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State laser regulations: Arizona's approach and experience
Author(s): Kenneth L. Barat
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Paper Abstract

Approximately a dozen states have regulatory or statutory authority in the area of nonionizing radiation. With only half that number having established laser regulations. Examples are Texas, Florida, Arizona, Mass. many more are considering establishing such rules, such as N.J., Il., Neb. On the federal level, the Food and Drug Administration has been the most active entity. OSHA has just recently established laser safety guidelines for its inspection staff. In March of 1990 the State of Arizona enacted rules for the control of Nonionizing radiation. This fell under Article 14 of Tittle 12 of the Arizona Administrative Code, which is under the authority of the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency. The rules cover a wide range of nonionizing sources, but the major emphasis is in the area of laser devices. While all class lasers fall under Article 14, only Class IIIb and Class IV laser use facilities are required to be registered and inspected by the agency. The rules apply to all Class IIIb and Class IV laser users, meaning medical, industrial, entertainment, and also research facilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 1650, Medical Lasers and Systems, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137511
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Kenneth L. Barat, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1650:
Medical Lasers and Systems
David M. Harris; Stuart D. Harman, Editor(s)

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