This unit provides students with knowledge regarding the fundamental concepts of laser and Intense Light Source (ILS) devices used in dermal therapies including basic physics, the properties of light, biological effects of light on tissues and processes that are associated with laser and ILS procedures.  Students are educated regarding relevant state legislation and Australian Standards that are applicable to cosmetic laser and ILS device use.  Students will gain the knowledge and skills required for performing the role of a Laser Safety Officer, and will be introduced to safety concepts to be applied in a dermal therapies workplace to ensure safe use of laser and ILS devices.  Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to assess for and control hazards in the workplace associated with laser and ILS devices by applying safe practice strategies while being encouraged to develop and maintain a safety culture within their workplace.

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HBD2103 - Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise the properties of light when applied to laser and ILS procedures in dermal therapies;  
  2. Compare the different types of laser and ILS systems;  
  3. Discuss the biological effect of light and its interaction with tissue;  
  4. Apply knowledge of relevant Australian Standards to determine the Dermal Clinician's responsibilities for laser safety, the role of the laser safety officer and the formation of a laser safety committee;  
  5. Design a laser-safe environment; and  
  6. Discuss legislative requirements for the operation of laser and ILS devices in Australia.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three (3) online tests (each test 30 minutes duration). 20%
Case Study Written case study (600 words) 40%
Presentation Group Presentation (groups of 5 students, 20mins total duration) 40%

Required reading

Safe use of lasers and intense light sources in health care (AS/NZS 4173:2018)
Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand (2018)
Sydney, NSW: Standards Australia International

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