Healthcare facilities utilising lasers or intense light in their treatments are now able to do so with clearer guidance, with the importance of staff training and best practice featuring prominently in the publication of a revised standard.
The publication of AS/NZS 4173:2018, Safe use of lasers and intense light sources in health care brought together industry experts from right across Australia and New Zealand. The impact of this standard in both countries will go beyond hospitals, extending to private medical facilities, dental practices and the cosmetic industry.
“The use of lasers or intense light sources, such as intense pulsed light, in healthcare facilities is increasing in line with technological improvements in the sector,” said CEO of Standards Australia, Dr Bronwyn Evans. “With this increased use comes a requirement for clear and updated guidance.”
“With more and more facilities using these devices in health treatment, the Committee is to be commended for their work in developing a standard which addresses safety issues around the growing use of these technologies,” said Associate Professor Lee Collins, Chair of the Standards Australia Sub-Committee responsible for the standard. “Given the raft of new technologies now available to the industry, and the intensity of the light in some of these lasers, having a relevant Australian Standard to guide their safe use will be highly valued by the sector.”
“This standard has been developed to place a stronger emphasis on the administrative needs and user precautions of using lasers in healthcare, such as the use of protective eyewear, safe practices, room design, and appropriate levels of staff training,” said Dr Evans.