The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), and the BCSP Foundation have renewed their collaborative relationship to foster stronger safety and health practices and programs, improving American workplaces.
Originally signed February 1, 2018, the renewed OSHA, BCSP, and BCSP Foundation Alliance will continue with an emphasis on developing effective training, educational webinars, professional safety and health certifications, safety and health programs, and fall protection.
BCSP and the Foundation will share information on OSHA’s goals and initiatives and invite participation in those. The signatories will collaborate on, share, and disseminate safety and health information such as occupational safety and health laws, standards, and the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers. BCSP credential holders are encouraged to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues relevant to their respective industries.
In addition to sharing information, BCSP and the Foundation will provide opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process with OSHA and work with the administration in the creation of guidance documents promoting the advancement of safety and health programs and the role of safety and health practitioners.
As part of advancing safety practice, the signatories will identify OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers’ classes that contribute to various BCSP professional certifications’ educational and eligibility criteria and support the continued development of effective training and educational webinars for safety and health practitioners.
“An organization’s safety and health is only as good as the safety and health practitioners it includes on its team. This alliance brings together important components necessary for building safer workplaces; knowledge, training, and practice. I am proud to be a part of its signing,” said BCSP Board President Joaquin M. Diaz, MM, CSP, OHST, CHST, CIH.
“OSHA is eager to continue its alliance with BCSP and the BCSP Foundation to provide effective training and resources to safety and health professionals who help protect America’s workers,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jim Frederick. “During this five-year alliance, we look forward to building on this collaboration and will continue to work closely to help ensure the safety and health of all workers, including those who are most vulnerable.”
The agreement will remain in effect for five years. An implementation team made up of representatives from each organization will meet one to two times per year to discuss the responsibilities of the participants, to share information on activities, and to track results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.