Training Course - Laser Safety

General Objectives of the Course

The course aims to provide the laser safety training required for Laser Safety
Officer functions. Law No 25/2010, which transposes Directive 2006/25/EC of the European Parliament and the Council, states that all institutions using laser light sources should carry out an annual risk assessment and provide their workers with adequate information and training on the safe use of lasers. The IEC/EN 60825
standard for the safety of laser products states that organizations using class 3R, 3B or 4 lasers should appoint a Laser Safety Officer. This obligation applies to all activities of the private, cooperative, and social sectors, public administration, and other public institutions, regardless of their size or number of employees.

Admission Requirements

i) To be graduated or being first or second cycle students in Physics, Physics
Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering or in similar fields; ii) holders of academic, scientific, or professional curriculum whose merit is recognized by the course coordination to attest the capacity to complete the course.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese or English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Final grading: 0 to 20.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Knowledge on the biophysical principles on which ICNIRP recommendations for safe exposure to laser radiation are based.
Calculate maximum permissible exposures for any laser source.
Recommend or approve laser protection equipment.
Classify or verify the classification of lasers/laser systems.
Establish laser safety programs.
Produce or approve standard operating procedures for equipments with laser sources.
Implement risk assessment measures related to the use of laser sources.
Perform laser safety audits.
Evaluate training in laser safety.
Investigate laser accidents.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Rules of creation and operation of non-degree courses at the University of Coimbra.

Study Programme

Segurança Laser

Academic year

Course Type
Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 1 Trimester(s)

ECTS Credits: 2.0


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