First Quarter 2018

BCSP eNewsletter  

Welcome to this First Quarter 2018 BCSP eNewsletter.

No matter which certification or designation you hold with BCSP, or if you are in the process of attaining one, we have included 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.

Message from the President of the Board
BCSP will continue to advance the safety profession and will do so in many important ways this year.
The BCSP Foundation has been successfully incorporated and accepted its first donation in February. BCSP provided 31 scholarships to students of Graduate Safety Practitioner ® (GSP ®) Qualifying Academic Programs in 2017, up from 18 students the year before. The Foundation is already building the future of the profession.
Benefiting those in the field, BCSP joined the OSHA Alliance and will be collaborating with the agency on awareness campaigns and to provide safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) resources for the advancement of professional safety practice.
Internationally, BCSP continues to reach out and build its network of experienced and knowledgeable safety practitioners. BCSP Ambassadors are leading webinars, reaching audiences around the world. Staff and volunteers recently visited Kuwait.
New product offerings recently launched make the process of certification easier. The MyBCSP App has new features, harnessing its popularity to share more information about safety certification. Online self-assessments now allow applicants who purchase them immediate access to the tools required to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Exam bundles offer applicants the opportunity to purchase an exam, an online self-assessment, and second exam attempt at a reduced cost.
Our certifications will soon be undergoing updates as well.
A Beta examination for the Construction Health and Safety Technician ® (CHST ®) certification will be available later this month. This CHST4 Beta exam is an important part of the regular update to the certification that keeps BCSP in line with current practice and of the highest value. It will be available for a limited time and at a reduced cost.
Education requirements for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) will also change . We have reached a milestone in the development of the safety profession, marked by an increasingly rich body of knowledge on the protection of people, property, and the environment. BCSP will lead in this change, highlighting the value of the CSP and those who have earned it. Beginning July 2, 2018, those who apply for the CSP must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree as part of the certification's requirements.
I am excited to join certificants, staff, leadership, and my fellow Board Members as President of BCSP's Board of Directors at such a promising time.

CSPEdReqBCSP to Raise Education Requirement for CSP Certification
Continuing to lead as the Gold Standard of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) certifications, BCSP will require those who apply for the CSP to hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree beginning July 2, 2018.
This update reflects the growth in SH&E knowledge, an integral component in the advancement of the profession. BCSP will continue that advancement by raising the bar, keeping CSPs at the forefront of SH&E practice.
Several other certifications accredited by ANSI under the ISO/IEC 17024 standard require a minimum of a bachelor's degree. The requirement follows the findings in the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations' (INSHPO) The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Professional Capability Framework, a consensus-based document developed from an international analysis of data from national professional associations and certification bodies and a key item in the Singapore Accord.
The Associate Safety Professional ® (ASP ®) certification's requirements will not change. Any person who applied, or will apply, for the CSP with an associate degree before July 2, 2018, and is found eligible for the CSP examination will have several options to comply with the change in the education requirement. These options are open through December 31, 2020.
It is BCSP's goal to ensure all certified professionals meet professional standards. Email notifications with all options explained have been sent to those affected.
More information on this change can be found on the BCSP website.

FoundScholBCSP Foundation Incorporated, Supports Over 30 Dedicated Students
L-R: BCSP Foundation Manager Christine McConnell, MPA; BCSP Board President Linda Martin, CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC, CET; BCSP Board Member Jim Kreinbrink, CSP; BCSP CEO Treasa Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE 
The BCSP Foundation was successfully incorporated and received its first donation of $10,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance in February. 

In 2017, BCSP provided $262,000 to Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) Qualified Academic Programs (QAP), funding programs' accreditation through Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), as well as providing student scholarships. Being a GSP QAP benefits academic programs and students.
Students who received the BCSP QAP scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year include:

Cory Willson-Kerns
Colorado State University

Daniel Cuevas
Southeastern Louisiana University

Francis Bly
East Carolina University

Emily Cothern
Tulane University

Olalekan Aponmade
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -Prescott

Samantha Sherman
Nicholas Turnbeaugh
University of Cen tral Missouri

Ella Duggan
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

Nicholas Grisso
University of Cinncinati
Garrett Dailey
Fairmont State University

Michaela Decker
University of Findlay

Justin Artman
Illinois State University
Jesus Lara
Jordan Tanniehill
University of Houston-Clearlake

Kendra Buchanan
Indiana State University

Angela Chiappone
University of Illinois-Chicago
Christopher Shultz
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Vanessa Harripersaud
University of Massachusetts-Lowell

