Issue 5
February 2017
BCSP Partners eNewsletter

Welcome to the BCSP Partners eNewsletter!

The BCSP Partners eNewsletter is an eNewsletter designed to share information about organizations which play a part in advancing the safety profession. In it you will find news from our sponsoring organizations, resources from collaborative efforts, and perspectives from companies using BCSP certifications.


We encourage you not only to read the eNewsletter, but to share your ideas on what you would like to see in it.


Great Opportunity
Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE 
The Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) and Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) Sponsorship Program recently expanded to over 7,000 certificants. Including those who achieved certification without a sponsor, there are now greater than 10,000 STS and STSC certificants overall.

STS and STSC sponsors and certificants are strengthening our profession. I had the pleasure of joining some of them at the recent Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Safety and Health Conference, and look forward to meeting others at an upcoming conference hosted by the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers and Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT). The Ironworkers and IMPACT have contributed a great amount to the advancement of safety as one of our Diamond Class STS and STSC Sponsors.

Newly joining our Diamond Class STS and STSC Sponsors are Black & Veatch and Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company. Black & Veatch explain the value of certification in this enewsletter, as does new Ruby Class sponsor Eldeco.

To provide these new practitioners and our dedicated safety professionals the knowledge required for effective practice, we have renewed our collaborative agreement with NIOSH. BCSP and NIOSH will continue to provide safety practitioners with the most current information and tools, as well as recruit students who show interest in the occupational safety and health field.

Joining our international partners is the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON). ISPON joins several international organizations that offer a pathway to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP). BCSP recently returned to India to support professional safety there, and we are pursuing further involvement with the Asia-Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization (APOSHO).

There are many opportunities to build the safety profession. Consider how you can contribute through research, awareness campaigns, and professional development. BCSP appreciates the engagement of our partners, certification sponsors, and certificants.
EldecoSTSC Sponsor Goes "All In" for Safety

The STS and STSC Sponsorship Program has grown thanks to its many STS and STSC Sponsors. One sponsor, Eldeco, has made it a goal to have all their supervisors certified, and recently became a Ruby Class sponsor with over 25 of their employees achieving the STSC.

"As an organization, two of our Five Core Values are that 'We are a Learning Organization' and 'We are an Intervening Organization', so when it comes to professional development and instilling confidence in today's supervisors to make the 'Right Decision, For the Right Reason', BCSP and the STSC program was a natural fit," explains Corey Arledge, CHST, STSC, Executive Director of Safety at Eldeco. "Eldeco began using BCSP for Safety certifications approximately 2 years ago. It started naturally through our Safety Department's need to maintain professional status within the construction industry. Once our credentials were seen by others in the organization, the news spread and everyone wanted to know if there was anything available for them. We began to offer the STSC program to all who were interested."

About a quarter of Eldeco's supervisors currently hold the STSC, with nearly half of them either certified or in the program. A few of the positive developments Arledge attributes to use of the STSC are a 50 percent reduction in workers' compensation claims costs, a 32 percent reduction in accident severity rating since 2015, and a 31 percent reduction in injuries throughout the company.

"The benefits are countless," Arledge says. "However, if I was to pick one, it would be the confidence a supervisor gains from being tested and found to have excellent knowledge in the field of Safety. Along with our Leadership Team's ability to rest in knowing our supervisor's decisions have been tested and we have certified their knowledge in the safe execution projects."

Arledge's commitment to safety stems from experience, in part from his own practice and from what he learned from his grandfather. "I worked as a carpenter prior to getting into safety, and quickly realized how dangerous construction can be after seeing the declining health of my grandfather, who was a pipefitter and welder his entire working life," Arledge shares. "One thing became very clear: There has to be a better way. So my passion today is simple. My 'Light Switch Moment' was with my grandfather's passing, in which I quickly realized 'Safety Matters, Because People Matter'. I can help others see the light of 'At Risk' situations and learn to avoid and/or eliminate them before an accident occurs by simply caring for them as individuals, and not as a number."

