Fourth Quarter 2019 e Newsletter
Message from the President of the Board
BCSP celebrated achievements in safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practice from the first 50 years of our organization’s history this year. As BCSP marked that momentous anniversary, we also envisioned what we can accomplish in the next 50 years. BCSP is building safety’s future.

Through targeted outreach, we are connecting with young people to bridge the gap between student and professional. BCSP’s Youth Outreach Tool Kit is being shared with high school counselors and their students, outlining the opportunities that exist in safety and the paths one may take to become involved. For those aspiring to careers in safety, the BCSP Foundation has expanded the number of ABET-accredited college safety programs to which it provides scholarships—and received over 131 applications this year.

BCSP is adamant that SH&E knowledge be applied in practice. This is evident as the BCSP Foundation works to unite research and application as part of its new Research and Innovation Summits , as well as in the work BCSP does to bring together a diverse set of SH&E subject matter experts for the development and revalidation of our examinations. We are proud to share space with other practitioners and organizations who champion improvement in occupational safety.

Creation of the new BCSP examCORE pre-exam training program was spurred by this commitment to the advancement of the safety profession. This advancement begins with the practitioner, and we are excited to provide BCSP examCORE as a powerful tool for those seeking professional development.

I greatly appreciate having had the opportunity to serve as BCSP Board President this year. My colleagues on the Board of Directors are exceptional advocates for the improvement of SH&E practice, the BCSP staff is truly dedicated to the profession, and our certificant volunteers are valuable, integral partners in creating a safer tomorrow. Thank you all for leading with me.

BCSP Board of Directors
Vice President
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP
Past President
C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP
Secretary, CEO
Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, MBA, CSP, ASP, CIT, CAE, IOM
Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, OHST, CHST
Jay R. Harf, CSP
Bruce K. Lyon, CSP, SMS
Daniel T. Lyons, CSP
Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT
Michael H. Overholt, CSP, OHST, CIT
Leslie R. Stockel, CSP, SMS
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CSP examCORE and examCORE Connect Coming Soon
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals' (BCSP) CSP examCORE and examCORE Connect pre-exam trainings are scheduled for release before the new year, 2020! 

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 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.  

BCSP examCORE users can also track their progress with pre- and post-tests and have access to over 1,000 questions and answers. Additionally, examCORE includes complimentary access to Dr. David Yates' eBook,  Safety Professional's Reference and Study Guide , and the calculator needed for the certification examination. 

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.
Share Your Digital Badge!
Digital badges prominently display achievement of a BCSP certification or designation and are available for use across social media platforms, email, and websites.
Login to your My Profile page and select "My Badge(s)" from the menu to access your digital badge!
BCSP Welcomes New Board Officers, Members
BCSP looks forward to the leadership of its 2020 Board Officers. Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP will serve as Board President. Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, OHST, CHST has been elected as Vice President; C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP will again serve as Past President; and V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP, will serve as Treasurer. These individuals will work together to serve BCSP and its certificants in 2020.

BCSP also welcomes several new Board Members. Teresa Cole, CSP; Ashok Garlapati, CSP; and Donald Robinson, CSP will join the Board of Directors.
A New Way to Recertify!
Demonstrate your knowledge, and earn recertification points and ribbons with BCSP's KSA Quest (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) program!

Composed of 25-question topic assessments based on subject areas geared for professional development, certificants may use KSA Quest to earn up to 6.75 recertification points. Login to your My Profile to begin.
New Recertification Cycle and Worksheet Due Dates
BCSP has changed the five year recertification cycle to run from July 1 through June 30, rather than from January 1 to December 31.

Recertification worksheets may now be submitted as early as six months before the June 30 cycle end date and must be submitted no later than July 31.

The end of the year is a hectic time for many people. With this change, we hope to both remove any confusion that may occur with the renewal fee due date and alleviate a little stress around such a busy time of the year. 

For more information, visit the BCSP recertification webpage using the button below!
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 .
Apply for Item Writing Activities by December 20
BCSP is accepting applications to participate in exam panels to help revise the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Safety Management Specialist (SMS), and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) examinations.

Four separate panels will be convened in 2020 for each of the above four examinations. Each panel will be charged with writing and reviewing items (exam questions) over a three-day period.

These in-person meetings will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana. Panels begin at 8 a.m. (ET) on the first day and conclude at 2:30 p.m. (ET) on the last day. Participation each day of the activity is critical to the success of the project. Dates and activities for each panel follow:

  • March 9-11, 2020 – SMS Item Writing Panel
  • April 27-29, 2020 – CHST Item Writing Panel
  • September 14-16, 2020 – CSP Item Writing Panel
  • October 5-7, 2020 – ASP Item Writing Panel

Reasonable transportation, hotel, and meal expenses will be reimbursed by BCSP (specifics will be provided upon selection). Recertification points will be awarded for successful participation.

If you are interested in being considered for participation on one of these panels, please click the link below, complete the  BCSP 2020 Item Writing Panel Activities Form , and upload your current resume  by Friday, December 20, 2019.  As a limited number of spaces are available, those not selected will be given consideration for future panel activities.  Selected panelists will be notified the week of January 13, 2020.

Please Note:  You must currently hold the certification for the panel activity in which you are interested.

Thank you for your commitment to the safety profession!
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 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 .

Presentations on safety certification can also be done for recertification points. For more information, visit our  Presentations and Outreach webpage .
The BCSP Foundation is Investing in Research
The BCSP Foundation seeks to deliver support and funding to those safety professionals and future pioneers of the safety community in addressing and/or solving safety-related concerns or deficits. The only way to continue with this precedent and movement of safety as a global core value is by providing funds and resources behind those who truly want to achieve this mission. These grants are a small part of the total equation but a true catalyst to a much larger movement.

If you are stepping into the unknown on a quest for the larger answer, seeking the essential solution to an age-old issue, in the formative stages of development or creating broader understanding by unraveling assumptions, the Foundation wants to support your work!

At this time, the Foundation, under the leadership of the Trustees, has designated that each qualified candidate will receive a non-renewable award of:

  • Master’s Thesis: up to $5,000.00 (Application deadline: February 7, 2020)
  • Doctoral Dissertation: up to $10,000.00 (Application deadline: February 7, 2020)
  • Early Stage Funding: up to $25,000.00 (Application deadline: March 27, 2020)

To apply or for more information, please visit or click the button below!
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
New CSP, ASP Exams to be Released
The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) examination has been revalidated and the new exam will be released in late February 2020. The Associate Safety Professional (ASP), which recently concluded beta testing, will be released in late March 2020.

Information from each examinations' beta test is currently being assembled, which will be used by a psychometrician to validate the new examinations' items to ensure their continued quality.

The new examinations' blueprints and references can currently be found the certifications' webpages, below.
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.
Thank You for an Outstanding 50 Years
BCSP Career Center
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!