Second Quarter 2019 e Newsletter
Message from the President of the Board
The founding of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) 50 years ago made a bold statement. It declared that successfully ensuring occupational safety requires specialized knowledge and skills; that safety is a profession and requires professionals.

To borrow a few words from one of this year’s BCSP award recipients, Stewart Burkhammer, CSP: “The voice of one person has a much greater impact when it is the voice of a group." It was a pleasure to meet these leaders at our annual awards luncheon because they exemplify the type of leadership that uplifts people and improves the profession; and who are the inspiration for BCSP’s dedication to the advancement of the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) profession.

Through the opportunities provided by our partners, BCSP has provided 10 SH&E students with scholarships so that they can continue their commitment to the study of safety. The BCSP Foundation, which provided 38 students similar scholarships in 2018, will soon be offering its 2019 scholarships as well.

Opportunities to learn and develop one’s professional abilities are important for everyone and BCSP will be releasing two more programs that will foster such growth soon:

  • The KSA Quest (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) program will provide certificants a new method of gaining recertification points and recognition of their specialties through online knowledge assessments.

  • The new ExamCORE program will teach safety practitioners the fundamentals necessary to achieve certification while including new content for seasoned practitioners.

Finally, transforming knowledge and ideas into practical application, the BCSP Foundation will be hosting a Biennial Research and Innovation Summit in Indianapolis this August 6 and 7, 2019.

You can read more about these initiatives in this BCSP eNewsletter.

As we approach July 23, the date of BCSP’s founding 50 years ago, we celebrate our history with exciting new firsts such as these.
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, CET, CAE, IOM
Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, OHST, CHST
Jay R. Harf, CSP
Bruce K. Lyon, CSP
Daniel T. Lyons, CSP
Regina McMichael, CSP, CET
Michael H. Overholt, CSP, OHST, CET
Leslie R. Stockel, CSP, SMS
SMS Shares His Personal Journey to Becoming Safety Professional
For many safety professionals, choosing safety as their career is a path they may not have always envisioned. Maybe it was something they found while in school or a career move presented to them after they entered the workforce. For others though, safety finds them, and sometimes safety seeks them out through unfortunate means. For Joe Atkinson, SMS, currently in his 15 th year of SH&E service, it was a workplace injury his mother sustained while he was a child that would set him on the path to becoming a safety professional.  
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BCSP Announces Award of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of the organization's most prestigious awards. The recipients, Stewart Burkhammer, CSP; Carl Heinlein, CSP, OHST, STSC; Tye Legleu, CSP, OHST; and Eric Simmons, CSP, SMS, CHST, STSC received their awards on June 12, 2019, during a luncheon ceremony at the American Society of Safety Professionals' (ASSP) Safety 2019 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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! 
BCSP Scholarships Awarded to, Available for,
Dedicated SH&E Students
BCSP scholarships were recently awarded to 10 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.

"My family and I are so very grateful for this opportunity made possible by ASSP and BCSP," said Andrew Lange, ASSP Foundation BCSP Scholarship recipient. "This generous gift will allow me to complete my degree in Safety and Health Management and solidifies the passion and steadfast dedication that I have for the safety of all peoples."

The BCSP Foundation provides further scholarship opportunities and now accepts scholarship applications online, offering j unior, senior, or master’s degree students in ABET/AABI accredited Qualified Academic Programs (QAPs) $5,000 to provide for their studies.
These students represent the future of our profession.
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!
Earn Recertification Points with myBCSP

Take quizzes and earn recertification points with the myBCSP app! Available for  iPhone  and  Android .
Updates to CET Training Certification
The Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer's (CET) requirements have changed, its name will be updated, and BCSP is currently running a CET3 Beta Exam to update the exam later this year.
Promoting the Value of Certification

BCSP takes pride in exhibiting at conferences around the world in an effort to spread the importance of safety certification.

Click the button below to find a list of all the conferences BCSP is exhibiting at in 2019 as well as our booth numbers, dates, and locations of the conferences.
BCSP Introduces New Option for Recertification Points
A new tool, known as KSA Quest (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities), is being developed which will provide an additional avenue for BCSP certificants to achieve recertification points through professional development, demonstrate their knowledge, and garner public recognition with a new display available for digital badge profiles.
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.
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 .
BCSP Foundation to Host First Biennial Research and Innovation Summit
BCSP, together with the BCSP Foundation, is proud to announce the first ever Biennial Research and Innovation Summit, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 6 and 7, 2019. 

With this effort, we seek to highlight new, relevant research and demonstrate our commitment to advancing a research agenda. Recognizing the importance of collaboration with partner organizations, the we are pleased to be able to have the support of NIOSH, The Campbell Institute, NSC, CPWR and ASSP.
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. 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 .
BCSP Releases 2018 Annual Report
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals’ (BCSP) 2018 Annual Report has been released. As safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practice changes, advancement of the profession requires adaptation, collaboration, and innovation. BCSP demonstrated its dedication to these principles with our many accomplishments in 2018.
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 Leads the Way—New Online, Interactive ExamCORE Program Coming Soon
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) is expanding its offerings with the creation of a new interactive pre-examination training program titled ExamCORE, to support safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practitioners’ professional development.

Requested by safety professionals for many years, the ExamCORE program will address the knowledge and skills found in BCSP certification examination blueprints, covering all the practice areas identified as most necessary by industry leaders. Practitioners will have access to mobile-friendly, online training that provides an authentic and inviting method of learning the fundamentals necessary to pass BCSP certification exams and so much more.
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. 

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!
OSHA's Safe + Sound Week Taking Place in August
BCSP in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is excited to be participating in the Safe + Sound Week campaign which will take place between August 12-18.