Now practicing safety, Arledge is "all in." His goal: "Professional Standing, Respect, and Continual growth in the profession God called me to. To reach my full potential and be confident I understand the science behind safety."

"I am thankful a Professional Organization opened their minds and program to how critical safety aptitude in our supervisors is by offering the STSC and STS program," he adds.

With the aim to end workplace incidents, STS and STSC sponsors understand their organizations' accomplishments are interconnected with the accomplishments of their supervisors. Are you "all in"?

BandVCertification Boosts Credibility, Boosts Confidence 

Choosing between service providers gets easier when you learn one of them is a certified expert. More than 90 Black & Veatch supervisors across business lines have achieved certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), and the company recently received recognition for it.

Clinton Wolfley, BCSP Director of Business Development, visited the Black & Veatch World Headquarters on 7 November to present the company with 2015 Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) and Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) plaques.

At a company training session in 2014, Black & Veatch started encouraging professionals to pursue certification. At the time, BCSP offered only the STS certification. Then the organization added the STSC program specifically designed for construction safety, which is what most Black & Veatch professionals sign up for today.

Attaining certification requires rigorous education, practical experience and a proctored BCSP examination. Safety Training Manager Donny Black said the certification process helps solidify safety knowledge, and it gives supervisors and leaders added confidence.

"We're always training, but if you don't use what you learn every day, it tends to get filed away in your brain. BCSP certification requires a certain amount of training and then the exam, so it's information that stays with you," Black explained. Certification also sends a message to clients and prospects.

"When we bid a job and we can say we have a certain number of supervisors who have achieved certification, it ratchets up our credibility," Black said. To prepare for the certification exam, professionals take safety courses Black & Veatch organizes for them, with help from the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

In addition to encouraging BCSP certification, Black & Veatch offers ongoing safety training to keep professionals up-to-date on new regulations. Black said the program ties to ASPiRE principles because it raises the level of accountability among supervisors, and it keeps them mindful of the shadow they cast.

"We're proud of everyone who has achieved certification to date. As we know from the plaques we received earlier this month, it's an impressive achievement that reflects well on our company and the professionals who work here," Black said.

L to R: John Johnson, CSP, VP ESH&S at Black & Veatch;
Clint Wolfley, CSP, CHST, STSC, Business Development Director at BCSP; Donny Black, CSP, OHST, CET, Overland Contracting ESH&S Training; Timothy Palmer, CSP, OHST, CHST, Black & Veatch Corporate ESH&S Trainer

Article originally published by Black & Veatch, reprinted with permission.
NIOSHBCSP and NIOSH Renew Partnership 

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently renewed their partnership to collaborate on the development of safety and health professionals and improve occupational safety and health at workplaces throughout the United States.

"BCSP is honored to continue our partnership with NIOSH in assisting to advance this profession and protect the public," said BCSP Board President Chris Patton, CSP, ASP.

"NIOSH and BCSP share a common goal of ensuring occupational safety," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "Accredited certification is valuable to safety practice, as it attests to certification holders' competencies and requires ongoing education to keep workers free from harm."

At a time in which industry demands a greater number of safety professionals, this partnership encourages students to pursue safety as a career. BCSP and NIOSH will further collaborate in sharing effective prevention strategies and technology and to strengthen practitioner competency.

As part of the agreement, BCSP and NIOSH work cooperatively in:
  • Developing and disseminating information on management systems and best practices for occupational safety and health, and career opportunities in safety and health through print and electronic media, including NIOSH and BCSP websites. 
  • Strengthening recruiting efforts for students to enter occupational safety and health technical, undergraduate and graduate programs. 
  • Participating in conferences, meetings and other key events where worker safety and health, and safety and health practitioners' professional development are addressed.  
  • Promoting and facilitating the transfer of relevant occupational safety and health research findings and prevention-through-design (PtD) to practices and the body of knowledge of safety and health professionals.
The full agreement is available online  here.

