workplace.

The OSHA Laser Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Laser Safety Course Outline

Course Objectives

Introduction to Laser Safety

  • Key Terms
  • Statistics
  • Responsibilities for Laser Safety
  • Regulations Related to Laser Safety
  • Laser Safety Programs
  • Training

Laser Hazards

  • Laser Classifications
  • Biological Effects
  • Tissue Interactions
  • Beam Hazards to the Eye
  • Symptoms of Eye Exposure
  • Beam Hazards to the Skin
  • Reflection Hazards
  • Non-Beam Hazards
  • Electrical Hazard Potential
  • Fire and Explosion Hazards
  • Laser-Generated Airborne Contaminants
  • Gases, Dyes, and Solvents
  • Incident Response


  • Environmental Factors
  • Administrative Controls
  • Procedural Controls
  • Controlled Access
  • Area Warning Signs and Equipment Labels
  • Area Warning Signs and Equipment Labels Examples
  • Equipment Modifications
  • Engineering Control Measures
  • Protective Housings
  • Unenclosed Beam Path and Protective Barriers
  • Engineering Control Measures – Interlocks
  • Engineering Control Measures – Remote Interlocks
  • Engineering Control Measures – Key Controls, Warning Systems, Beam Pathways
  • Laser-Controlled Area
  • Entryway Control Measures for Class 4 Lasers
  • Maintenance
  • Safety Audits
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Laser Protective Eyewear
  • Protective Clothing
  • Care and Inspections of LPE


Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

This Laser Safety Course presents basic laser safety information designed for any worker who must come into contact with laser equipment. It emphasizes hazard identification and safe work practices that apply to all laser operators.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

When the employer has reason to believe that any affected employee who has already been trained does not have the understanding and skill required. Circumstances where retraining is required include, but are not limited to, situations where:

(1) Changes in the workplace render previous training obsolete; or
(2) Changes in the types of PPE to be used render previous training obsolete; or
(3) Inadequacies in an affected employee’s knowledge or use of assigned PPE indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the OSHA General Industry (29 CFR 1910), Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136.1 – Training requirements for Laser Safety, a form of Non-Ionizing Radiation.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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