All personnel involved with industrial, military, educational or research applications of lasers. This course is designed for safety professionals, engineers, laser operators, technicians and other professionals assigned the Laser Safety Officer role who are required to perform hazard analysis calculations.
This course takes a mathematical approach to laser safety, designed to teach LSOs administrative duties and hazard analysis calculations that will help them develop, implement and maintain laser safety programs while meeting the training requirements as outlined by the ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers standard and OSHA, including:
- The latest information from the Accredited Standards Committee Z136.
- Laser hazard analysis, including MPEs, NHZs, OD, etc. Scientific calculator required.
- Fundamentals and terminology necessary for understanding laser safety.
- Non-beam issues such as laser-generated airborne contaminants and hazards.
- Laser control measures and personal protective equipment.
- Strategies that make a laser safety program successful.
- A complete overview of MPEs, NHZs and OD.
- Effects of lasers on the eye and skin.
- A brief history of laser accidents.
All attendees will receive a course manual including a resource CD with useful LSO documentation forms, ANSI Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers, LIA’s Laser Safety Guide, and a certificate of completion.
A certificate of completion is earned upon course completion; however, this should not be confused with becoming a certified laser safety officer (CLSO). To become a CLSO, you must meet specific requirements and pass a certification examination that is intended to promote professional advancement. This certification exam is given by the Board of Laser Safety (BLS).The CLSO examination is offered by the BLS via paper-and-pencil in the Spring and Fall, and is also available via computer-based testing centers through Prov Inc. For the most up-to-date test dates and locations, visit the BLS website. This course fulfills the laser safety officer training prerequisite. If you are interested in taking this optional CLSO exam, please visit the BLS to review eligibility requirements. All applications must be submitted to the BLS at least 2-weeks prior to the exam date. All fees associated with the CLSO examination are to be paid directly to the Board of Laser Safety.
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