First Quarter 2020 e Newsletter
Message from the President of the Board
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
Sound safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practice depends on quality SH&E practitioners. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) prides itself on providing a tested and true means of synthesizing knowledge and practice through our safety certifications. 

BCSP certifications undergo rigorous evaluation, from job task analyses to ensure they meet industry needs, to the updating and revalidation of examination items (questions) so that those provide an objective measure of candidates’ knowledge and skills. BCSP’s ANSI-accredited certifications set the standard for quality because of our research.

Through the BCSP Foundation, we are pursuing the opportunity to further advance SH&E research and understanding. We provided over 37 student scholarships last year and are in the process of providing further funding for grants. This year will also mark our first Global Research and Innovation Summit. To be held in Toronto on October 2-3, 2020, the Summit will present opportunities to effectively translate “what we know” into “what we do” as safety professionals. 

This transformation of what we know into what we do is innovation—what I call our “Vision 2020.” Already this year, BCSP implemented changes to our application processes to recognize training and education for our supervisory certifications and eliminate a cost barrier that proved prohibitive for those with non-U.S. degrees. With the further development of BCSP examCORE, we will further multiply our capability to teach aspiring safety professionals the skills they need to be effective in their careers.

BCSP certificants are committed to acting with integrity by the BCSP Code of Ethics, holding paramount the safety and health of people, and the protection of the environment and property. They have the experience necessary to get results and have proven their knowledge through examination. 

I encourage you, as one of our credential holders, an aspiring certificant, or someone who values the expertise of those in our profession who hold certification to join BCSP in making our Vision 2020 a reality.

BCSP Board of Directors
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
Vice President
Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, OHST, CHST
V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP
Past President
C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP
Secretary, CEO
Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, MBA, CSP, ASP, CIT, CAE, IOM
Teresa A. Cole, CSP
Ashok Garlapati, CSP
Jay R. Harf, CSP
Bruce K. Lyon, CSP, SMS
Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT
Daniel T. Lyons, CSP
Michael H. Overholt, CSP, OHST, CIT
Donald A. Robinson, CSP
Leslie R. Stockel, CSP, SMS
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David V. MacCollum Passed Away at 96
David V. MacCollum was a pioneer in the safety, health, and environmental field. With a career in safety that spanned 60 years, MacCollum’s accolades were as illustrious as they were substantial.

MacCollum was the third-ever Certified Safety Professional ® (CSP ® ), received the CSP Award of Excellence and the BCSP Lifetime Achievement Award, served as President of ASSE, was a member of the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Construction Safety Advisory Committee, was a published author, and was named a Fellow by ASSE in 1999—the organization’s highest honor—among other accomplishments.

As part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, MacCollum’s work was instrumental in developing roll-over protection structures for tractors and other construction equipment. In an interview with BCSP in 2011, MacCollum said “If we are to be successful, we have to overcome traditional priorities—the conventional wisdoms that came about when little was known of safety, but that people still believe.”
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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 .
CSP examCORE, ASP + CSP examCORE Connect, and CHST examCORE Now Available
The CSP examCORE pre-exam training, ASP + CSP examCORE Connect, and CHST examCORE have been released. The CSP, ASP, and Connect programs are being offered by BCSP in partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU). CHST examCORE is being offered in partnership with only NSC.

The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) examCORE provides six months of access to leading-edge training modules designed to help prospective certificants succeed at the BCSP CSP examination. With over 20 hours of video training in many subject areas, and learning exercises built to help program users retain and remember safety and health fundamentals, users will complete examCORE feeling confident that they are ready for the CSP exam. The curriculum is grounded in the subject matter of certification exam blueprints, BCSP exam references, and the latest in international safety and health standards.

ASP + CSP examCORE Connect combines the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and CSP curriculum into one convenient, cost-effective program that allows users to prepare for both the ASP and CSP examinations. This online, self-paced course includes over 2,000 questions and answers and provides nine months of access to in-depth information on each area of the ASP and CSP blueprints that users need to feel confident heading into their examinations.

As of April 1, 2020, the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) examCORE offers similar benefits for those pursuing the knowledge and skills required for CHST certification.
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Discussion of Changes to BCSP Policies
On February 3, 2020, changes were made to the academic record submission process for non-U.S. degree applicants and to the eligibility requirements for the Safety Trained Supervisor ® (STS ® ) and Safety Trained Supervisor Construction ® (STSC ® ) certifications.

Applicants for the Associate Safety Professional ® (ASP ® ) and Certified Safety Professional ® (CSP ® ) who hold non-U.S. degrees will now submit their academic records directly to BCSP, where they will continue to be evaluated under the same rigorous standards to determine U.S. equivalency.

The eligibility requirements for the STS and STSC certifications have also changed. Under the new criteria, applicants may now apply for the STS or STSC with an associate degree in occupational safety, risk management, or construction management. Completion of a two-year trade or union training program or apprenticeship is also recognized.
The  BCSP Career Center  connects job seekers with prospective employers in the safety, health, and environmental industry. Results are a click away!

