The Board of Certified Safety Professionals

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) began in 1969 as a peer certification board. It is not a member organization and does not provide services usually offered by member organizations. Membership in any organization is not a requirement for certification.

Its sole purpose is to certify practitioners in the safety profession. Safety professionals identify hazards and evaluate them for the potential to cause injury or illness to people or harm of property and the environment. The safety professional recommends administrative and engineering controls that eliminate or minimize the risk and danger posed by hazards. They work with professionals in other disciplines in many different job settings. They work for companies, government agencies and private organizations or offer individual professional services. They may engage in design, planning, program management, training, audit and other aspects of practice. Additionally, they apply hazard recognition, evaluation and control knowledge and skills for equipment, systems, facilities and processes, or in operations, manufacturing, transportation, construction, insurance services and other enterprises.

The value of the safety certification continues to grow. In the U.S., numerous laws, regulations and standards cite it. More importantly, many companies include it in position standards, government agencies rely on it and contracts for safety services require it.

Setting the Standard

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals is recognized as the leader in high quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners in order to enhance the safety of people, property, and the environment. BCSP:

  • Sets standards for professional, technician, technologist, and supervisory level safety practices.
  • Evaluates the academic and professional experience qualifications of certification applicants.
  • Administers examinations.
  • Issues certificates to candidates who meet BCSP's certification qualifications and successfully pass the examination(s).
  • Monitors continued professional development through mandatory recertification requirements

What Makes BCSP Certification Special?

About our Chief Executive Officer

Treasa M. Turnbeaugh, PhD, MBA, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE, IOM was named Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in September of 2012. Dr. Turnbeaugh most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of BCSP, where she was responsible for all examinations, marketing, customer service, and business development as well as the development of new initiatives for BCSP to bring value to its certificants. Dr. Turnbeaugh is experienced in the Safety, Health and Environmental (SH&E) field and in the field of professional certification. Additionally, Dr. Turnbeaugh brings experience and leadership in the business arena of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Turnbeaugh holds a PhD in Health Services Research, with a minor in Epidemiology and a Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University; a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University; and both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health, with a specialization in Industrial Hygiene, from Murray State University. As BCSP's CEO, she graduated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Institute for Organization Management, earning her IOM, and achieved the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification. Dr. Turnbeaugh is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the American Society of Association Executives. She has been in the SH&E profession for over 25 years, has held her CSP certification over 20 years, and is a Certified Environmental, Safety & Health Trainer (CET).

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