30 Apr Laser Safety Awareness
Are you following your state’s mandated regulations for your laser equipment and safety protocols?
It is important that you are using your office’s laser equipment in compliance with your state’s health and safety office to avoid any interruptions in patient care. For example, if you are practicing in the state of Texas and own a Class 3b or Class 4 laser, then you must register that laser with the Texas Department of State Health Services and it must be inspected by a radiation inspector.
All states, have specific requirements in place that govern the use of these lasers. This may include:
- Documentation: The state requires proper ownership documents and has other documentation protocols that will need to be signed and filed regularly.
- Proper Signage: “Caution Laser” signs are required to be posted inside and outside of laser treatment rooms.
- Laser Training: Proof of full staff training on the use of lasers is required and this includes hands-on training for any staff that will be in the room during laser treatment.
- Safety Equipment: Laser-specific goggles must be worn at all times during laser use and must be inspected regularly for safety.
- Safe Treatment Area(s): Proof of proper treatment areas will need to be provided. This means that the treatment areas are away from big open windows, mirrors and shiny objects.
- Required Personnel Only: Adhering to the rule that only required personnel and the patient may be present in laser treatment rooms.
- Laser Lock: Lasers must have a full locking feature that must be applied when the laser is not in use.
Basic Laser Safety Tips
As stated above, everyone in the office needs to have laser safety training. It is a requirement by the state. Here are just a few laser safety basics:
-Safe Treatment Rooms
Make sure all your staff members have an understanding that lasers are quite powerful and can reflect off windows, mirrors or shiny objects and can give off a glare or cause the beam to bounce off and can impact someone else in the room.
Ensure that your staff understands eyewear protects their eyes from possible small scattering beams that pose a hazard to the eyes.
-Hands-On Laser Training
Take careful consideration that any staff that is required to be in a treatment room where a laser is being used requires hands-on training. Not only is this a state requirement, but it also helps keep yourself and patients safe during treatment.
-Annual Laser Review
Annual reviews can help make sure that your office is compliant with state requirements. Our annual reviews also ensure that your equipment is up and running properly to avoid any unnecessary potential risks and that you have created the right environment and proper training protocols for administering these treatments.
If you have questions about laser safety, contact the experts at iRad today for more information. We’ll be happy to schedule your hands-on, in-person laser review to make sure you are fully compliant with your state’s health board.