Posting open positions for companies looking to hire individuals who hold our credentials is also free. This site is your direct route to qualified individuals!
STS and STSC Beta Exams Coming Late Summer
STS ® and STSC ® beta exam participants qualify for a significant exam discount!

Participate in the STS and/or STSC beta exam program and receive a $60 discount as one of the candidates to first purchase the new exam(s).

Candidates whose applications have been accepted for the STS and/or STSC will be able to purchase the corresponding beta exam when that beta exam becomes available, for a limited time.

Sign up to receive further information on this offer, including notice of when the beta exams become available, at the link below.
Study From the Source!
BCSP offers pre-exam trainings through BCSP examCORE. Training includes ASP, CSP, ASP + CSP Connect, and CHST.

For more information visit .
#KeepTeenWorkersSafe Aims to Increase Awareness About Youth Workplace Safety
*Time/dates of this event are subject to change/cancellation due to COVID-19.*

Every minute a young worker between the ages of 15 and 25 is injured on the job. Every day a young worker loses their life in a workplace incident.

As part of a campaign created by OSHA, BCSP has joined the #KeepTeenWorkersSafe national social media event in an effort to spread awareness to youth, educators, parents, supervisors, and employers about the importance of workplace safety.

The  #KeepTeenWorkersSafe  campaign will take place between April 13 and May 1 this year. Each week will have a separate theme, with the first week,  You Have Rights! , dedicated to spreading information about workers’ rights to a safe workplace.
Banner displays are a great way to promote BCSP certifications and earn recertification credit. A display is available to any certificant for use at chapter meetings, regional or local conferences, career fairs, and other safety-related seminars, meetings, and presentations. If you would like to reserve a display, fill out a  Banner Display Request .
BCSP Foundation Supports 37 SH&E Students With Well-Deserved Scholarships
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals' (BCSP) Foundation received many applications for scholarships and, after much consideration, recently provided 37 determined safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) students with $5,000 each to support their continued dedication to the development of their knowledge and the improvement of safety practice.

Every year, the BCSP Foundation offers scholarships to students of Qualified Academic Programs (QAP) holding accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). A total of $185,000 was disbursed to recipients in the last year.

"These scholarship recipients are determined to make a positive impact on the lives of others through their passion for safety," says Christine McConnell, Deputy Executive Director of the BCSP Foundation. "We appreciate the opportunity to act as a catalyst by providing them greater means to realize current and future achievements."

The names and schools of the recent scholarship recipients are now listed on the  BCSP Foundation's website .
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. Report Unauthorized Use | Find Unauthorized Use on the Certificant Directory
BCSP, FPA to Offer Certificants Discount on Financial Planning Services
BCSP certificants will soon enjoy a new benefit from the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) as a result of the two organizations’ collaboration. Beginning April 13, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional members of FPA will provide a 20 percent discount to BCSP certification holders on their first-year financial planning fees.

Financial planning includes making informed decisions about buying a home or business, saving for college education, taking a dream vacation, reducing taxes, and retiring comfortably. As explained by FPA, it “….is the process of wisely managing your finances so that you can achieve these and other goals—while at the same time helping you negotiate the financial barriers that inevitably arise in every stage of life.”
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.
Safe + Sound Week 2020
BCSP is pleased to partner with OSHA in support of the Safe + Sound campaign.

Safe + Sound Week, taking place between Aug. 10-16, 2020, is a nationwide event to celebrate the successes of businesses that have implemented safety and health programs in the workplace.

Click the button below to learn more and join us in participating in this important event!
Newsletters and Annual Reports Archive

BCSP keeps an archive of all its eNewsletters and Annual Reports. You can view these and other publications in the Annual Report and eNewsletter Archive .
Early-Bird Savings Ends Soon for BCSP Foundation's 2020 Global Research and Innovation Summit
The BCSP Foundation is hosting its second Research and Innovation Summit in Toronto this year. Act today to take advantage of early-bird savings!

Taking place on October 2-3, 2020 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Toronto, ON, Canada, the 2020 Global Research and Innovation Summit hosted by the BCSP Foundation will celebrate the work that moves safety forward.

Early-bird pricing ends May 1, 2020, so sign up today to save! A full agenda is coming soon; click the button below for more information about pricing, lodging, and updates to the agenda.
Presentations on safety certification can be done for recertification credit! BCSP has many resources available for certificants to use during presentations, including pre-made PowerPoints, role delineation studies and technical reports, and videos.

These resources can be found on our  Presentations and Outreach webpage .
BCSP Copyright and Code of Ethics Reminder
The Judicial Commission of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals found that a certificate holder who disbursed BCSP copyrighted materials to others should be disciplined in accordance with the BCSP Disciplinary Policy. The certificate holder’s status with BCSP was suspended for three years.

BCSP would like to remind everyone of our policy regarding copyrighted material. All publications and materials produced by BCSP (this includes website copy, self-assessments, examCORE material, examination material, etc.) are copyrighted and should not be copied or distributed in any form or fashion. 

BCSP owns the copyrights in the electronic and printed versions of all its materials. While we appreciate consumer interests in its products, copyright law prohibits the unauthorized copying and distribution of these products.