Module - Laser and Ultraviolet Equipment


Work-based learning outcomes


  1. Identify an appropriate monitor that has a suitable sensitivity, range of use and in-date calibration
  2. Perform experiments to reduce uncertainty
  3. Provide recommendations on non-ionising radiation use based on measured output and published recommendations
  4. Interpret the readings of monitors and detectors

Work-based Competencies


Learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1

Carry out an inter-comparison of non-ionising  radiation monitors

  • Types of radiation monitor
  • Suitability of different monitors
2 1,2,3,4

Perform QA and safety of Ultraviolet systems, including eyewear

  • Biohazards of Ultraviolet, acute and chronic
  • Types of Ultraviolet cabinets
  • National guidance and legislation
  • National QA guidance
  • Measurements of irradiance with and without patient (or simulator)
3 3

Perform QA and safety assessments of a laser in clinical use

  • Laser types, wavelengths and classification
  • Biohazards of lasers, burns, eye damage, laser fume
  • Electrical hazards and chemical hazards
  • National and International Guidance and Legislation
  • Local rules, nominated users, Laser Protection Adviser, Laser Protection Supervisor
  • Measurement of power outputs
4 4

Calculate nominal ocular hazard distance (NOHD) and advise on suitable eye protection

  • Laser types, wavelengths and classification
  • National and international guidance and legislation
  • Biohazards of lasers, maximum permissible exposure for eye damage

Work-based assessment


Complete 1 Case-Based Discussion(s)
Complete 1 of the following DOPS and/or OCEs
Type Title
DOPS Audit of clinical laser facilities
DOPS Measurement of laser output
DOPS Calculate NOHD for a clinical laser
DOPS Measure the output from a blue light therapy unit
DOPS Measure the output from a diathermy unit
DOPS Measure the output from a lithotriptor
DOPS Calibrate a thermal imager
OCE Deliver a talk on laser or UV safety