With more therapeutic procedures moving into private medical offices and homes, the standard regulating the safe use of lasers in health care ensures that users, as well as patients, are protected.
The ANSI Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care publication defines the parameters of proper laser use outside the tightly regulated hospital environment and includes guidelines and information on:
- Wavelengths employed in medical environments
- The duties of laser safety officers involved with rented or borrowed laser equipment
- Audit requirements and procedures
- Clinically relevant terminology
The comprehensive ANSI Z136.3 standard addresses everything from laser systems hazard classification, to protective equipment, to non-beam hazards and room design. One of nine ANSI Z136 laser safety standards in use, the ANSI Z136.3 standard serves to “acknowledge the diversity of laser therapy applications and practice setting locations,” according to Peter Baker, LIA’s executive director. [click to continue…]
Laser use in the dynamic world of research, development, and testing can present quite the challenge to Laser Safety Officers (LSOs). From the production of non-certified home-built lasers to fiber lasers to ensuring utilization of proper eye wear and alignment techniques, a research and development (R&D) LSO must be able to adapt to each situation that arises! ANSI Z136.8 introduces new guidance specific to R&D that that will help LSOs meet the unique challenges of their facility. Z136.8 manages to include all the relevant information from Z136.1 in a condensed format that, in conjunction with newly added guidance specific to R&D, acts as an invaluable tool to LSOs at R&D facilities. The standard allows for quick reference to proper guidance on the issues that an R&D LSO faces on a daily basis. It provides the LSO with better professional judgment and support and increases their ability to be an effective safety consultant in the constantly changing world of research and development. The addition of this standard as a reference would be beneficial to any R&D LSO!
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ANSI Z136.8 Presentation
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