For information on BCSP's partners and access to shared NIOSH resources, see the  BCSP Partners webpage.

BCSP Board President Chris Patton, CSP, ASP, left; and 
NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, right, renew the BCSP-NIOSH Partnership.

ISPONBCSP and ISPON Sign Memorandum

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will better build professional safety practice internationally.

The MOU between BCSP and ISPON allows for persons who hold the status of Member in the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (MISPN) and meet the requirements of the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) to waive the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) examination so that they may sit directly for the CSP certification's examination.

A safety professional holding the CSP and meeting the requirements of the MISPN will likewise be allowed to bypass certain requirements-the ISPON Advanced HSE course and membership examination-to obtain the MISPN.

"This agreement between BCSP and ISPON will support the development of safety internationally," says Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, ASP, CET, CEO of BCSP. "The combination of the internationally accredited CSP with MISPN status provides safety practitioners in Nigeria with certification and association, important pillars of professionalism."

"This MOU will give more exposure and recognition to our safety professionals anywhere they go around the world, which expands their opportunities of being global players in occupational health and safety," says Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba, FISPN, FNIIS, CPP, PCI, PSP, CSC, CPO, National President of ISPON. "With this MOU, achieving safety certification in USA and other countries is easier using MISPN as a pathway."

The BCSP-ISPON MOU is in effect now and can be read in full here.

Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba, National President of ISPON, 
signs the BCSP-ISPON MOU at ISPON's 35th Professional Development Conference.

SandSJoin the Safe + Sound Campaign

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is inviting collaboration in turning the guidelines developed in its recently updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs into reality, beginning with Safe + Sound Week June 12-18, 2017.

The event highlights the need for every business, especially small to medium-sized enterprises that may not yet have safety plans, to establish a safety and health plan, emphasizing the combined need for management leadership in safety, employee participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing workplace hazards.

BCSP has joined the campaign and invites our partners to participate. More information on the campaign and participation in Safe + Sound Week can be found on the Safe + Sound website.

In This Issue
BCSP Sponsoring Organizations

BCSP's sponsoring organizations help ensure that the governance of BCSP includes broad representation from across the safety profession by recommending Board Members. These organizations do not provide funding or support to BCSP or its operations. They do provide their members with a variety of services important to safety professionals.

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 1974

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The ASSE Guide to Hiring the Right Occupational Safety and Health Professional is a helpful tool for HR professionals, safety managers, and anyone looking to hire quality safety personnel.

The information is provided to ensure the quality of organizations' safety practitioners. You may download the guide, and sharing it is encouraged.
Promoting the  
Value of Certification 

BCSP will be exhibiting at the following conferences in the remainder of 2017:
IMPACT Labor Conference 
Booth #TBD 
March 19-20 
San Diego, CA

RIMS 2017  
Booth #1357
April 23-26
Philadelphia, PA

NECA Safety Professional Conference
Booth #6
May 22-23
Las Vegas, NV
NFPA Conference and Expo
Booth #475
June 4-6
Boston, MA
AIHce 2017 Conference
Booth #1810
June 5-7
Seattle, WA
ASSE Safety 2017
Booth #1138
June 19-21
Denver, CO

ASCA Annual Conference
Booth #TBD
July 8-10
Denver, CO

National VPPPA Conference
Booth #914
August 29-31
New Orleans, LA
NSC Congress and Expo
Booth #TBD
September 25-27
Indianapolis, IN 
Please stop by our booth. We would be glad 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 borrow a display, fill out a Display and Literature Request Form. Your request will be received by Nick Peaper, BCSP's Marketing and Outreach Assistant. Banner displays are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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

Item writing illustrates your safety knowledge, earning you Recertification credit as well. Find out more on our Item Writing webpage.

BCSP 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.