LASERS

The following information is relevant for those with requirements to use high powered lasers in the course of their business. The term “laser” used in this document refers to high powered lasers prescribed under the Radiation Safety Act as Class 3B (greater than 5mW in power output) and Class 4 lasers, as classified by AS2211.1 Safety of laser products.

All lasers in Western Australia must comply with the requirements of the Australian Standard AS2211.1. All users of lasers in Western Australia must comply with the requirements of the Radiation Safety Act and Radiation Safety (General) Regulations. Codes of practice relevant to using lasers may be obtained from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency [external website].

In Western Australia, laser pointers of power output greater than 1mW should not be used or possessed by members of the general public. If you are uncertain of the power output of a laser pointer, please contact Radiation Health for assistance. Further information on laser pointers can be obtained from the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) [external website].

 

Licensing for Chiropractors

See Chiropractors.

 

Licensing for Dentists

See Dentists.

 

Licensing for Use of Entertainment Lasers

Persons who hold a relevant licence under the Radiation Safety Act, or persons working under the direction and immediate personal supervision of a licensee, may operate entertainment lasers. Immediate personal supervision requires the licensee to be present and maintain direct and continuous supervision of any person under the licensee’s direction.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to attend recognised laser safety course and pass Council's examination. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised laser safety courses.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Licensing for Use of Industrial Lasers

Persons who hold a relevant licence under the Radiation Safety Act, or persons working under the direction and general supervision of a licensee, may operate industrial lasers. General supervision does not require the licensee to be present on the registered premises.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to attend a recognised laser safety course and pass Council's examination. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised laser safety courses.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Licensing for Medical Practitioners

Medical practitioners who hold a relevant licence under the Radiation Safety Act, or medical practitioners working under the direction and personal supervision of a licensee, may operate lasers up to and including Class 4. Personal supervision requires the licensee to be present on the registered premises.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to be registered as a medical practitioner with AHPRA and attend a recognised laser safety course. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised laser safety courses.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Licensing for Physiotherapists

See Physiotherapists.

 

Licensing for Podiatrists

See Podiatrists.

 

Licensing for Veterinarians

See Veterinarians.

 

Registration

The premises and all Class 3B or Class 4 lasers in use or storage must be registered. Class 4 lasers that are Class 1 laser products as classified under AS2211.1 do not need to be registered and you do not need a licence to operate one provided it continues to meet Class 1 laser product classification. However, as servicing may require removal of the housing and disabling safety interlocks, only persons holding a licence to service laser can do so as the laser may become a Class 4 laser hazard.

Should you need to make an application for registration, you will need to complete and submit a registration application form [PDF < 100 kb]. Registrations are not transferrable between owners. The new owner of the premises and any lasers must apply for a new registration.

A nomination for the Laser Safety Officer will need to be made on the registration application. To make a change of Laser Safety Officer, you will need to submit a nomination to the Radiological Council in writing.

You must give prior written notification to the Radiological Council of any planned changes that affect the information previously supplied for your registration. The registration amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to advise of new equipment, sale or transfer of equipment, or disposal of equipment. For changes not covered by this form, you will need to submit written notification to Council requesting your registration be amended.

Should you only need to bring a Class 3B or Class 4 laser into WA for a one off event then you will still need to register the laser, however, you may choose to obtain a temporary permit for registration which is issued for a period of three months.

 

Service of Lasers

Class 3B or Class 4 lasers may only be serviced by persons who hold a relevant licence under the Radiation Safety Act, or persons working under the direction and immediate personal supervision of a licensee. Immediate personal supervision requires the licensee to be present and maintain direct and continuous supervision of any person under the licensee’s direction.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to attend a recognised laser safety course and pass Council's examination. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised laser safety courses.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Further Information

 

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Page last revised: 30 August 2013