CSPs gain certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, which is commonly referred to as the BCSP. The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies are responsible for accrediting Certified Safety Professionals in the United States. The ISO/IEC is responsible for international accreditation. To become a CSP, an individual must have a bachelor’s degree in any field or an associate’s degree in health and safety. They must also satisfy the following requirements:
- Pass the Comprehensive Practice and Safety Fundamentals exams.
- Provide the BCSP with proof of maintaining competency by re-certifying every five years.
- Have at least four years of professional safety experience.
Why Companies Should Hire CSPs. Companies that hire CSPs enjoy an enhanced reputation. CSP certification is one of the most coveted credentials in the United States today. Having an individual who is certified in environmental positions, health and safety is an asset. Employers in many fields seek these professionals. They work with not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, various industries and consulting firms. In addition to this, many lawyers have started using CSPs as expert witnesses in trials where expert testimonies in health and safety are required. They have been involved in cases with OSHA citations, Workers Compensation, injury lawsuits and several other types of court proceedings. Many government and private agencies require CSPs in their contracts for assurance of experience and knowledge.
Employer Benefits of Hiring a CSP. Employers enjoy many benefits from hiring a CSP. The following are some of the most desirable advantages:
- The company name is associated with a prestigious global certification.
- An individual is identified as a source of expertise by extensive examination.
- Company relations with environmental, health and safety communities are improved.
- Enhances company reputation by keeping an individual certified in safety, health and environmental positions on staff.
- Establishes an examination basis for assessment of employee competency.
- Offers easy access to current information on applicable laws, regulations, consensus standards and licenses.
- Demonstration to other parties that certificate holders have been tested and deemed competent under the highest standards.
- Recognition of the highest level of professionalism in certified health, safety and environmental executives.
- Standards of practice for certification maintenance exemplify enhanced professional credibility.
EPA and OSHA standards show recognition of CSP certification in regulations, standards and laws. Many local and state government contracts require CSP services. These professionals continue to grow in value through government, public and employer recognition. They also continue growing in value because of the national accreditation benefit and the high standards they must abide by.