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LASER SAFETY STANDARDS
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 Our courses will use the now utilise these new Maximum Permissible Exposure limits in favour of the outdated limits in the current AS/NZS 60825.14 in lieu of the next edition.
LASER SAFETY OFFICER
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.
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DR TREVOR WHEATLEY
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.
DR ANDREW LAMBERT
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.
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  for a summary). Options for refresher or conversion training are available on request.
 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.
Defence Members Only
To access AS/NZS IEC 60825.1:2014 (identical to IEC 60825-1:2014 Edition 3), please follow the below instructions:
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).
Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.