Nov 21st 2020, 1 Wimpole Street – Marcus Beck Library, Royal Society of Medicine, London W1G OAE, UK
Laser Safety in
UK Dental Practice
Laser Safety Course
This course shall be a minimum of 5 hours.
It shall fulfil an awareness and compliance with laser
safety that is commensurate with a best practice in safe use of lasers in dental practice. A MCQ test
shall be taken and successful completion shall be acknowledged through certification.
Verifiable CE credits: 6.5 credits. This fulfils the requirements as defined by the UK
General Dental Council PDP under A, C, D.
Although exact content may differ slightly, the following syllabus is considered to be the minimum
course content that may be covered:
- Basic principles of laser generation and review of laser technology
- Emission characteristics of different types of equipment
- Laser‐tissue interaction mechanisms.
- Penetration of light of different wavelengths through skin
- Laser hazard classification.
- Meaning of associated warning labels
- The concept of Maximum Permissible Exposure and Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance.
- Personal protection measures including eye protection
- Hazards to eye and skin from accidental exposure
- Hazards to the patient, e.g. endotracheal tube ignition
- Incidental hazards, including electrical, fire explosion and plume emission
- How to deal with an adverse event or accidental exposure
- Laser safety management including Laser Protection Adviser, Laser Protection Supervisor
(LSO), Local Rules and Controlled Area.
- Relevant legislation, standards and guidelines.
The successful completion of the course shall be acknowledged by:
- Copy of the 2015 MHRA publication “Guidance on the Safe Use of Lasers, Intense Light
Source Systems and LEDs in Medical, Surgical, Dental and Aesthetic Practices”.
- Course manual “Laser Safety in Dental Practice”, based the 2017 Springer publication “Lasers
in Dentistry – Current Concepts” (Eds: D. Coluzzi, S. Parker) Ch. 5: Laser Safety.
Overview of safety considerations.
09.00 – 10.30
10.30 – 11.00
Laser Safety – Regulations
11.00 – 13.00
13.00 – 14.00
Laser Safety – Practical considerations
14.00 – 16.00
15.45 – 16.15
MCQ self-test – 1 hour
Certification and Close.
Dr. Steven Parker
Co-Founder and Director
Dr Steven Parker has been involved with lasers in dentistry for 30 years. He
has received publication in over 70 peer-reviewed papers on the use of lasers
He is the dental consultant in the 2015 MHRA publication “Guidance on the
Safe Use of Lasers, Intense Light Source Systems and LEDs in Medical,
Surgical, Dental and Aesthetic Practices”.
He serves as associate editor of the Journal of Lasers in Medical Science.
From 2010 – 2020 he was International Coordinator and Lead Faculty of the
Academic Master Degree (MSc) degree (Livello II) programme in laser
dentistry at the University of Genoa, Italy.
He served as President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2005-6.
Steven is currently studying for a PhD in laser-tissue interaction at De
Montfort University, Leicester.