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Assuring An Efficient Effort For Complying With The BRH Laser Standard
Author(s): George A. Kiessling
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Paper Abstract

Compliance with the Bureau of Radiological Health's Laser Performance Standard requires that a manufacturer have a thorough knowledge of the standard, that the knowledge be communicated to those parts of the organization that are affected by the standard, and that the compliance efforts of the involved functions be integrated into a well-coordinated and tightly scheduled program. Consideration should be given to delegating responsibility to one individual for acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the standard and for maintaining a current awareness in laser regulatory matters. This individual also would be responsible for defining required tasks for each department and integrating completion dates into a program schedule to meet product delivery commitments. Compliance of both hardware and software should be evaluated at a design review meeting. Preparation of the certification report is a time-consuming task and requires close coordination of effort. The report coordinator should assign tasks, collect information and data and assure that the finished report meets BRH guidance specifications. The manufacturer should anticipate an inspection visit to his plant by a team from the BRH Compliance Division some time after the certification report has been filed. The inspectors will make measurements to verify proper classification of the product, and compliance with performance and labeling requirements will be checked. Quality control and production measurement programs will be reviewed and instrument calibration records examined. Product distribution records will be scrutinized. Compliance with the laser standard involves the manufacturer in a considerable expenditure of time and funds for tasks that would otherwise not be necessary. As an aid to budgeting, a check list of cost elements involved in the compliance program is provided. Important factors involved in exemptions for certain DOD laser products are considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 January 1979
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0144, Meeting Federal Performance Standard for Laser Products: Solving Design& Hardware Problems, (26 January 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.956577
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George A. Kiessling, RCA Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0144:
Meeting Federal Performance Standard for Laser Products: Solving Design& Hardware Problems
Jack Tech, Editor(s)

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