Issue 14, August 2019
Involvement is Key to Accomplishment
Mark A. Miner, MS; Coordinator for the Occupational Safety Management and Building Construction Management Programs, University of Wisconsin, Platteville
A new school year brings with it so many new, and so many familiar, feelings. I am excited to embark on a new journey with those who are just beginning their path to safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) education. I’m anxious to see those finishing their education begin a new chapter and transfer their skills and knowledge from the classroom into real-world applications; helping to keep what matters most, workers, safe.

The most important piece of advice I can recommend to students is to become a proactive learner. Your time as a student will be most valuable if you become a student of the profession and the world you choose to pursue. If your goal is manufacturing or insurance, take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities through metal, foundry and robotics technical labs, etc. If you are entering construction safety, be sure to enroll in hands-on classes which are focused in both vertical and horizontal constructions.  

Take the opportunity to couple your pure safety studies with multiple internships which provide experience in your classes' real-world applications; the result will be a solid foundation of knowledge and confidence that will give you the best chance for success as a safety professional.    

Those of you that will be graduating, remember to be a leader, be a teacher, be a coach, and in tough times support your coworkers. You are all on the same team with the same mission. To those of you just beginning your safety education, remember to get involved. Get involved with your classmates, get involved in your local ASSP chapter, get involved with safety societies within your school. 

Being a leader and staying involved are skills it takes to become certified. I highly recommend that, when you are ready, you focus your knowledge and experiences into BCSP certification. Professional certification provides recognition of your commitment to the safety profession and continuing your safety education.  

We are all on the journey of safety together. Being involved, staying engaged, and continuing education allows us to stay on the path to success. I wish everyone a safe and happy school year.
BCSP Academic Database

BCSP maintains the  Academic Database  for those seeking the knowledge required to become an SH&E professional, looking to earn recertification points, or looking to stay knowledgeable of the latest developments in safety practice.
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Have an upcoming job fair, conference, or chapter meeting that you would like to share with readers? Would you like to invite a BCSP representative to attend an event? We would like to hear about it! 

Submit information on upcoming events using our new  Event Request Form .
Investing in Future Practitioners Through Scholarships
The BCSP Foundation is pleased to support young, aspiring SH&E professionals pursuing higher education in ABET/AABI accredited Qualified Academic Programs (QAP), an essential component in effectively attaining a rewarding, lucrative future in safety. This support acknowledges that young safety professionals will be the reason for safety innovation and improvements, that they will be the reason for reduction in workplace fatalities and injuries, and further justifies the importance of investing in the future of safety.

In addition to the BCSP Foundation's scholarships, the ASSP Foundation, the AIHF Foundation, and the AGC Education and Research Foundation provide scholarships to students in occupational safety fields, undergrads, and graduate students.

Click the Continue Reading button for more details on dates, deadlines, and submission information for each of these organization's scholarship opportunities.
Send Us Your News

Consider the BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter your eNewsletter. 

Contact Colan Holmes , BCSP Senior Manager, Communications, with any SH&E education story ideas.
Newsletters and Annual Reports Archive

BCSP keeps an archive of all of its eNewsletters and Annual Reports. You can view these other publications in the eNewsletter section of the Annual Report and eNewsletter Archive.
Benefits of Professional Certification
In support of those seeking the benefits of higher education, BCSP offers several tools and programs designed to aid students throughout the entire collegiate process. From those just beginning their college career, to those nearly ready to enter the workforce, BCSP aims to guide the future safety practitioners of the world in any way we can. 
Chief among the benefits BCSP offers to college students is the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation . The GSP is available to students graduating from degree programs which meet BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards, it puts students on a path to achieving the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. There is no fee for the GSP and it provides a heightened level of recognition for professional safety practice. It also gives the designation holder access the BCSP Career Center
BCSP's Toolkit for Advancing the Safety Profession

Banner displays are a great way to promote BCSP certifications and earn Recertification credit. A display is available to any credential holder for use at chapter meetings, regional or local conferences, career fairs, and other safety-related seminars, meetings, and presentations. BCSP ships to and from any U.S. venue and provides literature at no cost.

If you would like to borrow a display, fill out a  Display and Literature Request Form . Your request will be received by Jennifer Cedarstaff, BCSP's Marketing Assistant. Banner displays are available on a first come, first served basis.

Presentations on safety certification can also be done for recertification credit, and BCSP has many resources that can be used for presentations, including pre-made PowerPoints, on our  Presentations and Outreach page .
Explore the Field Needed in Every Industry
Hazards exist in every workplace across the globe, and where there are hazards, there exists a need for safety professionals. Safety professionals prevent injuries and incidents, protecting people and making sure they return home safely. 

Safety professionals are in nearly every industry including:
  • Oil and Gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Technology/Aeronautics
  • Government
  • Military

The safety field can be extremely rewarding:
  • Safety professionals earn a median annual base salary of $97,000
  • Median base salary for Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) is $110,000*
  • Make a difference every day
  • Ensure workers return home safely each day

There are many ways to enter the safety profession:
  • Safety, health, and environmental college degrees
  • Grow into a safety role via on-the-job duties
  • Military members often transition into civilian safety roles
  • Personal experience often propels individuals toward safety careers

For more information including testimonials from safety professionals and BCSP's Academic Database, read The Safety Profession: Do You Have What It Takes? flipbook!

*based on 2018 SH&E Industry Salary Survey conducted by BCSP and ASSP
Promoting the Value of Your School

If your academic program is a Qualified Academic Program, BCSP would like to work with you in making sure individuals seeking quality SH&E education know your school produces future leaders.

Contact  Lisa Spencer, Senior Director, Marketing for more information.  
Research and Innovation Summit Translating Safety Knowledge to Safety Practice
The BCSP Foundation brought together safety leaders from around the world for its first Biennial Research and Innovation Summit, held at the JW Marriot Conference Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 6 and 7,   2019 .

The summit included panels focused on the latest safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) research as well as the practical application of that knowledge to meet industries' needs in the protection of people, property, and the environment. Safety professionals, educators, researchers, and students in attendance collaborated as part of breakout sessions and several roundtable events to achieve this goal.
BCSP Career Center

The  BCSP Career Center connects job seekers with prospective employers in the safety, health and environmental industry. Results are just a click away!

The Career Center allows job seekers who hold any of our credentials to post a resume in our resume bank for free.

For companies looking to hire individuals who hold our credentials, this is your direct route to qualified individuals.