Laser Safety

4.0 1 Review SKU: C-805Duration: 15 Minutes

Pay-per-view (PPV) format perfect for individual users.

Get immediate access to this interactive eLearning course online. Must be used within 30 days, expires 48 hours after launch.


Great for trainers or groups who need unlimited online access to multiple courses. Available in two ways:

Equipment Safety Series (Details)
Includes 24 courses for $599/year.

Health & Safety (EHS) Library (Details)
Includes 226 courses for $1,199/year.

Ideal for corporate licensing and high volume users.

Get Convergence courses into your current LMS to track and report employee training. Or contact us to learn more about the advantages of licensing our courses with the Convergence LMS.

Course Details


Training Time: 15 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: STD 01-05-001 - PUB 8-1.7: Guidelines for Laser Safety and Hazard Assessment

Languages: English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Tamil, Spanish, Thai

Lasers have become an integral part of society. Due to their ability to carry large amounts of data with little or no signal degradation over long distances, they are commonly used in fiber optic communication systems. Use this course to learn safe work practices around Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASERs). This course covers the theory of laser light, how lasers work, types of lasers, laser classifications, laser hazards, low-power laser hazards, and laser pointer safety guidelines.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe laser light
  • Describe how lasers work
  • Identify the different types of lasers
  • Differentiate between the different laser classifications
  • List different engineering and administrative controls
  • Differentiate between specular reflection and diffuse reflection
  • List laser hazards and safety guidelines

Customer Reviews


Company-Wide Laser Awareness

“All our products use lasers and this training is a key part of our health and safety training. We use this training video for all of our staff, even admin staff who don't use lasers. It is a great first step for us in making everyone aware of general safety around our products.”

Stuart R. Verified Customer

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What does LASER stand for?
Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.

What is a laser?
A light source that emits a light beam of a single wavelength and color. Such a light beam is very intense and highly directional.

What are the different types of lasers?
Some common types include solid state, gas, excimer, dye, and semiconductor (or diode) lasers.

How are lasers classified?
Based on their potential to cause biological damage.

What are the laser classifications?
From least dangerous to most dangerous, they are Class I lasers, which are not considered hazardous and do not emit damaging radiation; Class II lasers, which are not considered hazardous for exposure of less than ¼ second; Class IIIa lasers, which are more powerful than Class II lasers and therefore more dangerous; Class IIIb lasers, which are even more dangerous and should be used only by trained and authorized personnel; and Class IV lasers, which present the highest level of hazard.

What is the greatest hazard involved with laser use?
Damage to the eye.

What is a nominal hazard zone (NHZ)?
A place where Class IIIB and Class IV lasers are used.

Is it safe to direct a laser beam directly at someone?
You should not do this. In particular, don't direct the laser toward an eyeball, which can be especially dangerous.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

There are two types of reflection hazards that are associated with high powered lasers. These are specular reflections and diffuse reflections. Specular reflections are caused by a laser beam contacting a smooth reflective surface and then bouncing in another singular direction. A specular reflection can almost be as hazardous as the incident beam. Care must be taken to not leave any reflective metals or surfaces inside the nominal hazard zone where they could be reflected. Diffuse reflections are caused by a laser beam contacting a rough reflective surface and bouncing in multiple directions. Diffuse reflections are lower energy than the incident beam. Diffuse reflections from Class IV lasers may cause eye and skin hazards.

Additional Resources

Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:

  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) –
  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics
  • OSHA Alliance -
Added to Cart! Click here to view your cart.