Issue 17, May 2021
A Challenging Year Sets Recent SH&E Graduates on a Bright Trajectory
Gina T. Chace, Med., ASP; Assistant Clinical Professor of Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences at Keene State College
To the Class of 2021:

Congratulations! Your graduation represents years of hard work, effort, determination, and tenacity. It is a particularly noteworthy accomplishment given the uncertainties and upheaval presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A little more than a year ago, we were all tasked to reimagine the ways in which we learn and work. The completion of your academic programs stands as a testament to your ability to adapt, overcome, innovate, and persevere despite significant obstacles.

The dynamic and ever-evolving nature of COVID-19 presents unique challenges and opportunities for safety and occupational health professionals. As you stand at the precipice of the next phase of your professional journeys, you have limitless potential to positively impact both the lives of others and the organizations you will join. You have accepted the weighty and rewarding responsibility of protecting the safety, health, and well-being of your colleagues. In doing so, you will draw upon the technical and interpersonal skills you have honed throughout your academic preparation to anticipate, assess, and effectively mitigate risks to ensure your coworkers return home free from harm.

As your professional responsibilities expand and you grow into positions of leadership, you must consistently self-assess and commit to continuous improvement. True “change agents” lead by example and must model the characteristics you wish to nurture in others. Integrity, humility, and a sound ethical compass provide powerful accompaniments to the broad knowledge base afforded by both rigorous academic study and lived experiences.

While your graduation symbolizes the end of one leg of your journey, it does not represent a destination. Learning is a lifelong process. Your alma maters, your classmates, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and myriad other professional organizations are committed to supporting you along the way. I wish to extend my sincerest congratulations and wish you all the best for continued academic and professional success.
A Depiction of Inspiration: Karly St. Aubin's Journey to the SH&E Profession
“I do it because I have a deep and profound respect for the people that put their health on the line every day to serve.”

In 1932, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera began constructing the “Industry of Detroit” mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The mural depicts the geological, technological, and human history of Detroit. More specifically, it shows hundreds of hard-working people performing the type of manual labor upon which cities like Detroit, and to a greater extent the entire country, were built.

For Karly St. Aubin, who grew up in Detroit admiring the mural, it was a depiction of the people who put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work—people who take tremendous pride in using their hands to create something. “The food we eat, the cars we drive, the homes we live in, they are all products of thousands of men and women working,” said St. Aubin.
BCSP Foundation's Research and Innovation Summit: Call for Abstracts
The BCSP Foundation is holding a Research and Innovation Summit between August 9-11, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and we need presenters!

If you are interested in presenting at the 2021 R&I Summit, please fill out the Abstract Submission application. Be sure to act quickly! The submission end date is May 10, 2021.

All confirmed speakers will receive complimentary admission to the 2021 R&I Summit and will be notified of selection no later than May 19, 2021.

The R&I Summit provides a unique forum for individuals and organizations dedicated to the advancement of EHS. The Summit is your forum as a leader, practitioner, researcher, and student. Together, we can share essential research with practical implications and dare to ask the questions that will shape the future of EHS.

**Please keep in mind that this event is scheduled to be an in-person event. If changed to a virtual event, all guests will be notified within the appropriate time frame in order to make the necessary arrangements.**
Education Now Serves as Pathway to STS, STSC Certifications
The eligibility requirements for the Safety Trained Supervisor® (STS®) and the Safety Trained Supervisor Construction® (STSC®) certifications were expanded earlier last year to include education, training, and apprenticeships.

Under the new criteria, applicants may now apply for the STS or STSC with an associate degree in occupational safety, risk management, or construction management. Completion of a two-year trade or union training program or apprenticeship is also recognized.

The change comes in an effort to provide a pathway for graduates who may not yet have the work experience but who possess the comprehensive knowledge required to demonstrate proper work safety practices.

The new requirements for the STS and STSC, in full, are 30 hours of safety, health, and environmental training and one of the following: two years supervisory experience; OR four years work experience; OR an associate degree or higher in occupational safety, risk management, or construction management; OR completion of a two-year trade or union training program or apprenticeship.

For more information about the STS and STSC certifications and the ways in which they can benefit recently-graduated safety professionals, visit
BCSP Foundation's Youth Safety Outreach Guide
Hazards exist in every workplace across the globe, and where there are hazards, there exists a need for safety professionals. Safety professionals prevent injuries and incidents, protect people, and ensure they return home safely. 

For more information about youth safety, including testimonials from safety professionals and BCSP's Academic Database, read the Youth Safety Outreach Guide!
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