Laser Safety

Class 3b and 4 lasers are regulated in Alberta under the Radiation Protection Regulation. This regulation requires that Class 3b and 4 lasers be registered before they can be used. Safety Services administers of the University's laser safety program and must be contacted prior to the acquisition and use of any lasers that fall within the Class 3b and 4 classification.  Laser Safety Training is required for users of Class 3B and 4 lasers. Contact Safety Services to enroll.

The registration process requires a formal compliance inspection to be carried out to ensure that the laser meets certain specified safety standards before it may be registered. The safety standard that has been adopted under the Radiation Protection Regulation for Class 3b and 4 lasers is the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, ANSI Z136.1 - 2014. 

Effective Sept 1, 2016 the following changes were made to the registration process:

  1. $200.00 Plus GST registration fee for each unit
  2. The Certificate of Registration is now on a four year cycle for equipment registered after September 1, 2016
  3. There is an $80.00 plus GST Administration Fee charged once every four years. (not per piece of equipment)
  4. There is an $80.00 plus GST Administration fee charged if equipment is relocated within the first two years of the four year registration cycle. AASP must be notified; an inspection is required; a new certificate of registration will be issued with the original expiration date.

Safety and Procedures Manual: LASER SAFETY MANUAL _2015 (revised).pdf

Laser Standard Operating Procedure Template_1.doc

Laser Equipment Registration (Procedure): http://www.safetypartnershipsaasp.com/aasp_tmpl.php?content=radiationreq

Radiation Protection Act: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/1266.cfm?page=R02.cfm&leg_type=Acts&isbncln=9780779753338

Radiation Protection Regulation: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/1266.cfm?page=2003_182.cfm&leg_type=Regs&isbncln=9780779758494