US Air Force to Certify 100 Service Members as Safety Professionals

The United States Air Force has announced a plan to have 100 servicemembers become Certified Safety Professionals (CSPs) in the next year.

The announcement was made as Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, CAE, the CEO of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), joined Bill Parsons, Air Force Chief of Occupational Safety, to give a presentation on the value of certification.

“We care about our people, and we show that by doing what it takes to protect them,” says Parsons. “I have issued a challenge that in the next year, 100 servicemembers will prove their dedication to safety by becoming Certified Safety Professionals. Over 80 safety professionals have stepped forward already, and they will challenge themselves to build the skills and acquire the knowledge they need to achieve certification.”

BCSP certifications are recognized by the all branches of the US military. The certifications are included in the branches’ Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) programs, which offer vouchers for payment of fees related to achieving or maintaining credentials.

In addition to the COOL program, BCSP offers application fee waivers to active duty, reserve component personnel, and veterans with a copy of official orders or official discharge papers, submitted upon application.

According to its website, The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) began in 1969 as a peer certification board. It is not a member organization and does not provide services usually offered by member organizations. Membership in any organization is not a requirement for certification.

Its sole purpose is to certify practitioners in the safety profession. Safety professionals identify hazards and evaluate them for the potential to cause injury or illness to people or harm of property and the environment.