Laser Safety at Vanderbilt
The purpose of the Laser Safety Program is to ensure the safe use of lasers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). To achieve this goal, VUMC has adopted the American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers, ANSI Z136.3-2005 which is recognized as a minimum standard for laser safety.
Accidents are preventable. Identifying risks BEFORE they manifest themselves into accidents is the key to implementing any safety program. Education, training, proactive safety rounding, and the use of safety audit tools will reinforce a culture of safety. This program reviews basic laser concepts along with the roles and responsibilities of the laser safety officer (LSO), the department of laser safety, the laser liaison and laser assistants.
The program also includes the development of standard operating procedures for laser installations and laser safety training for persons working with these systems. The collective efforts of all stakeholders will help accomplish the goal of a safer working environment for the use of lasers.
This program applies to the ownership, use, and operation of lasers 3b and 4 which are used in operating rooms, clinics, and research at VUMC. Safety guidelines referenced in this program are from the “Guide for the Safe Use of Lasers” (ANSI Z136.1 – 2005), published by the American National Standards Institute.
For information about the VUMC Laser Safety program contact:
Margaret Haecherl, RN, MSN, CNOR, PHN, MLSO
Sr Quality and Patient Advisor, Accreditation and Regulatory
Medical Laser Safety Officer
WK: (615) 875-3071
CELL: (916) 204-5123