Arizona Cosmetic Laser Audit & Compliance

This page provides resources for cosmetic laser facility owners, administrators, and managers located in Arizona. These resources will assist in becoming compliant with the state and create a facility with safety and continuous quality improvement.

Cosmetic lasers and cosmetic laser facilities are governed by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA). ARRA is responsible for the conduct of a statewide radiological health and safety program and for the enforcement of State rules and regulations for the control of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. ARRA is comprised of six program areas, however, this page will focus on the steps and requirements needed for cosmetic laser facilities to become and remain compliant according to the ARRA. 

Readers of this page will also find additional tools and resources that will help cosmetic laser facility owners and administrators with continuous improvement in their practice.  

Laser Facility Requirements

  1. Laser facility must be currently registered with the ARRA. 
  2. The ARRA certificate must be available to inspectors and authorized representatives. 
  3. Certified Laser Technician certificate my be posted for viewing in common area for patients. 
  4. Laser facility must have a written injury reporting policy and all employees must be aware of the process. 
  5. A policies and procedures for safety program must be adopted and readily available for employees to follow. 
  6. Any keys that are needed to operate the lasers must be removed and secured when not in use. 
  7. If the laser equipment is a rental unit, then it also must be registered with the ARRA. 

Required Warning Signs

  1. A warning laser sign must be posted during operation of a laser. 
  2. The laser sign must follow the ANSI format. Click her to download sample. 
  3. Laser sign must contain warnings for both invisible and visible radiation. 
  4. Cosmetic laser equipment must have permanent attachment of labels. Click her to download sample. 

Laser Eye Wear

  1. Laser protection eye wear must be readily available for operators, patients, and anyone present in the room during operation. 
  2. Eye wear must be properly labeled (e.g. types of wavelength, etc.)
  3. Eye wear must be inspected every 6 months and documentation of inspection must be available. 

Laser Records

  1. Operators must be trained and observed every 6 months along with documentation of training and observation. 
  2. Dedicated Laser Safety Office (LSO) must be trained. 
  3. Injury Report documentation must be available and current. 
  4. Inventory of equipment must be available and provided. 
  5. Cosmetic laser calibration records must be available. 
  6. Cosmetic laser service records must be available. 
  7. Medical Director must sign off on all protocols, policies, and procedures. 

Resources for practice owners and facility administrators

Business Performance & Quality Improvement Resources

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