Second Quarter 2016

BCSP eNewsletter  

Welcome to this Second Quarter 2016 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
John Hodges, CSP, OHST    
The development of safety professionals' careers and advancement of the safety profession are interconnected.

I was reminded of this fact as BCSP held the fifth annual Awards of Excellence ceremony, where we recognized three certificants whose accomplishments included both the protection of others as well as activity that uplifted those they knew, giving them the tools to do more for safety, and inspiring them. The 2016 BCSP Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Paul Specht, PhD, CSP, contributed directly to the growth of the profession by bringing in bright, young professionals.

In support of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) students, BCSP expanded its sponsoring of scholarships this year, awarding students through the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation, and the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF). We are glad to be able to reward these hardworking scholars.

BCSP strives every day to enhance the careers of those who put forward the effort. Safety certification rewards those with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact and sets a standard for professional practice. It would not be fair to expect professionals to prove their value if we did not do the same, so BCSP maintains the highest accreditation for our certifications. Providing the "Gold Standard" of safety certification provides a path of growth for SH&E professionals and the profession.

Recognition of the value of BCSP certifications continues to rise. In 2015,
we achieved record certification numbers once again, and the number of people holding a BCSP certification is at an all-time high. Organizational buy-in continues to grow, company sponsorship of certifications contributing greatly to the now over 8,000 people with a supervisory certification. The 2015 BCSP Annual Report indicates that we are well situated to be part of a great future.

Finally, the connection between professionals and the profession is illustrated by certificants and others lending their expertise as volunteers. BCSP has held numerous panels and beta tests this year, research that keeps BCSP certifications reflecting the most relevant safety knowledge. We look forward to working with those who have stepped forward to begin development of our Senior Safety Manager (SSM) certification. Your dedication is appreciated.

Stay engaged-The future is made by those who make a difference today.

AoEBCSP Announces Award of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) recognized Brad D. Giles, CSP, STSC, P.E., Grad IOSH; Jeremiah N. Shupe, CSP, ASP, CHST; and Paul G. Specht, PhD, CSP for their many accomplishments as safety professionals. The BCSP certificants received awards at the fifth annual Award of Excellence ceremony at the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Safety 2016 Professional Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

BCSP received award submissions from many exceptional safety professionals. After thoughtful review, Brad Giles received the CSP Award of Excellence and Jeremiah Shupe received the CHST Award of Excellence. Dr. Paul Specht was chosen by the Board for the BCSP Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Hodges, CSP, OHST, President of the BCSP Board of Directors, said, "These professionals have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to others' well-being and I am proud to recognize their dedication with these awards. Their accomplishments are a source of inspiration."

"I am truly honored and humbled by this award, especially in light of the caliber and contributions made to the safety profession by the past recipients," Dr. Specht stated in his acceptance speech, in which he recognized the work of safety educators for their role in advancing safety practice. "I am proud to accept it on behalf of all the safety and environmental health educators who have made enormous contributions to our profession."

Each award recipient has made lasting contributions to the safety profession and truly represents the value of BCSP certifications. We thank all who submitted nominations and encourage future submissions.

Read more about our 2016 Awards of Excellence recipients and our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

L-R:  Treasa Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE, IOM;
Brad Giles, CSP, STSC, P.E., Grad IOSH; Jeremiah Shupe, CSP, ASP, CHST;
Paul Specht, PhD, CSP; and John Hodges, CSP, OHST 
Growth Spurs BCSP to Plan Relocation
BCSP is proud to announce our relocation from Champaign, Illinois to Indianapolis, Indiana. Since the early years of BCSP, the headquarters has been located in the Champaign-Urbana area. As we approach 50 years of not-for-profit service to safety practitioners worldwide, it is time to make ourselves more accessible to our certificants and to plan for the next 50 years of success.

In the spring of 2015, the Board of Directors determined that we were at capacity in our current headquarters building. They evaluated several options, including expanding our current building, moving to another location in Champaign, splitting our operations between two locations in Champaign, and moving the headquarters to another city. Ultimately, the Board of Directors felt that it was in the organization's best interest to move the headquarters to another city.

As the demand for BCSP's certifications continues to increase, relocation will provide the space and greater visibility needed for BCSP to continue to grow well into the future .

We hope to complete the tenant improvements and relocate to the new headquarters building in late 2016.

