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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
Trade News Release
July 12, 2006
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr. today signed a two-year renewal of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) Alliance that will continue to promote safety and health professionalism in American workplaces.
The renewal for the OSHA, BCSP and CCHEST Alliance will continue to provide information, guidance and access to training resources on the value of safety and health professionalism and accredited certifications. In addition, the organizations will use their collective expertise to help enhance safety professionals' education and professional expertise and promote the value of increasing safety competency in the workplace.
"The Alliance will continue our joint effort on encouraging safety professionals to strive for enhanced knowledge of workplace safety and health programs, processes and regulations, and to further educate those same professionals on how to achieve accredited certifications," said Foulke.
Added BCSP President Larry Jones, CSP: "BCSP looks forward to its continued relationship with OSHA in advancing safer and more healthful workplaces for the American worker. The Alliance between BCSP, OSHA and CCHEST will continue to strengthen the professional expertise of safety professionals through outreach, education and training, and the promotion of accredited certification among safety professionals."
"CCHEST, through its Alliance with OSHA, is working together to advance safety and health professionalism and career development," said CCHEST President Adrian Hertog, CSP, OHST. "It is important that we continue to jointly promote the safety and health profession, assist people in advancing their safety and health practice, and achieve more effective safety and health performance through professionalism and certification. Working together we can achieve a safer working environment."
Alliance participants will continue to work together on developing job performance metrics for safety and health professionals and related safety curricula that could be incorporated into training and education courses, including those offered by OSHA's Education Centers. As a direct result of the Alliance, BCSP created a comprehensive database of academic programs in safety and allied fields of study at accredited U.S. colleges and universities.
OSHA, BCSP and CCHEST will also continue to exchange information regarding case studies and lessons learned by employers and individuals resulting from improving safety and health professionalism and attaining safety and health accredited certifications.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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