Welcome to eLaser: an essential, cost-effective e-learning resource for clinicians and aesthetic practitioners
The eLaser programme, which is accessible online, gives you access to core training on the safe use of lasers and other forms of optical radiation. Aimed at doctors, nurses and therapists, the e-learning has been developed by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.
During the programme, you can complete eight learning sessions that cover all aspects of laser safety training. Interactive features, such as images, videos and animations, help to enhance learning and understanding on key concepts.
Formal assessment tests are included at the end of the programme. Provided that you achieve the pass standard, you'll be awarded a BAPRAS-endorsed certificate at the end of the programme. The training meets the 'Core of Knowledge' standards set by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
eLaser is ideally suited for initial health and safety training in the use of lasers or as a refresher course for experienced professionals.
Session 1 – The Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Characteristic features of optical radiation
- Differences between ionising and non-ionising radiation
- Characteristic features of lasers
- Comparison of lasers and non-coherent sources of optical radiation
Session 2 – What is a Laser?
- How laser energy is created
- Differences between pulsed and continuous wave beams
- Components of a laser system
- Beam delivery systems
Session 3 – Laser-tissue Interactions
- Laser-tissue interaction
- Laser targets in the tissues
- Absorption properties of tissue targets
- Effect of laser parameters on laser-tissue interactions
Session 4 – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and LED Devices
- Characteristics of optical radiation produced by IPL and LED devices
- Clinical applications of IPL and LED radiation
- Delivery systems
- Hazards related to clinical use of IPL and LED radiation
Session 5 – Radiofrequency Devices
- Characteristics of radiation produced by radiofrequency systems
- Radiofrequency delivery systems
- Clinical applications of radiofrequency systems
- Hazards related to clinical use of radiofrequency radiation
Session 6 – Beam and Non-beam Hazards of Lasers and Other Optical Radiation Devices
- Effects of exposure and health hazards to the eye, skin and tissue
- Principles of maximum permitted exposure
- Equipment-related hazards
- Electrical, fire and smoke plume hazards
Session 7 – Creating a Safe Environment for the Use of Lasers and Other Optical Radiation Devices
- Relevant legislation and standards that pertain to optical radiation
- Principles of safety management and administration
- Roles of the laser protection adviser and supervisor
- Safety procedures and policies, including risk assessment, local rules and the controlled area
- The meaning of warning labels associated with optical radiation equipment
Session 8 – How to Use Lasers and Other Optical Radiation Devices Safely
- How to manage the equipment, including how to set up and check devices before use
- Identifying the appropriate personal protection equipment for each system
- The steps to take to ensure safe delivery of a treatment
- Actions to be taken in the event of an emergency, untoward event or ‘near miss’
Single-user access to the eLaser e-learning programme for 12 months costs £100 (excluding VAT where applicable). You may also pay by monthly or quarterly subscription. To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below.
Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.