Bob Carranza, CLSO, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, University of California, Davis
What is your educational background?
High School, Woodland CA; former member USAF; misc college education; 25+ years in automotive related family business
When did you start working with lasers?
I started working in laser safety about 7 years ago. I’ve been a CLSO for about 4 years.
Becoming an LSO and CLSO
How did you become the LSO?
Most of my experience since joining the University dealt with hazardous chemical disposal and ionizing radiation so when the opportunity became available to pursue laser safety, it seemed like a logical step. There was a need in our department, so I took advantage of it.
What are the challenges of today’s LSO?
There are many challenges being a LSO at a University in a research environment. Powerful lasers are getting more compact and thus more portable. People involved with laser operation are constantly coming and going and we’re not always informed of changes. These factors provide constant challenges in keeping track of laser systems and the people operating them, most notably in operator safety training and safety controls of laser systems.
How has becoming certified helped/benefited you in your career?
Being a CLSO has provided me additional credibility among laser users, my department and general campus staff in conducting my laser safety responsibilities at UCD.