Second Quarter 2020 e Newsletter
Message from the President of the Board
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
The experience of practicing safety during a global pandemic has emphasized how each part of our environment is interconnected. In these last few months, preventative safety measures have been top-of-mind for many people for whom safety is not usually part of their everyday focus. Our coworkers, colleagues, and community are eager for safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) professionals to include them as part of the team.

To better ensure a safe return to work, BCSP has joined the National Safety Council (NSC) task force to support the SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns initiative. The SAFER task force is recommending best practices and proven strategies for safety as many workplaces reopen.

Always growing our collaborative efforts for the advancement of safety, we are excited to welcome the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as our newest partner. It was an honor to formalize this partnership with NAWIC President Diane Mike, CBT, which enhances both our organizations’ capabilities to protect workers.

Working together, we multiply our capacity to create change. BCSP certifications were recently recognized by the Army Credentialing Assistance Program (ACAP), a result of our commitment to offering US military service members professional development assistance. Six students gained scholarships from the AGC Foundation, AIHF, and ASSP Foundation through BCSP sponsorship, joining over 30 others who received scholarships directly from the BCSP Foundation this year.

We will get through these challenging times the same way we achieve success every day: together. If you are not yet certified, now is the time to highlight your expertise. BCSP’s examCORE pre-exam training may be the activity that keeps you engaged in your practice. If you are certified and are one of the many for whom COVID-19 resulted in a change in plans for recertification, you may be interested in BCSP recertPRO. Let BCSP be your partner too.

In the face of our new challenges, I welcome you to join us in advancing SH&E.

BCSP Board of Directors
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
Vice President
Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, OHST, CHST
V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP
Past President
C. Christopher Patton, CSP, SMS, ASP
Secretary, CEO
Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, MBA, CSP, ASP, CIT, CAE, IOM
Teresa A. Cole, CSP
Ashok Garlapati, CSP
Jay R. Harf, CSP
Bruce K. Lyon, CSP, SMS
Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT
Daniel T. Lyons, CSP
Michael H. Overholt, CSP, OHST, CIT
Donald A. Robinson, CSP
Leslie R. Stockel, CSP, SMS
Study From the Source!
BCSP offers pre-exam trainings through BCSP examCORE. Trainings include CSP, ASP + CSP Connect, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STS, and STSC.
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NASA's QEP (STEP Program) Ensures Safe Practices In All NASA Activites
Safety as an idea is something to which everyone can relate. We are all taught as children to look both ways before crossing the street. Safety is innate, as we are born capable of understanding that some things are dangerous, but just like the various complexities of doing what is right versus what is wrong, as we grow we must learn how to protect ourselves from the various dangers we face every day.

This is why safety as a profession is so important. We know it is painful to fall, but we are not born with knowledge of various fall protections. We all eventually learn that water can create slick surfaces, but it takes advanced knowledge to understand the static coefficients of friction for different working surfaces and how to properly implement safety measures in such scenarios. Workplace safety is a skill and it is the safety practitioner who continuously develops that skill and shares it with others.

No place is this truer than at NASA. The dangers of space travel are something everyone can wrap their heads around. What people may not know is that in 2006 as part of NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, the NASA Safety Center (NSC) was created. The NSC provides safety and mission assurance expertise, information, verification, and analysis to enable collaboration and learning, while promoting a safe workplace and successful programs and projects. The NSC serves as a resource for all NASA centers and facilities, providing a central index of Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) knowledge, expertise, and education. The NSC serves to improve all aspects needed for the safe and successful achievement of NASA’s goals. 

Pictured: Mark George, CSP, P.E.
Financial Planning Discounts for BCSP Certificants
BCSP certificants have a new benefit provided by the Financial Planning Association®. Available now, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional members of FPA provide a 20% discount to BCSP certification holders on their first-year financial planning fees. Click here for more info!
BCSP's recertPRO Now Available!
Certificants have requested a greater number of ways to earn recertification points, and substitutes to in-person conferences and seminars have become more viable and necessary in these times.

To meet these growing demands, BCSP has created and released recertPRO, an online, subscription-based program that combines several methods of achieving recertification for BCSP certifications into one easy-to-use platform.

BCSP recertPRO combines BCSP's KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) Quest, new Challenge Tests, and several SH&E Journal Quizzes, all into a single program. BCSP certificants may subscribe and login to recertPRO from their My Profile at .

"We are tremendously excited to provide something that our certificants have requested for quite some time—an online recertification platform created by BCSP,” said BCSP’s CEO, Treasa Turnbeaugh, PhD, MBA, CSP, ASP, CIT, CAE, IOM, FASSP. “In such uncertain times, we are proud to provide a way for our certificants to earn recertification points according to their needs and schedule, unhindered by unforeseen factors."
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BCSP, NAWIC Sign Partnership to Improve Safety and Health Performance
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) have formed a collaborative partnership to improve safety and health performance at workplaces throughout the United States and Canada.

As partners, BCSP and NAWIC will use their collaborative efforts, expertise, technologies, and resources to provide competency-based certification to advance the safety of members and their organizations. 

"BCSP looks forward to working together with NAWIC in the advancement of safety," said BCSP Board of Directors President Mario Varela, CSP, ASP. "This partnership enhances our capabilities to protect construction workers through our joint efforts to encourage greater safety leadership."

Photo: NAWIC President Diane Mike, CBT and BCSP Board of Directors President Mario Varela, CSP, ASP after remote-signing of the organizations' new partnership agreement.
The  BCSP Career Center  connects job seekers with prospective employers in the safety, health, and environmental industry at no cost!

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!
BCSP Provides Additional Benefits to U.S. Army Service Members
BCSP certifications recently met the Army Credentialing Assistance Program's approval for new recognition which allows U.S. Army service members to apply for, study for, achieve, and maintain BCSP certifications at no personal cost.

