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What does it take to be a successful Safety, Health and Environmental professional?

One important goal of the BOK is to gather suggestions and compile details for competency models via existing professional requirements for related SH&E disciplines. Below are examples of industry designations and their corresponding requirements:

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

Certified Safety Professional or CSP is a safety professional who has met education and experience standards, has demonstrated by examination the knowledge that applies to professional safety practice, continues to meet Recertification requirements established by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and is authorized by BCSP to use the Certified Safety Professional designation. There are two related documents for these designations: 

Associate Safety Professional (ASP)

An Associate Safety Professional or ASP is a temporary designation awarded by BCSP. It denotes that an individual has met academic requirements and has passed the Safety Fundamentals examination - the first of two examinations leading to the CSP. 

Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP)

Graduate Safety Practitioner or GSP is a designation available to safety degree graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards. The GSP program is an additional path to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and does not replace other paths. Those in the GSP path are not eligible for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation since GSP's receive a waiver of and do not sit for the Safety Fundamentals Examination.

Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST)

Construction Health and Safety Technician or CHST is a certification awarded to safety practitioners who meet and continue to meet all requirements established by BCSP. BCSP awards CHST certification to individuals who demonstrate competency and work part-time or full-time in health and safety activities devoted to the prevention of construction illness and injuries. 

Occupational Health and Safety Technologist/Certified Loss Control Specialist (OHST)

Occupational Health and Safety Technologist or OHST is a title awarded to safety practitioners who meet and continue to meet all requirements established for the OHST by BCSP. Certified Loss Control Specialist or CLCS is a title awarded to safety practitioners who meet and continue to meet all requirements established for the CLCS by BCSP. Beginning in 2007, BCSP offers the CLCS as a choice through the same process used to achieve the OHST.

Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)

IHMM's accredited CHMM credential recognizes your expertise and opens new possibilities for you to make a significant impact on your community and your country. Corporations, universities and government agencies depend on the CHMM certification to identify hazardous materials professionals like you. By earning the CHMM credential, you join together with a community of over 15,000 of your peers who have demonstrated their personal commitment to professional excellence, and protecting the environment and the public’s health and safety. Related blueprint document:

Table of Specifications (Blueprint) for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Examination


Certified Industrial Hygenist (CIH) 

A Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is an individual who has met the minimum requirements for education and experience, and through examination, has demonstrated a minimum level of knowledge in the following rubric (subject matter) areas:  

  • Air Sampling & Instrumentation
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Basic Science
  • Biohazards
  • Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Community Exposure
  • Engineering Controls/Ventilation
  • Ergonomics
  • Health Risk Analysis & Hazard Communication
  • IH Program Management
  • Noise
  • Non-Engineering Controls
  • Radiation – Ionizing and Non-ionizing
  • Thermal Stressors
  • Toxicology
  • Work Environments & Industrial Processes

Associate in Risk Management (ARM) 

To be an effective risk manager, you need to develop the skills that are vital to effectively controlling, assessing, and financing risk. The Associate in Risk Management (ARM) program helps you enhance your risk management skills by teaching you how to build and implement a balanced risk financing strategy using retention, transfer, and hybrids.

Bottom-Line Benefits:

  • Enhance contribution to organization's value by acquiring skills needed to develop effective and thorough risk assessments.
  • Increase participation in risk control programs through  better understanding of staff motivation.
  • Support the organization's overall financial goals by learning to build and implement a balanced risk financing strategy using retention, transfer, and hybrids.

The Associate in Risk Management program consists of the three courses listed below:

ARM 54 - Risk Assessment

ARM 55 - Risk Control

ARM 56 - Risk Financing


Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)

The Safety Trained Supervisor or STS certification is intended for managers at all levels, first line supervisors of work groups or organization units or have a safety responsibility for a work group that is part of other work duties. Safety Trained Supervisors are not safety specialists or safety practitioners. Typical candidates have a safety responsibilities that is adjunct, collateral or ancillary to their job duties. Their main job duties are in a craft or trade, in leadership, supervision or management, or in a technical specialty. 


What is the BOK?

The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.

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