Issue 2
September 2013
BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter

Welcome to the BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter!

Whether you are a SH&E professor, student, or recent graduate, the Collegiate eNewsletter will include news and information that will help you in your professional safety career.

See the In This Issue section to the right to navigate to the stories of most interest to you.

Thank you to all who contributed to this issue.

Embrace Opportunity 

Lon H. Ferguson, Ed.D., CSP


College campuses are once again buzzing with the activity of students and faculty. Now, almost a month into the 2013-2014 academic year, any new schedules we adjusted to in August have become routine. New developments in safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practice always give us new opportunities though, and routine should not blind us from opportunity. 


Students who are set to graduate with SH&E degrees have excellent job prospects. Industry studies show that the number of new positions expected to open for safety professionals is double the number of persons graduating from SH&E academic programs.  


New academic programs are being developed to meet the need of increased SH&E study too. BCSP's Academic Database expanded earlier this year to share the availability of these programs. 


SH&E students themselves are finding more ways to get involved in promoting the profession, becoming members of campus SH&E clubs, engaging in safety research, or dedicating themselves to the pursuit of certification


As I started this fall semester, the first day of classes gave me the opportunity to meet with incoming Freshmen during their orientation. As part of this orientation, I asked five Juniors to give the new students some keys to success as they move forward in our SH&E Program. The Juniors focused on the common themes of maintaining their grades above a 3.0 GPA, getting involved in student SH&E organizations, and encouraged important participation in co-ops and internships to get SH&E work experience.   


These five shared with the Freshmen some of their fears when routine was changed with their first co-op, such as: "Where will I live?" "What will my boss be like?" "What will I be doing? Can I actually do this?" It was nothing short of amazing to see how passionate these students had become about SH&E after participating in their co-ops. They had overcome their fears and, for the first time, understood the importance of what they were learning in the classroom. They learned how it applied to their future SH&E profession, how to protect people, property, and the environment. For most of these students the co-op opportunity has led to an internship next year, as well as a full-time job offer. 


I thank those who have shared promising developments and success stories with BCSP for this eNewsletter, and wish our readers the best in making the most of their opportunities this year.


New Safety Sciences Doctoral Program Holds First Classes  

In October, 2011, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania's (IUP) Doctorate of Philosophy in Safety Sciences was approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors. The Safety Sciences Doctorate's first classes were held this summer.

"The program began with 24 students, 23 from all over the United States enrolling and one person from overseas," said Dr. Chris Janicak, CSP, the IUP professor of safety sciences and coordinator of the safety sciences graduate program. Janicak indicated that many different industries were represented, and added that he hopes the program can assist the SH&E profession by meeting needs for new professionals and educators.

Current workforce projections by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2008-2018 estimate that employment in occupational safety will increase by about 11 percent.  A 2011 study by the American Society of Safety Engineers identified a shortage in safety faculty as a pressing concern, and that the lack of safety or safety-related doctorate programs was the number one reason for unfilled positions in SH&E higher education.

The Safety Sciences Ph.D. is described on the IUP website as being designed to prepare safety professionals with advanced skills in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and the prevention of safety, health, and environmental hazards in the work environment. "The purpose is to give the people skills to conduct research and make decisions backed by research," said Janicak. "There are many instances in which safety decisions are made based on anecdote and time and money spent with no effect." Upon graduation, students will also "be able to teach safety, health, and environmental content in industry or higher education," further encouraging evidence-based practice.

The program is part-time, and a majority of the coursework is available online. The program was designed to allow full-time working professionals to complete the degree without leaving their current jobs. After talking with students in the program, Janicak said that nearly all those admitted were working full-time and able to take the course. "We use Blackboard's new collaborate system during the academic year, and students come to campus in the summer for research and statistics courses," Janicak explains.

Janicak believes the program will be helpful in meeting the needs of the SH&E profession. The students he met this summer encouraged this positive view. "Some (students) were looking to strengthen their practice by learning how to better do research, others are planning to enter higher education and teach in safety degree programs," he said. We wish these students the best as they pursue their degree.


ResearchStudents Win Awards for Research 

Each year the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) holds a safety research poster contest at Safety 2013. SH&E students are encouraged to submit posters documenting studies they are engaged in that benefit workplace safety. The submissions are then judged for merit, and awards announced.


The Safety 2013 poster contest winners, and their universities, are as follows.


Student Category

Characterizing the Potential Use of ANSI Class Z87.1, Safety Glasses for the Attenuation of UV Excimer Laser Exposure

Tina Wells; Maika Lee; Burton Ogle, Ph.D., CSP, CIH; Tracey Zontek, Ph.D., CSP, CIH; Western Carolina University; Scott Hoollenbeck, CIH; John Jankovi, ORNL


Graduate Student Category

Determining the Effective Exposure Control Measures to Health and Safety Hazards in the Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

Najmeh Vaez; Maria Ricardo-Roca; Ana Ramirez; Kathy Wong; Dr. Magdy Akladios; University of Houston Clearlake


'Other' Category, Including Government

Lost-Time Injuries - Predicting and Reducing Their Occurrence

Katie Schofield Larson, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, CHST; Bruce H. Alexander, Ph.D.; Susan Goodwin Gerberich, Ph.D., Rich MacLehose, Ph.D., Andrew Ryan, MS; University of Minnesota


Research Project Aims to Advance Understanding of Sailor Hearing Loss 

Murray State University Occupational Safety and Health Assistant Instructor Dr. Gary Morris, CSP, and Murray State University students Amanda Dean, Carrie Stindt and Justin Bryant have successfully completed the first federal grant funded naval noise exposure data collection tour aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.

The data collected in this study will aid in identifying significant noise exposure sources, over 24-hour work shifts, aboard the aircraft carrier. These noise sources could be possible causes in the increasing amount of noise induced hearing loss for sailors working aboard aircraft carriers and possibly other ships as well.


CertificationPursuing the GSP 

Students enrolled in Qualifying Academic Programs (QAPs) are eligible for the Graduate Safety Professional (GSP) designation when they graduate. There are a few ways to prepare for this beneficial designation.

BCSP does not automatically award the GSP designation to applicants upon their graduation. The designation is awarded once the GSP Application and official transcript are recieved by BCSP. QAP graduates should mark their calendars with a reminder to send BCSP their college transcript after they achieve their degree. The transcript should be sent to BCSP directly from the university in a sealed university envelope. BCSP also accepts electronic transcripts, if sent directly from the university to BCSP.

When a GSP is ready to begin planning for their CSP examination they should complete the GSP Application Update Forms. An Experience Form should be completed for each SH&E position held. BCSP will evaluate each candidate and let them know if any additional information or experience is necessary. Once a GSP meets all the educational and experience requirements to become a CSP, and has been approved to take the CSP exam, they have a three year time period to purchase and take the CSP examination.

To assist students seeking the GSP, BCSP offers free GSP keychain flash drives with the GSP Handbook and related fillable forms to QAP professors and student groups at universities with QAPs. Students and professors interested in sharing these flash drives should contact BCSP's Marketing Department.


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