Issue 3
May 2014
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.


Gary Morris, PhD, CSP, Murray State University  


The academic year is near conclusion, and many SH&E students are looking forward to exciting opportunities to practice what they have learned.

Some of you will be starting internships and co-ops. These new experiences bring with them many questions, ranging from how the organization you will be working with operates, to whether or not you will be an effective team member. A big part of learning is being able to find answers to these questions, having the courage to request help and find mentors. A great safety professional is always growing.

There are many SH&E students who will be reaching a momentous milestone in their lives these next few weeks: Walking at graduation. You will be graduating at an exciting time. The demand for knowledgeable safety professionals is great, and the industries that employ us expanding. Just as safety is not merely the absence of incidents, but a set of consistently followed best practices, the steps you take onto the stage to receive your diploma are the first among the many that form your career path.

Take inspiration from your accomplishments, stay dedicated to personal development, and join us in the advancement safety. 


Future Safety Leaders Embrace Future Training Methods   
Alex Rojas, Millersville University

It is important safety professionals correlate Generation Y's entering the workforce and how our computer-dependent needs will evolve how safety training is conducted. I decided to pursue this research because I wanted to find a topic that was personally relevant, but would also make an impact in safety for the years to come. I myself am a member of Generation Y and consider myself a lifetime learner through the use of technology and computers. The American education system has conditioned us to learn through technology and computers since elementary school and I believe this trend will carry over into industrial training.

Under the leadership of my faculty advisor, Dr. Jack Ogutu, I prepared a survey for members of the Lancaster County Industrial Safety Council (LCISC). We had a 45 percent participation rate from LCISC members, who evaluated the effectiveness of training methods.
The results indicated that traditional training methods, such as the lecture-based approach, are primarily utilized in industry. I believe this reflects the fact that 82.3 percent of the participants' employees are over the age of 35 and are not computer dependent. However, 68.8 percent of the participants believe there is a need to utilize computers and technology in their training efforts. I do believe computer-based approaches, such as virtual simulations and computer software, will play a larger role in the future. 81.3 percent of the participants believe their employees would be safer if they could witness the real world effects of their actions, without actual injury of losses, through simulation training. Additionally, 58.5 percent of participants believe computer-based methods will be the primary training method in the next 10-20 years. I believe it is not a coincidence that in the next 10-20 years, Generation Y will become a majority in the workforce.

In order to build upon these results, I will be conducting another survey of senior OSEH majors at Millersville University. I would like to poll Generation Y students and see what they will be demanding, as far as training goes, in their future career pursuits. Hopefully, I will be able to identify strong parallels and will be able to develop an honors thesis with the results. With additional literary resources, I believe I will be able to develop a compelling argument that will be a win-win for both employers and employees in the future.


Students Explore Connections Between Culture and Risk Assessment
Meghan Cavins, Murray State University

Murray State University's Occupational Safety and Health Department has been busy trying to break geographical barriers and expand students' knowledge in this diverse area of study. A small and inclusive group of students, six undergraduates and three graduates, traveled abroad with Dr. Gary Morris with the intent to answer the question; "does culture affect risk assessment?"

Organizations are becoming increasingly global and workforces have become a melting pot of ideas from various backgrounds and generations. We wanted to have a sense for how individuals in other cultures assess risk, even though they may not share the same regulations or have the same incidents in the workplace. While pondering this question, it led us to believe there could be potential obstacles that a safety manager may face when controlling risk in different cultures. We have numerous graduates from our department working in countries with various cultures, and as it may be part of some of our futures, we were eager to learn and find answers.


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L-R: Murray State students James Nance, Jeremy Turner, Adam Page, Josh Reed, Meghan Cavins, Amber Miller, Doug Ebert, Erica Cash
We spent two weeks in Europe, five days in Paris, France and eight days in London, England. During this time, we were actively speaking with individuals from different areas and workforces to have them participate in a risk assessment survey.

I can say that conducting these surveys led us to experience a number of incredible things; we would spend hours getting lost in the city and meeting individuals and learning about them. We were pushed outside of our comfort zone, and it was then that we truly began to experience the different cultures. In Paris, we would walk into restaurants for dinner, knowing just enough French to get us by.  Lucky for us, espresso means the same in most languages. While in England, we were able to learn a great deal about the culture by touring places such as the House of Parliament. We were also able to schedule a meeting with the British Safety Council; they gave a presentation on how they conduct risk assessment and shared with us some of the differences in laws and regulations.


The students from Murray State stand with Dr. Gary Morris, right, and members of the British Safety Council 

The trip was everything we sought it to be, from the sightseeing, having the opportunity to learn the way others view an area that we study and are passionate about, and the cultural experiences. While there are still numerous studies and assessments to be done in this area, I will say that from the experience I had, the individuals that I spoke with, and the surveys I received, culture actively affects the way an individual may assess the risks. 


Advancing Safety Practices    
Kevin Sterling, Oklahoma State University

One of the most difficult tasks to achieve as a safety professional is changing the culture of a workplace. Through my experiences as an intern with Flint Hills resources, I found that changing a safety culture can be difficult due to many reasons, including habits that have been learned over a long period of time, familiarity with the current methods being used, and hesitancy when new policies and procedures are being implemented. I found that the best way to change the culture is by affecting it.
Affecting the culture of a workplace means to change it gradually by implementing changes in stages. One method that I found effective during my time at Flint Hills was how new policies and policy revision were "rolled-out" in groups over the course of the year. This process gave workers the opportunity to become familiar with the changes while also allowing the safety team to create a schedule to ensure that policies were finished in a timely manner.

By implementing new practices in steps, and spacing them over a given time frame, employees have more time to become familiar with the changes. People are more receptive when faced with a few changes at a time versus many major changes very quickly. When too many changes are being made at one time, they struggle to become comfortable with all of the changes, leading them to fall back on the practices they are familiar with. People will struggle to learn new practices when they have too many to remember and focus on. When given less to focus on at a given time, employees are not only able to learn the new practices faster, but will also be more comfortable with them so that they will not fall back on the old practices.

BCSP Revalidates GSP Qualifying Academic Programs, Visits Universities  

BCSP recently revalidated GSP Qualifying Academic Programs (QAPs), reaching out to QAPs to confirm graduate's knowledge levels met those required to waive the ASP examination. In early 2014, BCSP CEO Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, CET; Examinations Director Robert Schneller, CSP; and Business Director Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST, STS began visiting universities with QAPs to discuss with students the connection between their futures as safety professionals and the advancement of safety as a profession.
Greer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
"Students who attend accredited SH&E programs in college launch their career from a good foundation," says Greer. "The young people I met asked many questions, looking to know all that they can about the safety profession and the certification process. The schools do a great job promoting the GSP or certification process. Their students seem very excited to aim for the CSP and it was a pleasure to meet them."

Before the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year, BCSP met with faculty and students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Murray State University, Oakland University, University of Central Missouri, The University of Findlay, University of Houston - Clear Lake, and the University of Montana. They emphasized the importance of accreditation, the development of the GSP program and value of the CSP, and answered many questions students had about the process of achieving the CSP.

BCSP team members enjoyed building connections with these universities and aim to visit many more in the next year.

BCSP Unveils New GSP Logo, Posters

The GSP now has a logo of its own. It combines a graduation cap and diploma with the CSP's trademark diamond shape. Of the CSP's three diamonds -- Thought,  Word, and Deed -- the GSP diamond represents Thought. It indicates the credential holder is on their path to the CSP.

The new logo is featured on a set of posters BCSP has designed and is making available to QAPs. Faculty who would like to promote their program can contact BCSP for a copy.



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