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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    February 22, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    February 22, 2008 – February 21, 2009

    Overview

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH are providing information, guidance and access to training resources regarding the value of safety and health professionalism and accredited certifications.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Mike Buchet, Office of Construction Services
    Sandra Khan, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)

    BCSP/CCHEST:

    Roger Brauer, Executive Director
    Lisa Spencer, Marketing Manager
    Shawn McDevitt, Communications Coordinator

    ABIH:

    Lynn O’Donnell, Executive Director

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    February 22, 2008 Kick-off Implementation Team Meeting
    June 19, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting
    November 4, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting

     
  3. Results
     
    1. Events and Products

      Outreach and Communication Goals
       
      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing materials and programs to promote professionalism and the awareness, value and benefits of achieving safety and health certifications and assist with the dissemination of such information to employers and employees through print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, OSHA's, BCSP's, CCHEST's and ABIH's Web sites and other appropriate media.
      Products

      Certified Safety Professional and the Value of Certification Fact Sheet


      Through the Alliance, BCSP revised the Certified Safety Professional and the Value of Certification Fact Sheet that was developed through first OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST Alliance. The fact sheet discusses the value of professional certification, including the benefits to employers, salaries, professionalism, and accreditation. The fact sheet is posted on the BCSP Web site and OSHA links to from the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site and is distributed by OSHA, BCSP and CCHEST representatives during presentations at conferences and events, including the American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference in June 2008.

      Career Paths in Safety

      Through the Alliance, BCSP and CCHEST revised a brochure, "Career Paths in Safety," developed during the first OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST Alliance, that includes information on education, experience needed and the types of professional certification. OSHA, BCSP and CCHEST representatives are distributing the brochure during presentations at safety and health-related events, including the National Safety Congress and Expo, Construction Safety Conference, and Associated General Contractors Conference. The brochure is posted on the BCSP Web site and OSHA links to it from the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site.

      OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Web page

      OSHA developed an OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site and includes the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance agreement, the OSHA news release on the Alliance’s signing, and activities and events. This Web page is updated on a regular basis.

      BCSP and OSHA Alliance-related Web page

      BCSP developed a BCSP and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the BCSP Web site. The page has information on the OSHA and BCSP Alliance, including the Alliance agreement, news releases, and activities and events. In addition, the page includes links to the Alliance developed products, including the BCSP Fact Sheet, "The CSP and the Value of Certification," and "Career Paths in Safety," brochure.

      CCHEST and OSHA Alliance-related Web page

      CCHEST developed a CCHEST and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the CCHEST Web site. The page has information on the OSHA and CCHEST Alliance, including the Alliance agreement, news releases, and activities and events.

      ABIH and OSHA Alliance-related Web page

      ABIH developed an ABIH and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the ABIH Web site. The page has information on the OSHA and ABIH Alliance, including the Alliance agreement, news releases, and activities and events. The page also includes information about and a link to the 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 3-9, 2009.

      Publications and Newsletters

      Information and news releases on the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance signing and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in print and electronic publications such as BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, Industry News, and Compliance Home. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach."
       
      • Speak, exhibit or appear at conferences, local meetings or other events to disseminate and promote OSHA, BCSP, CCHEST and ABIH developed information on safety and health certification and professionalism.
      Events

      19th Annual Construction Safety Conference and Expo, February 17-19, 2009, Rosemont, Illinois


      Roger Brauer, Executive Director, BCSP/CCHEST exhibited and promoted the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance at the 19th Annual Construction Safety Conference and Expo, February 17-19, 2009 in Rosemont, Illinois.

      24th Annual National VPPPA Conference, August 25-28, 2008, Anaheim, California

      Roger Brauer, Executive Director, BCSP/CCHEST exhibited and promoted the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance at the 24th Annual National VPPPA Conference, August 25-28, 2008 in Anaheim, California.

      American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Chapter Meetings

      Roger Brauer, Executive Director, BCSP/CCHEST gave presentations on safety and health certification and promoted the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance at several ASSE Chapter meetings.
       
      • Work with other Alliance participants on safety and health certification and professionalism issues and projects.
      Events

      2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2008, Washington, DC


      BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH joined with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week. NAOSH Week, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, focuses on increasing the understanding of the positive benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public; raising awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals; and reducing workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new safety and health activities at all companies and organizations. The theme for the 2008 NAOSH Week was "Safety is Good Business." In support of NAOSH Week, BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH posted information regarding 2008 NAOSH Week on the BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH and OSHA Alliance-related Web pages on the organization’s Web sites.
       
      • Share information among OSHA personnel and safety and health professionals regarding achieving and maintaining professionalism and BCSP, CCHEST and/or ABIH certifications.
      Events

      2008 OSHA On-site Consultation Training Conference, April 28 - May 1, 2008, Seattle, Washington

      Through the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance, Roger Brauer, Executive Director, BCSP/CCHEST gave a presentation about the value of professional certification at the 2008 OSHA On-site Consultation Training Conference on May 1, 2008 in Seattle, Washington.

