BLS News & Review
Volume 2, Number 4
|In This Issue
– Executive Director’s Message
Board of Laser Safety
Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.
As we began laying out the content for this issue of the BLS News & Review, I realized the common thread of volunteerism – the use of or reliance on volunteers, especially to perform social or educational work in communities.*
Without a doubt, we rely on our volunteers – our CLSOs and CMLSOs – to perform social and educational work within our laser safety community. Over the course of the next few months, we will be calling on you to suggest topics and participate in the Hot Topic Luncheon at ILSC, join our ASC Z136 committees, and
Before I begin asking for your help (once again), let me take this opportunity to say
Please join us at the BLS Appreciation Breakfast to be held in conjunction with ILSC on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. I look forward to seeing you there!
March 23-26 2009 – John Ascuaga’s Nugget Resort Hotel – Reno, Nevada USA
If you have been keeping up with the BLS News & Review, you know that the International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC) is around the corner. For those of you new to the BLS, ILSC is our conference – it is the conference for laser safety professionals, whether at the expert level or just entering the industry.
For the laser safety expert, ILSC presentations will include the latest research in areas such as bioeffects, hazard and risk assessment, high power laser issues, and safety considerations. There will be sessions on laser safety training, outdoor lasers, safety standards, control measures, and practical laser safety.
For the practicing laser safety officer, the Practical Applications Seminar (PAS) track may prove more useful for day-to-day operations. PAS topics include basic laser safety concepts, a review of laser technology, practical measurement techniques, and creating a laser controlled area.
Wednesday morning highlights medical laser safety, starting with a workshop where the utilization of an annual laser safety fair makes the difference in sharing new and upcoming trends for training and education. Following the mid-morning break, attend the medical laser safety session, cumulating with a discussion of airway fires.
Networking opportunities abound during the conference, with social gatherings from the casual Meet & Greet Reception on Sunday to the Sponsor Reception Tuesday night. Join us in honoring award winners Joe Zuclich (Wilkening) and Ken Barat (Rockwell) at the Monday Awards Luncheon.
Participate in the Hot Topic Luncheon on Tuesday! In addition to joining one of the tables for discussion during the conference, we need topic suggestions and volunteers to moderate. Volunteers will be contacted prior to ILSC to confirm willingness to moderate at a table. Please email Barbara at email@example.com with suggestions and/or to volunteer.
Visit the ILSC website for conference details, including conference and hotel registration. Register early and save!
Revising the CLSO Exam
ASC Z136 Members
This meeting is open to the public; however, RSVP is required for meal planning purposes. If you would like to attend as an observer, please contact Barbara Sams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.380.1553 for more information.
CLSOs’ Best Practices in Laser Safety
We are updating our records and need your help!
If you have moved in the past year, please fill out this contact information form and fax it to Hydee Cash at 407.380.5588, or email Hydee at email@example.com with your updated contact information.
You can visit www.lasersafety.org for the most up-to-date information on the BLS.