Volume 7 – Issue 4

Executive Director’s Message

Since this is the first issue of 2014, I was searching for a quote to share with you, something about the new year or new opportunities, and happened on this one:

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes”
–Benjamin Disraeli

It may not be the typical “Happy New Year” you were expecting, but it does raise the question, are you ready when an opportunity comes your way?

As a CLSO or CMLSO, you chose and met the challenge of becoming certified, you took the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in the area of laser safety, enabling you to enhance the credibility of your laser safety recommendations to your peers and management. Are you continuing to take opportunities as they present themselves to maintain your certification?

Certification maintenance requirements are listed on the BLS website , as well as in the CLSO and CMLSO Certification Maintenance Manuals. Continuing education activities are required to maintain certification; demonstration of professional development activities ensures continued competency.

Search for the opportunities featured in this issue of the BLS News & Review to add to your CM points, including the overview of the revised ANSI Z136.1-2014 standard (participate on a standards committee), an announcement of the 10th annual LSO Workshop (present a paper, attend the workshop), a special membership rate offered by the LIA (membership in a related professional society), and Laser U and Save the Date courses (continuing education).

To those CLSOs and CMLSOs with cycles that ended on December 31, 2013, don’t let this opportunity to renew slip away! Call us to review your points today; restore your active status by submitting your CM worksheet accompanied with the applicable fees (recertification and late). These will be accepted up to and including May 31, 2014. After that time, it will be necessary to retake the exam to become active again.

If you have any questions regarding activities for certification maintenance, please contact the BLS at 407.985.3810 or email bls@lasersafety.org.

Happy New Year!

Barbara Sams
Executive Director
Board of Laser Safety

ASC Z136 News

The annual meeting of Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z136 for Safe Use of Lasers was held Friday, February 21, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. This meeting, sandwiched between ancillary subcommittee meetings on Thursday and Saturday, was graciously hosted by Dr. Edward Early and TASC, Inc….(more)

Laser U News

If you weren’t able to attend the Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) 2013 last September in Schaumburg, IL, you’re in luck! Four new courses from LME 2013 have been added to the Laser U website. These courses are being offered 50% OFF for a LIMITED TIME only!

The topics covered in these courses include key insights into state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing, applications of ultrafast and diode lasers, and the forecast for the industrial laser market in 2013.

To view these courses, please visit the LASER U website.

Featured CLSO, Jodi Ploquin

Many professional opportunities have resulted from being certified, in particular being a CLSO. Starting out in medical facilities, I did consider CMLSO certification, but in the Province of Alberta, in order to be an Authorized Radiation Protection Agency offering laser safety services, CLSO designation is required. Secondly, in the medical field, most professions require certification and certification maintenance. This requirement in laser safety helps the profession, and those individuals working in it, to be taken seriously…. (more)

Featured CMLSO, Raphael Darvish

Being a CMLSO has given me both the confidence to do my job and the credibility to help other hospitals, facilities, and medical offices correctly establish a Safety Program and get their own LSO certified. The largest single challenge over the last 25 years is keeping up with the changes in equipment, application, and regulation by different states and organizations. But the decision to step into the world of medical lasers and the duties of the CMLSO continue to be a true life changer for me and I would not change a thing…. (more)

Welcome New CLSOs!

Matthew DabneyNREL

Marcus Balanky University of California

Welcome New CMLSOs!

Bruce Cohen Henry Ford Health System – Macomb Hospital
Brenda Conbeer PottsTown Memorial Medical Center
Anthony Crouse Capital District Health Authority
Todd Dahlman UHS Surgical Service
Sandra Davis Wayne Hospital
Leslie Felix Carlisle Regional Medical Center
Joanne Kelsay UF Health Jacksonville
Sally Mueller TriHealth Evendale Hospital
Leigh Ann Pansch Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Joan Ross Akron General Medical Center
Tracy Short Laser’R Ventures, Inc.
Redha-alla Sultan National Guard Health Affairs


Save the Dates!

Mar. 10-14, 2014 LIA LSO w/ Hazard Analysis Course, San Antonion, TX
Mar. 12-13, 2014 LIA LAM Workshop
Mar. 28-29, 2014 LIA MLSO Course, Chicago, IL
Apr. 8-11, 2014 RLI LSO Training Course, Cincinnati, OH
Apr. 23-24, 2014 RLI MLSO Training Course, Dallas, TX
May. 8-9, 2014 RLI MLSO Training Course, Cincinnati, OH
Jun. 2-6, 2014 LIA LSO w/ Hazard Analysis Course, Boston, MA
Jun. 5-6, 2014 RLI MLSO Training Course, Seatle, WA
Jun. 7-8, 2014 LIA MLSO Training Course, Boston, MA
Jun. 10-13, 2014 RLI LSO Training Course, Columbus, OH
Jun. 18-19, 2014 RLI MLSO Training Course, Lubbock, TX

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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Z136.1 Revised!


Updated for the first time in the last seven years, the new American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers will be available through the Laser Institute of America…. (more)

10th Annual DOE LSO Workshop

Save the date! The BLS is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Laser Safety Officer Workshop…. (more)

My Traveling ANSI!


Eddie Ciprazo and Bob Sarason with the revised Z136.1-2014 at Photonics West.

LAM is coming up!

Due to health concerns, the spring CLSO/CMLSO exam is being cancelled and the 2020 DOE workshop has been postponed. The fall exam will be held be held prior to the 2020 DOE workshop on August 17th, 2020. Our office team is working remotely and ready to assist you during our regular business hours!

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