Third Quarter 2022

Message from the President of the Board

Leslie Stockel, CSP, SMS

When the public thinks of safety in action, they might envision something like the following – a firefighter in full gear running toward a blaze, an environmental professional in a hazmat suit remediating a chemical spill, or a nurse in an N95 mask tending to a sick patient. Yes, personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a familiar phrase to everyone over the past two-plus years.


Yet safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals know that PPE, while it may be the most visible, is actually the last control against hazards. It is far better to eliminate a hazard altogether, to replace it with a safer alternative, or to modify equipment or processes to alleviate its risk. The ultimate goal is not to protect people in the midst of dangerous situations but to keep those situations from ever occurring.


That’s why initiatives such as OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week over the summer and the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week coming up Oct. 9-15 are so vital. They encourage us to be proactive in spotting potential dangers and dealing with them, both on the job and at home.


Safe + Sound Week again reminded us that, regardless of industry, it is critical to develop safety plans for the workplace and maintain them with regular reviews. It highlighted the importance of an integrative approach, involving management and employees in identifying and mitigating hazards.


Fire Prevention Weekcelebrating its 100th anniversary this year – offers educational materials to help reduce the chances of a home fire and emphasizes the need for developing an evacuation plan in case one does occur. We encourage you to participate and to visit the NFPA’s online toolkit for flyers, social media artwork, and ideas for promoting fire prevention.


As we enter the final quarter of 2022, we thank you as always for your dedication to health and safety. If you have not yet achieved a BCSP credential or begun using certification to strengthen your safety program, we encourage you to make that commitment at BCSP.ORG.


Now we invite you to read up on the latest BCSP news and to see how credential holders are making a difference in the latest edition of our eNewsletter.

BCSP Board of Directors

President

Leslie Stockel, CSP, SMS


Vice President

Bruce K. Lyon, CSP, SMS, P.E., ARM, CHMM


Treasurer

V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP


CEO, Secretary

Christy Uden, CAE, IOM

Directors

Teresa A. Cole, CSP

Ashok Garlapati, CSP

Jay R. Harf, PhD, CSP

Mary Hjorth, SPHR

Bruce D. Hollcroft, CSP

Patricia A. Kagerer, CSP

Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT

Daniel G. Hopwood, CSP, SMS

Donald A. Robinson, PhD, CSP, P.E., ARM-E

Examining the Impact of Safety Professionals

“Examining the impact of safety professionals on safety performance for companies with and without safety professionals.” That’s the task for a group of experts selected over the summer to evaluate the value of safety professionals in the workplace.


The team for the 12-month study includes:


  • Sam Wang, PhD, P.E., CSP, Texas A&M University
  • Michael Larranaga, PhD, P.E., CIH, CSP, FAIHA, REM Risk Consultants LLC
  • James McIntosh, CSP, CIH, Marshall University
  • Miaozong Wu, PhD, CSP, ARM, University of Central Missouri


BCSP and the BCSP Foundation teamed up as part of a collaboration with The International Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations (INSHPO), the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP), and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) to organize the study.


Research will include defining the present role of safety professionals, narrowing the scope of performance evaluations through safety performance indicators, and data collection from six or more countries, from varying industries.


Click here for more information on the research team and study at BCSP.ORG

Beyond Safety: The Boxer

Before embarking on a safety career, Josh Himes was a boxer. And a good one at that. Himes was a Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion in the amateur ranks who went on to fight professionally.


Today he is pouring that same grit and tenacity into his job as an environmental, health, and safety supervisor for McCarl's Inc., trying to win on the job just like he won between the ropes.


This is Josh Himes, beyond safety.

"I love that I can take life and boxing and correlate them together. My mentality, my way of living, my lifestyle. It’s that drive to succeed, to want to win." — Josh Himes, PhD, CHST, STSC

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STSC Springboards Career for UCOR's Jimmy Hughes

When Jimmy Hughes first came on board with United Cleanup Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) a little more than a decade ago, he didn’t have the same level of experience as his colleagues.


As an hourly laborer for the cleanup contracting company, he desired something more. To grow professionally, to gain respect, to have a voice. He needed a way to prove himself.


It didn’t take him long to notice the high value UCOR placed on safety certification and to understand how it could help him achieve his goals. The Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) certification from BCSP was his ticket to a seat at the table.


