Laser Safety Training, Consultancy and Software
Lucid offer the following services, on-site or at our own training centre
Lucid's Laser Safety Background
Lucid have a strong pedigree in laser safety gained from working with laser
sources and laser based equipment at the research level and within fibre
optic communications applications.
In the past, many of our clients requested support with laser safety at
the introductory level and also within their bespoke laser based equipment
or optical communications activities. Accordingly we have developed a number
of modular laser safety training courses to suit such requests, and our
popular LaserBee Software package to help take them step-by-step through
various complex laser safety calculations.
We train personnel at all skill levels, from the non-technical right through
to the experienced scientist; our laser safety delegates are nearly always
surprised by both how much they have learnt and how much they have enjoyed
a laser safety training course; there's something about lasers and optics
that seems to fascinate everyone... at least on Lucid's laser safety training
All of our laser safety training delegates receive a full colour and fully indexed training manual on laser safety, designed as a useful reference source after the course. For additional quality assurance, we can offer a vocational qualification (at level 2) in laser safety from the Open College Network (OCN) to strengthen the skills records of your staff. This laser safety qualification is very popular amongst laser safety professionals at all levels as evidence of basic laser safety competence for laser users and professionals alike.
LED & Lamp Safety training courses
Following on from our highly successful laser safety training courses,
we are now offering training in LED (Light Emitting Diode) and lamp safety.We
can also help if you require a consultant to provide technical assistance
in the assessment of your LED or lamp source. In the case of LEDs, which
are no longer covered by the IEC 60825-1 laser safety standards, we can
assist in using the CIE S 009/E:2002 standard "Photobiological
Safety of Lamps and Lamp Systems" (also known as IEC 62471 Edition
1:2006 or EN 62471:2008)
Until relatively recently, LEDs have been relatively low power devices,
and with their output generally being highly divergent they have normally
been reasonably safe. This is changing as new high power LEDs are becoming
far more common. Although these LEDs are still normally more divergent
than highly collimated laser sources, they can be hazardous and safety
concerns are increased as LED arrays utilizing several LEDs are becoming
more common in a wide variety of LED products and displays. With all of
these developments LED safety is becoming a real concern, the danger being
that some LED suppliers will not address LED safety until it is too late
and there has been an LED light injury. Unfortunately, the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) are extremely unlikely to look favourably on an explanation
that "we had not heard of any LEDs causing injury so assumed they must be safe", as this would not be an adequate risk assessment for an LED based product or process.
Please feel free to contact us to talk to one of our LED and lamp safety experts about the peculiarities of classifying and assessing these LED or lamp based products under the various laser and lamp safety standards.
OCN Certified Laser Safety Qualification
Lucid's "Laser Safety Introduction OCN" course is believed to be Europe's first laser safety qualification accredited by a national awarding body. This is a 2-day training course with a written assessment. Successful candidates gain an Open College Network (OCN) award at level 2.
Modular Laser Safety Training Courses
For those who either want a shorter course or a laser safety course more focussed on another aspect of laser safety, then our 1-day modular courses are ideal:
- Introduction to Laser Safety (1-day)
- Laser Safety Management & Implementation (1-day)
- Laser Safety - Advanced Principles (1-day)
- Laser Safety and principle of risk assessment (1-day)
- LED safety - fundamentals and testing
- LED safety workshop - training and laboratory measurement sessions in conjunction with the Photonics Cluster (UK)
Public versions of these courses are occassionally run on consecutive days so trainees can opt for appropriate 1, 2 or 3-day training programmes. Please note, however, that the second and third courses assume a level of laser safety knowledge equivalent to that gained from the first course.
Laser Safety Consultancy
We deliver a whole range of laser safety consultancy services:
- laser and LED product classification reports
- laser safety management procedures
- documentation reviews
- on-site evaluations and assistance
- classification testing
Laser safety consultancy is not just for the untrained, in fact most laser users should really have had some formal training and certification, but it is also useful in order to check calculations and that nothing has been missed. Why? Because mistakes, and accidents happen, so you can't be too careful with a complex subject like laser safety. For more on our laser safety consulting services click on this link.
LaserBee Laser Safety Software
LaserBee laser safety software was developed from routines which we used
to verify our own laser safety calculations on
consultancy projects. During a discussion on one training course, a trainee
seeing us use one of our routines suggested our in-house software looked
better than a commercial package he'd bought and was struggling with. So,
after doing more work to build our routines into a coherent and user-friendly
package we launched LaserBee to great acclaim.
LaserBee was subsequently re-written in Java so that it can be run on
any operating system capable of running Java applications including Windows,
Mac, Linux etc..
For full details visit our LaserBee
page where you can find how to obtain a demonstration copy of LaserBee
or buy a copy from our web store.
Laser Safety Products and Services
If you need any laser safety protective equipment signs or closures,
then the first thing you should know is that we do not sell such equipment
(except for a door sign intended for clinics and salons usings lasers or
IPLs for medical or cosmetic purposes) and hence we can give fully independent
If you want us to supply a full laser safety solution, including laser safety procedures, controls, signs, closures and personal protective equipment (PPE), then we can do this. If you would prefer simple independent advice, and help with finding appropriate laser safety signs and optical safety equipment suppliers, then we will do this and point you to reputable suppliers of laser safety equipment. In short we are here to help you with laser and LED safety at whatever level you require. We believe in helping our clients so that we get repeat business as your business prospers, and we get word-of-mouth referals for our laser and LED safety training courses and services.
With some laser safety advisers you may get the feeling they are trying to maximise the laser safety work you need to do in order to maximise their own profit. This is not the case at Lucid where we actively seek to reduce the complexity of laser safety processes and procedures, as this can benefit the ultimate safety of the product and the financial viability of the laser based process or procedure. Once you have experience of our laser safety services we believe you will return to us as our existing clients do and also recommend us to colleagues, again as our existing clients do, so it is in our interests to offer a high quality service.