BCSP Self-Assessment Examinations Test Your Knowledge

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, April 23, 2014
BCSP offers self-assessment exams as a way for individuals to better evaluate their strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for a certification examination. The self-assessments are constructed so that candidates can discover their knowledge in specific domain and subject areas, compare scores, and adjust their study accordingly.

There are self-assessments available for each BCSP certification, with a new self-assessment recently developed for SH&E professionals who would like to know how they may fare on the Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer® (CET) examination. Each self-assessment exam is a hard copy publication.

Self-assessments can be ordered via the self-assessment brochure.

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Check, Double-Check Your Knowledge at International System Safety Training Symposium

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The International System Safety Society (ISSS) is hosting its annual training symposium in St. Louis this August 4-8, 2014. The 2014 International System Safety Training Symposium (ISSTS) brings together the latest knowledge in safety processes from around the world, allowing attendees to exchange tools and knowledge.

This year's ISSTS will include contributions from a variety of domains including aerospace, automotive, defense, health care, rail transportation, robotics, critical infrastructure systems, industrial control systems, and academia. BCSP certificants have consistently been well represented at the event, which provides a wealth of knowledge in design-based safety.

More information on the ISSTS can be found on the symposium website.

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New ASSE Employer's Guide to Hiring a Safety Professional

Colan Holmes - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The ASSE Guide to Hiring the Right Occupational Safety and Health Professional is a helpful tool for HR professionals, safety managers, and anyone looking to hire quality safety personnel.

The guide features:

» Tips on what to look for in the hiring process
» Qualifications desirable for a range of positions
» Frequently asked questions
» A guide to interviewing safety professionals

The information is provided to ensure the quality of organizations' safety practitioners. You may download the guide, and sharing it is encouraged.

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Safety Trained Supervisor Sponsors Certify Over Five Thousand Persons

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Sponsors certified the safety skills of over 750 of their employees in 2013, raising the number of current STS certificants who benefited from company sponsorship to over 5,000 persons.

Organizations which refer five or more people to the STS are eligible to join the STS Sponsorship Program. STS Sponsors partner with BCSP in the promotion of sound SH&E practice, and are recognized for their advocacy as Participating, Ruby, Emerald, and Diamond Sponsors based on the number of STS certificants they employ in a given year.

The growth of the program in 2013 was phenomenal. Two new sponsors, Idaho Power Company and PCL Construction Enterprises, made an amazing effort to reach the Ruby and Emerald classes of sponsorship in their first year of participation. Idaho Power Company referred 31 new STS certificants and PCL Construction Enterprises 55 new STS certificants.

The latest information on all STS Sponsors and the contributions they have made to strengthening supervisory safety practice can be found on the STS Sponsorship Program webpage.

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NAOSH Week Art and Video Contests for Children and Youth

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
As BCSP is seeking nominations of safety professionals for this year's Award of Excellence (AoE), we want to make sure you also know about how you can recognize aspiring safety professionals. Each year, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) holds a safety poster contest for youth. This year, youth age 13-17 are encouraged to make videos as well.

The contest is part of raising awareness of workplace safety in conjunction with North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. You can see the thought contestants put into the top posters from the 2013 “Safety on the Job” contest.

Young people who would like to participate can sign up and submit their artwork online. The deadline is February 28, 2014, so the time has come to put those thinking caps on!

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Strengthening Opportunities for Women in Construction Safety

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Reagan Branch, CSP, CIH is encouraging women to embrace careers in construction safety. Construction is a career field not traditionally gender diverse, with 11 men for every woman. As construction begins an economic recovery, and housing starts’ growth raises demand for homebuilders, the field offers greater opportunity for any who would seize it.

“Construction is a male dominated world and I think many women are intimidated by the prospect of taking on an authoritative role in this industry,” explains Branch. “Women can also bring a unique perspective to these industries that can spur economic growth. There are many avenues for entry into this sector and it is worth exploring. Through outreach, mentorship and access to safety training, women get the necessary information, exposure and confidence to embark on a field where I think they are naturally suited.”

Branch conducts presentations on the subject of women in construction safety, and she finds audiences receptive. Many who hear from her request additional information on training, internship opportunities, and necessary credentials. “Many feel the need to further their education or acquire certifications to be respected,” says Branch.

Safety certification in the field does not automatically translate into greater respect, but it has been helpful for Branch when she has needed recognition of her expertise. “I think the differences I noticed after obtaining my CSP were from employers and others within upper management,” she recalls. “Also, it validates my authority when dealing with ‘know-it-all’ types that insist on challenging my every decision or opinion.”

In addition to her presentations on women in construction, Branch conducts OSHA 10-hour and other safety and health trainings. Her promotion of safety is comprehensive. “If I can prevent the creation of, or peel away the ‘anti-safety’ mindset of an apprentice or a young person entering the field of construction I feel accomplished.”
Reagan Branch, CSP, CIH
Photo by Sophia Coaxum

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Nominate Yourself or a Colleague for an Award of Excellence

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
BCSP is seeking nominations for the 2014 Awards of Excellence (AoE).

The AoE recognizes top CSPs, OHSTs, and CHSTs advancement of professional safety in an annual ceremony. The third annual AoE Ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the American Society of Safety Engineer's (ASSE's) Professional Development Conference, Safety 2014, in Orlando, Florida. Certificants honored in 2013 enjoyed the praise of over 800 of their colleagues at the ceremony.

Nominations are now being accepted through February 28, 2014. Complete the nomination forms before this window of opportunity closes.

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Thank You for the Wonderful Year

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BCSP developed a great deal in the last year, and we have many certificants for whom we are thankful.

We wish all Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year.

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Oklahoma State University Honors Rixio Medina, CSP, STS for Contributions to Safety Profession

Colan Holmes - Tuesday, October 08, 2013
The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) inducted Rixio Medina, CSP, STS, BCSP Board of Directors President, into its Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2013.

Medina received both an Associate and Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology from OSU. Medina enrolled in the university after becoming interested in fire protection and safety as a teenager in Venezuela. "My dad introduced me to a fire chief who had received an Associate Degree in Fire Protection from OSU," Medina explains. "He was the first person to talk to me about the profession."

Mentoring and volunteer service were habits that Medina soon adopted himself. While at OSU, Medina studied hard to overcome limitations with the English language. He became President of the Latin American Student Association and assisted hundreds of non-English speaking Venezuelan students in English as Second Language training and college.

As a safety professional, Medina continued his service by serving as a BCSP Board Member, contributing to the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) common interest group, and as a Board Member on the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Also inducted into the CEAT Hall of Fame were engineers Robert Schaefer and Rick Webb. Read more about all of these distinguished professionals on the OSU website.

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New Certificant Video on the Value of Certification

Colan Holmes - Friday, September 13, 2013
Bob DeHart, CSP shares what being a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) means to him, and how the certification affects his work as a SH&E professional in the petrochemical field.

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