Hughes’ safety career took off from there. He grew into management positions and added the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications along the way. Two years ago, he became Deputy Health and Safety Manager for UCOR’s efforts at the Heritage Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


Click here for Hughes' full story at BCSP.ORG

"(The STSC) made me a leader amongst my peers and gave me the opportunity to have more meaningful conversations and influence some decisions and work activities that otherwise, being at that time the youngest individual on the work crew, I might have been overlooked or seen as inexperienced." — Jimmy Hughes, CSP, STSC

Study From the Source!

BCSP offers exam training through BCSP examCORE. Trainings include CSP, ASP + CSP Connect, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STS, STSC, and CIT. For more information, visit examCORE.ORG.


*To ensure impartiality, BCSP utilizes subject-matter experts for the development of the examCORE program and products who are independent from the certification examination development process.

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Share Your Safety Stories with Us

We want to tell your safety story. Whether it's a personal story of how you became involved with the safety profession, or a proud company safety moment, we want to hear from you!


If you have an interesting story to share, please contact safetystories@bcsp.org and a member of our team will reach out to you.


Your story could be featured on the BCSP social media channels, a promotional video, or many other avenues.

Kevin Chothani Promotes Certification through Role as BCSP Ambassador 

Kevin Chothani has a big job. 


As head of the safety, health, and environment (SH&E) program for Sekura Energy Private Limited, he is responsible for the overall safety culture of a company dealing in power transmission, solar energy, wind energy, and highway assets. Based in Mumbai – the second-largest city in India with a population of nearly 20 million – Chothani leads strategic planning to protect his people and the environment.


It’s a vital role and one for which he is qualified. Chothani is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH). He has worked almost 20 years in the field.


He knows the value certification has brought in his career development, and now he is doing his best to share that with the next generation.


Chothani is one of BCSP’s Ambassadors, a group of more than 30 credential-holding SH&E professionals from around the globe volunteering to represent BCSP at speaking engagements and to help in raising awareness for the value of certification.


Click here for Chothani's full story at BCSP.ORG

“My major role is that I guide and mentor students and other working environmental, health, and safety professionals to enhance their competence through BCSP certifications and guide them in a one-on-one basis.” 

— Kevin Chothani, CSP, CIH, CMIOSH

BCSP Ambassadors Available

To raise awareness about the value of accredited safety certifications, BCSP established the BCSP Ambassador Program – an outreach initiative that engages select volunteers among certification holders to represent BCSP at events and speaking engagements with stakeholders in the safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) field. These could be events organized as part of conferences, those promoting safety as a career on college campuses, and a variety of other official events.


If you would like to request an ambassador to present at your event, contact the BCSP Ambassador Program.

BCSP Ambassadors
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.


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Present on Behalf of BCSP!

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, technical reports, and videos.


These resources can be found on our Presentations and Outreach webpage.

What to Expect When Sitting for a BCSP Exam

You’ve purchased and scheduled your BCSP exam. You’ve studied, and you’re ready to go. Now it’s exam day. What should you expect?


Maybe you’re entering a testing center for the first time, or perhaps you’ve previously taken a BCSP exam. Either way, you’ve already invested a lot in this. You want to make sure you are fully prepared and in the best frame of mind to achieve success.


Make sure to thoroughly read through the BCSP Examination Information and Pearson VUE Helpful Resources for information specific to BCSP exams and Pearson VUE testing centers.


Test anxiety is real. If you read all the materials you are provided, you will be better prepared for the testing experience.


Click below for 10 reminders covering some of the most common issues that arise at testing centers …

10 Reminders for Exam Day
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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.
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STS Exam Blueprint Changes Set to Take Effect in November

BCSP revalidates each of its exams at least every five (5) years to reflect the consensus of the profession regarding the key elements a minimally qualified candidate must possess to be deemed competent. The Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) exam has undergone the revalidation process and will be updated for all candidates November 1.


The STS exam blueprint is expanding from five (5) domains to six (6). While a significant amount of general concepts have carried over from the previous blueprint, most of the domains have increased in length with increased detail and specificity of the topics.


Domains for Updated STS Exam Blueprint

(Percentage of exam in parentheses)


  1. Safety Program Implementation and Management (20.3%)
  2. Safety & Health Hazards (23.6%)
  3. Hazard Controls (20.3%)
  4. Basic Industrial Hygiene (11.0%)
  5. Emergency Preparedness and Management (14.3%)
  6. Ethical Leadership (10.5%)
STS Exam Blueprint Changes (PDF)