Laser Safety: Regulations, Standards and Practice Guidelines



The use of lasers is routine in many medical specialties. In some cases, the particular benefit of lasers has made them desirable alternatives to conventional surgical instruments such as scalpels, electrosurgical units, cryosurgery probes, or microwave devices.


Medical Laser Intense Pulse Light American National Standard Institute Laser Safety Laser Hair Removal 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1.  1.
    The Laser Revolution – Laser Skin Surgery. Approved by the Board of Directors, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc; October 1, 2007.Google Scholar
  2.  2.
    The Use of Lasers, Pulsed Light, Radio Frequency, and Microwave Devices. Approved by the Board of Directors, American Academy of Dermatology, Inc; February 22, 2002.Google Scholar
  3.  3.
    American National Standards Institute. American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities: ANSI Z 136.3 (2005). Orlando: Laser Institute of America; 2005.Google Scholar
  4.  4.
    Lanzafame RJ. Procedural Skills for Using Lasers in General Surgery. Approved by the Board Directors, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc; April 6, 2006.Google Scholar
  5.  5.
    Procedural Skill and Technique Proficiency for Laser Medicine and Surgery in Dermatology. Approved by the Board of Directors, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc; November 2, 2005.Google Scholar
  6.  6.
    Control of Smoke from Laser/Electric Surgical Procedures. Hazards Controls, HC 11, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 96-128; 1996.Google Scholar
  7.  7.
    Position Statement on Non-Physician Practice of Medicine and Use of Non-Physician Office Personnel May 2008. [Online American Society for Dermatologic Surgery news room]. Retrieved from
  8.  8.
    Use of Lasers/Delegation of Medical Functions Regulation by State, Federation of State Medical Boards; June 5, 2008.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyNorthwestern University, Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

Personalised recommendations