This free podcast lays out a road map on how to prepare for the Safety Fundamentals (ASP) and Comprehensive Practice (CSP) exams offered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Presented by Russell Bowen, CIH, CSP.

Prepare for the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) and/or the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP) exams with this comprehensive Bowen EHS® online review course. Our online classroom allows you to interact live in real time with your instructor and other participants as you prepare for the certification exams administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Live lectures are presented twice a week for 8 weeks and are offered at multiple days and times to accommodate most schedules.  Lectures are also recorded for those who prefer to study at their own pace or want to review the material more than once.  

Access to course materials is provided for 1 year from the course start date through the Bowen EHS® Member Center.

Eligible for CM hours, COC points, and CEUs.

Prepare for the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP) and/or the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP) exams with this comprehensive Bowen EHS® Workshop. Our exam prep workshop is offered for those who prefer a short intense course in preparation for the ASP and CSP certification exams.  All workshops take place in a traditional classroom environment and cover the same material presented during our popular ASP-CSP online review course. Online access to the Bowen EHS® Member Center will allow participants to complete the required homework and course final exam outside of class.  Eligible for CM hours, COC points, and CEUs.

Not sure if this is the right course for you, visit Which ASP/CSP Course Is Right For Me?

Prepare for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP) exam with this comprehensive Bowen EHS® online review course.  Our online classroom allows you to interact live in real time with your instructor and other participants as you prepare for the Comprehensive Practice exam administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Live lectures are presented twice a week for 5 weeks. Lectures are also recorded for those who prefer to study at their own pace or want to review the material more than once.

Access to course materials is provided for 1 year from the course start date through the Bowen EHS® Member Center.  

Eligible for CM hours, COC points, and CEUs.

Bowen EHS now offers three separate online reviews for the certification exams administered by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Below are a few statements to help you determine which course will best meet your needs. 

One of the greatest things about our job is that we frequently hear from our clients how our training and services were very helpful in passing their certification exam. I always have a warm, positive feeling after reading an email or talking with someone on the phone about their success. I make an effort to personally congratulate everyone that I speak with.

Unfortunately, not everyone passes their exam.  This is especially true of the CIH exam where the typical passing rate is between 35% and 40%.  I try to offer encouragement and suggestions on how to study for the next attempt.  Of course, as our guarantee states, we allow everyone that is unsuccessful after taking our exam online review or in-person workshop to take the course again at no cost. (the exam must be taken within in 1 year from the course end date.)

This is an interesting question, especially around the career of occupational health and safety.  I'm certain the meaning of a being a professional is as varied as the number of people that consider themselves professionals.  However, there are probably a core set of values and ideas that resonate with the majority of professionals.

Here is a short list of my definition of a health and safety professional.  I believe a professional in the field of occupational health and safety is a person that....

  1. understands the fundamental concepts of occupational health and safety risk assessment,
  2. is able to apply these fundamental concepts in new situations and scenarios,
  3. continually seeks to improve their understanding of occupational risk including the science and technology in the work place, and
  4. follows an ethical code of conduct.

There is a saying that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.  It is often difficult for an experienced professional to learn new ideas and methods.  We get used to the way we’ve always done things and we’ve had success with our methods.  Why would we want to change?  Learning new methods takes a lot of work and there’s no guarantee new methods will be any better.

'Twas the night before the exam, and all through his home,
The only creature stirring was the IH reading his tome.
His TLV® book was spread open wide,
and he was bent over a calculator trying to decide...
"What was that equation for radiation activity decay?
I do hope they won't ask that question today!"

I recently attended my nephew's wedding and it started me thinking about disasters. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think getting married is a disaster for my nephew and his bride. It's a good thing and I'm sure they'll be very happy. Just thinking of the complexity of planning and executing the event, however, started the wheels of my crazy safety professional mind turning. There are striking similarities between planning for any major event, such as a wedding, and planning for a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incident response.


Think about it. The wedding planner acts as the incident commander, coordinating many different "agencies": the bride's family, groom's family, the caterer, guests with special diet needs (can you say gluten free?), the photographer, the spiritual leader, etc., each of whom have their own specific needs and concerns. Groomsmen need to rent tuxedos and bridesmaids have coordinated dresses made. The success of the ceremony and ensuing celebration rises or falls based on the organizational abilities and communications skills of the planner.


Similarly, hazardous materials incident commanders coordinate local, state and federal agencies, law enforcement, rescue personnel, emergency medical personnel and public health personnel, and the list continues depending on the size of the event. There is personal protective equipment to consider and mitigation of unexpected events. One key to successful mitigation of a hazardous materials incident is a clear line of authority and proper communication among all agencies. Pre-planning is vital to the successful mitigation of HAZMAT incidents, just as it is in a successful wedding celebration.


Weddings, of course, have two major advantages over HAZMAT incidents: 1 - the date and time of a wedding are determined in advance, and; 2 - the risk of serious injury or loss of property is almost negligible.  Both the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) exams have questions on dealing with the incident command system and dealing with hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incidents. There are two great resources to study when learning the basics of the HAZMAT Incident Command System (ICS). The first resource is the classic "Occupational Safety and Health Guidance Manual for Hazardous Waste Site Activities", also known as the four agency manual as it was written by four agencies of the U.S. Government. You can download this manual from OSHA here:  http://www.osha.gov/Publications/complinks/OSHG-HazWaste/4agency.html.  While it was originally written in 1985, much of the information is relevant today. The only chapter that is clearly out of date is the chapter on air monitoring instrumentation. Significant progress has been made in air monitoring technology since 1985. The other great resource is the Incident Command Resource Center created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This website is located at http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/ICSResource/index.htm.


While I played a very minor role in the wedding, I truly enjoyed being part of the process. My role was clear and I did it well. It was a joy to see the happy couple start their new life together. After the bride and groom kissed at the end of the ceremony, we all had loads of fun dining and dancing at the celebration. There were no casualties or property damage and everyone went home happy. It was the perfect conclusion to a major event and the end result of effective planning.

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