LVR Optical - Laser & Optical Radiation Safety
LVR laser safety training

Professional Laser Display Safety Training Course

Course date - September 2022

Laser course overview

We present a single day training course in laser display safety at Wolverhampton Science Park. The course covers the key aspects that need to be considered by anybody involved in working with laser displays. The course combines theory with practical examples of many topics, enabling attendees to gain valuable knowledge and an insight into what is necessary to perform legal, safe and enjoyable laser displays.

In addition to the subjects covered in the course, everyone that attends our laser safety training day is given a copy of our printed reference manual and receives a certificate of attendance. If you decide to sit the examination, a further certificiate of achievement will be issued if you pass!

Included with the course, all delegates receive:

  • Full course reference manual
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Attendance Artwork Symbol for use on your website
  • Entry onto the Registered Laser Safety Operators Database
  • Opportunity to sit an optional laser safety examination
  • Breakfast rolls, Lunch and refreshments throught the day

The topics covered in the safety course have been designed to help the laser user to ensure they have the knowledge required to perform safe and legal laser displays; and with regulators having the authority to say no to a display if they are not happy with your paperwork or the installation, attending one of our courses and making sure you are aware of what is needed, can help you avoid running into any such problems. Being able to show that you have attended a laser safety course also gives you a competitive advantage over operators that are unable to demonstrate safety skills.

Course Outline

    The course runs through a single day from 09:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs, with welcome tea/coffee and a hot/cold buffet lunch. Along with lunch break, you will also have morning and afternoon refreshment breaks were tea and coffee and soft drinks are available. If you opt to sit the examination, this would be sat at the end of the day (approx. 45 minutes) along with an exam debrief upon completion by James Stewart.

    The course and the accompanying colour printed manual is divided into six main segments that each cover a different aspect of the points that need to be considered before performing a laser display:
    Section 1 : Laser Show Basics
    The day begins with an introduction into laser beam properties and hazards. The parameters and terms used for laser safety assessment are introduced.
    Section 2 : Laser Display Optical Hazards
    Laser display hazards are highlighted, along with explainations as to why laser light properties are hazardous, and the resulting biological injuries from exposure.
    Section 3 : Laser Safety Legislation
    Discusses relevance of the published Laser Safety Standards and Health & Safety guidance, what the legal requirements are for persons or venues operating laser displays are, and who needs to be notified when a laser display is performed or installed. Also included is full coverage of the Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010 “Laser Regulations”, detailing what the regulations mean in practice for laser light show operators. Also in this section we cover what are the minimum features that should be included on Class 3B and Class 4 laser products used for laser displays. This session is useful to manufacturers and users alike, as it shows what needs to be featured in a laser projector.
    Section 4 : Laser Installation Guidance
    This segment covers the rules and guidance for best practice on laser display installations; separation distances, aperture masking and handover arrangements are all included.
    Section 5 : Evaluating Laser Effects
    Here we take a closer look at Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE), calculating Hazard Distance and other important laser safety calculations such as measuring Diffraction Grating Effects, and detailing what equipment is needed.
    Section 6 : Laser Show Documentation and Laser Safety Management
    Planning and assessing the display area for indoor and outdoor events, conducting and documenting a Risk Assessment, preparing a Laser Safety Record and other documentation is disscussed in this section; along with venue specific risks, pre show checks and emergency planning.

Main Course Topics Covered

  • Laser Beam Properties
  • Biologial Effects
  • Safety Standard and Health & Safety Guidance
  • Preparing Risk Assessments
  • Designing Audience Safe Effects
  • The simplified approach to assessing audience scanning laser shows, with advantages and disadvantages of such an approach.
  • Working with Local Authorities & other officials
  • Manufacturing and installation requirements
  • Laser hazards, and practical examples of calculating beam hazards
  • Legal Requirements
  • The UK laser regulations and how they affect light show operators and installers
  • Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) and Exposure Limit Values (ELVs)
  • Optional Examination, covering laser safety for display applications (exam based on course syllabus)

Optional Examination

    At the end of the training day, there is a chance to test your knowledge and demonstrate your capabilities in a 45 minute Laser Show Operator’s Exam. The exam is based only on what is taught during the day and the questions require answers via a mix of multiple choice and short written answers. To pass, you must achieve a mark over 70%.

    If you wish to sit the exam, please ensure that you select the examination option before you check out. Results are usually emailed within 10 days of sitting the exam.
    If you are unsure whether to pre book the exam, you are more than welcome to decide on the day after the course has finished. You can simply ask to sit the exam and the result would be released to you upon receipt of the exam payment cost.

Course Contents

    The laser safety operators course is designed from the ground up to cover issues relevant specifically to the laser display and entertainment industry. The course and the accompanying reference manual is packed full of information that is important for laser show designers and users.

    The course does NOT include laser use for medical, surgical or military applications, and you will NOT find any adapted generic safety courses hazards such as Fume Hazards and CPR methods included as "padding".

    For this course we concentrate solely on today’s modern laser shows techniques and technology - basically everything that you need to know.

Lasers can be dangerous and can cause hazards if they are not installed and operated safely. The types of laser used for laser displays have the potential to cause serious injury to people if proper care is not taken. Standards and guidance do exist for using lasers - Laser Specific Health & Safety legislation now exist (the Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010). Our Professional Laser Display Training Course is designed to teach you what is necessary to peform legal, safe and enjoyable shows, which is targeted specifically for the light show and entertainment industry.

The Laser Safety Course has been designed and presented by laser safety expert James Stewart, who through over 25 years of experience in the entertainment light show industry has come across many of the safety problems and situations that are often unique in the laser display application.

LVR have carried out extensive research work into the affects of audience scanned laser radiation and ways of making laser displays safer. Since that time LVR have gone onto develop important safety products such as the multi-award winning software, and a range of laser safety App’s for Apple devices.

As well as specific laser safety expertise, James is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), along with being a member of the International Institute of Safety and Risk Management (IIRSM). He is also a committee member of the British Standards Institute group for Optical Radiation Safety and Laser Equipment. James also holds BLS certification as a Certified Laser Safety Officer. This broad mix of specialist skills has led to James being employed by some of the world’s leading recording artists to prepare laser safety cases for their Productions so that audiences can be treated to spectacular and safe effects. James also regularly works as consulting Laser Safety Officer for many of the UK’s largest entertainment venues and arenas, including The O2 London, SSE Arena Wembley, NEC Group, SMG Group & Live Nation Venues. He also regularly helps provide feedback and input for developing Laser Safety Standards.