Last Chance to Register for June LSO Courses
Time is running out to register for our premier laser safety training courses, broadcasting from UL University and available for attendance through teleconferencing. These courses provide an in-depth, analytical review of the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) duties and requirements of ANSI Z136.1, OSHA, FDA-CDRH and state laser standards.
The courses being offered are:
Students will receive:
- 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 (via download)
For students registering on or before June 4, 2020, RLI will ship the above training materials free of charge so they will be available at the start of the courses. Students registering on or after June 5, 2020 may incur additional shipping charges.
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 June 15, 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 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.
Barbara V. O'Kane, CIH, CSP, CLSO, Consultant
Barb O'Kane began her laser safety career 20 years ago while working as an industrial hygienist/safety professional for Colorado manufacturing companies. She earned her Environmental Health, Master of Science degree from Colorado State University. Throughout her career she has focused on educating workers about hazards in the workplace and helping employers effectively mitigate risk.
Barb is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Laser Safety Officer. She is currently an executive board member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Rocky Mountain Section
For more information regarding our courses, please contact us via email or call us at
+1 (513) 272-9900.