Laser Safety

eLaser: Laser and IPL safety training

The eLaser programme provides doctors, nurses, therapists and other clinicians with access to core training on the safe use of lasers and other forms of optical radiation including Intense Pulsed Lights (IPL). It has been developed by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) in partnership with Health Education England.

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Learners complete formal assessment tests at the end of the programme. All users who achieve the pass standard are awarded a BAPRAS-endorsed certificate. The training meets the ‘Core of Knowledge’ standards set by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.


Laser Safety - An Essential, Cost-Effective e-Learning resource for Clinicians and Aesthetic Practitioners

Laser Safety (eLaser) can be used for initial health and safety training in the use of lasers or as a refresher course for experienced professionals.

Course Content

Session 1 – The Electromagnetic Spectrum

  • Characteristic features of optical radiation
  • Differences between ionising and non-ionising radiation
  • Characteristic features of lasers
  • Comparison of lasers and non-coherent sources of optical radiation

Session 2 – What is a Laser?

  • How laser energy is created
  • Differences between pulsed and continuous wave beams
  • Components of a laser system
  • Beam delivery systems

Session 3 – Laser-tissue Interactions

  • Laser-tissue interaction
  • Laser targets in the tissues
  • Absorption properties of tissue targets
  • Effect of laser parameters on laser-tissue interactions

Session 4 – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and LED Devices

  • Characteristics of optical radiation produced by IPL and LED devices
  • Clinical applications of IPL and LED radiation
  • Delivery systems
  • Hazards related to clinical use of IPL and LED radiation

Session 5 – Radiofrequency Devices

  • Characteristics of radiation produced by radiofrequency systems
  • Radiofrequency delivery systems
  • Clinical applications of radiofrequency systems
  • Hazards related to clinical use of radiofrequency radiation

Session 6 – Beam and Non-beam Hazards of Lasers and Other Optical Radiation Devices

  • Effects of exposure and health hazards to the eye, skin and tissue
  • Principles of maximum permitted exposure
  • Equipment-related hazards
  • Electrical, fire and smoke plume hazards

Session 7 – Creating a Safe Environment for the Use of Lasers and Other Optical Radiation Devices

  • Relevant legislation and standards that pertain to optical radiation
  • Principles of safety management and administration
  • Roles of the laser protection adviser and supervisor
  • Safety procedures and policies, including risk assessment, local rules and the controlled area
  • The meaning of warning labels associated with optical radiation equipment

Session 8 – How to Use Lasers and Other Optical Radiation Devices Safely

  • How to manage the equipment, including how to set up and check devices before use
  • Identifying the appropriate personal protection equipment for each system
  • The steps to take to ensure safe delivery of a treatment
  • Actions to be taken in the event of an emergency, untoward event or ‘near miss’
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