|Board of Certified Safety Professionals Aligns with OSHA
Alliance centered on enhancing safety professionals' education
WASHINGTON -- The Board of Certified Safety Professionals
(BCSP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) are joining forces to advance safe and more healthful
BCSP signed an Alliance today that begins a collaborative
effort with OSHA to encourage safety professionals to continue
to strive for enhanced knowledge of safety and health programs
and to educate those same professionals on how to achieve
the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation.
"Strengthening the professional expertise of safety
professionals through outreach and education is extremely
important to advancing safety practices in this country,"
said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "By working with
BCSP, we can enhance the educational tools available to professionals
and others and promote the value of safety in the workplace."
Added BCSP President David Herbert, CSP: "BCSP is pleased
to be joining with OSHA in the Alliance to build awareness
of, to promote, and to encourage safety professionalism. A
key objective through this Alliance is to develop information
on the specific skills, knowledge, abilities, and processes
that permit safety professionals to contribute most effectively
to excellence in safety and health performance in the workplace."
OSHA and BCSP will work together to provide information and
guidance regarding the value of safety and health professionalism
and accredited certifications, including the CSP designation.
Both organizations will also review and share the results
of the Board's studies to define a job performance metrics
for safety and health professionals. Safety curricula will
be developed that could be incorporated into training and
education courses, including those offered by OSHA's education
The development of joint research objectives and projects
are on tap that could link the elements of safety professionalism
to the enhancement of the safety and health profession. OSHA
and BCSP will also exchange information regarding case studies
and lessons learned by employers and individuals resulting
from improving safety professionalism and attaining safety
and health accredited certifications.
OSHA and BCSP will participate in forums and roundtable discussions
on improving safety and health practices and professionalism,
and will encourage safety and health professionals to assist
in the mentoring of individuals interested in accredited professional
certification. Finally, both organizations will speak, exhibit
or appear at conferences or workshops and use print and electronic
media, including websites, to disseminate information on safety
and health certification.
BCSP is a nationally accredited peer certification board
authorized to award the CSP designation. The Board evaluates
safety professionals' academic and professional experience
and qualifications and administers examinations.