Executive Director's Message

Time to think again about ways to earn certification maintenance (CM) points now, before the end of the year arrives. Although it is still 90° outside and our kids have only just returned to school, the Spirit Halloween stores are already popping up; blink twice and the winter holidays will be upon us.

Sept 10-12, attend the 9th Annual DOE LSO Workshop, this year at NIST in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop is a 2.5-day meeting that includes both invited and contributed talks. The Keynote Speaker will be David Wineland, recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, who will present Single-Atom Laser-based Clocks. Full attendance at this workshop is worth 2.5 BLS CM points.

(Hint #1 – Earn additional CM points by sharing your experience in the BLS News & Review, like Wolfgang Woellmer, see his report in Photonics & Lasers in Medicine.)

Sept 11-12 and Oct 6-10, attend one of LIA's educational events, Lasers for Manufacturing (LME 2013) or the International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO 2013), and earn one CM point for each full day of attendance.

Various dates and locations, receive additional continuing education, either in-person or online. See Save the Dates! and Laser U News.

Join and actively participate on a national or international laser safety standards or regulations committee (external of your organization). Read about Randy Paura's experience as Vice-Chair of ASC Z136 Standards Subcommittee 9, responsible for the new Z136.9 Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments.

(Hint #2 – Standards Subcommittee 5, responsible for the Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions is preparing to reconvene to start work on the revision of that document. Interested in joining? Contact me!)

Finally, remember membership in a laser safety-related professional organization or society earns 1 CM point per year of membership. Recognized organizations include, but are not limited to: LIA (see special 3-year membership offer for CLSOs and CMLSOs), AIHA, HPS, AORN and ASLMS.

As always, if you have any questions about your certification status or CM points, don't hesitate to contact us at 407-985-3810.

Barbara Sams
Executive Director

ASC Z136 News
Contributed by: Randolph Paura, P. Eng., CLSO

As the Vice-Chair of ANSI Accredited Standards Committee Z136 SSC-9, I would like to share a bit of the genesis, purpose and people of this first edition of the Safe Use of Lasers in Manufacturing Environments standard. The parent document of the Z136 series of laser safety standards, the Z136.1, addresses all principles, fields and applications of laser hazards, exposure conditions, evaluations and control measures for every segment of the economy...

Laser U News

As revealed in the May News & Review, I am happy to provide an update on LIA's Laser U. With modules now available from ICALEO 2012, LME 2012, LAM 2013 and ILSC 2013, there's a variety of topics from which to choose. Each Laser U course is worth .25 certification maintenance (CM) points, with the exception of The Basics of Ultrafast Laser Machining – a two-part presentation that is worth .5 CM point.

For an idea of what the courses have to offer, the following overviews are provided by your fellow CLSOs... (more)

Featured CLSO, Wei-Hsung Wang

I am an associate professor of the Center for Energy Studies at Louisiana State University (LSU). In addition to my teaching and research duties, I serve as Director of LSU's Radiation Safety Office and am responsible for administering the ionizing and non-ionizing radiation protection programs. I received my B.S. in Geosciences from National Taiwan University, M.S. in Environmental Health Engineering from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Health Physics from Purdue University...

Featured CMLSO, Debra Miller

I started with lasers in 2004 when Vangie Dennis taught the CMLSO class. The hospital I worked at the time wanted to start a laser program and since I worked in the Urology arena with the Holmium Laser frequently, I was chosen to be the Laser Safety Officer. At first it was difficult, but the knowledge from my mentors and LIA, AORN practice guidelines, OSHA, Joint Commission standards, and support from management turned intra operative practices around... (more)

Welcome New CLSOs

Steven Cave Honeywell
Robert Fairchild Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cody Keating Christie Digital Systems, Inc.
Brian Pintagro ITT-Exelis
Carol Tomczyk Smiths Detection

Welcome New CMLSOs

Thomas Adams The Ohio State University Medical Center
Kim Boggs Forest Park Medical Center Frisco
Aimee Boice Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Sheryl Callahan Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
Kimberly Catlett Baptist Health Madisonville
Livia Chan SkinCentral
Mei Chan SkinCentral
Frank Daniels Aramark Healthcare
Shawn Glesinger NextMed Management Services
Fabian Hatton Mary Greeley Medical Center
Diane Howe Chelsea Comm Hospital
Melody Hunt Adventist Health Care
Pamela London Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Diane Malecki Millennium Surgery Center, Inc.
Victoria Meshekow Akron General Medical Center
Jeffrey Morris U.S. Public Health Service
Joann Peterson Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital
Alison Scholten Saint Mary's Healthcare
Julie Smith Forest Park Frisco
Mi'Shelle Zachry Forest Park Medical Center

Save the Dates!

Sept. 10-12, 2013 9th Annual DOE LSO Workshop, Boulder, CO
Sept. 11-12, 2013 LME Conference, Schaumburg, IL
Sept. 17-20, 2013 RLI LSO Training, Quebec, Canada
Oct. 5-6, 2013 LIA MLSO Training, Miami, FL
Oct. 6-10, 2013 ICALEO 2013, Miami, FL
Oct. 7-11, 2013 LIA LSO with Hazard Analysis, Miami, FL
Oct. 10-11, 2013 RLI MLSO Training, Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 17-20, 2013 LIA Advanced MLSO Training Course, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 22-25, 2013 RLI LSO Training, Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 2-3, 2013 LIA MLSO Training, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 4-8, 2013 LIA LSO with Hazard Analysis, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 6-7, 2013 RLI MLSO Training, Houston, TX
Nov. 19-22, 2013 RLI LSO Training, Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 21-22, 2013 RLI MLSO Training, Phoenix, AZ
Dec. 3-5, 2013 LIA LSO Training, Orlando, FL

If your company/organization is planning an event and would like to be listed above, as well as apply for BLS Certification Maintenance points, please contact us at bls@lasersafety.org. Thank you.

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