      Promoting The National Dialogue On Workplace Safety And Health
       
      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on safety and health certification and professionalism issues.
      Events

      XVIII World Congress; International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations Symposium and Annual Business Meeting, June 29-July 1, 2008, Seoul, Korea


      Roger Brauer, Executive Director, BCSP/CCHEST provided information about professional certification and the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance during the safety roundtable on July 1, 2008 at the XVIII World Congress; International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations Symposium.

      International Occupational Hygiene Association Roundtable, May 31- June 5, 2008, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

      Lynn O’Donnell, Executive Director, ABIH provided information about professional certification and the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance on June 3, 2008 at the International Occupational Hygiene Association Roundtable, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
       
    2. Executive Summary

      During the first year of the Alliance, OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH agreed to focus on encouraging safety and health professionals 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.

      In addition, the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance implementation team completed a number of successful projects that advanced safety and health accredited certifications and promoted the Alliance Program, including:
       
      • The OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Web page on the Agency’s Web site features links to related documents, information of the Alliance’s activities and events, and milestones and successes including the BCSP and CCHEST Database of Safety and Related Academic Programs in the United States, and BCSP publications; Career Paths in Safety, Value of Certification Fact Sheet and the Career Guide to the Safety Profession.
         
      • BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH developed Alliance-related Web pages on their organization’s’ Web site that includes links to the Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, and the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Web page on OSHA’s Web site.
         
      • Revised the brochure, "Career Paths in Safety," that has information on the education and experience needed and the types of safety certifications available to individuals interested in a career in safety. BCSP provides copies of the brochure to OSHA for distribution during conferences and meetings.
         
      • Revised the fact sheet, "The CSP and the Value of Certification," that includes information on benefits to employers, salaries, professionalism and accreditation. BCSP also provides copies of the fact sheet to OSHA for distribution during conferences and meetings.
         
      • BCSP worked with other Alliance Program participants to promote workplace safety and health issues through supporting and promoting the 2008 NAOSH Week,
         
      • Roger Brauer, Executive Director, BCSP/CCHEST gave several presentations on the value of certification that included the information on the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance to ASSE Chapters through-out the United States.
         
      • Roger Brauer, Executive Director, BCSP/CCHEST provided information about professional certification and the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance on July 1, 2008 during a safety roundtable at the XVIII World Congress; International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations Symposium.
         
      • Lynn O’Donnell, Executive Director, ABIH participated in the International Occupational Hygiene Association Roundtable, May 31- June 5, 2008, Minneapolis, Minnesota roundtable and provided information about professional certification and the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance.

         
    3. Alliance Program Reach

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and
    Electronic Distribution, etc.)
    Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained
    OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site 4,235
    OSHA and BCSP Alliance Web page on the BCSP Web site Data unavailable
    OSHA and CCHEST Alliance Web page on the CCHEST Web site Data unavailable
    OSHA and ABIH Alliance Web page on the ABIH Web site Data unavailable
    February 26, 2008, "OSHA Forms New Alliance with Safety and Health Professional Certification Organizations"
    OSHA News Release
    69 News Services
    February 27, 2008, "OSHA Announces Alliance with Health & Safety Certification Groups,"
    Industry News
    Data unavailable
    February 28, 2008, "OSHA Forms Alliance with Certification Groups"
    BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
    Data unavailable
    March 3, 2008, "BCSP Forms New Alliance with OSHA"
    BCSP News Release
    Data unavailable
    March 3, 2008, "CCHEST Forms New Alliance with OSHA"
    CCHEST News Release
    Data unavailable
    March 3, 2008, "Safety and Health Professional Certification Organizations Form New Alliance with OSHA"
    Compliance Home
    Data unavailable
    March 4, 2008, "BCSP Forms New Alliance with OSHA"
    Expert Click
    Data unavailable
    March 7, 2008, "OSHA Forms Alliance with Safety and Health Organizations"
    ThomasNet
    Data unavailable
    March 14, 2008, "American Board of Industrial Hygiene Signs Alliance Agreement with OSHA"
    ABIH News Release
    Data Not Available
    March 20, 2008, "ABIH Signs Alliance Agreement with OSHA"
    ICS Cleaning Specialist
    Data Not Available
    TOTAL  

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  5. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance Implementation Team members will continue to promote the Alliance and OSHA compliance assistance resources to BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH members and others in the safety and health profession. The organizations will continue to update the Alliances Web page on the Agency Web site and the BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance-related Web pages on the organization’s Web sites.

    Representatives from the Alliance Implementation Team will also continue to promote safety and health certification and professionalism through speaking and exhibiting opportunities at national, regional, local and company conferences, schools and other safety related events, including the National Safety Congress, American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference, and ASSE Professional Development Conference. In addition, BCSP will conduct meetings with governmental and private sector organizations to discuss the value of certifications. The OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance will also join with other Alliance Program participants in supporting the 2009 NAOSH Week, May 3-9, 2009, which is sponsored by the ASSE and supported by numerous other Alliance Program participants.

    In addition, the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance will work with the Washington Group International, another Alliance Program participant, to develop a case study on the successful implementation and impact of the organization’s STS Certification Program.

    Finally, BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH will recognize the OSHA and BCSP/CCHEST/ABIH Alliance in career publications printed and distributed by BCSP, CCHEST and ABIH.

    Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances,
    March 26, 2009