newsletter edition 03 | July 2023
Construction Safety Personnel Qualifications: The Impact of Education, Experience, and Certificate Programs
Construction is among the most hazardous industries, with an annual fatality rate of over 1,000 workers in the United States. Researchers and practitioners have proclaimed that implementing effective safety management plans can prevent most construction accidents. Safety personnel, who oversee the design, implementation, and enhancement of safety management plans, play an essential role in preventing accidents and enhancing construction safety.

Despite their important role, there is little research, if any, to examine if the actual qualifications of construction safety personnel match recommended qualifications by safety associations and professional organizations. Moreover, the impact of the qualifications of safety personnel on achieved safety outcomes has not yet been thoroughly examined. The present study aims to (1) examine if the qualifications of construction safety personnel match recommended qualifications by safety associations and professional organizations, and (2) empirically analyze the impact of three key safety personnel qualifications, namely education, experience, and certifications, on overall construction site safety performance.

Register for the 2023 Research & Innovation Summit

The BCSP Foundation's biennial Research & Innovation Summit is taking place Aug. 7-10 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

The R&I Summit is a forum for leaders and organizations with an eye toward shaping the future of the EHS profession. Share research and ideas centered on making our world safer and better.

At the link below is information on pricing, Keynote Speakers, Summit agenda, workshop availability, lodging, and registration.

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Applications for Student Scholarships Open Aug. 1

The BCSP Foundation will begin accepting applications for the QAP Student Scholarships on August 1, 2023.

The QAP student Scholarship provides support for students currently enrolled in a BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP). The award is now available to ALL students attending a QAP, as the previous accreditation requirement has been removed.

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Editor in Chief
Georgi Popov Named Editor in Chief of SHIFT

The BCSP Foundation is pleased to announce Georgi Popov, Ph.D., CSP, QEP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FASSP, FAIHA as Editor in Chief of SHIFT.

Dr. Popov brings over 20 years in academia to the Editor in Chief role. He currently serves as professor and Chair of the Occupational Risk and Safety Sciences Department at the University of Central Missouri.

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From our industry partners
NSC: Improving Workplace Safety with Robotics
This white paper explores the use of robotics in environment, health, and safety (EHS) applications and how the deployment of such technologies can reduce the risk of serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). Examining key use cases, specifically automated facility inspections, confined space entry, moving parts and equipment, machine tending, pick-and-place, hazardous materials handling, and precision welding and cutting, we explore how robotic technology can help eliminate repetitive, manual tasks for human operators and how worker augmentation and task automation can boost productivity and staff morale while reducing SIFs.
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Driver Fatigue on the Job

NIOSH conducts research and makes recommendations to help employers and workers prevent motor vehicle crashes caused by fatigued driving. Longer daily commutes, non-standard shift work, less sleep, and lack of employer driving safety policies were associated with one or more risky driving-related outcomes such as drowsy driving, falling asleep, or near miss crash events while driving.

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Center for Disease Control
Psychosocial Hazards Often Overlooked in Construction Industry

Psychosocial factors are the social, organizational, and managerial features of a job that affect the worker’s feelings, attitudes, behaviors, and physiology. Psychosocial factors can result in physical or mental health impacts in the workplace.

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Understanding Emergency Service Capabilities

For any emergency incident, it is important to define the roles of police, fire, and emergency medical services in the response. Under the Incident Command System, the lead agency in a multi-agency response is determined by the type of incident. If the incident is a crime or involves violence, law enforcement is the lead agency to address the response; the FBI is the lead agency for any terrorist incident.

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