“For professionals working around lasers, becoming certified by the Board of Laser Safety (BLS) is one of the highest credentials a laser safety officer (LSO) can earn.” — Laser Focus World Magazine
Keeping pace with the tremendous growth of lasers in popularity and applications is the demand for properly trained laser safety professionals. The need for businesses and organizations to clearly identify individuals with the expertise to manage advanced laser safety issues arises from the complexity of the hazards associated with numerous laser systems combined with the unique skill-set required to evaluate and implement appropriate control measures.
For professionals working around lasers, certification by the Board of Laser Safety (BLS) is one of the highest credentials a laser safety officer (LSO) can acquire. BLS certification demonstrates that individuals in the laser safety field have agreed to adhere to higher standards of safety and professional practice.
Becoming certified gives the LSO a competitive advantage. It enhances the LSO’s credibility as the authoritative individual responsible for the facility’s laser safety program.
For the employer, having a CLSO or CMLSO on staff demonstrates due-diligence and helps to ensure legitimacy and adequacy of the laser safety program, validating the company’s dedication to a safe working environment for all employees.
The following articles highlight the aspects of becoming a CLSO and CMLSO.