BLS News & Review
Volume 2, Number 1
|In This Issue
– Chairman’s Message
Board of Laser Safety
This year is bringing new and exciting challenges to BLS, which is why you are getting a Chairman’s Message instead of an Executive Director’s Message in this issue.
Former BLS Executive Director, Rich Greene, has decided to take his career in a different direction and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors. I am pleased to tell you that the board has unanimously approved the appointment of Barbara Sams as our new Executive Director. Barbara is known to many of you as LIA’s Standards Director where she does an outstanding job helping ASC Z136 committee members to revise current ANSI Z136 laser safety standards and develop new ones.
I am also pleased to announce that the LIA has just published the CLSOs’ Best Practices in Laser Safety. We would like to thank all the CLSOs who contributed to this excellent book. A must-have for the CLSO, whether new to the task or an experienced veteran, it is our sincere hope that the CLSOs’ Best Practices in Laser Safety will help to better facilitate the safe use of lasers everywhere.
Let’s keep the ball rolling this year by continuing to contribute to the newsletter, the laser safety bulletin board and encouraging other LSOs to become certified. Please enjoy this issue of the e-newsletter and contact us if you have any questions or comments. We definitely welcome and appreciate your advice or suggestions on the things you would like us to do to improve the program. Please send your ideas and suggestions to Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy me at email@example.com.
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The annual meeting of Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136 took place on Friday, February 8, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. Highlights included:
New business included discussion of the upcoming LSO Workshop in Albuquerque (Sandia National Labs) in July.
Next year’s annual meeting will be held on March 22, 2009, in Reno, Nevada in conjunction with ILSC 2009.
Earn valuable Certification Maintenance Points by participating in standards committees! If you are interested in joining ASC Z136 (the main committee) or any of its subcommittees, contact Barbara Sams at Laser Institute of America (firstname.lastname@example.org) or apply online at www.z136.org.
NEW ANSI Standard
(Orlando, FL, February, 2008) – Laser Institute of America (LIA) is pleased to announce the release of the new American National Standard for Testing and Labeling of Laser Protective Equipment (ANSI Z136.7).
This standard provides reasonable and adequate guidance on the test methods, protocols, specifications, report format, and labeling for devices used for eye protection from lasers and laser systems that operate at wavelengths between 180 nm and 1 mm.
Such protective devices include laser eye protective devices or instrument filters, laser window filters, and laser area protective barriers, screens or beam blocking curtains. Depending on the protective device, laser type, temporal mode of operation and wavelength(s), different test methods may be required.
The test procedures provided in this document ensure that eyewear, windows, and barriers maintain their specified level of protection throughout the useful life of the product.
Six informative appendices are included to guide the reader through material characterizations for the different filter/material types. The standard addresses not only absorptive filter materials, but new reflective coatings (e.g., dielectric stacks, holograms) and hybrid filters.
SSC-3 Members – unable to attend the subcommittee meeting on February 9th in Orlando? A follow-up meeting will be held in conjunction with the ASLMS annual meeting on Friday, April 4, 2008 at the Gaylord PalmsTM Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, FL. Moderated by Dr. David Sliney and Ms. Penny Smalley, this meeting will discuss the results, votes and work items assigned at the February meeting. The meeting is open to all ASLMS Conference attendees. To register for the ASLMS Annual Conference go to https://www.eshow2000.com/aslms/attendee_registration.cfm?CFID=1659381&CFTOKEN=25394803
4th Annual Laser Safety Officer Advanced Training Workshop
Conference General Chair
Practical Applications Seminar Chair
As more information becomes available the BLS will report it in the e-newsletter.