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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
OSHA Trade Release
September 13, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
CCHEST joins Alliance to enhance safety professionals' education
WASHINGTON -- The Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) has signed on with OSHA and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) to advance safe and more healthful American workplaces.
OSHA Administrator John Henshaw signed an addendum today with CCHEST adding them to the BCSP Alliance launched one year ago. The signing ceremony was held in New Orleans in conjunction with the National Safety Council's Congress and Expo. The Alliance will continue a collaborative effort with OSHA to encourage safety professionals to strive for enhanced knowledge of safety and health programs and to educate those same professionals on how to achieve the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation.
"Advancing the safety profession through further education and certifications is invaluable in our efforts to further workplace safety and health," Henshaw said. "CCHEST brings a wealth of expertise and experience in promoting professionalism in the safety and health field. I join with BCSP President Henry Smahlik in welcoming the Council to our ongoing Alliance."
Added CCHEST President Kenneth D. Sheffield: "We're grateful for the opportunity to partner with OSHA to promote health and safety in the workplace. The Alliance agreement encourages practitioners to seek enhanced education and professional expertise; one way they can achieve this is through the certification programs we offer."
CCHEST joins OSHA and BCSP to continue pursuing the goals of the original Alliance. For example, the participants will work together to provide information and guidance regarding the value of safety and health professionalism and accredited certifications, including the CSP designation. They will also review and share the results of the BCSP studies regarding the functions, tasks, knowledge and skills needed to define a job performance metrics for safety and health professionals.
Safety curricula will be developed that could be incorporated into training and education courses, including those offered by OSHA's education centers. Additionally, the development of joint research objectives and projects will be pursued that could link the elements of safety professionalism to the enhancement of the safety and health profession. CCHEST will work with OSHA and BCSP to exchange information regarding case studies and lessons learned by employers and individuals resulting from improving safety professionalism and attaining safety and health accredited certifications.
CCHEST became fully operational in 1986 with its first written examination used to certify individuals as Certified Occupational Health and Safety Technologists. The fully-accredited Council has since expanded and offers Construction Health and Safety Technologist and Safety Trained Supervisor certifications.
OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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