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Medical Laser Safety Officer 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 nurses, surgical technicians, biomedical engineers or any other personnel working in a medical setting using lasers who has been designated the Laser Safety Officer. Clinical, technical and administrative aspects and how to set-up and administer a laser safety program will be covered in detail in this course. This course will also address the beam and non-beam safety issues and present methods for controlling these hazards. All Laservision 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 Officer 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
  • Program Administration & Medical LSO Responsibilities
  • Laser Terminology
  • 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
  • Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) & Nominal Hazard Zone (NHZ)
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Laser Accidents
  • Anesthesia Practices and Controls
  • Surgical Smoke
  • Medical Safety Control Measures & Practices

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course the attendee will:

  • Be able to develop a laser safety program
  • Learn the responsibilities of the Medical LSO
  • Learn laser terminology
  • Laser Hazard evaluation
  • Engineering, Administrative and Procedural Control Measures
  • How to audit and record keeping
  • Accidents history and how to prevent them
  • Laser laws, regulations and requirements of ANSI, OSHA and JCAHO
  • Learn AORN and ASLMS practices

Course Fee
The course fee is $595 for each attendee. Each attendee will receive a complete set of Medical LSO course notes, a copy of ANSI Z136.3 "Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities" standard, a Laservision Basic Guide to Laser Safety, laser safety program and resource forms and documentation and a certificate of completion.

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