By Andrew Morrison

As LIA’s sales and client representative, I travel to a lot of conferences to connect with our partners and learn about new companies. My latest trip took me to Dallas for the Safety 2015 conference by the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison

Almost all the interest at our booth regarded our laser safety officer training. Many attendees stopping by to pick up a course catalog asked when and where courses were upcoming. (To stay updated on when and where our courses are being held, check out the training tab on our website.)

It was interesting that people who stopped by were either replacing someone and preparing to become their company’s new LSO, or just trying to get familiar with laser safety since their company had lasers onsite.

I also spoke with a few insurance company representatives who stopped by to gather information for their clients who have questions or need to get trained. A few people were just concerned that their company had no program in place and no training for employees, and they realized the dangers of this.

As our Education Director Gus Anibarro will tell you, it’s not enough to name an LSO for your industrial or medical environment — you need to keep that person trained based on the latest ANSI Z136 laser safety standards, as well as state and federal regulations.

In fact, Gus donated some LSO training for the silent auction at Safety 2015. One visitor to our booth couldn’t stay and chat because she said she needed to run over and get her bid in!

Since LIA is an OSHA alliance partner, we have even trained OSHA compliance officers and consultants on the best laser safety practices.

It’s part of everyone’s job at LIA to point you in the right direction so you can keep yourself and your employees and coworkers safe. We’re always ready to help steer you to the training course that best meets your needs.

That’s why I and my coworkers at LIA are always out there at conferences related to our mission. Think about it: Spending a few thousand dollars on laser safety training can help prevent deaths or serious injuries and save you far more money in accident-related costs in the long run.

Andrew Morrison visits about three to five non-LIA industry events annually to represent LIA and stay in touch with our members. To inquire about exhibiting at an LIA conference or advertising in our newsletter or on our website, contact him at amorrison@lia.org.