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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• 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:
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:
For a thorough review of certification maintenance including CM categories in detail, please go to http://www.lasersafety.org/certification-maintenance. To download a CM manual or worksheet, please go to http://www.lasersafety.org/forms/certification. If you have any questions regarding activities for certification maintenance, please contact the BLS at 407.380.1553 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Craft at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars for
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: http://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=rates
The cut-off date for reservations is January 20, 2012.
To date, the following ancillary meetings have been scheduled:
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.
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!
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|Reserve your revised Z136.3 today!
Revision 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:
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 www.lia.org/ANSI.3 or call LIA at 1.800.34.LASER.
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
Don’t forget, we’re always looking for new places the ANSI Z136 standards go, so send us your pictures!
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).
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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