IRS has a team of highly experienced LPAs, who can help you to fulfil all requirements of the Control of Artificial Optical Radiations at Work Regulations 2010 (AOR2010), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidelines. IRS employs certificated LPAs under RPA 2000.
Where Class 3B and 4 lasers are used in the hospital environment, an LPA should be appointed to advise the employer on their safe use. Where they are used in private healthcare, the employer must appoint a certificated LPA Need to check on this previous sentence for validity. Although it is not a legal requirement to appoint a certificated LPA, current MHRA guidance recommends the appointment of such persons in all clinical laser facilities.
With over 30 years’ experience, IRS has developed a high degree of competency in the field of laser safety. We provide RPA 2000 accredited LPA’s who possess many years’ experience. IRS staff attend regular UK updates on both laser safety and measurements to ensure that a high degree of competence is maintained in support of LPA re-accreditation requirements.
Furthermore, IRS has run Core of Knowledge training courses in laser safety since 1994. Initially, these were organised for hospitals for which we provided RPA/LPA services. However, the Liverpool laser safety course received national support, with the 18th Liverpool course held in January 2014.
IRS has also provided numerous laser safety training courses at hospital locations throughout the North West, including the Isle of Man. The courses employ guest lecturers from representatives of appropriate regulatory agencies and/or experts in the field. This ensures IRS customers receive the highest quality and most relevant training available.
IRS LPAs are available for consultation by telephone, fax, video conference, email or pre-arranged visit at any timeduring normal working hours (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). After hours service can also be provided, if required.
IRS, as your LPA, should be consulted on the following:
- Provision of assistance with laser risk assessments and the implementation of suitable control measures for each laser installation,
- Undertaking laser safety audits on an annual basis utilising a self audit questionnaire,
- The interpretation and significance of exposures,
- Generating local rules where appropriate,
- Prior consideration of proposals for new installations having safety implications,
- Any relevant matters raised by HSE or CQC inspectors (HIW in Wales),
- The appointment of departmental Laser Protection Supervisors,
- The identification of laser controlled areas,
- The identification of suitable core of knowledge laser safety training for laser users and laser protection supervisors,
- An inventory of all laser radiation sources, which may constitute a significant hazard,
- Performance measurement of all sources of laser radiations, including output measurements,
- Maintenance of copies of all reports, inspections and investigations that have been carried out.
As part of the risk assessment for new installations, the LPA will undertake an analysis of the Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) in order to quantify the level of risk to the eye and the skin. The assessment will be undertaken in accordance with the MPEs specified in the Laser Safety Standard – BS EN 60825-1. Where eye protection is justified as part of a control regime, our LPAs will ensure that appropriate eyewear is specified in accordance with BS EN 207.