McKenzie Ball
Marshall University

Courtney Crawford
University of Michigan
Elizabeth Revelt
Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Eneojo Onuche
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Tyler Davis
Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Wendy Sales
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Clark Adams
Blake Barton
Murray State University

Klint Cardinal
Utah State University

Susan Ronhaar
Oakland University

Brice Dang
Lauren MacDowell
West Virginia University

Jessica Starks
Oklahoma State University

Scholarship recipient Samantha Sherman from the University of Central Missouri explains the value she places in the safety profession as an SH&E student and as someone who lost a loved one in a preventable incident: "I have chosen to be an Occupational Safety and Health major because I want to make a difference in the safety field, but more importantly, I just want to create a safe work environment that prevents accidents so people can go home at the end of the day. My step-brother, my best friend, never made it home to my family. My hope is that everyone else can go home to theirs."
More of these students' stories can be read in the upcoming BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter, to which you may subscribe. BCSP is committed to supporting their pursuit of a career in safety because they represent the promise of a safer future for all of us.

OSHAllyBCSP and OSHA Form Alliance, Collaborate on Campaigns
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have formed an alliance to provide information and guidance to SH&E practitioners and other stakeholders so they can best protect workers' safety and health.
As part of the two-year agreement, BCSP will work with OSHA to engage safety and health professionals and their employers in Agency outreach initiatives, such as the Safe + Sound Campaign and the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.
"As BCSP provides safety practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their experience, skills, and knowledge through quality, accredited certification, and OSHA supplies stakeholders with guidelines and resources to strengthen their safety programs, this alliance is a natural fit for the two organizations," said BCSP CEO Treasa Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE. "By enhancing careers and advancing the profession, BCSP and OSHA's combined initiatives will better protect people, property, and the environment."
The National Safety Stand-Down is scheduled for May 7-11, 2018, providing a week for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Fatalities caused by falls continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, and these accidents are preventable. Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down.
The second annual Safe + Sound Week will be held Aug. 13-19, 2018. The event is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety and health programs. These programs can help employers and workers identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving a company's financial bottom line and demonstrating corporate responsibility.
More information on these campaigns and other resources to assist employers in identifying situations that may benefit from a safety and health professional's expertise can be found on the BCSP Partners webpage.

L-R: BCSP CEO Treasa Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE;
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt; BCSP Board President Linda Martin, CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC, CET

IntlOutAdvancing Safety Certification in Kuwait
BCSP continues to actively promote the value of safety certification around the world, raising the bar for professional safety practice globally.

From February 12-13, BCSP participated in Global HSE 2018 Conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait, an international forum that brought together nearly 700 safety practitioners and corporate safety executives from across the Gulf Region. BCSP's Strategic and Global Relations Director, Erica Poff, CAE, IOM delivered a presentation entitled "Improving Occupational Safety Culture" during a technical session on H&S Best Practices, and met with safety professionals at the BCSP booth in the exhibit hall eager to learn more about certification.

"Certification has an important role to play in creating and nurturing mature safety culture", says Poff. "Employers everywhere [around the world] are looking for competent, capable safety practitioners that provide leadership in making safety a core organizational value. BCSP's robust portfolio of eight certifications is designed to validate safety knowledge, skills, and capabilities appropriate to various job roles across all levels of an organization, making them an invaluable resource to companies that value safety excellence".

While in Kuwait, BCSP also met with safety executives from several leading oil and gas companies, including Equate, the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), and the Kuwait Oil Corporation (KOC). Yassie Dunn, PMP, BCSP's Global Business Development Director, explains, "the focus on global business development reflects BCSP's ongoing commitment to create a safer world by raising the awareness and addressing the need for professional credentialing. This complements BCSP's broader initiative to play a leading role in elevating the safety profession globally."

BCSP also had the opportunity to meet with 80 members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) during the group's chapter meeting. BCSP staff, joined by BCSP Ambassador Ashok Garlapati, CSP, answered questions from the group about the requirements for BCSP certifications, what to expect when going through the application and examination process, and tips for completing Recertification requirements.

The ASSE-Kuwait Chapter has 795 members and provides an active support network for BCSP certification holders and aspiring certificants. In mid-2016, the Chapter launched a test prep group comprised of volunteer members who host study sessions in their homes on a weekly basis. To date, nine ASPs and five CSPs that participated in the group have passed their examinations.

MentRecognize Your Mentors
BCSP appreciates certificants who support others' developing their safety practice, volunteering their time to provide support to new applicants and candidates.

If you are pursuing a BCSP certification, you have the opportunity to credit a mentor who recommended SH&E certification to you. Recognize them by visiting the  Mentoring webpage and completing the Professional Advancement Mentor Form.