Read the full article

BCSP's future headquarters 
ScholarBCSP AIHF and ASSE Foundation Scholarship Recipients
BCSP is proud to support SH&E students who show dedication to developing their knowledge and contributing to the profession. BCSP funds two $5,000 scholarships through the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) and two more through the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation, in addition to those we contribute to through the Associated General Contractors (AGC). Teniope Adewumi, Daniel Johnson, Kelsey Smith, and Tanner Neese are our 2016 AIHF and ASSE Foundation scholarship recipients.

" Words cannot express my excitement and gratitude when I first learned I had received the AIHF-BCSP scholarship. Through the financial generosity of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals I will be able to further my doctoral education as a safety researcher and professional. Following graduation I intend to continue working in research to bring workplace health and safety to under-served worker groups and improve workplace safety policies."

"Thank you for investing in my future, to help me realize my potential. In my career I intend to pay it forward, by helping other students achieve their educational goals just as BCSP has helped me. Receiving the AIHF-BCSP scholarship has been a great honor, and I am excited to join the BCSP family."

Teniope Adewumi

"I was very surprised when I got the scholarship because I know there are so many people that apply for this. Then I was very happy to be honored with this because it would almost completely pay for my last semester of college. It was a huge relief and it made me feel like all of the hard work and extra time I put into my schoolwork was being recognized. In August I will be finished with my internship at Phillips 66 and that will mark the end of my college career. I hope that, with the knowledge and skills I acquired from IUP and my internships, that I can work with other safety professionals and continue to grow and build upon the foundation I have started."

Daniel Johnson

" Upon learning that I was the recipient for the AIHA-BCSP scholarship I cried both tears of joy and tears of relief. I come from a family that is not considered to be wealthy and I had to work three jobs while going through school to be able to afford tuition. I am beyond blessed to be able to continue my education and hopefully graduate from the University of Central Missouri with a master's degree in Industrial Hygiene in May of 2017. Upon graduation my ultimate goal is to obtain a job that allows me to use my education to its fullest and become a CSP and CIH as soon as possible. I seriously cannot thank BCSP enough for everything they have done for me!"

Kelsey Smith

"When I received news from ASSE that I received the BCSP scholarship I sighed in relief, and felt that hard work and committing your time to ASSE has so much to offer. As I have just graduated from Murray State the money will be used to help get me started in life. My goal upon graduation was to have a job, and I recently met that goal as I have started working for General Motors as Safety Representative in Kansas City, Kansas. I thank ASSE and BCSP for providing scholarships to students to help with expenses."

Tanner Neese

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Certification Supports Process Safety Management  
Despite progress made over 20 years of process safety measure implementation in the United States, significant process safety incidents have taken place in the last five years. Where highly hazardous chemicals are stored or handled, there exists the potential for enormous harm. Past incidents have resulted in billions of dollars in financial losses, tens of millions of dollars in fines, many workers injured, and cost some workers everything: their lives. Where professional certification can support process safety management, certificants can assist in preventing catastrophic process safety incidents.

Training and employee engagement are integral components of process safety management, as highlighted in OSHA's Process Safety Management as well as the Center for Chemical Process Safety's Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety. BCSP certifications require demonstrated competence of current safe work practices, and the Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) and Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) certifications are used by many organizations to encourage front-line supervisors' active engagement in occupational safety and health processes.

Charles Soderquist CHST, OHST, STS, CET, Regional Safety Manager from MYR Group, explains the value he sees in BCSP certifications like the STS and STSC. "Those individuals within the company who have obtained STS certification have been provided with valuable direction in the development of safety programs that have not only been adopted company-wide and used on a daily basis, but have also generated positive results and industry recognition regarding their success at keeping our people safe and aware," says Soderquist.

Soderquist, like many others, not only use BCSP certifications to ensure safety competency and engage others, they have also contributed to the certification's design through participation in job task analysis panels and surveys. BCSP, with the participation of hundreds of certified safety professionals, test assessors, and certification experts, defines criteria essential in safe operations based on real needs identified by safety leaders.

While knowledgeable and engaged supervisors support process safety, dedicated safety professionals are essential in connecting all the elements that keep a workplace operating without incident. For this reason, the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications include in their blueprints knowledge of chemical process management. Safety is a team effort.

