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With the BCSP's announcement that the Associate Safety Professional® will be a separate certification with a new blueprint, Bowen EHS is working diligently in bridging the gap between the old and new ASP exams for our upcoming courses.
We are developing a "New ASP Blueprint" webinar series covering the changes along with reviewing the additional topics that clients have not received in our current class format. This webinar series will begin in January 2015 with an introduction to the blueprint changes. As with all of our webinars, the "New ASP Blueprint" webinar series is available to all premium members of the Bowen EHSSM Member Center at no additional charge.
The first of three live webinars, "Preparing for the 2015 ASP Exam Webinar 1: Exam Changes, Ergonomics, and Biohazards" will take place January 7, 2015 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more or sign up here.
As always, we are committed to help you achieve success on your certification exam.
~The Bowen EHS Team
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has updated the ASP certification exam blueprint for 2015. In the first of three "New ASP Blueprint" webinars, Colleen Eubanks, Senior Instructor, will describe the revised ASP exam and explain Bowen EHS's plan to address these changes. A comparison of the 2014 and 2015 exam domains will also be covered along with the details on the changes in ergonomics and biohazards.
This live webinar is a 1 hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A.
Join us January 7, 2015, 2:00 pm ET USA
Dr. Mirza Munir Ahmed is currently an Operations Manager for NOMAC First National Operation and Maintenance Company of Saudi Arabia . He is a PhD scholar and an author of more than 50 research articles. As an expert in Occupational Health & Safety and Risk and Safety Analysis model development, Dr. Ahmed has successfully implemented Behavior Based Safety Culture and Climate Survey programs in many organizations. He has worked with various groups of employees to change their unsafe behaviors into safe behaviors. Along with his full-time work, he supervises PhD and masters students.
Mr. Abrams is a practicing Certified Industrial Hygienist who takes a practical and pragmatic approach to the challenges of occupational health and safety in today's economy. He has served as an instructor in respiratory protection, 40 Hour Hazwoper and Emergency Response, and other topics of occupational safety and health at the NIOSH Funded, North Carolina, Upper Midwest, and Pacific Northwest Educational Resource Centers. He is also a Registered Specialist in Exposure Assessment Strategy.
Behavior is an "upstream" approach to safety. Many organizations worldwide had implemented BBS in their organizations. The effectiveness of BBS was proven over years. Past studies illustrated that on average, one year after implementing BBS, the average recorded injury rate at such sites decreases by 29 percent. After five years, the reduction rate averages at 72 percent; after seven or more years, the average recorded injury rate has dropped by 79 percent. Join Dr. Mirza Munir Ahmed as he describes the gaps in on-going BBS processes and highlights the enhanced approach in the BBS area with a successful case study. This webinar is a 1 hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A.
The changes the BCSP announced earlier this year have been completed and are now in effect.
The Associate Safety Professional (ASP) is now a certification, as is the Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC). The STSC reflects the construction knowledge of those who hold it as a certification. The ASP's becoming a certification provides safety professionals a new option in certification, and allows greater time for those aiming to achieve the Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
BCSP's current certifications have also undergone changes. Applicants may no longer substitute education for experience when applying for the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) or Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). The OHST's experience requirement has been reduced from five to three years.
In addition to these modifications to BCSP certifications, a few of the processes involved in obtaining certification have changed. When an applicant is approved, that applicant has one year to sit for and pass the examination for the certification they aim to achieve. The examination authorization for an exam no longer expires after 120 days, it is now good for one examination sitting scheduled on any date within the one year timeframe the applicant is eligible.
The field of Health Physics is devoted to the protection of humans from the adverse health effects associated with exposure to radiation -- ionizing or non-ionizing. This webinar is an introduction to practical health physics concepts that may be useful to EH&S professionals who do not work in radiation safety every day. William J. Pate, Senior Instructor, will begin the webinar with a review of some basic ionizing radiation safety principles (different types of radiation). Then he will share more details on radiation survey instruments, as well as health physics practices of wipe testing and leak tests.
This live webinar is a 1 hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A.
Join us January 21, 2015, 2:00 pm ET USA
For new CIHs, understanding how the Certification Maintenance (CM) system works is essential for maintaining their certification. CIHs are required to accrue CM points and submit a worksheet detailing the points at the end of each CM cycle. CM cycles are 60 months and CIHs can earn credits that come from a variety of categories, including: IH Practice, Committee Service, Publications, Education, Teach & Present, Exam and Other.
To help new CIHs, and existing Diplomates who need a refresher on CM requirements, ABIH has created a three-part series of presentations that explain the process and all of the necessary requirements. The online presentations can be found in the ABIH Document Library in the "New CIH Orientation" section. The presentations include:
- Part 1 – Key Dates in the CM Cycle
- Part 2 – Earning CM Credits
- Part 3 – The CM Worksheet Review
"After going through the comprehensive process to become a CIH, it's important to fully understand how to earn and report CM credits," said Tracy Parsons, CIH, Administrative Program Manager at ABIH. "ABIH developed the series of short online presentations to clearly define the process, particularly for new CIHs, but the information also makes for a great refresher for everyone in the program."
The presentations and other helpful certification documents can be found at: http://abih.org/document-library.
The Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer (CET) is a certification held by those with experience and expertise in the developing, designing, and delivering safety, health and environmental training.
Mr. Wallace is a Certified Safety Professional with nearly three decades of safety experience and is nationally recognized in the area of occupational safety. His industrial experience includes Mobil Oil and Hercules, where he not only gained the technical knowledge of occupational safety and loss control but also how to effectively implement practical, pragmatic safety solutions to everyday safety concerns. In addition to safety consulting, Mr. Wallace is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.