BLS News & Review
Volume 4, Number 4
In This Issue
– Executive Director’s Message
Board of Laser Safety
Follow the BLS:
It is time once again to focus our attention on certification maintenance (CM). As you know, the BLS requires continuing education activities to maintain one’s certification, in recognition of the need to stay aware of new technology and other advances in the field. A CLSO or CMLSO must undergo recertification every three years, at which time it is necessary to demonstrate completion of sufficient professional development activities to ensure continued competency.
The CM cycle begins on January 1 of the year following the year in which the individual passed the exam. The cycle ends on December 31 of the third year. A minimum of ten CM points must be obtained over the course of each 3-year cycle.
The following are the CM categories in brief:
Finally, a CLSO or CMLSO may retake the applicable exam if unable to achieve the ten CM points and wishes to maintain active certification status; however, this option does include the following stipulations:
To view the CM categories in detail or to download a CM worksheet, please go to http://www.lasersafety.org/cert-maintenance.php. If you have any questions regarding activities for certification maintenance, please contact the BLS at 407.380.1553, or email me at email@example.com or Jennifer Craft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In September I was offered the privilege of coming to work for the BLS. I knew that this opportunity was one that came with many responsibilities and fierce determination. My years of experience are few; however, I believe that my ambition for greater things more than compensates for the difference.
I am a senior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specific minor in Public Administration. My goals are to become an integral part of society, not only as a student but as a professional. I am confident that my life’s journey will continue to take me to new and exciting places considering my encounters thus far.
As I gain more experience with the BLS, my intent is to focus upon the growth of the organization and what I can contribute to making it a powerful factor in the laser community.
I thank you all who have welcomed me with open arms; and numerous questions—which I may or may not have known how to answer. I look forward to the future with an open mind and have my sights set on excellence.
-Jennifer Craft, BLS Certification Coordinator
Contributed by Thomas J. Lieb, CLSO
We often think about the tangible and sometimes intangible benefits of attaining certification in a professional field. Benefits that come with being certified: increased opportunities for employment, possibilities for advancement, recognition by one’s peers, and so forth.
Recent developments in the manufacturing industry are adding even more tangible impact to that list. Currently in North America, major automotive companies and their tier 1 suppliers are writing acceptance procedures into their purchase orders for laser processing machines. Among the requirements on the equipment is certification to 21 CFR, including Class I enclosure and provisions for “walk-in workstation” control measures—where applicable. The equipment supplier must provide the Accession Number and other documentation regarding the certification.
The kicker? The supplier must also document the “qualifications” of the person who provided the equipment assessment.
The preferred answer? A CLSO.
So integrators of laser processing equipment, large and small, will now be hiring, creating or contracting CLSOs for assessment of their equipment to be accepted in automotive plants.
… Thought you should know
BLS is a proud supporter and cooperating society of the 2011 International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC®).
So what is the International Laser Safety Conference? And what does being a supporter and cooperating society mean to you?
From Ben Rockwell, ILSC General Chair,
On Monday evening (March 14), the BLS will host its Appreciation Reception for all CLSOs and CMLSOs in attendance. This event is by invitation only; however, invitations are available to those interested in becoming certified. Please contact Jennifer Craft or Barbara Sams for your invitation!
Tuesday evening, ILSC sponsors and attendees meet to discuss products, ideas, opportunities and solutions during the Sponsor Reception. Wednesday’s Hot Topic Luncheon and Panel Discussion spotlights higher power general use lasers now available to consumers at lower costs.
A paper and pencil opportunity to take either the CLSO or CMLSO exam will be offered on Sunday afternoon. If you have been considering sitting for an exam, please contact Jennifer Craft at the BLS for prerequisite information.
Being a Cooperating Society
New from the leaders in laser safety training, Laser Institute of America (LIA), the Evaluator utilizes an innovative delivery system to provide a new and improved user experience for laser safety officers of all skill levels. The exclusive Web-based Laser Safety Hazard Analysis System is designed to provide enhanced accessibility, easier navigation and more accurate results.
This innovative System provides a reliable way to easily double-check laser safety calculations. It is based on the ANSI Z136.1 American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers and will perform repeated calculations of maximum permissible exposure (MPE), optical density (OD), nominal ocular hazard distance (NOHD), nominal hazard zone (NHZ), and laser hazard classification.
For more information, visit www.lia.org.
The annual meeting of ASC Z136 will be held in conjunction with the International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC®) at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00am local time.
Hotel Accommodations – Committee members are asked to make their reservations prior to February 3 to ensure room availability and to receive the conference room rate of $156 per night. A personal online group page for making reservations has been created by the hotel; please follow this link to register:
Discounted overnight self parking will be $15 per car per night.
Ancillary Meetings – Space is available Monday through Thursday for subcommittee or working group meetings on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in scheduling or attending an ancillary meeting, please contact Barbara Sams for further information.
ASC Z136 meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions regarding the annual meeting, would like a meeting agenda, and/or plan to attend as an observer, please email Barbara at email@example.com or call 407-380-1553.
ASC Z136 Petition for Membership
Join the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136 for the Safe Use of Lasers!
There are two ways in which you can participate in the development and revision processes of the Z136 laser safety standards: membership in one (or more) standards or technical subcommittees and/or membership on the ASC Z136 consensus body.
Membership on the consensus body, referred to as the “Committee”, consists of organizations, companies, government agencies and individuals and is open to anyone with a direct and material interest in its activities. To join the Committee, request membership by contacting the Secretariat (LIA); let us know your qualifications and willingness to participate actively.
The vast majority of members on the Committee belong to one or more of the standards and/or technical subcommittees. It is here at the subcommittee level that primary development, and later maintenance of the standards actually takes place. Submit requests for subcommittee membership directly through the Z136 website, www.z136.org. Please apply by completing the application form and checking the subcommittees in which you have an interest.
Contact Barbara Sams at the LIA, 407-380-1553, for more information. Remember, active membership in laser safety standards or regulations committees external of your organization earns 1 CM point per year.
Throughout the year, we have been listing article titles and access information for appropriate journal articles that can be reviewed for CM points.
New this issue: