Second Quarter 2018

BCSP eNewsletter  

Welcome to this Second 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
Workplace safety is best ensured with everyone's participation.
I thought of this as th e safety professionals we honored at this year's Awards of Excellence ceremony thanked everyone who supported them in their careers. The se awardees achieved what they have because they engage others. Everyone has an interest in safety.
Identifying that the U.S. Military and the BCSP share a common stake in safety, BCSP recently recognized the United States Army Combat Readiness Center's (USACRC) Professional Certificate in Safety and Occupational Health (CP-12 Certificate) in a formal agreement signed by each organization. Those who achieve the CP-12 certificate will meet the credential requirement as part of the application criteria for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) exam, and those who hold the CSP certification and meet the eligibility criteria for the CP-12 Certificate will not have to complete CP-12 courses as part of obtaining the Certificate.
Recognizing the importance of engagement in the workplace, BCSP provides its comprehensive set of certifications to cover the range of safety responsibility. Today, the Safety Trained Supervisor ® (STS ®) and Safety Trained Supervisor Construction ® (STSC ®) certifications encourage participation of front-line supervisors and others in over 120 STS and STSC sponsoring organizations. Many of these organizations join others in utilizing our technician-level certifications as a point of entry to the safety profession. The Safety Management Specialist ® (SMS ®) certification provides our experienced colleagues a prestigious certification, and the CSP stands out as the gold standard for its rigorous, comprehensive assessment of candidates' safety knowledge and skills. Visit our Safety Certifications At-A-Glance summary to identify certifications for which you qualify!
Smart business leaders, heads of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders are recognizing the value of certificants in ensuring safety. Our recently released 2018 SH&E Industry Salary Survey revealed that safety practitioners who hold at least one certification typically earn $20,000 more per year than those with none. Those with the CSP earn $30,000 more than practitioners with no other credentials.
BCSP is committed to engaging interested youth, students, and life-long learners in this personally and professionally rewarding profession. We are glad to have the opportunity to welcome these individuals to safety through the funding of scholarships. Our capacity to grow the profession is gaining ground as the BCSP Foundation has started accepting donations too. Please take a minute to visit the BCSP Foundation website to learn about the Foundation's initiatives and consider becoming an early donor!
I look forward to continuing to advance the profession and would like to thank all of you who support the BCSP and the BCSP Foundation in this goal.

Airman Overcomes Obstacles to Achieve Certifications
If you were to ask Technical Sergeant David A. Mace of the United States Air Force about his journey of obtaining BCSP's ASP and CSP certifications, what you would receive is a humble, straight-to-the-point answer that consisted largely of heaping accolades on those that helped him along the way. What you would realize, though, is his journey of obtaining those certifications was a searing experience that took an immense amount of personal effort, trial-and-error, and an unprecedented desire to succeed.

TSgt Mace's safety journey began in 2015 when, while serving as the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of Occupational Safety in the USAF, he started a bachelor's degree program in Occupational Safety and Health through Columbia Southern University. Shortly thereafter he was set on the path of obtaining his own safety certifications after witnessing a fellow mentor obtain their ASP and CSP certifications.

"I saw how their achievement drove them to expand their knowledge of safety and its application to new heights," said TSgt Mace. "I was instantly hooked."

TSgt Mace wrapped up his bachelor's degree in 2017 and immediately enrolled in a master's program-Organizational Leadership, also through Columbia Southern. It was then that TSgt Mace's trek to the safety certification finish line began.

"I was given the opportunity to deploy to oversee the safety programs for four expeditionary installations in Africa," said TSgt Mace.

While deployed, TSgt Mace had to overcome many obstacles while studying and taking his exams. The remote location presented unique and challenging problems, as did the residual effects of a traumatic brain injury suffered while mountain biking in 2012. Despite these difficulties, TSgt Mace committed to spending two hours per every 1% of the test score he desired, which equated to over 200 hours of study-time.

"This may be over-kill for some or under-kill for others. You are the best judge of your own abilities and you must do what is comfortable for you," said TSgt Mace.

TSgt David Mace earned both his ASP certification in February of 2018 and CSP in March of 2018. He currently holds four degrees and is working on a fifth. He holds a bachelor's in Occupational Safety and Healthy, an associate's in Aerospace Ground Equipment, an associate's in Safety, an associate's in Occupational Safety and Health, and he is currently enrolled in a master's program in Organizational Leadership at Columbia Southern University.

In Africa, TSgt Mace is responsible for the development of safety culture and occupational safety programs at different installations throughout the continent. His units must work in austere environments to find innovative ways of reducing risk and ensure the safety of his personnel. His team relies on him to develop risk prevention measures and he attributes, at least in part, his abilities to do that with his obtainment of his CSP.

