The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed guidelines for the Safe Use of Lasers (Z136.1) and specifically for the Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities (Z136.3). These standards provide guidance for the safe operation and use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for each of four laser classifications. The basis of the laser classification scheme is the ability of the primary or reflected beam to cause biological damage to the eye or skin during its intended use. Most medical laser systems are designated Class 4 laser systems and may by definition present a skin, ocular or fire hazard by their direct or reflected laser radiation. The ANSI standards provide guidelines for developing appropriate control measures, which minimize these potential hazards. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has also referenced the ANSI standards as guidelines for hospital surveillance in laser audits and safety in Health Care Facilities. This on-site program is designed to assist Health Care Organizations and LSO's fulfill staff training requirements, develop an institutional laser safety program and be in compliance with the current national standards of practice. Instructional topics include:
Upon completion of this course participant will be able to:
Understand and describe terminology common to medical laser hazard analysis
Mathematically express nominal hazard zones, optical density for safety eyewear and maximum exposure levels for various Class IV medical laser systems using the ANSI standards or hazard analysis software programs
Investigate laser exposure incidents and prepare quantitative reports
Interpret the recommendations of various regulatory agencies and develop appropriate administrative control measures for health care facilities
Meet the requirements and definition of Laser Safety Officer as described in the ANSI standard Z136.1 & Z136.3 (Appendix D)
Be eligible for 1 Certification Maintenance point (CM 106-1642) issued by the Board of Laser Safety towards Certified Laser Safety Officer re-certification
Bill Janssen earned a degree in Laser & Electro-Optic Technology and has been a Medical Laser Specialist for over 20 years representing hospitals, major health care organizations, laser manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry. A current member of the ANSI sub-committee Z136.3 American National Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers in Healthcare Facilities and certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) by the Board of Laser Safety. Bill has assisted in the set-up, operation and instrumentation of thousands of medical laser procedures and has developed accredited laser training programs for physicians, biomedical engineers and nurses at medical centers and university hospitals throughout North America.
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