To highlight mentors' efforts, we release a  Mentoring Honor Roll at the end of each calendar year. Mentors who sponsor multiple applicants receive a logoed product based on the number of applicants they mentor as well.

Thank you, mentors, for your dedication to safety.

CHST4BetaReduced Price CHST4 Beta Exam Available for Limited Time
BCSP is offering the opportunity to purchase the CHST examination for a reduced price as part of the CHST4 Beta incentive program.
The CHST4 Beta examination will be available for $150, reduced from its regular price of $300, to the first 150 candidates who purchase it April 16-May 12, 2018. The exam must be taken from April 23- June 1, 2018. Examination results will be available by the fourth quarter of 2018.
If your CHST application has been accepted and you are eligible to purchase the CHST examination April 16-May 12, consider purchasing the CHST4 Beta exam. More information can be found on the Beta Examinations webpage.

NewOfferingsBCSP Now Offering Online Self-Assessments and Exam Bundles   
BCSP is now offering online self-assessments and exam bundles.

The new online self-assessments make it easy to create an informed study plan that meets your needs. 

The self-assessments are developed from the exam blueprints. Access to an online self-assessment is provided for six (6) months, during which time users have unlimited assessment attempts. Results from each attempt are provided, and a results history is maintained so candidates may evaluate their progress.

Exam bundles include an examination authorization, an online self-assessment, and a second exam attempt if the first is unsuccessful.
Each examination authorization is good for an exam sitting, is non-transferable and non-refundable.

With this offer now released, users may login to My Profile and select "Purchase Self-Assessment" to buy an online self-assessment. Applicants who are exam-eligible may select "Purchase Exam" and choose to buy an exam bundle.

In This Issue
» Message from the President of the Board
» BCSP to Raise Education Requirement for CSP Certification
» BCSP Foundation Incorporated, Supports Over 30 Dedicated Students
» BCSP and OSHA Form Alliance, Collaborate on Campaigns
» Advancing Safety Certification in Kuwait
» Recognize Your Mentors
» Reduced Price CHST4 Beta Exam Available for Limited Time
» BCSP Now Offering Online Self-Assessments and Exam Bundles
Board of Directors


Richard A. Pollock, CSP

(Vice President)

Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP

Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE, IOM
(Secretary and CEO)

C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP
(Past President)

Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, CHST, OHST

V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP

Joshua J. Franklin, CSP, SMS, STS, CET

Jim S. Kreinbrink, CSP

Daniel T. Lyons, CSP

Michael H. Overholt, CSP, OHST

Leslie R. Stockel, CSP, SMS

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Current Changes Index
Over the course of the year, a range of policy changes, procedure updates and other modifications occur. We want to make everyone aware of these changes on a regular basis, as well as keep an archive of the announcements.

Visit the Current Changes Index page on our website to find the most up-to-date policy and procedure information.

CMS Tutorials
If you will be using the BCSP Certification Management System (CMS) for the first time, you may want to view our CMS video tutorials.
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Mentor Program
The BCSP Mentor Program recognizes certificates who assist the career development of other safety practitioners.

Credential holders who are interested in mentoring an applicant, should visit the BCSP Mentoring webpage.

Those currently mentoring are honored in the Mentoring Honor Roll.

Promoting the
Value of Certification

BCSP will be exhibiting at the following conferences in the remainder of 2018:

RIMS 2018  
Booth # 322
April 16-18
San Antonio, TX, USA

AIHce 2018
Booth #1739
May 21-23
Philadelphia, PA, USA

NECA Safety Professional Conference
Booth #10
May 21-23
Louisville, KY, USA

ASSE Safety 2018
Booth #1733
June 3-5
San Antonio, TX, USA

ASCA Annual Conference
Booth #218
July 14-17
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Safety+ (National VPPPA Conference)
Booth #236
August 28-31
Nashville, TN, USA

NSC Congress and Expo
Booth #720
October 20-26
Houston, TX, USA
Please stop by our booth. We'd love to meet you!

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 certificate 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 reserve a display, fill out a Banner Display Request. Displays are first come, first serve, and must be returned.

Presentations on safety certification can also be done for Recertification points, and BCSP has many resources that can be used for presentations, including pre-made PowerPoints, on our Articles and Presentations webpage.

Unauthorized Use of Our Credentials
BCSP pursues cases of individuals claiming to hold our credentials without permission. We pursue those cases in which there is clear evidence of the unauthorized use and the individual has a clear responsibility, control, or knowledge of the use. Evidence may be a business card, resume, letter, website, or other publication. If there is no clear evidence, BCSP cannot act on the case.

BCSP 2017 Certificants
Congratulations to everyone who achieved certification last year! 

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 an anonymous 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.