The Association of Laser Safety Professionals (ALSP) held its first Annual General Meeting on 19 September at the Institute of Physics in London. Discussion was held about possible future work of the association, including plans to provide accreditation for laser safety training and the possible organising of meetings on current laser safety issues.
ALSP was founded in January 2005, by members of laser safety standards committees, with the aim to establish, promote and maintain high standards in the provision of laser safety services. Once members have passed the rigorous membership criteria, they receive Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) certification. Most members are from the healthcare sector as LPA certification is required, but they hope to receive applications from other sectors in the future.
Speaking after the AGM, chairman Roy Henderson said: ‘We are keen to promote high standards in all fields of laser safety wither LPA certification is required in that field or not. We hope that all those whose work involves a high proportion of laser safety activity will wish to join the association and help achieve its aims.’