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ASSEWebinar to Offer What & How of Safety Certification

Posted in on Fri, Mar 6, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (March 6, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to a Webinar Thursday, March 26 from 11:00 am-12:30pm CST on safety certification — what it is, and what it means for a safety professional’s career growth.

The Webinar titled “Getting Certified in Safety: Learn the Facts and Break Through the Barriers” will be presented by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Executive Director Roger Brauer, Ph.D, P.E., CSP.

The ASSE Webinar will discuss the different certifications such as the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) along with: eligibility requirements for certifications – how every safety professional can get a certification now or will be eligible in a short time; taking the first step- make a plan from application to preparation to sitting for the exam; completing the application – where do you go to get started; preparing for the examinations – what are the options; dispelling concerns about the changes to the Associate Safety Professional (ASP)/CSP blueprint; using the BCSP academic database to locate classroom and on-line college and university degree programs in safety and health, and resources available such as those from ASSE and BCSP.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) employment of occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, specialists and technicians is expected to increase nine percent during the 2006-2016 decade. SH&E professionals prevent harm to people, property and the environment by applying principles from engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health, physics and management. SH&E professionals have many roles and responsibilities including hazard recognition, developing and managing safety programs, product safety, planning and engineering out risk in work environments, emergency planning and response, training, ergonomics, fire protection, chemical safety, international workplace safety, construction, transportation, radiation safety, environmental protection, incident investigations, and much more.

Salaries range from about $30,000 to $150,000+. The DOL noted the median annual earnings of occupational safety and health specialists and technicians were $54,920 in May 2006.

About 40 percent of today’s safety professionals have advanced degrees. Because safety professionals have a direct impact on public safety and health, many organizations encourage SH&E professionals to achieve credentials in addition to their educational degrees. The ASSE Foundation (www.asse.org/foundation) offers scholarships for continuing education and new students in the area of SH&E.

Additional upcoming ASSE Webinars include “The Safety Professionals Handbook Webinar Series: Fire Prevention and Protection”, Wednesday, March 11, and, “How to Effectively Train Your Spanish Speaking Workforce – Simple & Practical Tips to Get Your Point Across”, Wednesday, March 18.

To register for an ASSE Webinar go to www.asse.org or call 847-699-2929. Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society.



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