The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) dedicated its new, Indianapolis headquarters on April 28, 2017, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The dedication was attended by safety professionals and advocates from Indiana and around the world.
“It was an honor for us, myself and staff, to host the Board, our dedicated certification ambassadors, local officials, and interested certificants,” says BCSP’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, ASP, CET, CAE, IOM. “Those who spoke at the dedication displayed an enthusiasm for advancing safety practice, and I am thankful to have them as stakeholders in the future of our profession.”
Dr. Turnbeaugh opened the building dedication ceremony, and was followed by BCSP Board President, Chris Patton, CSP, ASP. They spoke to the growth of the organization from 20 to 40 people in the last five years, the growing number of BCSP safety certificants, and the outreach done to bring new practitioners into the field.
Vijay Krishna, Senior Director of Credentialing Programs at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), described BCSP’s pioneering role in setting accreditation standards for certification, stating that “BCSP was and is a model organization for accredited personnel certifications.”
Rick Ruble, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor, and Timothy Maley, Indiana Deputy Commissioner of Labor, each spoke on the overlap between professional development and improvements in occupational safety. Coming to the building dedication after Indiana’s Workers Memorial Day event, there was strong connection made between what has been achieved and what more there is to accomplish.
With a final speech by Angela Smith Jones, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, who delivered a warm welcome to Indianapolis, the dedication was marked with a ribbon cutting.
BCSP has ensured excellence in safety practice since 1969, does so today, and will well into the future.