BLS News & Review
Volume 2, Number 2
In This Issue
– Executive Director's Message
Board of Laser Safety
Executive Director's Message
"Coming up to speed with respect to the day to day activities of the BLS is an exciting challenge for me, as well as developing new innovations to further enhance BLS and the certification process," said Sams.
That quote may be how some of you were introduced to me; others have known me for years as LIA's Standards Director. While I may be more knowledgeable with respect to the activities of our ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136, I am making progress on the BLS learning curve as well.
One thing I have come to realize in very short order is the importance of listening to you, our CLSOs and CMLSOs. For example, thanks to your suggestions some new initiatives under development include seeking approval for veterans benefits (Jerry Bogert) and making BLS merchandise available for CLSOs and CMLSOs (Eddie Ciprazo, Bob Sarason).
I hope you will enjoy this issue of the BLS News & Review and please continue to let me know what we can do to "further enhance BLS and the certification process". Feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or meet me at the 4th Annual LSO Workshop,
Welcome new CLSOs and CMLSOs
Profile of CLSO/CMLSO
Special LIA Membership Rate for CLSOs and CMLSOs
The Laser Institute of America (LIA) is currently offering a special membership rate only available to CLSOs and CMLSOs – 3 years for $225!
As you know, maintaining certification is an important and vital part of becoming a CLSO or CMLSO. Membership in a laser safety related professional or technical organization or society earns valuable certification maintenance (CM) points, with a maximum of 3 CM points total per 3-year term (1 CM point given per year of membership).
By taking advantage of the LIA membership offer (in addition to fulfilling the CM requirement), you can stay abreast of current industry and technology changes through:
Sign up by downloading this application form, completing and submitting to LIA or call the LIA office at 407-380-1553.
4th Annual LSO Advanced Training Workshop
The 4th Annual Laser Safety Officer Advanced Training Workshop will be held July 15-17 at Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base Albuquerque, NM. Join us at this one-of-a-kind program on laser safety issues, intended for individuals with LSO responsibilities or with interest in a research or academic setting who want to update and expand their knowledge.
Don’t forget the CLSOs' Best Practices in Laser Safety is now available through the LIA. Our thanks go out again to 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.
BLS Certification around the World
Look at the list of new CLSOs and CMLSOs since the last BLS News & Review and you will notice quite a few Chinese surnames. In March, the certified medical laser safety officer examination was administered to 32 candidates following an MLSO course in Hong Kong, with 27 of those (84%) earning their CMLSO certification.
New CLSO Eduardo Bendek hails from the European Southern Observatory, Santiago, Chile. After completing candidate prerequisites, he flew into Miami, FL to sit for the certified laser safety officer exam at one of our computer-based locations.
Kudos to all of our international CLSOs and CMLSOs for going the extra mile to achieve their certifications!
ILSC® 2009 Update
The 2009 International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC) will take place at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Resort Hotel in Reno, NV. Scheduled for March 23-27, this four-day event will cover all aspects of laser safety practice and hazard controls. Topics range from safety standards legislation to bioeffects, from protective measures to outdoor lasers, from non-beam hazards and fume extraction to high powered lasers and their applications. Laser safety experts from all over the world will meet to discuss their research, programs and standards.
Interested in something more practical? Then you will find the Laser Safety Practical Applications Seminar (PAS) particularly useful. Intended for LSOs who are not full-time laser safety professionals, participants will be involved in practical interactive workshops, panel discussions, and hot topics addressing the more common safety issues and concerns of the day-to-day operations in commercial, factory, research, and medical facility settings. PAS is a two-day event that will be held March 23-24, in conjunction with ILSC 2009.
ASC Z136 Members – remember the ASC Z136 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday,
Coming Soon – BLS Merchandise!