ILDA offers a Laser Safety Officer - Lasershows course, intended for persons working in the field of laser light shows and displays. It comprehensively covers lasershow-specific content and safety requirements.
The course takes about eight hours. There is a test at the end of the course.
• If you pass the test, you receive a Certificate of Completion stating that you attended the LSO-Lasershows course.
• If you do not pass the test, you can re-take the course one subsequent time, within 12 months, at a lower fee. (The re-take fee amount varies depending on location.) Notify ILDA when you are ready to re-take the course.
Because the ILDA course does NOT cover industrial, medical, scientific, or other types of laser usage, our LSO training is only valid for persons working with laser show safety.
For persons outside the U.S., note that the material on general laser safety is international. However, the course only covers U.S. regulations and notification requirements.
We have some yearly scheduled courses, and can also set up custom courses.
• In August 2016, we envision having a course at the South East Laser Enthusiasts Meeting in Newton, NC. The exact date has not yet been set.
• There will be three classes just before the 2016 ILDA Conference in Baltimore. On Saturday, November 5 will be the Laser Operator Class and the Advanced Audience Scanning Class. On Sunday, November 6 will be the Laser Safety Officer class.
• If other dates are added, we will list them here.
• Custom courses are available in Orlando, Florida or at your location. Course rates depend on the number of persons taking the course at the same time. If outside of Orlando, rates would be higher to cover the instructor's travel and accommodations costs.
ILDA's LSO-Lasershows course has been designed to meet three key requirements:
ILDA's course meets the requirement for ILDA Professional (IAPLC) accreditation. For IAPLC, at least one person in the company must have satisfactorily completed a Laser Safety Officer course. (Note that IAPLC also accepts LSO courses from any recognized provider, such as Rockwell Laser Industries and the Laser Institute of America.)
ILDA's course also meets Arizona state requirements for Laser Safety Officers. Specifically, Title 12, Chapter 1 of the Arizona Administrative Code lists in Appendix D three main areas which must be covered.
Arizona's top laser regulator has told ILDA that applicants must train on subjects which are applicable to them. ILDA's course covers all areas applicable to laser light shows.
Further, ILDA has been told that it is "sufficient if the registrant can supply the [Arizona Radiation Regulatory] Agency with documentation that the LSO has been taught in these subjects" and "show[s] proof of training in all subjects listed." ILDA's Certificate of Completion provides this proof to all who satisfactorily attend and complete the final course test.
Finally, ILDA's course meets ANSI Z136.1 "Safe Use of Lasers" LSO training requirements in the areas applicable to laser light shows.
Primary instructor for the course is Greg Makhov, ILDA Safety Chair and instructor at LSO courses from other providers. The course includes a PowerPoint presentation with over 200 slides and a 70-page comprehensive printed summary/review.
The course does NOT include copies of copyrighted standards such as those from ANSI, IEC or NEC. If you do not have these, you are urged to purchase them separately.
(1) For user personnel routinely working on or around lasers:
(a) Fundamentals of laser operation (physical principles, construction, etc.)
(b) Bloeffects of laser radiation on the eye and skin
(c) Significance of specular and diffuse reflections
(d) Non‑beam hazards of lasers (electrical, chemical, reaction by‑products, etc.)
(e) Any ionizing radiation hazards
(f) Laser and laser system classifications
(g) Control measures
(h) Overall responsibilities of management and employee
(i) Medical surveillance practices
(j) The need for CPR training for personnel servicing or working on lasers with exposed high voltages and/or the capability of producing potentially lethal electrical currents
(2) For the LSO or other individual responsible for the laser safety program, evaluation of hazards, and implementation of control measures, or any others if directed by management to obtain a thorough knowledge of laser safety:
(a) The topics listed in section (1) above
(b) Laser terminology
(c) Types of lasers, wavelengths, pulse shapes, modes, power/energy
(d) Basic radiometric units and measurement devices
(e) MPE levels for eye and skin under all conditions
(f) Laser hazard evaluations, range equations, and other calculations
(g) IEC, ANSI and U.S. regulations. Regulatory requirements in non-U.S. countries will be reviewed but at this time (summer 2010) are not extensive.
(3) Technical considerations (Arizona note: ILDA's course does NOT include Intense Pulsed Light or IPL devices. Arizona regulators have stated to ILDA that this is OK for laser show producers and operators, since they do not use IPLs.)
(a) Laser device descriptions
(c) Laser device radiation fundamentals
(d) Laser mediums and types of lasers (includes information regarding diodes and solid, liquid and gas laser devices)
(e) Biological effects of laser light
(f) Damage mechanisms
i. Eye hazard
ii. Skin hazard
iii. Absorption and wavelength effects
iv. Thermal effects
(g) Photo chemistry
(h) Photosensitive medications are NOT covered as this is an IPL consideration
(i) Criteria for setting the Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) levels for eye and skin associated hazards
(j) Explosive, electrical and chemical hazards
(k) Fire, ionizing radiation, cyrogenic hazards and other hazards as applicable.
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