"The largest benefit of obtaining the ASP and CSP is and will always be that [preparing for] these certifications revealed my weak-spots as a safety professional and manager," said TSgt Mace. "My degrees in safety show I've been educated, and the ASP and CSP credentials show I should know how to apply the education."

If there's one word that explains TSgt Mace and his work philosophy, it's motivation. He explained that motivation is the driving factor in accomplishing or falling short of our goals. It's why he accepted deployment to West Africa and kept moving towards completing five degrees and two certifications while there. It's why he believes that if you want it to happen, you will make it happen.

David Mace, TSgt, CSP, USAF, accepts an award from a  West African Air Force Installation Commander for leading a five-day occupational/aviation safety course that outlined the basics of how to set up safety programs in his country

AoEBCSP Announces Award of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
BCSP is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the organization's most prestigious awards. The recipients, Lawrence Oldendorf, P.E., CSP (Retired); Joshua Caudill, CSP, ASP, CHST; Michelle Keever, SMS, STSC; Bruce Lyon, P.E., CSP; and Jose Perez, SMS, OHST CHST, STSC, CET received their awards June 6, 2018, during a luncheon ceremony at the American Society of Safety Professional's (ASSP) Safety 2018 conference in San Antonio, Texas.

There were many submissions sent to the BCSP Awards Committee from a multitude of exceptional safety practitioners. After deliberating, the BCSP Board of Directors' Awards Committee selected five exemplary certificants. Lawrence Oldendorf received the BCSP Lifetime Achievement Award. Bruce Lyon received the CSP Award of Excellence, Jose Perez received the OHST Award of Excellence, Joshua Caudill received the CHST Award of Excellence, and Michelle Keever received the STSC Award of Excellence.

BCSP is proud of the work of its certificants and enjoys joining with colleagues in sharing appreciation of outstanding safety professionalism by honoring these certificants' leadership, knowledgeable expertise, and commitment to the advancement of SH&E practice.

Upon receiving his award, Oldendorf thanked his mentors and spoke to the future of the profession. "Receiving notification that I was nominated for this award was an unexpected and joyous surprise," he said. "Our professional contributions continue to impact lives globally. We have been accepted as essential advisors to managers of major companies. The body of safety knowledge is growing every day.... Thank you for your service and contributions to the safety profession. May your future endeavors be successful both professionally and off-the-job."

Each of the award recipients contributed a great deal to the SH&E profession. We thank all who submitted nominations and encourage future submissions.

Photos and Biographies:

The 2018 Award of Excellence Recipients

The 2018 BCSP Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

ScholarScholarships Awarded to Nine SH&E Students
BCSP scholarships were recently awarded to nine outstanding SH&E students through the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF), American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Foundation, and the Association of General Contractors (AGC) of America.

"When I found out that I would be receiving the BCSP scholarship I was really excited," said  Trenton Flagler,  AGC BCSP Scholarship recipient. " Being interested in a potential career in construction safety, I felt lucky to receive such a generous gift from professionals in the field right now. This scholarship will really help me continue my education in construction management and pursue my interests in construction safety."
These students represent the future of our profession.

Colleen Brents
Colorado State University
AIHF BCSP Scholarship

Trenton Flagler
Kansas State University
AGC BCSP Scholarship

Jose Flores
University of Texas,
San Antonio
ASSP BCSP Scholarship

Ali Grischow
University of Wisconsin
ASSP BCSP Scholarship

Christopher Gullickson
South Dakota State University
AGC BCSP Scholarship

Taylor Hardesty
Murray State University
ASSP BCSP Scholarship

Karina Hernandez
Utah State University
AIHF BCSP Scholarship

Kassidy Lemons
Pittsburg State University
AGC BCSP Scholarship

Mason Robbins
University of Massachusetts - Lowell  ASSP BCSP Scholarship

CP12BCSP Recognizes CP-12 Certificate as Path to CSP
BCSP now recognizes the United States Army Combat Readiness Center's (USACRC) Professional Certificate in Safety and Occupational Health (CP-12 Certificate) as meeting the credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP). A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed today established the CP-12 as equivalent to the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and a path to the CSP.
"With the signing of this memorandum, we recognize the knowledge, skills, and commitment to safety demonstrated by those holding the CP-12 Certificate," said BCSP CEO Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, ASP, CET, IOM, CAE.
The CP-12 Certificate is awarded to military civilians serving in safety and health job roles who have completed course training or its equivalency. The CP-12 Certificate coursework covers 33 SH&E competencies or skills assessments and was determined to substantially match the ASP9 Blueprint.
Safety professionals who hold the CP-12 Certificate and who meet the CSP certification's education and experience requirements may now apply for the CSP. Likewise, a person who holds the CSP certification and who meets the eligibility criteria for the CP-12 Certificate will not have to complete CP-12 courses, but must fulfill all other requirements for obtaining the CP-12 Certificate.
"BCSP certifications and the CP-12 serve us well by advancing the careers of dedicated safety professionals, ensuring the safety of our colleagues and the communities they protect," said Dr. Brenda Miller, SMS, Senior Safety Advisor and Functional Chief Representative for CP-12 at the USACRC.

