Safety Leadership

Leaders in safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practice enhance their careers through professional certifications and continued development, advancing practice and protecting people.

For an organization to truly be safe, its safety leaders must be knowledgeable, skilled, and supported. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) knows safety is the result of work you do every day. That is why we offer credentials and programs that demonstrate the value of safety, advancing the careers of proven professionals while protecting our workplaces, communities, and the environment.

Safety Credentials

Achieving a safety credential demonstrates your value, enhancing your career and the profession.

Credentialing ensures competent safety leadership through assessment, advancing safety professionalism by providing a competitive advantage for those who prove their credibility.

BCSP certifications are:

Relevant, designed with support from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) practicing in the industries that utilize the certifications.

Trusted, accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the primary source for internationally recognized standards.

Recognized, sought by employers and providing greater opportunities and salaries for those who hold certification (see Safety Salary Survey).

A safety leader is certified.

Professional Development

Safety leadership requires the ability to engage others and lead behavior change—a safety enforcer, who relies on corrective action, is less effective than a safety partner, who encourages safe work.

BCSP partners with Dale Carnegie (DC) to provide courses on effective leadership influencing people for the better. These include:

Presentation Mastery courses in public speaking, storytelling, and delivering presentations that have measurable impact.

Influencing Mastery courses that develop skills for encouraging colleagues to make safe choices and leadership to value a safe workplace.

Leadership Mastery courses that, building on the skills from other mastery tracks, focus on transforming inspiration to motivation.

These professional skills are important for effective safety leadership.

Workplace Safety

In an organization, safety leadership is expressed at the cultural level. An effective safety culture is the result of an organization’s team members each understanding the responsibilities they bear for safety.

A good safety culture requires:

Expertise in the design of an effective safety progam and the execution of that program. Leadership must make safety a value and include SH&E professionals in planning.

Education on safe practices for new team members and for the development and advancement of safety leaders.

Engagement in safety practice from all members of the organization. Everyone shares responsibility for the well-being of people, property, and the environment.

BCSP provides tools, like Group Management and the Certification Champions program, that lead to improvements in workplace safety culture.