This unit provides students with knowledge regarding the fundamental concepts of laser and light-based devices used in dermal practice; including basic physics, the properties of light, biological effects of light on tissues and processes that are associated with laser and light-based procedures. Students are educated regarding relevant state legislation and Australian Standards that are applicable to the use of lasers and light-based devices. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to assess for and control hazards associated with using laser and light-based devices in the 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 light-based procedures in dermal practice;  
  2. Compare the different types of laser and intense light source 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 light-based devices in Australia.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three (3) online tests (each test 30 minutes duration). 20%
Case Study Written case study completed in class (900 words) 40%
Presentation Group Podcast (groups of 4-5 students, 20 minute 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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