More information on the agreement may be read in the  BCSP-USACRC Memorandum of Understanding.

L-R: Director for Safety and Occupational Health Marjorie McDonald, CSP;
Senior Safety Advisor, FCR for CP-12 Dr. Brenda Miller, SMS; 
BCSP Board President Linda F. Martin, CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC, CET;
BCSP CEO Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE

SalarySalary Survey Pinpoints Value of Certifications for Safety and Health Professionals
BCSP and ASSP conducted a 33-question salary survey in March of nearly 10,000 SH&E professionals based primarily in the United States and Canada, identifying the typical salary, benefits, credentials  and  experience of these individuals.

The median base salary for full-time professionals was $97,000, with 22 percent of respondents earning $125,000 or more. Those with at least one corresponding certification (ASP, CDGP, CET, CHMM, CHMP, CHST, CIH, CSP, OHST, SMS, STSC, STS) typically earned $20,000 more per year than those with none. The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation added $30,000 to the salary of a practitioner with no other credentials.

"The value of safety, health,  and  environmental certifications continues to grow, with many laws and standards specifically citing them," said BCSP CEO Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, Ph.D., MBA, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE, IOM. "Many companies include certifications in their job requirements, and contracts for safety services also call for them. Earning certifications that support your specialty and heighten your expertise is the smart thing to do."

Three in four professionals had at least one of eight BCSP certifications, most commonly a CSP (46 percent). No less than 86 percent of respondents had at least one certification from any credentialing organization, and 26 percent had multiple certifications.

"The salary survey validates the earning power of safety and health professionals, demonstrating the value of adding credentials and gaining experience," said ASSP President Jim Smith, M.S., CSP. "It should encourage people within the industry to seek accredited education programs and professional certifications to maximize their earning potential in such a dynamic field."

For more information on the salary survey,   access the interactive salary calculator .

FoundationUniversity Donates to BCSP Foundation
The BCSP Foundation is pleased to announce the support of Columbia Southern University (CSU) through a significant investment in building a safer tomorrow through the advancement of the safety profession. This sizeable investment of resources represents the collaboration of partners dedicated to advancing the dialogue and pioneering programs that will define the field for generations. It is in direct support of the BCSP Foundation's mission of "Investing to create and grow a safer global community; protecting those we serve."  BCSP launched the BCSP Foundation, its formal philanthropic endeavor, in 2018.

"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, at a recent donor forum.

The Board of Trustees for the Foundation is pleased to welcome the investment by CSU and recognizes the strength of the partnership as central to the advancement of the profession. "The CSU approach to education, dedication to the student experience, and continued investment in reaching new heights through faculty development and advancing the program  makes  them a partner on many fronts. They are working hard, every day, to build a pipeline of qualified safety professionals to serve all sectors of society and the result is a stronger, safer, and more prosperous society" said Dr. Turnbeaugh, CSP, CAE, Executive Director of the BCSP Foundation.   
CSU's Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health is recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a Graduate Safety Practitioner®  (GSP ® ) Qualified Academic Program (QAP). CSU's occupational safety and health degree programs also meet the educational requirements mandated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the ASP and the CSP.
"We are thankful for this recognition and for our partnership with the BCSP Foundation," said Robert Mayes, CSU Co-Founder. "Columbia Southern University is proud to share the Foundation's goal of creating a safer global community by increasing the number of educated safety professionals in the field. Together, we will continue to advance the safety industry through professional development and education." 
The BCSP Foundation, working in concert with BCSP, is dedicated to advancing the field through strategic investment in Professional Advancement, Innovation and Research, and the Youth Safety Institute. Join us as we work to assure that "Safety is a global core value" and register your support at today. Together we build a safer global community.

L-R:  Michael Overholt, CSP, OHST, BCSP Foundation Trustee; Leslie Stockel, CSP, SMS, BCSP Foundation Trustee; Daniel Lyons, CSP, BCSP Foundation Trustee; Ken Styron, President CSU; Rick Pollock, CSP, ASP Vice Chair, BCSP Foundation Trustee; Josh Franklin CSP, SMS, CET, BCSP Foundation Trustee; Robert Mayes, CEO, Columbia Southern Education Group; Chris Patton CSP, SMS, ASP, BCSP Foundation Trustee; Linda Martin, CSP, Chair of the Board of Trustees, BCSP Foundation; Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, CAE, Executive Director, BCSP Foundation

BCSP Certifications Protected in Louisiana
An attempt to undermine the value and recognition of voluntary professional certifications has been swiftly defeated in Louisiana. BCSP and more than 40 certification organizations joined together to amend Louisiana HB748, the Occupational Licensing Review Act. As a result of collectively engaging our certification holders across the state to make their concerns known to elected officials, the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee agreed to several amendments, including the removal of a large majority of the bill and all references to "certification" that would have negatively impacted individuals with a voluntary professional certification. The revised bill has been signed into law by the governor and becomes effective on August 1, 2018.

