Safety of Laser Products - Part 8: Guidelines for the Safe Use of Medical Laser Equipment
|Publication Date:||1 November 1999|
|ICS Code (Other medical equipment):||11.040.99|
|ICS Code (Optoelectronics. Laser equipment):||31.260|
Scope and object
This technical report serves as a guide intended to give information to the employer and the USER on the safe use of lasers and laser equipment classified as class 3B or class 4, for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in healthcare facilities. However, particular care should be taken in the use of class 2 and class 3A lasers where the patient's normal aversion response is compromised or absent.
This report explains the control measures recommended for the safety of patients, staff, maintenance personnel and others. Engineering controls which form part of the laser equipment or the installation are also briefly described to provide an understanding of the general principles of protection. However, detailed specifications of laser equipment and installation controls are not included in this report, such requirements being separately specified in other standards, e.g. see 1.2.
The subject areas covered in this guide include
- BEAM DELIVERY SYSTEMS;
- biological effects of laser radiation;
- reporting of ACCIDENTS and dangerous situations;
The object of this report is to enhance the protection of persons from laser radiation and other associated hazards by providing guidance on how to establish safety procedures, precautions and user control measures.