"The Certified Safety Professional is the only internationally accredited environmental, safety, and health certification that demonstrates a high level of competency in the principles necessary for effective process safety management practice," says Michael Larrañaga, PhD, CSP, CIH, PE, recent member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Certification provides organizations a method to ensure competent safety practice and build sustainable safety leadership. BCSP's accredited family of safety certifications are an essential tool in building a comprehensive process safety management program .
BCSP Team Member Elected to ASSE Leadership
BCSP's Business Development Director, Rixio Medina, CSP, ASP, STS, was elected to the office of ASSE Senior Vice President earlier this year, and took office on July 1, 2016.
"I am honored by my ASSE colleagues with an opportunity to serve the Society, its members and the profession," Medina says. "To meet current, and future, U.S. and global challenges we need to, and will, continue developing qualified safety professionals, advance in effective risk management and in prevention through design."
Medina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University (OSU), where he was recognized as Distinguished Alumni by the OSU Alumni Association in 2009 and inducted into the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) Hall of Fame in 2013. He holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Security from the University of Central Missouri (UCM). He is an ASSE Fellow.
With over 36 years' experience in safety, Medina has contributed to the protection of people and property both on worksites and through extensive volunteerism. He was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the US Chemical Safety Board and by the Secretary of Labor as a safety professional representative on the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) in 2010. Medina served on BCSP's Board of Directors and was Board President in 2013 .

BCSP Dedicated to Providing Quality Certification to Service Members  
BCSP has long promoted the importance of accreditation when considering professional credentials. Starting this year, the United States military will join the BCSP ranks when they begin the process of similarly reinforcing the value of accredited credentials amongst its service members. BCSP is dedicated to supporting service members during this change.

The National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA), which is the budget bill Congress passes every year for U.S. military spending, added a new and significant requirement in the 2016 bill - that all professional credentials approved for reimbursement by the Department of Defense must be accredited by a qualified third-party accrediting body.

The U.S. military has long used professional credentials in its recruitment, training and retention of service members. Credentials are also a critical tool in helping servicemen and women transition out of the military into civilian positions. According to Lisa Lutz, President of SOLID LLC and an expert in education, employment, and training of military service members and veterans, 100% of military occupations can be linked to civilian credentials. As a result, credentials represent an important means by which service members, both enlisted members and officers alike, can translate the unique skills, training, and experience they obtained in military service to post-service career fields. Every branch of the U.S. military maintains a list of professional credentials that they will reimburse servicemen and women to pursue.

It is important to note, however, that not all credentials are created equal. An accredited credential is one that has passed the rigorous requirements of an independent, third party evaluation on a set of standards, and then evaluates people against the standard. The standards include minimum requirements for education/training, experience, and demonstrated knowledge and skill through examinations. Accreditation, therefore, ensures to candidates, certificate holders, employers, government agencies, and the public that a certification program operates fairly, openly and effectively. By mandating the use and promotion of only accredited credentials, Congress and the U.S. military are taking an important step forward to ensure the quality and value of the credentials pursued by America's military veterans.

Fortunately, all of BCSP's accredited certifications comply with the accreditation requirements outlined in the 2016 NDAA. BCSP has long offered application fee waivers to military veterans to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifice these individuals have provided to the community, and examination fees are further eligible for reimbursement through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

We look forward to the opportunity to continue to support our military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, as well as all of our veterans, in safety and health occupations through providing quality, accredited certifications.

International Safety Advocacy  
BCSP continues to engage in global dialogue on professional safety practice.

In April, BCSP participated in the 31st Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization's (APOSHO) conference, held this year in New Delhi, India. APOSHO is an international body composed of non-profit organizations devoted to the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. Conference delegates represented a total of 40 organizations from 23 different countries or districts, including Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Thailand, and Vietnam and the US.

BCSP also represented at the June 2016 Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) conference in London, England.

In the time between these two conferences, BCSP acted in our official capacity as an organization in special consultative status with the United Nations' (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), present to advocate for the advancement of safety practice as part of the UN's High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving Sustainable Development goals in late April.

Find resources resulting from our international outreach on our International Safety Certification webpage.
AnRptBCSP Releases 2015 Annual Report  
BCSP's 2015 Annual Report has been released. The report highlights major accomplishments from 2015 and illustrates impressive growth of interest in and achievement of safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) certifications.