As the premier safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) credentialing organization,  BCSP  offers U.S. military members a variety of options to pursue or strengthen careers in safety. These include waivers of our certifications' application fees and methods of paying for certification examinations with your benefits.

The Army Credentialing Assistance Program's inclusion of BCSP greatly expands opportunities for military service members, as they gain access to funds for  BCSP examCORE pre-exam trainings , certifications' annual renewal fees,  BCSP recertPRO , those previously listed, and others.

In total, Army service members have access to over $4,000 for valuable SH&E training and certification at no out-of-pocket cost.
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STS and STSC Beta Exams' Schedules Updated
The STS and STSC beta exams will be offered later this year, as testing center availability allows, at which time participants will receive a $60 discount on the exams.

Candidates whose applications have been accepted for the STS and/or STSC and who are within their one-year eligibility period will be able to purchase the corresponding beta exam when the beta exam becomes available, for a limited time.

Sign up to receive further information on this offer, including notice of when the beta exams become available, at the link below.
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 .
BCSP Foundation Funded Scholarships Awarded to, Available for, Dedicated SH&E Students
The BCSP Foundation funded scholarships that were recently awarded to 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.

"With this scholarship, I will be able to become a safety professional," said Ryan Wenzinger, an undergraduate Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health Management student at the University of Findlay. "I will be able to help many people stay safe and return home to their families each night, and now I have much less to pay for my hard-earned education."

The BCSP Foundation provides scholarships to SH&E students in ABET/AABI accredited Qualified Academic Programs (QAPs), grants for student research, and funding for SH&E innovation.
Samantha Hackney
Millersville University
ASSP BCSP Scholarship
Ryan Wenzinger
University of Findlay
ASSP BCSP Scholarship
Benjamin Karsting
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
AGC BCSP Scholarship
Alexander Wilson
Pittsburg State University
AGC BCSP Scholarship
Grant Erlandson
Colorado State University
AIHF BCSP Scholarship
George Cooksey
Air Force Institute of Technology
AIHF BCSP Scholarship
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
BCSP Joins National Safety Council SAFER Task Force to Ensure Employee Safety Through the Pandemic
BCSP has announced it will join the National Safety Council (NSC) task force to support the SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns initiative a comprehensive, multifaceted plan developed to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and in a post-pandemic environment.

In partnership with NSC, the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, BCSP joins other Fortune 500 companies, leading safety organizations and public health professionals and experts to prioritize worker safety and navigate the changed work environment.

“With SAFER, we are bringing the best minds together to ensure Americans have the safest transition back to work possible,” said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “We are thrilled to have the partnership of BCSP to help us on our mission to make workplaces safer.”
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.
Five CSPs Honored as ASSP Fellows
Five Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) were honored as Fellows by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Ashok Garlapati, Zack Mansdorf, Terrie Norris, James Thornton, and Jeffrey Vincoli were the 2020 recipients of the society's highest honor.

"It is a great privilege for me to be recognized with the ASSP Fellow Honor, which is a most prestigious honor in the occupational safety and health profession," said Ashok Garlapati, MBA, CSP, CFIOSH, QEP. "This honor further motivates me in sustaining my mission of providing solutions to OSH challenges of employed organizations, as well as in mentoring of OSH fraternity with the concept of 'Think Globally…. Act Locally.'"

Ashok Garlapati, MBA, CSP, CFIOSH, QEP, is a health, safety, and environment (SH&E) consultant for the Drilling and Technical Support Directorate at the Kuwait Oil Company with more than 30 years of industry experience. Garlapati has been a CSP for 12 years.

Zack Mansdorf, Ph.D., CSP, CIH, QEP is a consultant in environment, health, safety, and sustainability. Mansdorf has over 40 years of experience in safety and has held the CSP for 36 years.

Terrie Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI is the Senior Manager of Risk Control Pooling at Sedgwick with more than 35 years of experience in safety and health. Norris has held the CSP for 28 years.

James Thornton, CSP, CIH is the President of Alpha Industries LLC with 40 years of experience at the nation's largest builder and repairer of U.S. Navy and nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. Thornton has held the CSP for 41 years.

Jeffrey Vincoli, CSP, CHCM is a Managing Consultant for Technical Services at Progressive Safety Management with nearly 40 years of experience spanning government, aerospace, aviation, construction, transportation, pipeline, oil and gas, and maritime. Vincoli has held the CSP for 19 years.

It is an honor to have so many dedicated and decorated safety professionals represent BCSP by holding the Certified Safety Professional certification.
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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 Research Initiative Grants
The BCSP Foundation recognizes the value of research to the advancement of safety in thought and practice. As such, we have just completed the first round of grantmaking in support of the Research Initiative. The following represent the first cohort of grantees:

Research Early Stage Funding :
  • Charmaine Mullins-Jaime
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD in Safety Sciences
  • Research Summary Topic: Balance between Lean Production and integrated safety and environmental management systems that will provide the best outcomes for companies and workers

Research Master’s Thesis :
  • Ibrahim Sanusi
  • Miami University
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Research Summary Topic: UV LED photocatalytic device

Research Doctoral Dissertation:
  • Morgan Bliss
  • A. T. Still University of Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Health Professions
  • Research Summary Topic: Qualitative study about industrial/occupational hygiene (IH/OH) professionals and CPD (continuing professional development)
Presentations on safety certification can be done for recertification credit! BCSP has many resources available for certificants to use during presentations, including pre-made PowerPoints, role delineation studies and technical reports, and videos.

These resources can be found on our  Presentations and Outreach webpage .
Journal Quizzes Archive
Journal Quizzes can now be found under the recertPRO umbrella. Forty-one quizzes are available each subscription year and are based on articles that can be found in the following free publications.