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Medical Laser Safety Awareness Training

Course Overview
The vast majority of lasers used in hospitals, outpatient surgical centers and clinics are Class 4 systems that by definition present potential eye and skin hazards as well as fire hazards. This training program was developed for physicians, nurses, surgical technicians, biomedical engineers or any other personnel working in a medical setting using lasers. Clinical, technical and administrative aspects will be covered in this course. This course will also address the beam and non-beam safety issues and present methods for controlling these hazards. All Laservision Academy training is designed to meet the OSHA referenced ANSI Z136.1 "Safe Use of Lasers" standard and the JCAHO, AAAHC and OSHA referenced ANSI Z136.3 "Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities" standard.

Course Description
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed a series of laser safety standards. The parent document, ANSI Z136.1 "Safe Use of Lasers" provides guidance for the safe operation and use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for each classification of laser. ANSI Z136.3 "Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities" was developed to address specifically laser safety issues in medical settings. The basis of the laser classification scheme is the ability of the direct or reflected beam cause biological damage to the eye or skin during its intended use. Many lasers used in medical settings are classified as Class 3B or 4. These are the two highest classifications of laser systems and by definition may present an eye, skin or fire hazard from the direct or reflected beam. The ANSI standards provide guidelines for developing appropriate control measures, which minimize these potential hazards and are referenced in the development of this Medical Laser Safety Training. AORN and ASLMS guidelines and practices will also be discussed. This course has been developed to review and discuss the following topics:

  • Medical Laser Standards and Regulations
  • Fundamentals of Light
  • Specular and Diffuse Reflections
  • Laser Output and Types
  • Laser Hazard Classification
  • Medical Laser Delivery Devices
  • Laser Bioeffects on the Eye and Skin
  • Nominal Hazard Zone (NHZ)
  • Laser Accidents
  • Medical Safety Control Measures and Practices

Course Objectives

  • Understand terminology common to medical laser hazard analysis
  • Interpret the recommendations of various regulatory agencies
  • Meet medical laser safety training requirements as described in the ANSI Z136.3 standard
  • Develop control measures that minimize hazards associated with the use of Class 4 medical laser systems
  • Develop a working knowledge of nominal hazard zones, optical density for safety eyewear and maximum permissible exposure levels and control measures for various Class 3B and 4 medical laser systems
  • Course Materials
    Each attendee will receive a set of course notes, a Laservision Basic Guide to Laser Safety, laser safety resource information and a certificate of completion.

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    Medical Laser Safety Awareness training for you and your entire staff. A one year subscription.

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    Medical Laser Safety Awarenes Training for a single user. 5 day subscription.

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