News From Rockwell Laser Industries, Inc
  Rockwell Laser Industries
March 20, 2020 +1 (513) 272-9900  
LSO Course

RLI Announces April LSO Courses to Be Conducted Via WebEx Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread and affect people and commerce throughout the world, we at RLI want to emphasize our continued commitment to the health and safety of our customers, instructors, families and communities.

Since many companies are prudently restricting travel, RLI has taken steps to hold the April LSO Courses remotely via WebEx. To ensure a quality learning experience, seating will be limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

Now is a good time to catch up on your training from the comfort of your home or office.

The courses being offered are:

Students will receive via mail:

  • Course Notebook
  • Z136.1-2014 ANSI Standard "For the Safe Use of Lasers"
  • RLI User's Guide For Laser Safety
  • LAZAN™ Quick Calc Hazard Analysis Software
About the Laser Safety Officer Course:

The course begins with a review of basic laser operation with emphasis on those laser characteristics that are important in understanding the laser hazard evaluation for the LSO. After a review of the biological basis, the student will complete an in-depth computation workshop that covers MPE, AEL, NHZ and OD factors. An in-depth discussion of the controls of laser hazards is included.

Options for on-site training programs will be presented including video examples and interactive video/computer programming. Medical surveillance testing will be discussed including examples of various tests. The course concludes with a session on non-beam hazards associated with laser use (i.e. fumes, shock, plume, etc.) with emphasis on industrial hygiene based solutions.

About the Principles of Lasers Course:

For those who are new to lasers or wish to take a refresher, our Principles of Lasers course is available the day before the LSO course, on April 27, 2020. This one-day introductory course is designed for those responsible for operating and maintaining laser systems, providing a solid introduction to lasers. It also provides a knowledge base for those who plan to continue their professional development and will be attending the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) course.

Meet the Instructors For This Event:

Ben Edwards, MS, CHP, CLSO

Ben Edwards is a certified health physicist, certified laser safety officer, and certified medical laser safety officer with over a quarter century of experience in industry, academia, and medical settings. He has a B.S. physics degree from the University of North Carolina and a M.S. in occupational health & safety from East Carolina University.

Ben has been a member of the ANSI Accredited Standard Committee Z136 on laser safety for over a decade and currently serves on several Z136 standards subcommittees and technical subcommittees, including chairing the TSC5 Non-Beam Hazards technical subcommittee. He is also a member of the Health Physics Society, has published several papers on various aspects of laser safety and presented numerous abstracts and training courses at both HPS meetings and International Laser Safety Conferences.

William J. Ertle, CLSO, CMLSO, President of Rockwell Laser Industries

Mr. Ertle has been associated with Rockwell Laser Industries (RLI) since 1989 where he now holds the position of President. Bill has provided in-depth lectures and training presentations for numerous RLI Training Institute courses, industry conferences, as well as presentations for events at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, IEEE/LEOS, OPTCON, ALAC, Bay Area Laser Safety Officers (BALSO) and the International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC). Bill has also authored and co-authored several laser safety articles.

In addition to his training-based activities, he routinely provides RLI clients with product specific technical information on laser safety eyewear, windows, barriers, interlocks and other related laser safety equipment.

Bill is the Chairman of the ANSI Z136 Technical Standards Committee on Control Measures and Training (TSC-4) and a voting member of the Accredited Standards Committee, the main Z136 committee. He is an active member of the Laser Institute of America (LIA) and a former member of their Board of Directors as well as a member of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Laser Safety and is a Certified Laser Safety Officer by the Board of Laser Safety.


For more information about these courses,
please contact us via email or call us at
(800) 94-LASER or +1 (513) 272-9900.