Volume 8 – Issue 3


Message from the Director

I believe the best part of this job has to be the people I have met along the way, and the friendships that have developed. As much as it was a disappointment that I could
not attend the 10th Annual DOE LSO Workshop hosted by Lawrence Livermore National Lab, I was delighted to hear that the workshop was a huge success.

Knowing that we need to continuously promote our certification program and the value in being certified, I asked Workshop Chair, CLSO Jamie King for suggestions of what we could do.
The Planning Committee – nearly all being CLSOs – came up with the idea of a talk on tools for the LSO, which would include different resources accessible to the LSO, one tool being the benefits of

Fast-forward to just a few weeks before the workshop I confirm, unfortunately, that I cannot make it to the workshop. Kudos to CLSO Barb O’Kane, who agreed to give the presentation
for the BLS. How fortunate we are that when we cannot attend, our collaborations will be presented on our behalf.

Also stepping up to the plate for the BLS was CMLSO Veronica Villalon. Taking the initiative, Veronica approached me and offered to proctor our exam, long before we had candidates
registered to take it. Given the afternoon before the workshop commenced, she scheduled her arrival early to ensure the exam would be appropriately supervised.

My point is this, being certified, being a part of the BLS, is like family. It goes further than great networking – it is the ability to call on one another whether you have a need or are facing a
problem you have not encountered before – there will be someone out there who will offer an ear to listen, a shoulder to lean on, advice to consider, a possible solution, or a warning of what not to
do. Put it in your LSO Toolbox. Keep it in your LSO Toolbox.

Barbara Sams
Executive Director
Board of Laser Safety

Featured CLSO & CMSLO

Featured CLSO, Tracy Tipping
To some extent being certified has made it easier to get funding approved to attend conferences and training that provide CM points. Management sees it as beneficial to maintain the certification.
And while the CLSO is not officially recognized by our state regulatory agency, it seems that in some cases, interactions with regulators went more smoothly with a CLSO involved at the regulated
site. (more…)

Featured CMLSO, Jean-Yves Latreille
It was quite clear to me that when I heard of the certification program in 2003, I wanted to become certified and I did in 2004. Some advantages and benefits of being certified include: It proves
your committment towards excellence as MLSO, gives credibility in providing education in laser safety, attests that you are competent, current and qualified and it shows your employer that you are
totally involved in your profession. (more…)

ILSC Update

As discussed in May, the Practical Application Seminars (PAS) that complement the scientific sessions at ILSC are designed especially with you in mind, exploring everyday
scenarios that the LSO and MLSO may encounter.

The Medical PAS, held on Mar 23-24 (Mon-Tues), will be co-chaired by CMLSOs Vangie Dennis and Leslie Pollard, and is intended for MLSOs who work in operating rooms, surgical centers,
aesthetic clinics and medical spas. Leslie reports that roughly half of the medical program is planned; she is definitely accepting ideas for topics and looking for presenters to round out the

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ASC Z136 Update

Save the Date! As is our custom, the ASC Z136 Annual Meeting will take place in conjunction with the 2015 International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC), on
March 22, the Sunday before the conference begins.

Wondering what it would be like to participate on ASC Z136? Attend the Annual Meeting as an observer. Meet the experts who develop our standards; talk to chairs about membership on their
subcommittees. Whether your interest lies in a particular standard, e.g., education, R&D, manufacturing, or a technical area, e.g., bioeffects, control measures, non-beam hazards, new members are
“in demand.”

Subcommittee Chairs-As we get closer to ILSC, ancillary Z136 and IEC meetings will be scheduled during the week. It is not too early to request meeting space, contact Barbara Sams at 407.380.1553 or
bsams@lia.org to reserve your spot.

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Did You Know? 

Bowen EHS, LLC, is preparing to roll out its new Laser Safety Officer Online Review Course. With the inaugural class start date of October 6 just weeks away,
this 8-week review course will meet twice a week for two hours each day live in the online environment with course instructor and developer, CLSO Will Pate. Aimed at both
new and veteran LSOs, the course is designed to provide students with the tools needed to succeed on the CLSO exam. This course, which fulfills the BLS LSO training course prerequisite, has
been preapproved for continuing education by the BLS for 4 CM Points and 32 CECs from the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP). For more information on the course, or to register, visit the
Bowen EHS website at CLSO Online Review Course

ALT: Laser Institute of America For those hoping to achieve the CMLSO designation, the LIA offers the
MLSO Online training course. This course mirrors the LIA’s popular in-classroom program. With this online course, you can spend less time away from the operating room but
still receive the same high-quality of training. The MLSO Online fulfulls the BLS LSO training course prerequisite to sit for the CMLSO exam and is also approved for 2 CM Points from the BLS
as well as 12 CECs by the AAHP. For more information or to register, visit the LIA website at MLSO Online Course.


Save the Dates!

LIA Medical LSO Training
Oct. 18-19, 2014 San Diego, CA


LIA LSO w/Hazard Analysis Training
Oct. 20-24, 2014 San Diego, CA
RLI MLSO Training
Oct. 16-Oct. 17, 2014 Cincinnati, OH
RLI LSO Training
Sep. 30- Oct. 3, 2014 Cincinnati, OH
LIA Medical LSO Training
Nov. 1-2, 2014 Dallas, TX

LIA LSO w/Hazard Analysis Training
Nov. 3-7, 2014 Dallas, 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.

Volume 8 · Issue 3

ANSI Z136.9


ANSI Z136.9


ANSI Z136.8


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My Traveling ANSI

Traveling ANSI

Richard Gama in San Diego, California after instructing two laser safety in-services.
Basking in the light of the sunset was a great way to end the day after “Shining a Light on Laser Safety”

Welcome New CLSOs!

Wendy Woehr
Duke University Health Systems

Welcome New CMLSOs!

Duva Appleman
VA Roseburg Healthcare System

Julie Brigden
Virginia Mason Medical Center

Bobbi Childers
University Medical Center

Myung Chul Jo
University of Nevada, Reno

Jacqueline DeMaio
Elliot Hospital

James Ditata
Louis Stokes Cleveland

Sasha Edmondson
Columbus Regional Hospital

Daniel Flores
San Angelo Community Medical Center

Elizabeth Migneault
Veterans Administration Medical Center

Suzanne Shook
Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center


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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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