Fourth Quarter 2018

BCSP eNewsletter  

Welcome to this Fourth 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 is on the cusp of its 50th Anniversary as the premier not-for-profit organization advancing safety practice through certification.
We have grown so much in the 50 years since our founding, now offering a comprehensive set of certifications aligned to all levels of safety responsibility, two designations for those aspiring to join the over 37,000 individuals currently certified, resources for youth outreach, and a foundation offering support for education, professional development, and research.
Each new year holds new potential. I think of BCSP's 50th Anniversary and our now having all certifications accredited by ANSI as similar to achieving certification itself: One prepares well, succeeds in proving one's value, and continues to maintain distinction through further accomplishments.
BCSP would like to recognize certificant accomplishments in 2019. We are currently accepting submissions for the Eighth Annual BCSP Awards of Excellence. In a profession frequently highlighted only when harm occurs, this opportunity to celebrate the magnificent contributions safety practitioners make toward building safe workplaces is one I most appreciate.
This is one of the many ways in which BCSP is giving back to the community.
The BCSP Career Center will be allowing those who seek certified safety practitioners to make basic job postings and view profiles at no cost, connecting certificants and employers.
The BCSP Foundation continues to grow. It is investing in the professional development of safety practitioners through scholarships, will be hosting a research summit, and has within this last month met with the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to begin development on the Youth Safety Institute, protecting some of our most vulnerable workers. If you have the means, please consider donating to this amazing organization.
The opportunity to serve BCSP as Board President in this time has given me great pride. I know my colleagues on the Board, as well as those joining us, share the same enthusiasm for staff and certificant volunteers' initiative to uplift the best and brightest in the safety profession.
As BCSP marks the completion of its first half-century advancing safety practice, the next half-century before us is just as exciting to begin.

BoD2019BCSP Announces New Board Members, Officers
BCSP is pleased to announce the following Board of Directors elections. Linda F. Martin, CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC, CET, will remain the Board President in 2019; Joshua J. Franklin, CSP, SMS, CET has been elected as Vice President; C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP will serve as Past President; and Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP, will serve as Treasurer. We look forward to their expertise in serving BCSP and its certificants in 2019.

BCSP will also welcome, and looks forward to contributions from, Bruce Lyon, CSP; Jay Harf, CSP; and Regina McMichael, CSP, CET as they join the Board of Directors in 2019.

Lyon is the Vice President and Director of Risk  M anagement Services with Hays Companies. Lyon holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Safety and a M.S. degree in Occupational Safety Management/Fire Science from the University of Central Missouri (UCM). Lyon has over 35 years of experience managing and directing risk services for a wide range of national and global organizations. He is the Advisory Board Chair to UCM's Safety Sciences Program, Vice Chair of US TAG 262 for ISO 31000, and member of the ANSI Z590.3 Prevention Through Design review committee. He is the co-author of Risk Assessment: a Practical Guide to Assessing Operational Risk and lead author of Risk Management Tools for Safety Professionals . Lyon received the CSP Award of Excellence from BCSP in 2018. 

Harf is the Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) for L'Oreal Operations in Clark, NJ. Harf has 23 years of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) experience with several Fortune 500 organizations including Marsh & McLennan, Johnson Controls, and Lutron Electronics. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA), and a Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM). He is also an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Special Governmental Employee (SGE). Harf holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Industrial Safety from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Leadership Program at Alvernia University.

McMichael is the President of The Learning Factory, Inc. She has 29 years of experience in safety and health education, training, communication, and leadership. McMichael is also the founder of Peace, Love & Safety, the leadership and training catalyst supporting organizations while elevating their SH&E programs. She is an active volunteer, serving BCSP, ASSP, the National Safety Council (NSC), and is an active member of the Association for Talent Development at the National Speakers Association (NSA). McMichael's background allows her to provide hands-on expertise in the research, writing, and production of books, training manuals, videos, and articles. She has worked in construction, insurance, aerospace, automotive, and service industries. McMichael loves traveling the world delivering her safety and leadership messages to professionals and workers. 

The 2019 Board of Directors includes: Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, CHST, OHST; V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP (Public Director); Joshua J. Franklin, CSP, SMS, STS, CET (Vice President); Jay Harf, CSP; Jim S. Kreinbrink, CSP; Bruce Lyon, CSP; Daniel T. Lyons, CSP; Linda F. Martin, CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC, CET (President); Regina McMichael, CSP, CET; Michael H. Overholt, CSP, OHST; C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP (Past President); Leslie R. Stockel, CSP, SMS; Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP (Treasurer); and Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, ASP, CET (Chief Executive Officer, Board Secretary).

AoE2019Call for Submissions: 2019 Awards of Excellence

Join us in celebrating the outstanding SH&E practice of BCSP certificants by submitting accomplishments of yours, a mentor, or a colleague for consideration of recognition in the BCSP Awards of Excellence (AoE) Ceremony.

Information on submissions, including links to the forms, can be found below.

