Connect on eSafetySource

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, August 14, 2013
"Hello. I work for a law firm and I'm looking for someone to help me with a case where someone was injured on the job. Is there some way you could connect me with one of your safety professionals?"

Before eSafetySource provided a platform for BCSP certificants to create professional profiles I would have had to tell this person that BCSP does not release the contact information of its certificants -- even if they would have welcomed his call. Instead, I was able to point him to the online resource's search function.

"It even has an option for expert witness. Wow! Thanks. This is great!"

In that brief phone conversation I got a glimpse of how useful eSafetySource is for safety professionals and those seeking their expertise. The eSafetySource website allows safety professionals to enroll and create a unique and customizable profile that showcases their specialties, accomplishments, and other information. When a user saves their profile, the eSafetySource program includes them among the results of a comprehensive search.

If you are looking for a safety expert, or would like to share your safety knowledge, use eSafetySource.

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New Unique BCSP eNewsletters

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, July 24, 2013
BCSP is rolling out two new eNewsletters, the Partners eNewsletter and Collegiate eNewsletter, which you may sign up to receive.

The BCSP Partners eNewsletter is an eNewsletter designed to share information about organizations which play a part in advancing the safety profession. In it you will find news from our sponsoring organizations, resources from collaborative efforts, and perspectives from companies using BCSP certifications.

The BCSP Collegiate eNewsletter is for SH&E professors, students, and those otherwise interested in SH&E education. The eNewsletter seeks to create a greater connection between growing safety knowledge and everyday practice.

Each eNewsletter is sent twice a year. To receive either issue, you may subscribe online

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Celebrate Safety Excellence at the 2013 Award of Excellence Ceremony

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Several outstanding safety professionals will receive BCSP Awards of Excellence (AoEs) for their dedication to advancing safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practice at the fast approaching 2013 Award of Excellence ceremony.

The identities of this year's AoE recipients will be revealed for the first time at the ceremony itself, to take place at the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE's) Safety 2013 PDC, on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. To attend, conference goers must register for the Thursday luncheon with ASSE.

The Award of Excellence recognizes the contributions of CHSTs, OHSTs, and CSPs in advancing the safety profession, honoring them for their exceptional commitment. "To walk out on the stage and receive the award, have my name announced to the audience of 800, see and feel the award, is beyond description," said Henry Smahlik, CSP, CIH, one of the 2012 CSP AoE recipients.

If you are attending Safety 2013, we hope you join us in celebrating safety excellence.

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Thank You, Safety Professionals

Colan Holmes - Wednesday, May 08, 2013
May 8 is 2013's Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day. The American Society of Safety Engineers added OSHP Day to its North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week in 2006. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) enjoys OSHP Day and is happy to participate in the effort to recognize and celebrate the lifesaving efforts of safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals.

The work of a safety professional isn't always noticed. Many people think of safety as simply the absence of workplace incidents, but it is much more than that: it is the result of SH&E practitioners' building a safer workplace by actively removing occupational hazards and engaging others in safe practices. The safety professional creates safety every day he or she is on the job, showing commitment to a career dedicated to the protection of people, property, and the environment.

This OSHP Day, we hope you join us in appreciating the work of our amazing safety professionals.

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Certification Application Fee Waivers for Faculty, Graduates, Military and Government Personnel

Colan Holmes - Monday, April 15, 2013
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) extends application fee waivers to faculty, graduates from ABET accredited academic programs, military and government officials in an effort to promote the advancement of the safety profession among different professional domains as well as to show our appreciation for the service and sacrifice these individuals have made for their communities.

Application fee waivers were initially created for university faculty. With the increased demand for knowledgeable safety professionals and the military's encouraging those in service to achieve certification, BCSP felt expanding application fee waivers was the right thing to do.

Military personnel may be able to achieve BCSP certification at no cost, using the BCSP application fee waiver program and applying U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' reimbursements to their examination fees.

To learn more about application fee waivers and other certification-related opportunities you can refer to BCSP's Application Fee Waivers brochure.

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"Don't be a Fool. Being Safe at Work is Cool!"

Colan Holmes - Monday, April 01, 2013
This April Fool's Day BCSP would like to remind you that being safe is working smart with a little help from North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week's “Safety on the Job” poster contest winners.

In the words of Hayden Beldon, age 6: "Don't be a fool. Being safe at work is cool!"

Veiw Beldon and other children's Safety on the Job poster contest winners' illustrations on ASSE's NAOSH Week 2013 webpage.

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Chuck Soderquist, CHST, STS Shares Video on the Value of Certification

Colan Holmes - Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Chuck Soderquist, CHST, STS recently shared an informative video explaining BCSP certifications' role in promoting safety and the safety professional.

Soderquist highlights how he uses certification in his work as a Safety Manager at Sturgeon Electric Company. His vision, passion for safety and leadership abilities contributed to Sturgeon’s industry-leading safety statistics as well as the company’s 2008 award of STAR status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Mobile Workforce Demonstration and the 2012 Associated General Contractors (AGC) 1st place Construction Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) in the specialty contractors division (over 1M man-hours). In 2012, Soderquist himself received the BCSP Award of Excellence.

The video is part of BCSP's call for testimonials on the value of BCSP certifications, an ongoing project that certificants can participate in at any time.

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BCSP's Toolkit for Advancing the Safety Profession

Colan Holmes - Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) offers a variety of tools that certificants can use to become certification ambassadors, staying updated on current trends in safety while advocating the certification of qualified colleagues.

Tabletops - BCSP is designing new tabletop displays which will reflect the updates made to our family of certifications this year, so you will look better than ever as you network with colleagues. Available to BCSP certificants, the tabletops and literature of your choice are sent to you at no cost.

To request a tabletop and literature, fill out the Tabletop Request Form and email it to Anne Price, BCSP Marketing Specialist.

Presentations - The Articles and Presentations webpage offers pre-made Powerpoint presentations for download. Many of the Powerpoints available were created in the last year, offering the latest information. They cover the value of BCSP certification, what makes BCSP certification the "gold standard" of safety certification, and the benefits of specific certification programs.

Item Writing - BCSP's new Item Writing webpage provides you with the information required to submit new items which BCSP may use in updating our certification examinations.

All these activities can be documented for Recertification points, as indicated in the BCSP Recertification Guide.

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Presenting a Video on BCSP Safety Certification

Colan Holmes - Friday, November 09, 2012
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals has created a YouTube video which explains the process of becoming certified as a safety professional with any of BCSP's safety certifications.

BCSP's CEO, Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, narrates the video, addressing the most commonly asked questions asked by individuals who are considering achieving certification.

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New BCSP Presentations Make it Easy to Gain Recertification Points with Style

Colan Holmes - Thursday, October 18, 2012
You can download and use the Board of Certified Safety Professionals' (BCSPs') lastest Powerpoint presentations, some of which are based on presentations BCSP Board Members have used to lead discussion on safety certification with international SH&E organizations like the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE) and the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO), from the BCSP website.

Leading presentations on safety certification not only allows you to demonstrate their expertise -- you also earn Recertification points.

Promote safety professionalism among your colleagues, network, and within your organization. Download the latest BCSP Powerpoints.

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