BLS News & ReviewVolume 5 / Number 4Holiday Greetings!

As we approach the holiday season and the end of another year, we remember with appreciation the continued support of our members.  We wish our readers and LSOs a joy-filled holiday season and all the best in the coming year!

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In this issue:

Director's Message
Reserve your revised Z136.3 today!
ASC Z136 Save the Date!
Featured LSOs
Welcome Our New LSOs
Special Offer from LIA!
New BLS Merchandise
My Traveling ANSI!
Earning CM Points Through Journal Reviews
Holiday Greetings!

Director's Message
A good message bears repeating, so I am repeating last year’s Executive Director’s message. It is a timely message for a number of you.

Once again we 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:

  1. Laser safety experience
  2. Attendance and successful completion of laser safety specific education/training
  3. Publication of laser safety or application related articles
  4. Teaching laser safety (outside of your company/organization)
  5. Membership in a laser safety-related professional/technical organization or society
  6. Active participation in a laser safety standards or regulations committee (outside of your company/organization)
  7. Attendance at laser safety or applications professional conferences or meetings
  8. Presentations or poster papers at laser safety professional conferences or meetings
  9. Writing exam questions (accepted by BLS Review Board)
  10. Related professional certifications; review of approved laser-related journal articles

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:

  1. The exam must be taken and passed prior to the end of the 3-year cycle,
  2. Payment for the exam is due prior to retaking the exam, and
  3. The individual has not participated on a BLS Review Board or proctored an exam during the 3-year cycle.

For a thorough review of certification maintenance including CM categories in detail, please go to To download a CM manual or worksheet, please go to If you have any questions regarding activities for certification maintenance, please contact the BLS at 407.380.1553 or email me at or Jennifer Craft at

Barbara Sams
Executive Director

ASC Z136 Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for
Friday, February 17, 2012
as the
ASC Z136 Annual Meeting

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando – The Castle in Orlando, Fla. The hotel is situated between International Drive and Universal Drive; with two restaurants adjacent – Vito’s Chop House and Café Tu Tu Tango, and several others within walking distance.

Sleeping rooms have been secured at the government per diem rate for all attendees. To make reservations, you can call the hotel directly at 800-952-2785, ask for reservations and give the group code “LIA”  OR use the following link:

The cut-off date for reservations is January 20, 2012.

Ancillary Meetings
Additional meeting space has been contracted for ancillary meetings. At the present time, there is available space on Wednesday and Thursday. Committee Chairs – if you would like to utilize any of this space, please contact Barbara as soon as possible. The space will be released on a first come, first serve basis.

To date, the following ancillary meetings have been scheduled:

Day/Date Time Committee Contact Person
Wed., Feb 15 8a – 5p SSC-9  Manufacturing Tom Lieb
Thurs., Feb 16 8a – 5p AVAIALBLE
9a – noon BLS Commissioners (closed meeting) Barbara Sams
2p – 5p ADCOM (closed meeting) Barbara Sams
Sat., Feb 18 8a – 5p SSC-6 Outdoors Robert Aldrich

Committee Dinner
As in previous years, plan to join us on Thursday evening for dinner. For meal planning purposes, please email Barbara Sams at or call 407-380-1553 to let us know you are coming.

The ASC Z136 annual meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions regarding the meeting, would like a meeting agenda, and/or plan to attend as an observer, please let Barbara know. If you are interested in attending an ancillary committee meeting, please contact the LIA office for further information.

Special Offer from LIA!!

Start earning your certification maintenance (CM) points today at the special LIA membership rate for CLSOs and CMLSOs — 3 years for $235!

Become an LIA Member for three years at a discounted price! Click on the image below for more details!

New BLS Merchandise!

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Ask Santa for a new BLS T-Shirt this year! Prefer something less casual for work? Get a BLS polo!

Check out our website for more details!

Reserve your revised Z136.3 today!

ANSI Z136.3Revision of the Z136.3 was driven by the movement of the widespread use of medical lasers – from hospital operating rooms to the office and/or clinic environment.

The revised Z136.3 is recognized as the definitive document on laser safety in all health care environments. Whether the laser is used in a hospital, clinic or alternative health care settings, the newly revised document is a must read for every LSO and facility providing laser based therapy.

Key changes to the 2011 revision include:

  • New Wavelengths Addressed that didn’t Exist in Previous Version
  • Clarification of Audit Requirements and Procedures
  • New Management Model for Diverse Use Facilities
  • Clarification of Safety Concepts and Personnel Responsibilities
  • Lasers for Home Use
  • The LSO’s role in Rental Services
  • Updated Sample Forms and Documentation Records

Due for release by the end of the 2011 year, orders are now being accepted by LIA, the secretariat of the Z136 series of laser safety standards.

Purchase the current version of the Z136.3 now, and upon release the revised version will shipped to you at no extra cost.

Take advantage of the rollback prices and reserve your copy today. Pre-publications prices are $130 for LIA members and $150 for non-members. To order your copy, visit or call LIA at 1.800.34.LASER.


•Joseph Greco, CLSO
•Fabienne Cloutier, CMLSO




David Heiner Northrop Gruman
Michael Albanese Merck Sharp
Carine Vanpeteghem University of Ottawa
Dennis Rossbach Boeing
Stephen Tsu King Abdullah University of
Science and Technology


Frank Greco VA Medical Center
Maxwell Amurao Georgetown University Hospital
Kenneth Brown Lahey Clinic
Brent Rogers Prince of Wales Hospital
Tracy Martin
Maksudur Sarder The Methodist Hospital
Omar Al-Ateeqi North Cypress Medical Center
Ray Villarreal Continuing Education Professionals
Natalie Jones Boston Dermatological and Laser Center


My Traveling ANSI is back!

The standards took a break last issue due to budget constraints, but we're happy to announce that they are on the move again!

Pictured above is Ken Barat, with his copy of the ANSI Z136.7
working overtime in Saudi Arabia.

Here, CLSO Wes Marshall's wife Ginger, takes the ANSI Z136.1 for a spin in San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf!

Don't forget, we're always looking for new places the ANSI Z136 standards go, so send us your pictures!

Earning CM Points through Journal Reviews

Listed below is a new paper on LGACs submitted to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. You may review this article for .5 (half) CM point(s).

Laser-Generated Air Contaminants from Medical Laser Applications: A State-of-the-Science Review of Exposure Characterization, Health Effects, and Control

Any/all FULL TEXT articles will be accepted. The Journal Article Verification Worksheet may be downloaded from the BLS website.

If you are aware of any articles that you feel would be appropriate for review, please let the BLS know by contacting Barbara Sams or Jennifer Craft, or call 407-380-5833.

Remember too that published magazine or newsletter submissions (print or online) will be accepted at a ½ CM point per article. Contributions to the BLS News & Review are welcome!


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