Laser Safety Officer


Although an LSO is only required for Class 3B and Class 4 lasers (and some Class 3R systems), it is important to know that states are creating new rules and regulations regarding laser safety. Therefore, your state may have specific rules for other classes of lasers.

At the very least, employees working around lasers above Class 1 should have a general knowledge of lasers and the potential hazards they pose. This includes maintenance or service personnel, as well as laser operators and technicians.

In addition to OSHA and ANSI standards, you may be regulated by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the FDA and the Council of Radiation Control Program Directors. Many states have laser safety standards and regulations which should be consulted when creating a laser safety program.

Our LSO training program covers the following:

  • Laser Basics
  • Scientific Terms
  • Hazard Evaluation
  • Control Measures
  • Laser Safety Training
  • Medical Evaluations
  • Non-Beam Hazards
  • Eye and Skin Exposure

After each section you will take a quiz and receive your printable certificate at the end.

Once completed, it is important to note that you need to implement a laser safety program for your co-workers. We encourage anyone else at your company to take this LSO course to get in-depth safety training.

By pricing our LSO exam at $149 we've made this an affordable alternative compared to the competition.

After you register your company, you can add students. Or email us a list at and we will set it up and let you know when your employees can go online to take the exam.

For other employees you may have them take our general online laser safety course for $49.99 per student HERE or purchase our LSO Safety Training Kit by choosing the bundled option below for $349 - a savings of $99! The kit allows your LSO to train as many employees as you want with our in-person training documents.

Here's how it works:

Step 1: Click HERE to enroll your company and then sign up as a student for the LSO course.
Step 2: Under your company registration, additional students can sign up.
Step 3: Each student inputs a credit card to pay for the online course.
Step 4: Take the curriculum and pass each quiz to get your online certificate.

LSO Safety Training Kit Bundle

Do you have more than 6 employees who need general laser safety training (ie the basics)?

The LSO Safety Training Kit is the more cost-effective alternative. Click HERE to select the bundled option for $349 to purchase the online LSO course (see Steps 1-4 above) and we will send you the kit by USPS.

If you have less than 6 people who need the general safety course, you can enroll them as students and have them select Laser Safety Certification as their curriculum. They can then take the course online instead for only $49.99 per student HERE.

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IMPORTANT: OSHA does not certify, accredit or approve any laser safety trainers or training programs. The responsibility for OSHA compliant laser operator training rests with the employer. Laser Safety Certification and the LSO course do not constitute a license to operate any type of laser nor does it guarantee your workplace will be free or laser hazards. There are no special or additional requirements to use this site. The person(s) responsible for laser training and evaluation are strongly encouraged to read and become familiar with the requirements of OSHA Section III: Chapter 6 - Laser Hazards as well as the ANSI Standards at

Click HERE for a free infographic on class 4 lasers!

Why is Laser Safety Important?

OSHA keeps statistics for on-the-job injuries and reports 9 catastrophic or fatal laser related injuries since 1988. Additionally, according to Liberty Mutual, about $1 billion is spent each week on serious but nonfatal work injuries. Most workplace injuries are preventable and are due to a lack of proper training.

OSHA requires a general duty of care for laser usage. This means the workplace must be free from known risks and hazards. In the US, laser safety standards are set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Currently, compliance with these standards is voluntary, but OSHA does have the authority to step in when worker safety is in question. Employers could be fined if they ignore proper safety steps. Laser safety procedures must be documented and include audit reports, policies, equipment maintenance records and operator logs.

How the LSC Safety Program Works:

At LSC we’ve made the laser safety training process simple. You can…

  • Enroll each employee upon hiring.
  • Print certificates immediately.
  • Promote SAFETY in your organization.

Benefits of LSC Programs:

  • Our safety program can be conducted when most convenient for employers and operators on any device with the internet.
  • We offer a low-cost solution – no expensive textbooks, manuals or subscriptions.
  • It applies to both administrative personnel and users from all fields – medicine, engineering, aesthetic, entertainment, industrial, manufacturing, research.

Is your place of business free of known hazards?

Lasers pose both occupational and biological hazards. Protection from non-beam hazards, particularly in research labs, include:

Adequate ventilation is required to remove noxious and potentially hazardous fumes and vapors like those emitted from laser welding and cutting.

Arc and filament lamps and laser welding equipment must be enclosed in housings to withstand the resulting pressure or explosion. The laser targets or any part which may shatter must also be enclosed.

Proper shielding from laser discharge tubes, pumping lamps and laser welding plasmas is mandatory.

Aside from radiation created by the laser itself, there are risks associated with some plasma tubes, x-rays and high-voltage power supplies like those used with excimer lasers. Lasers and laser systems which could generate any of these hazards should be closely monitored.

The electric power supply to lasers varies and must be in accordance with OSHA and applicable State codes.

Flame-resistant enclosures, particularly for Class IV and some focused Class IIIB lasers, must be used to prevent injury as well.

Bodily injuries from lasers and laser systems are eye damage and tissue burns.

Lasers are intense, highly focused light beams that can retinal scarring and even permanent loss of sight. They can occur in microseconds or over several seconds of direct exposure. Also, photochemical reactions damaging to the retinal tissue can occur when viewing things like solar eclipses and unprotected arc welding can occur.

How the LSC Safety Program Works:

At LSC we've made the laser safety training process simple. You can...

  • Enroll each employee upon hiring.
  • Print certificates immediately.
  • Promote SAFETY in your organization.

Benefits of LSC Programs:

  • Our safety program can be conducted when most convenient for employers and operators on any device with the internet.
  • We offer a low-cost solution - no expensive textbooks, manuals or subscriptions.