(Also referred to as Radiation Safety Officer - RSO)

A laser safety officer (LSO) must be appointed by a registrant for each organisation that possesses a Class 3B or Class 4 laser. The LSO oversees and is responsible for the safe use of the laser. This person must have appropriate training and may be required to hold a licence under the Act. The LSO undertakes many of the responsibilities imposed on the registrant by the Act and regulations, as well as other prescribed duties, and may be held liable for failure to perform those duties.

Nominations to appoint a LSO must be submitted to the Radiological Council. If approved, the registrant must then appoint the LSO in writing, informing him or her of the responsibilities of the LSO/RSO [PDF 100 kb] under the Act.

The LSO provides the initial point of contact for all laser/radiation matters.

The Registrant must notify the Council in advance of any planned changes to a registration of a material nature (Section 38 of the Act). The Registrant may delegate this responsibility to the LSO.

Organisations may, in addition, appoint a Laser/Radiation Safety Committee to advise the LSO. This is particularly appropriate in universities and large hospitals where there may be diverse radiation uses distributed over a large campus.

The Council may also direct a registrant to appoint a Committee.

General Notes on LSO's –

  • The LSO does not need to hold a licence unless they will also be using the laser.
  • The LSO must have attended a recognised laser safety course.
  • If the LSO is not a medical practitioner, dentist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, or podiatrist then they will have to attend a Laser Safety Course and sit Council's examination, obtaining a pass mark of 75%.


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Page last revised: 30 August 2013