Any workplace is a potentially dangerous environment for employees and visitors alike. Employers have the responsibility to educate their employees on health and safety risks as well as take the necessary steps to control or eliminate these risks before an accident happens.
The success of an organization is contingent on how well business leaders can effectively communicate safety through the company’s organizational structures.
Certified Safety Professionals (CSP)
In order to adhere to workplace safety requirements, companies hire Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) to foster an engaging, efficient, and effective safety culture in the organization. These professionals will perform at least 50 percent of an organization’s professional safety duties.
To become a certified safety professional, individuals are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in any field or an associate in the environment, health or safety as well as several BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals)accredited credentials. These include:
Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer
This certification is often abbreviated as CET. A Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer is an individual who has the expertise as well as the experience to develop, design, and deliver safety, health and environmental training.
Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)
A Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) certification is designed for first-line supervisors of work groups, people in all levels of managerial positions as well as organizational units tasked with the safety of any work group in a company.
A safety trained supervisor is not necessarily a safety practitioner or a safety specialist. A typical STS candidate has other responsibilities ancillary, collateral or adjunct to his or her professional duties.
Occupational Health and Safety Technologist
The BCSP establishes the requirements that an individual needs to become an Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST). Persons who meet and continue to meet these requirements are awarded OHST certification.
In a professional capacity, OHST-certified safety practitioners conduct workplace assessments to determine risks — and evaluate them, assess the hazard control measures in place, investigate accidents, and prepare emergency response plans.
Safety Management Specialist (SMS)
For a business to be able to operate safely, people in management positions need to have a special set of skills designed to help them ensure safety in business operations. A safety management specialist is an individual with the skills necessary for a company’s safe operations.
Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
An Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification has passed the BCSP-administered examination or has met the academic requirements necessary for one to become a certified safety professional.
Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP)
If you go to college and graduate with a degree that meets BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards, you will be awarded Graduate Safety Practitioner certification (GSP). GSP practitioners are not required to take the ASP examinations to become Certified Safety Professionals.
There are many safety certifications out there, some of which you may have never heard of. Most of these certifications are either risk specific, discipline specific, industry specific — such as Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certifications.
The rest are just second tier certifications offered by employers or local authorities after attending a seminar or completing a safety course, which is probably why you’ve never heard of them.
Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
This is an accreditation for an individual who has qualified through education, experience and demonstrated skills that meet the minimum requirements in the following areas: analytical chemistry, air sampling and instrumentation, biohazards, ergonomics, community exposure, communication, biostatistics and epidemiology, engineering controls, noise, radiation, bioscience, toxicology, work environments and industrial processes among others.
There are several people who were working as industrial hygienist but who hadn’t qualified for the CIH due to their educational experiences. Due to the valuable contributions of preventing occupational and non-occupational illnesses that were made by these individuals, there was need to recognize their efforts in the industry by giving them the CIH accreditation that was an upgrade of the original Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist (CAIH) program that was less stringent on matters of education levels in science.
Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO)
This is an institution that is bringing together resources to streamline the processes of ensuring maximum Safety and Health in the protection of people, workplace environments, and workers. The institution protects and supports all its members who are involved in the safety of workplace environments.
Some of the institution’s objectives include creating and promoting professional standards of ethics for its members, facilitating professional development opportunities for its members, cultivating healthy interactive platforms with other international organizations concerned with occupational safety and health for workplace environments.
The institution was established in 1975 with a vision of being the number one representative of OSH&E professionals in Singapore. The institution has a code of ethics that guides its members to promote professionalism and competence levels. It also offers various courses such as human resource management, employment, and recruitment among others.
Member in the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (MSIPN)
Through an MOU between The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), members of the MSIPN can now directly sit for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) examination by waiving the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) exams. This is to recognize members with the MSIPN status as a major accreditation for professionals who are in the field of promoting safety internationally.
However, those who are allowed to bypass the ASP exams have to meet all the eligibility requirements of MSIPN. The amalgamation of the internationally accredited CSP and MISPN membership status offers safety practitioners and occupational safety and health stakeholders in Nigeria a certification and association, which are very vital pillars of professionalism.
The MOU further gives the Nigerian professionals in the field of occupational safety and health global recognition anywhere in the world. In other words, the practitioners will utilize the MISPN platform as a pathway of getting safety certifications in the USA and other developed countries.
National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH )
Founded in 1979 and based in the UK, NEBOSH is an independent examination board that delivers vocational Certificate, National and International Certificate/Diploma qualifications in the field of health, safety, and environmental management and practice.
Courses leading to NEBOSH qualifications attract over 75,000 candidates annually and are offered by over 600-course providers, with exams taken in over 130 countries around the world.
Over 170,000 people worldwide have a NEBOSH qualification. Their qualifications are highly respected across the globe and are necessary for anyone looking to work or already working in Health & Safety field.
NEBOSH offers three categories of qualification -Namely Award, Certificate, and Diploma.