More than 6,000 BCSP certifications were achieved by SH&E practitioners in 2015, a greater number than in any previous year. Interest in certification also peaked, with over 7,500 applications submitted and 20,000 new Certification Management System (CMS) profiles created.
BCSP now has over 35,000 active certificants, an increase of about 5,000 from 2014. Of these new certificants, over 8,000 hold either the Safety Trained Supervisor® (STS) or Safety Trained Supervisor Construction® (STSC) supervisory certifications, and more than 15,000 currently hold the distinction of being Certified Safety Professionals® (CSP).
"I would like to congratulate our new certificants and commend those organizations who recognize their value," says BCSP's CEO, Treasa Turnbeaugh, PhD, CSP, CAE. "Our accomplishments in 2015 can be attributed to the vision of the BCSP Board of Directors, the dedication of our staff, and the success of those who hold our certifications."
These significant increases can be attributed to advances in the process of pursuing certification with BCSP as well as important new partnerships formed to build the safety profession. The BCSP CMS was available for its first full calendar year in 2015, and was expanded to provide recertification and group management tools. BCSP also formed official partnerships with three other organizations committed to safety and joined with numerous other stakeholders to enhance careers and advance the profession.
More details on BCSP's accomplishments and the growth in certification can be read in the BCSP 2015 Annual Report.

SSMNew Senior Safety Management Certification in Development  
BCSP has organized a diverse panel of subject matter experts that will define the requirements of a new SH&E management certification. The panel will meet for the first time this month and outline the knowledge and skills their industries require of senior safety managers.

discuss_agreement.jpg Various stakeholders have highlighted a need for a quality certification that includes safety skills, management aspects, and recognition of experience. There was a gap identified between the professional and technician/technologist levels, represented by the CSP and ASP certifications and the OHST and CHST, and this new certification completes the spectrum of those responsible for safety throughout an organization.

Further details will be forthcoming as industry needs are assessed, including the certification's requirements and its examination blueprint.

It is BCSP's goal to offer a comprehensive set of quality, accredited certifications that both complement one another and support safety as a team effort.

AccredBCSP Certifications Reaccredited
The CSP, OHST, CHST and STS have been reaccredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and the ASP and STSC certifications achieved accreditation from NCCA for the first time as standalone certifications.
The ASP certification has also been accredited by the American National Standard's Institute (ANSI), the internationally-recognized third-party agency now attesting to the ASP's quality as it does the CSP. Once accredited as part of the CSP certification's examination process, the ASP underwent review when it was made a certification, achieving this highest accreditation in March.
Accreditation is one of the greatest measures of a certification's value, which is why BCSP maintains the most stringent accreditation for our programs.

In This Issue
» Message from the President of the Board
» BCSP Announces Award Recipients
» Growth Spurs BCSP to Plan Relocation
» BCSP AIHF and ASSE Foundation Scholarship Recipients
» Certification Supports Process Safety Management
» BCSP Team Member Elected to ASSE Leadership
» BCSP Dedicated to Providing Quality Certification to Service Members
» International Safety Advocacy
» BCSP Releases 2015 Annual Report
» New Senior Safety Management Certification in Development
» BCSP Certifications Reaccredited
Board of Directors

John E. Hodges, CSP, OHST

C. Christopher Patton, CSP, ASP
(Vice President)

Patricia A. Cruse, CSP, CET

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

Cece M. Weldon, CSP, CHST, STSC
(Past President)

Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP

Joshua J. Franklin, CSP, CET

James A. Gentry, DBA, MBA

Cheryl L. Marcham, PhD, CSP

Linda F. Martin, CSP, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC, CET

Richard A. Pollock, CSP

Mario A. Varela, CSP

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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.
Your Source for
Safety Expertise
A Who's Who listing over 1,000 safety professionals, eSafetySource helps individuals and companies find certificants that can assist them with their particular safety needs.

Enroll in or search eSafetySource. 

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 2016:

ASCA Annual Conference
Booth 606
July 9-11
New Orleans, LA

VPPPA Conference
Booth 513
August 29-September 1
Kissimmee, FL

NSC Congress and Expo
Booth 2296
October 15-21
Anaheim, CA 
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.

Item writing illustrates your safety knowledge, earning you Recertification points as well. Find out more on our Item Writing 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 2015 Certificants
Congratulations to everyone who achieved certification last year! 

Share News of Your Achievement

If you achieved a BCSP certification and are proud to be #CertifiedtoProtect, share your pride with the world using the #CertifiedtoProtect hashtag on Twitter or Facebook.

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.