As originally introduced, HB748 would have, among other things, prohibited individuals holding voluntary professional certifications from using the term "certified" in a professional title. This would have inevitably limited the ability of certified safety and health professionals to communicate their value and threatened the public's interest in assurances of professional skill and competence provided by certification standards.
The bill now reads:
"Pursuant to the authority in this Chapter, the governor shall review on an annual basis not less than twenty percent of the agencies engaged in regulatory and licensing activities. Within five years, the governor shall have reviewed all such agencies. Pursuant to the provisions of this Section, the information obtained from annual reviews shall be made available to the public in a timely manner."
Senate Commerce Committee Members remarked they were largely motivated to amend the Bill due to the large volume of phone calls and emails they received from Louisiana certification holders with concerns about the bill. We believe this is a positive outcome, and we are in a strong position to protect BCSP's certifications against future threats.

AnnualBCSP Releases 2017 Annual Report   
The BCSP 2017 Annual Report has been released. The report highlights major accomplishments from 2017 and illustrates  impressive  growth of interest in and achievement of SH&E certifications.

More than 8,200 BCSP credentials were achieved by SH&E practitioners in 2017, a greater number than in any previous year. Interest in certification also peaked, with over 11,000 applications submitted and 9,700 examinations administered. The SMS certification, launched in 2017, had over 1,000 candidates sit for  examination .

BCSP now has over 45,000 active credentials, an increase of greater than 17,000 since 2012.

Preparing those aspiring to represent the gold standard in safety certification, BCSP gave back to the profession by providing $262,000 to GSP Qualified Academic Programs (QAP), funding student scholarships and programs' accreditation through ABET or AABI. The BCSP Foundation has been established to continue this important work.

BCSP established or renewed several partnerships with industry stakeholders and extended credential recognition to valuable international safety organizations as well.

"BCSP made many achievements in 2017, each advancing the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) profession and the SH&E practitioner," writes BCSP Board of Directors Past-President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP. "Such collaboration and recognition  provides  all involved a greater set of tools with which to strengthen SH&E practice."

More details on BCSP's accomplishments and the growth in certification can be read in the  BCSP 2017 Annual Report.

Share Your Safe + Sound Story 
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals wants to hear from you! If you were part of 2017's Safe + Sound Week and currently hold a BCSP safety certification we would like to hear your story regarding why you chose to be part of Safe + Sound Week and why safety is important to you.

You may include your experiences during Safe + Sound Week, why you chose to be a part of the campaign, what types of activities or events you held, etc. We would also like to feature any pictures you may have taken.

Please send any information you'd like to include to BCSP's Communications Manager with the subject line, "Safe + Sound Week Stories."

BCSP appreciates your help and dedication to safety!

Presented by OSHA, Safe + Sound week is a nationwide event dedicated to raising awareness of the value of safety and health programs. For more information on this year's event please visit the Safe + Sound Week website.

Recertification Due Date Changing   
Starting with the 2018 recertification cycle, recertification worksheets are due before March 1, instead of April 1, of the year following the end of a certification's recertification cycle. 

More information about this change may be found in the FAQ Regarding the New Recertification Schedule.

Certificants currently in the last year of their recertification cycle can login to My Profile and begin submitting their worksheets now.

Completed recertification activities can be entered into the recertification worksheet at any time, then saved until ready for submission.

In This Issue
» Message from the President of the Board
» Airman Overcomes Obstacles to Achieve Certifications
» BCSP Announces Award of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
» Scholarships Awarded to Nine SH&E Students
» BCSP Recognizes CP-12 Certificate as Path to CSP
» Salary Survey Pinpoints Value of Certifications
» University Donates to BCSP Foundation
» BCSP Certifications Protected in Louisiana
» BCSP Releases 2017 Annual Report
» Share Your Safe + Sound Story
» Recertification Due Date Changing
Board of Directors


Richard A. Pollock, CSP

(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

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

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.

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.
Earn Recertification Points with myBCSP

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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 the remainder of 2018:

ASCA Annual Conference
Booth #218
July 14-17
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Safety+ (National VPPPA Conference)
Booth #236
August 28-31
Nashville, TN, USA

NSC Congress and Expo
Booth #720
October 20-26
Houston, TX, 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 Articles and Presentations 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 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.