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    6 steps for a practice-based laser safety program



    #1 Safety programs

    Create a safety program that encompasses national and state regulations and recommended standards of practice, including ANSI Z136.3 2011.

    The national benchmark document on safety, ANSI, requires that each practice that offers laser devices create laser safety committee. Some states have adopted and made the recommendation part of their state regulations, according to Owens.

    Members should include someone from the administrative staff, such as the office manager, as well as stakeholders, including device users and the practice Laser Safety Officer (LSO) (see #2). Bigger practices could involve risk management personnel and biomedical technicians. Depending on the size of the practice and safety issues, best practices dictate that the committee should meet quarterly or at least every six months, she says.

    These committees engage practice stakeholders to monitor potential hazards, comply with facility policies and procedures and resolve issues that might arise from new devices, third-party rental lasers and more, according to Owens.

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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