#2 Authority and responsibility
Delegate authority and responsibility for the management of laser hazards to a Laser Safety Officer (LSO).
The practice’s Laser Safety Officer is an individual that has undergone advanced training and education to ensure that the appropriate protective safety policies and procedures are in place, along with the evaluation of facility-based device hazards to mitigate possible injuries to the patient and staff members. The LSO must be empowered to conduct a laser hazard analysis for the facility and implement compliance from all users and staff members, she says.
“There are advanced courses for [Laser Safety Officer training] available throughout the United States,” Owens says. “It’s a requirement of the ANSI document along with some states that now legislate the presence of a LSO at the facility.”