Laser Safety Fundamentals

Laser Safety Fundamentals

Lasers are ubiquitous in today’s society. From DVD players to laser light shows, laser range finders to kilowatt laser cutting machines: lasers and their hazards can be seen in many areas inside and outside of the work environment. Lasers are used in many different industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and research. The use of lasers presents several risks from both exposures to the beam as well as exposures to ancillary non-beam hazards. Even though EH&S professionals should have a basic understanding of the operation, hazards, and controls meant to prevent laser-associated injuries, it is challenging for safety professionals to gain exposure to these concepts. This PDC is designed to provide you with information about basic laser safety concepts.

0.4 CEUs available for those who complete the course. Eligible for contact hours through the BGC, BCSP, IHMM, and other OEHS certifying agencies. Learn more



On-Demand Training Modules

Slide-based instructional videos guide you through the learning objectives for each course.

Interactive Activities and Assessments

Test what you learned by answering quiz questions, completing short assignments, or completing a fun activity.


Easily access On-Demand modules when it convenient for you. Pick up where you left off.

Instructor Access

Q&A forums allow you to ask the instructor questions and get feedback on assignments.

Earn Credit

Eligible for CEUs and Contact Hours.

The Bowen EHS® Continuing Ed Package

Get access to all PDCs and Webinars in the package for one year and earn up to 50 contact hours.

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Laser Safety Fundamentals Self-Paced PDC Details



This self-paced course is designed to provide OEHS professionals with an introduction to fundamental laser safety concepts that might be useful in environments where lasers are used.

Course Expectations

  • Videos and other learning aids are provided for self-paced learning. Course activities may include but are not limited to practice activities, multiple-choice quizzes, and small group activities. These activities are designed to engage participants and assist in the retention of presented information.
  • Access to all course activities and materials is available for one (1) year from the paid registration date through the Bowen EHS® Learning Center.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to: 

  1. Describe the process for laser generation.
  2. Compare and contrast the hazards associated with different classes of lasers.
  3. Provide one example of a beam hazard and non-beam hazard.
  4. List appropriate controls for different laser hazards.


This course contains 4.0 hours of instruction. 0.4 CEUs are offered for this course.

As an IACET Accredited Provider, Bowen Learning Network offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

Eligible for contact hours with the BGC, BCSP, IHMM, and other OEHS certifying agencies.

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Notices and Requirements


Completion Requirements

Participants must complete the following items to receive a Certificate of Completion:

  1. View all videos and complete all activities.
  2. Complete the course evaluation.

No certificate will be awarded to participants who do not meet the above completion requirements.

Computer Requirements

The Bowen EHS® Learning Center requires a web browser (i.e. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, etc.) that can handle web standards and Javascript well. The best results come from using an up-to-date browser.

Proprietary Interest

Bowen EHS may have a proprietary interest in the products, instruments, devices, services or materials discussed in this course.

The Bowen EHS® Continuing Ed Package

Get access to all PDCs and Webinars in the package for one year and earn up to 50 contact hours.

Purchase 1-year | $349