Laser Safety

The University of Regina Radiation Safety Policy (GOV-100-020) and Laser Safety Program must adhere to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations which govern the use of lasers.

The acronym LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. This is a device designed to produce a beam of monochromatic light in which all the waves are in phase or are coherent. A laser can be emitted as a constant stream of light or in pulses that vary in intensity and duration.

There are many different classes of lasers and each class has the potential to be hazardous. The University of Regina is primarily concerned with the operation of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers as these have a higher potential to cause harm.

The University of Regina Laser Safety Officer is responsible for the day-to-day requirements of the Laser Safety Program. For information regarding the use of Class 3B lasers, Class 4 lasers, or those Class 1 laser systems with embedded high-power lasers if higher emission levels are accessible during maintenance or service, contact the Laser Safety Officer at

Laser Safety Resources

Laser Standard Operating Procedure Example File
Laser Registration Form File
Site Specific Training Procedure and Documentation Example Form File