5 Day Laser Safety | Level 1



In November 2014 Standards Australia through the SF-019 Committee released the  new AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014 (identical to IEC 60825-1:2014 Edition 3). This document supersedes AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2011 and will be used on all our laser safety courses. Additionally this Standard incorporates the new ICNIRP exposure limits which reflect current research in laser bio-effects and will be incorporated into the new AS/NZS IEC 60825.14 due in the near future. Our courses will use the now utilise these new Maximum Permissible Exposure limits in favour of the outdated limits in the current AS/NZS 60825.14 in lieu of the next edition.


The AS/NZS IEC 60825.1 and the AS/NZS IEC 60825.14 define a Laser Safety Officer as one who is competent in the evaluation and control of laser hazards and has responsibility for oversight of the control of laser hazards. The Standards identify the need for persons competent in laser safety within an organisation and identify a skillset for a laser safety officer but flexibility relating to different competency levels within an organisation is retained. Dr Cochrane et al presented a paper in 2001 at the International Laser Safety Conference proposing three levels of laser safety training. 


Duration: 5  days

Delivery mode: Classroom


Advertised: Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the   for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive:

  • UNSW Canberra certificate of Attendance, Pass or Pass with Merit.*
  • Level 1 Laser Safety Officer qualification.**
  • Level 2 Laser Safety Officer qualification.***
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of  approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in  eligible postgraduate programs. 

In-house delivery:  Contact the   for more information. Recommended for groups with over 10 personnel.

Affiliated course:  1 Day Laser Safety | Level 2 (1 day)


“Very useful information that will be relevant to a platform that has or is going to have laser equipment” Nathan Tabke 03/06/2016

“Strengths – enthusiasm & knowledge of instructors, food, relaxed atmosphere and good learning environment” Richard Carter 03/06/2016

*,**pending results in level 1 course

*,***pending results in level 2 course


Level 1 Laser Safety Officer course  provides the training necessary to undertake quantitative analysis of the laser hazards in accordance with Australian laser safety Standards for those appointed as laser safety officers and those who need to use or comply with the AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014 or AS/NZS IEC 60825.14:2011. It is also invaluable to policy makers, managers and advanced users of laser systems requiring assessment of potential hazards in order to mitigate risks and maintain safe working conditions.

We also offer a half day laser safety awareness course, level 3. At this stage the level 3 hazardous laser operator safety course is only available for limited in-house delivery, please email the   for more information.

Not sure if I need level 2? The online level 3 operator laser safety course provides a good base knowledge and is recommended as a pre-course activity before attending the level 2 laser safety course. If you register for our level 2 or level 1 laser safety course within 3 months of enrolling in the online level 3 operator laser safety course, we will deduct the purchase price from the enrolment fee.


We recommend that laser safety personnel and users alike familiarise themselves with the document. The new Standard has significant changes in content and that may require existing personnel to consider refresher training methodologies (see [1] for a summary). Options for refresher or conversion training are available on request.

[1]  Wheatley, Trevor A. "Practical implications of the new Australian and New Zealand laser safety standard." Military Communications and Information Systems Conference (MilCIS), 2014. IEEE, 2014.


To access AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014 (identical to IEC 60825-1:2014 Edition 3), please follow the below instructions:

  1. Proceed to the Defence Library home page using the following link:  http://drnet/eig/Services/Library/resources/Pages/Standards-and-newspapers.aspx 
  2. On the right hand side of the page is a link to Australian Standards, follow.
  3. In the search function type in 60825.1:2014.
  4. The standards should appear.

The WHS Vol 2 Part 3C (Lasers) has previously been located in the Defence WHS Manual, this is no longer the case. The document can now be found in Chapter 6 of the  Defence Radiation Safety Manual.


If you do not already own, you will need to purchase AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014 (identical to IEC 60825-1:2014 Edition 3) from an online vendor. We suggest using SAI Global. The cost is roughly $250.00 incl GST (AUS).



Trevor Wheatley  has active research in laser based quantum optics and optical quantum parameter estimation at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a lecturer at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy and is an active laser safety practitioner with an international profile. He provides laser safety training and services to both Defence Forces and Civilian organisations in Australia and New Zealand. He is the chair of the Standards Australia Committee SF-019 which is responsible for documenting AS/NZS IEC 60825 (and AS/NZS 2211) Standards. He also Australia's head delegate on the IEC TC 76 responsible for developing and maintaining the international laser safety standards from which the AS/NZS Standards are derived. He is the only Australian representative on IEC TC76 WG1, the working group that writes IEC 60825.1 and was integrally involved in the drafting of the current and future editions.

International Electrotechnical Commission 1906 Award  [2016] 



Dr Andrew Lambert from the UNSW Canberra at ADFA has been involved in providing laser safety short courses under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Cochrane to Department of Defence personnel for more than a decade. He undertakes research in optical signal processing and adaptive optics. 





(in memoriam 1936-2017)

Dr Geoffrey Cochrane's contribution to laser safety in Australia was significant, where he published numerous papers, contributed to Standardisation and developed and taught Australia's premier laser safety course to defence and industry from 1987 - 2006. Geoff served for around 20 years on the Standards Australia committee SF019, which he also chaired and represented Australia on IEC TC76 between 1995 and 2006. Geoff contributed to international laser safety standardisation significantly and was active in TC 76 working groups. Geoff's active involvement in this work stopped when he retired in 2006 but he continued in a mentoring role until 2010. Thank you for your great contributions Geoff, RIP.

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