The recently formed Association of Laser Safety Professionals (ALSP) held its first AGM on Tuesday 19th September at the Institute of Physics in London. The Association was founded in January 2005 by a group of nine leading experts in laser safety. Most of the founder members sit on standards committees which set laser safety standards at both National and International levels, and all of them are deeply involved in laser safety in their professional work. The ALSP aims to:
Membership of the Association is open to experienced, practising laser safety professionals who possess, and can demonstrate, a sufficiently high level of knowledge of, and competence in, laser safety. The ALSP welcomes applications for membership from suitably-qualified individuals. The Membership Criteria against which applications are assessed can be seen at the Association's website All members are granted certification as a Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) in their particular field (either medical / cosmetic laser safety or non-medical laser safety).
Because of the Healthcare Commission's requirement for certification of LPAs who operate in the independent Healthcare sector, it is expected that the ALSP will attract most applications for membership from this sector. Indeed, a number of such applications have already been received. Whilst these applications are welcomed, the Association also wishes to encourage those who work in other laser safety fields to apply. Speaking after the AGM, Chairman of the Association Roy Henderson stated: ‘We are keen to promote high standards in all fields of laser safety whether LPA certification is officially 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.'
At the AGM the ALSP officially adopted its Constitution and Rules. Discussion was held about possible future work of the Association. Of particular note are plans to provide accreditation for laser safety training / trainers and the possible organisation of meetings on current issues in laser safety issues.