The Awards of Excellence Ceremony

BCSP's Annual Awards of Excellence (AoE) ceremony acknowledges top CSPs, OHSTs, CHSTs, STSs, and STSCs who best represent certificants' outstanding leadership, expertise, and commitment to advancing SH&E practice.

AoE recipients will be recognized at the AoE ceremony, to be held at the American Society of Safety Professionals' (ASSP) Professional Development Conference,  Safety 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Guidelines and Forms

Before filling out AoE Forms, make sure to read the AoE Guidelines . AoE forms submitted in a method not compliant with the guidelines will be disregarded.  AoE submissions must be received by BCSP on or before February 28, 2019 to qualify.

CareerCenterBCSP to Provide Complimentary Access to Career Center Website

In honor of BCSP's 50th anniversary , complimentary access will be provided to employers using the BCSP Career Center in 2019. 

Previously, employers were required to select between packages for a fee when posting jobs. However, in 2019, employers will be able to post jobs and view resumes free of charge. A premium package requiring purchase will still be offered that will increase the reach of job postings via the career center's Partner Network, but posting jobs to the BCSP job board will be complimentary. Job seekers will continue to have access to all career center features without fees.

The BCSP Career Center was created to provide a way for BCSP credential holders to seek jobs specifically catered to their certifications. All job seekers must hold a BCSP certification or designation and employers are required to select BCSP certification(s) that they're seeking from potential employees before posting.

Providing complimentary access to the Career Center is one of many ways BCSP is advancing the profession. Our hope is that by opening the job board, employers will more readily find access to qualified candidates that are devoted to making the world a safer place.  

You can visit the Career Center website today and get started by creating a profile!

FoundationJanFoundation Donations Available in January
Recognizing the power of philanthropy to create change, BCSP made a commitment to advance the field and support professionals dedicated to building safer communities in which they live, serve, and work.  Today, the BCSP Foundation acts as an extension of BCSP in developing programs with measurable impact in the area of SH&E. 

The Foundation has three areas of focus: professional advancement, innovation and research, and youth safety. 

Through professional advancement, the BCSP Foundation seeks to advance the profession through dialogue and design by underscoring the link between safety and societal viability. With this, BCSP will make the case that growth in the safety profession is critical to securing a thriving and prosperous society. 

"This is a transformational moment in BCSP history. We know that it is people who make safety possible, and the Foundation is a direct reflection of the commitment of the Board of Directors of BCSP to assuring the health and well-being of not only our trusted professionals but to the good of society. We are investing our resources and working with partners to make a lasting impact," said Linda Martin, CSP, BCSP Foundation Board Chair.

The innovation and research side of the Foundation strives to build tomorrow by investing today. Priorities include: dissemination of core findings; convening an annual international conference dedicated to the presentation and discussion of projects impacting the SH&E community; providing pathways for innovation in method, technique, and approach; and contributing to the global body of knowledge through investment in research. 

The Youth Safety Institute strives to make safety the link that secures our future. We are investing resources and engaging stakeholders to address safety concerns on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our workforce, those aged 16-24. The statistics of work-related injuries treated in emergency rooms for this age group compelled the BCSP Foundation to take action. 

The priorities of the Youth Safety Institute are: develop and deploy a comprehensive safety curriculum to be used in conjunction with general high school health and wellness courses and to be used with vocational institutions and as a core strategy for the advancement of specific trades; direct investment in innovative research and design; and administer an outreach and awareness campaign designed to engage youth, parents, and employers. 

"An organization with such a strong commitment to building safety practice calls for the formation of a foundation," said BCSP Philanthropy Officer Christine McConnell, MPA. "The BCSP Foundation will continue BCSP's work advancing the profession and expand our capabilities for positive impact on students, workers, and communities." 

This is your opportunity to make an impact, so become a part of the community of donors and make a gift to the BCSP Foundation. Together, we are people saving people!

More information about the BCSP Foundation and ways to donate can be found on the Foundation's website,

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Calls for Standardized Safety     

Erica Poff, CAE, IOM, BCSP's Strategic and Global Relations Director, recently spoke at the 9th China International Occupational Safety & Health Exhibition (COS+H) at the Hangzhou International EXPO Center in Hangzhou, China.

Poff spoke about China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which has been described as "the most ambitious infrastructure mega project of all time." First proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, the effort is to improve regional cooperation and connectivity on a trans-continental scale. According to the World Bank, the initiative seeks to strengthen infrastructure, trade, and investment links between China and 65 other countries that account collectively for over 30 percent of the global GDP, 62 percent of the population, and 75 percent of known energy resources. 

The primary focuses of the project are the Silk Road Economic Belt - a plan to expand and connect transport networks and markets, and the New Maritime Silk Road - which is the waterway complement to the Silk Road and will connect China to South East Asia, the Gulf Countries, North Africa, and Europe. With such an expansive construction project comes unprecedented safety hazards.

"Hundreds of millions of workers will be involved in the completion of this initiative, which means a lot of risk," said Poff. "Understanding and mitigating safety risks for a project of this scale will require safety personnel to have more than an understanding of the safety laws and regulations of each jurisdiction." 

