BLS News & Review
Volume 3, Number 4
In This Issue
Board of Laser Safety
In the February 2009 issue of the BLS News & Review, the topic of certification maintenance was discussed. How quickly this year has gone by — it is again time to address this subject.
Over the course of the year, we received calls and emails primarily from our CMLSOs, who expressed concerns related to achieving their certification maintenance (CM) points. Specifically, some CMLSOs felt that the CM point category parameters did not realistically reflect the experience, duties and opportunities available to health care professionals. High on the list was the inability to attend conferences, workshops or off-site continuing education (training) due to travel restrictions, which many of us can relate to even outside of the medical community. The subject of teaching was debated; either it is not an option or is part of the job and therefore considered on-the-job experience. For some, membership in a professional organization is cost prohibitive and the individual would only be joining “to get the 1 CM point.”
Obviously it was time to reconvene the BLS Review Board to review and revise the CM point category parameters and procedures for our CMLSOs. The ad-hoc group of four CLSOs and four CMLSOs was assembled, and under the leadership of Tim Hitchcock, it evaluated and updated the CMLSOs‘ CM point category parameters. Revisions include increasing the maximum number of points allowed in the continuing education category, adding credit for published magazine or newsletter articles and/or reviewing journal articles*, and allowing credit for earning other professional certifications. Category descriptions have been clarified and examples have been added. Lastly, for those unable to obtain the required 10 points over the course of their 3-year cycle, the option to retake the exam is now available.
Subsequently, the group completed a cursory review of the adequacy and appropriateness of the CLSOs CM point category parameters. The Review Board agreed that the CM point category parameters should remain consistent between the two groups and noted that, as stated previously, some CLSOs are facing the same cost-cutting measures as the CMLSOs, e.g., reduced company support for organizational membership, travel restrictions, etc. Updated Certification Maintenance Manuals are posted on the BLS website, www.lasersafety.org.
If you are completing your 3-year cycle this December 31st, start looking for your recertification packet from the BLS. Submission of your worksheet and recertification fee is due by January 31, 2010. If you have any questions about your renewal please contact Hydee Cash at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com, or either of us by phone, 407-380-5833.
The Laser Institute of America would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on obtaining your certification and invite you to become a member of the LIA. 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 for the term (1 CM point given per year of membership).
Start earning your certification maintenance (CM) points today at the special LIA membership rate for CLSOs and CMLSOs — 3 years for $235!
Maintaining certification is an important and vital part of becoming a CLSO or CMLSO. As the industry and technology changes, so must the knowledge of a CLSO and CMLSO. One way to keep abreast of the current technology is by utilizing these LIA membership benefits, among others:
Sign up now to take advantage of this special membership offer, only available to CLSOs and CMLSOs. Complete and return the provided LIA membership application today.
For a complete listing of CM Points categories, go to www.lasersafety.org and choose certification maintenance or refer to your Certification Maintenance Manual.
The 2010 annual meeting of ASC Z136 will be held on Friday, March 12, 2010 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif. We have been able to secure rooms at the government per diem rate of $132/single for all attendees. A personal online group page for making reservations has been created for our group by the hotel; please follow this link to register:
The ASC Z136 annual meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions regarding the meeting (e.g., would like a meeting agenda or plan to attend as an observer), or if you are interested in attending an ancillary committee meeting, please contact Barbara.
Contributed by Jerry Dennis, LIA Fellow
Technical Committee 76 on Optical Radiation Safety and Laser Equipment of the International Electrotechnical Commission met during the week of September 28 in Kista, Stockholm, Sweden. Among several issues covered was the need for increased liaison between TC 76 and other technical committees that write standards for electrical and electronic products that incorporate lasers or non-coherent sources of optical radiation. Because lasers are now incorporated into so many diverse products, the need for communicating to other committees the philosophy of TC 76 in addressing the hazards of lasers and other sources is becoming of even greater importance. These other committees and their products include:
Issues that TC 76 is now addressing include a new standard for intense pulsed lights being used in medical and aesthetic applications, updating of the standard for fiber-optic communications systems, labeling graphics and simplification, simplified criteria for laser hazard classification, and refinement of the standards for high power lasers in machine tools.
TC 76 has been invited to meet again at the General Meeting of the IEC in October 2010 in Seattle, Washington. Technical Committees 34, 61, 62, 86, 100 and 108 have also been invited to meet during the General Meeting, providing unusual and outstanding opportunities to strengthen liaisons with committees having related responsibilities. TC 76 chairman Jerry Dennis, Secretary Bill Ertle of Rockwell Laser Industries, and all of TC 76 are most grateful to the agencies and organizations in the United States who have most generously contributed to the support of TC 76 to make the invitation to Seattle 2010 now a reality.