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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CET Certification's Examination to be Updated February 1, 2014

Colan Holmes - Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer (CET®) examination will be updated on February 1, 2014. The examination will change to reflect the results of the 2013 CET role delineation study, a study done to ensure BCSP certifications represent the needs of the SH&E profession.

While the examination will expand from 110 questions to a total of 200, the basic content of its blueprint is similar. However, the new examination blueprint is more detailed than the prior blueprint, which should help those considering taking the test better assess their readiness by providing additional insight into the core competencies the examination measures.

A copy of the new CET blueprint can now be found on the CET webpage.

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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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