2017 International Laser Safety Conference draws 200-plus safety pros
The LIA's International Laser Safety Conference brought together over 200 laser safety professionals from around the world.
The Laser Institute of America (LIA; Orlando, FL)'s International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC; held March 20-23, 2017, in Atlanta, GA) brought together over 200 laser safety professionals from around the world. There, attendees learned about a large range of topics, including non-ionizing radiation sources and laser-generated air contaminants.
Major American and European research laboratories provided results of studies on the bioeffects of both ultrafast lasers and varying wavelengths to the skin and eyes. As technologies advance and more lasers become available for research, the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limits will evolve for years to come.
In a clear indication that the case is not closed on the Class 3R laser, there were several views presented from the history of the classification. Presentations included proposed changes of FDA regulations related to laser pointers and the dangers they may present.
The Medical Practical Applications Seminar (MPAS) concentrated on the handling of smoke and plumes. There were also presentations on the use of lasers to help burn victims; the treatment of acute and chronic pain; and laser use in veterinary medicine. Notably, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were present at ILSC to answer questions in a panel discussion for the first time.
Because of the recent influx of first-time participants, the Technical Practical Applications Seminar (TPAS) refocused on the basics of laser safety. Co-chairs Eddie Ciprazo and Jamie King bookended the session with "So you are the LSO – Now What?" and "Resources for the LSO." At the end of the seminar, attendees received the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Laser Lessons Learned Newsletter booklet, which contains a lot of laser safety information.
In addition, the ILSC 2017 program featured a sponsor reception, display area, numerous networking opportunities, and a laser safety awards luncheon, which highlighted and recognized R. James Rockwell Jr. Award winner John O'Hagan and George M. Wilkening Award winner Wesley J. Marshall.
For more information, please visit www.lia.org/conferences/ilsc.