Laser/IPL safety is part of usual workplace health and safety responsibilities and it constantly amazes me that there are clinicians who use equipment without understanding the fundamentals of light physics, regulations, safety and the intricacies of using a light source on a real live human.
There are new standards and they apply to all of Aust & NZ and include IPL for the first time.
Here's what they have to say about training:
Personnel requiring laser safety education and training include— (a) laser safety personnel; (b) laser users, e.g. surgeons, physicians, dentists, nurses and other allied health professionals; (c )laser team members, e.g. laser operators, biomedical engineers, technicians, medical physicists; (d) laser system service personnel, including either in-house or contractor service personnel; and (e) incidental personnel, including medical photographers, observers, students, family members and industry representatives. Each of these groups shall (mandatory) receive training relevant to the specific needs and responsibilities for the type of lasers in use.
The following requirements and recommendations apply to lasers and ILS (IPL):
(b) Users and operators shall (mandatory) have training and knowledge of safety characteristics and operational details of the particular laser/ILS in use, and its associated equipment."
Put simply, if you use a laser or IPL, safety education will underpin your safe practice. Think of it this way, if a builder doesn't build your house to standards and the roof falls in on your head, who is to blame? I'll bet you think the builder. It's similar if it's you and there is an adverse outcome from you using a laser or IPL with no laser safety education. Do you think the insurance company will have your back?
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