First Quarter 2021
Message from the President of the Board
Joaquin M. Diaz, CIH, CSP, OHST, CHST
I was asked once, what is a CSP? 

There is no better workplace safety champion than you, the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practitioner. Incidents can be eliminated through engaged efforts by leadership, in design as well as by employee involvement; either approach relies on the SH&E practitioner to take action. BCSP emphasizes the importance of accredited SH&E credentials because they effectively demonstrate your experience and knowledge, but ultimately this is not our story, it is yours. A CSP is made by your tireless efforts in making worksites safer.

The Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®) and BCSP family of certifications represent the Gold Standard of SH&E certifications, all ANSI-accredited as objective measures for SH&E knowledge and skills, but your achievement of certification is as important as the skills which it represents. It shows that you also have the drive to put your knowledge to practice.

It is the combination of high standards, your dedication to meeting those standards, and the application of what is learned that demonstrates excellence. The stories of our 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients remind me of this. They remind me that, by working together, we best achieve our shared goal of ensuring the safety and health of our workplaces, communities, and world.

SH&E is ever-evolving, as the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated. Certifications like the CSP ensure SH&E professionals are at the forefront of these unexpected events. A post-pandemic world will value safety as it has over the last year. Our profession has to grow and consider how infectious diseases and other public health issues impact the population. We have to be the “tip of the spear” in leading efforts to address the new and evolving normal. 

The fact is, safety is intentional—SH&E practitioners help to create safe and healthy workplaces, and our work is completed with passion. The community benefits from the reliable everyday work we do when workers feel valued, and families gather, all together, at the day’s end.

You are the reason I am proud to be BCSP Board President. I am glad we can provide for those who strive to join us as SH&E practitioners with BCSP Foundation scholarships, recognize the value of those in the practice through certification, and honor our most accomplished with awards.

SH&E credentials distinguish those who hold them. Certification proves a person capable and attests to a person’s potential. It shows you have the drive to achieve your goals. If you share a commitment to creating a safer world, we stand ready to support you.

I hope we can make you the hero of your story.
BCSP Board of Directors
Joaquin M. Diaz, CSP, OHST, CHST
Vice President
Leslie Stockel, CSP, SMS
V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP
Past President
Mario A. Varela, CSP, ASP
Teresa A. Cole, CSP
Ashok Garlapati, CSP
Jay R. Harf, CSP
Bruce D. Hollcroft, CSP
Patricia A. Kagerer, CSP
Bruce K. Lyon, CSP, SMS
Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT
Donald A. Robinson, CSP
A CHST's Commitment to Zero-Time Loss Through Certification
Warren Biddle is a Safety Manager at Snyder Langston, a Certified Health and Safety Technician (CHST), and a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where he retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. While not an official title, he could also be called a life-long learner, as his dedication to continuing education is immediately clear upon discussing safety with him.

When contacted for an interview, Biddle was engaged in an OSHA class and had to return the call once it was over. He was voluntarily taking a refresher course on excavating because he has an upcoming project that requires excavation, and he wasn’t totally comfortable in that area.

“I believe anyone in the safety field must continue to study, even material they know,” said Biddle. “If you think ‘I already took that class and don’t need it’ then you’ll get a wakeup call that might not come in a pleasant way.”
BCSP Foundation, ASHCA Form Partnership to Advance Safety Practice in Agriculture
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Foundation and the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) have signed a partnership agreement focused on improving the safety of farmers, ranchers, and other workers in U.S. agriculture.

Agriculture, due to its decentralized nature and diverse structure, lags other industries in reducing the toll on its workers. Its fatality rate is eight (8) times that of the all-industry average. In a typical year, 551 workers die while doing farm work and about 88,000 suffer lost-time injuries.

Signed at ASHCA's Agricultural Safety Summit, the partnership agreement outlines a set of goals by which the summit's host and the BCSP Foundation will collaborate to advance safety, including knowledge-sharing, awareness campaigns, and advocacy for practical methods of ensuring agricultural workers' well-being.

Photo: Tony Militello, CSP, P.E., BCSP Foundation Vice Chair (left) and Jess McCluer, ASHCA Board Chair (right) during the partnership's virtual signing.
New OSHA Workplace Guidance on Coronavirus
J.A. Rodriguez, Jr., CSP, ASP; Vice President, Strategic Advancement and Learning Solutions, BCSP

President Joe Biden issued an executive order on January 21, 2021, instructing, in part, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue COVID-19 worker safety guidelines. This is the first step towards implementing national worker protections from the global pandemic.

The guidelines are designed to encourage every employer to implement a COVID-19 prevention program. While these guidelines do not themselves carry the force of law, OSHA may elect to invoke the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act of 1970 to force employers to comply. In fact, any national guidance or consensus standard can be fair game for OSHA to cite under the General Duty Clause even if the guidance or standard contains language that “it does not create new legal obligations” and “the recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.”
BCSP's Toolkit for Advancing the Profession
Banner displays and literature 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 or request literature, fill out a Banner Display Request.
Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its eighth annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction campaign will take place May 3-7, 2021. BCSP and OSHA encourage construction employers and other stakeholders to join the event to promote awareness and training to address one of the industry's most serious dangers. 

“Workers suffer serious and fatal injuries from falls and have a devastating impact on families and businesses,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health James Frederick. “This important collaboration with the construction industry encourages employers to learn how to better control fall-related hazards and improve their safety and health programs.”