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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to advance safe and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and BCSP therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help enhance safety professionals' education and professional expertise and promote the value of increasing safety competency in the workplace.

Through the Alliance, OSHA and BCSP will encourage safety and health professionals to continue to strive for enhanced knowledge of workplace safety and health programs, processes and regulations by:
  • Providing information and guidance regarding the value of safety and health professionalism and accredited certifications.
  • Educating individuals on how to achieve the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation.
OSHA and BCSP will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Participate in reviewing and sharing the results of the BCSP studies regarding the functions, tasks, knowledge, and skills that are needed for safety and health practices to define a job performance metrics for safety and health professionals and develop related safety curricula that could be incorporated into training and education courses, including those offered by OSHA's Ed Centers.
OSHA and BCSP will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Develop materials and programs to promote the awareness of and the value and benefits of achieving safety and health certifications.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, workshops, meetings, or other events and use print and electronic media, including OSHA's and BCSP's Web sites, or other resources to disseminate OSHA - or BCSP developed information on safety and health certification.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects for achieving safety and health certification that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • Encourage safety and health professionals to assist in the mentoring of individuals interested in achieving accredited professional certification.
OSHA and BCSP will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Define joint research objectives and projects that could link the elements of safety professionalism to the enhancement of the safety and health profession.
  • Exchange information regarding case studies and lessons learned by employers and individuals resulting from improving safety professionalism and achieving of safety and health accredited certifications.
  • Convene and participate in forums and round table discussions on improving safety and health practices and professionalism, such as the International Safety Conference in 2005, and the DOL Annual Safety Day event.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either signatory.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration   Board of Certified Safety Professionals

John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary


David Herbert