Such a massive project will require shared understanding of best safety practices and expectations that transcend borders.  

"Safety compliance is the bare minimum," said Poff. "It's important to have a means of standardizing expectations for safety competence systematically before undergoing such a project with such potential for hazards. BCSP certifications offer such a standard."

The Chinese government has been making tremendous efforts in pushing law-based governance in the occupational health and safety sector. In January 2017, the General Office of the State Council issued the 13th Five-Year Plan on Work Safety, requiring the continuous development of the safety industry. 

The overall goal of the BRI is to improve transport infrastructure, policy reforms, reduce trade costs, and improve connectivity. It is BCSP's goal to ensure that this is done as safely as possible.   
CSP in Nagpur, India Communicates Importance of BCSP Certification to Students
Certificant volunteers and BCSP Ambassadors share the value of certification in improving safety in the United States and around the world.

In November, Bala Siva Srikanth Adivi, CSP, CMIOSH, delivered an awareness seminar regarding BCSP and BCSP certifications to engineering students at the National Fire Service College in Nagpur, India. 

The three hour seminar included information about career paths in safety, BCSP certifications and the value of certification, and  the history and mission of BCSP. The session was attended by roughly 60 students and college administrators. 

"It was extremely informative," said one attendee. "The session made us learn about our future options and about internationally recognized safety certifications."

The Director of the college, Dr. S. Shamim, finished the seminar by underscoring the importance of the information and thanked Adivi for providing a valuable session to the students. 

The National Fire Service College functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. It accommodates roughly 200 trainees and awards certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas that are recognized by the State and Central Government as well as the public sector. The college aims at producing Fire and Safety Professionals with a complete theoretical and practical knowledge base.

BCSP established the BCSP Ambassador Program to raise awareness about the value of accredited safety certifications. This outreach initiative engages select volunteers among BCSP certification holders to represent BCSP at events and speaking engagements with stakeholders in the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) field.

The work of certificant volunteers and our Ambassadors is appreciated.
New Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Exam Released
BCSP released the CHST4 on November 26, 2018.

Beta testing for the new exam was completed earlier in 2018, and information gathered during the beta test was used in the validation of the examination's items by a psychometrician, ensuring the continuing quality of the examination.

SH&E practitioners who aim to achieve the CHST have access to the new examination's blueprint and the Self-Assessment publication. The CHST4's blueprint and references can be found on the CHST webpage.

Renewal Fee and Due Date Updates
Beginning with the 2019 certification renewal cycle, which is currently underway, annual renewal fees, assessment dates, and late fee amounts have changed  as follows: 





$70 $70 $145
Late Fee
$50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $20 $20 $50
Late Fee
$50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $20 $20 $50
Total Possible Late Fees
$100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100
$40 $100

Renewal fees are due upon receiving your invoice. If not paid by January 1, 2019, the first late fee will be assessed. If not paid by February 1, 2019, a second late fee will be assessed. If the renewal fee has not been paid by March 1, 2019, the certification will be invalidated. There have been no changes for certifications held in retired status. Payments can be made by logging in to the CMS  .

An  FAQ  is available to help answer questions.
In This Issue
» Message from the President of the Board
» BCSP Announces New Board Members, Officers
» Award of Excellence Submissions Accepted
» BCSP Career Center to Provide Employers Complimentary Posts
» BCSP Foundation Accepting Donations
» China's BRI Project Calls for Safety Standards
» CSP in India on Importance of Safety and Certification
» New CHST Exam Released
» Updates to Renewal Fees
Board of Directors


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

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.

BCSP Foundation
Recognizing the power of philanthropy to create change, BCSP made a commitment to advance the field and support professionals dedicated to building safer communities in which they live, serve and work. Today, the BCSP Foundation acts as an extension of BCSP in developing programs with measurable impact in the area of SH&E. This is your opportunity to make an impact, so become a part of the community of donors and make a gift to the BCSP Foundation. Together, we are people saving people! 

Earn Recertification Points with myBCSP

Take quizzes and earn recertification points with the myBCSP app! Available for iPhone and Android.

Mentor Program
The BCSP Mentor Program recognizes certificants 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 2019: 

AGC Safety and Health Conference
January 16-18
Miami, Florida, USA

CCME Conference
January 21-24
Austin, Texas, USA

MCAA Safety Directors
January 22-24
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Indiana Safety Conference
February 26-27
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

NECA Safety Professionals Conference
May 15-17
San Antonio, Texas, USA

AIHce 2019 Conference
May 20-22
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

ASSP Safety 2019
June 9-12
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

NFPA Conference and Expo
June 17-20
San Antonio, Texas, USA

ASCA Annual Conference
June 29-July 2
Boston, Massachusetts,USA

National VPPPA Conference
August 27-30
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

NSC Annual Conference
September 7-13
San Diego, California, 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 Presentations and Outreach webpage.


Share Events With Us

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.

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.