Bay Area Laser Safety Officers

What is BALSO?

Bay Area Laser Safety Officers is an organization designed to promote networking of individuals involved in laser safety. Most members are from the Bay Area, but we invite participation by all interested parties.

The Bay Area Laser Safety Officers (BALSO) mission is to:

  • Promote the professional practice of laser safety in education, research, medicine, and industry.
  • Provide, through regular meetings, an open forum for the discussion of laser safety issues.
  • Encourage cooperation and networking among laser safety professionals.
  • Provide basic unbiased laser safety information to the public.
  • Provide recognition for supporting organizations.

For more information about BALSO and it's activities, please contact Dewey Sprague.

Recent News

Bob Sarason Receives the BALSO Jim Rockwell Award
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 10:09:21 EST

Balso is pleased to announce that Bob Sarason is the recipient of this year's Jim Rockwell Award. The Jim Rockwell Award is the highest honor that the Bay Area Laser Safety Officers (BALSO) bestows. It is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of Laser Safety. The recipient(s) shall have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of laser safety.

Next BALSO Meeting
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 01:48:39 EST

The next BALSO meeting will be held in June. The host, location and time will be announced shortly.

Laser Safety Officer Course
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 01:48:39 EST

Rockwell Laser Industries will conduct a 4 day Laser Safety Officer Course (L-222) in Portland, OR beginning May 13, 2011. This intermediate level course provides an in-depth, analytical review of the LSO duties and requirements of ANSI Z136.1, OSHA, FDA-CDRH and state laser standards. After a review of the biological basis, the student will complete an in-depth computation workshop that covers MPE, AEL, NHZ and OD factors.