Certified Safety Professionals


Certified Safety Professionals

A CSP candidate’s professional practice is typically spent implementing safety management systems, making worksite assessments to determine risks, assessing potential hazards and controls, evaluating risks and hazard control measures, investigating incidents, maintaining and evaluating incident and loss records, and preparing emergency response plans, among other possible duties. Safety responsibilities of this level are found in virtually every industry including petroleum exploration, production and refining, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and insurance.

  • 1.Core concepts in anatomy and physiology
  • 2.Core concepts in chemistry (e.g., organic chemistry, general  chemistry, and biochemistry)
  • 3.Core concepts in physics (e.g., forms of energy, weights, forces,  and stresses)
  • 4.Mathematics (e.g., geometry, algebra, trigonometry, finance and  accounting, engineering, and economics)
  • 5.Statistics for interpreting data (e.g.,  mean, median, mode,confidence intervals, probabilities, and pareto analysis)
  • 6.Core research methodology
  • 7.Microbiology (e.g., nanotechnology, waterborne pathogens, and  bloodborne pathogens)
  • 1.Benchmarks and performance standards/metrics
  • 2.How to measure, analyze, and improve organizational culture
  • 3.Incident investigation techniques and analysis (e.g., causal factors)
  • 4.Management of change techniques (prior, during, and after)
  • 5.System safety analysis techniques (e.g., fault tree analysis, failure modes and effect  analysis [FMEA], Safety Case approach, and Risk Summation)
  • 6.The elements of business continuity and contingency plans
  • 7.Types of leading and lagging safety, health, environmental, and security performance  indicators
  • 8.Safety, health, and environmental management and audit systems (e.g., ISO 14000,  45001, 19011, ANSI Z10)
    9.Applicable requirements for plans, systems, and policies (e.g., safety, health, environmental, fire, and emergency action)
  • 10.Document retention or management principles (e.g., incident investigation, training  records, exposure records, maintenance records, environmental management system, and audit results)
  • 11.Budgeting, finance, and economic analysis techniques and principles (e.g.,timelines,  budget development, milestones, resourcing, financing risk management options, return on investment, cost/benefit analysis, and role in procurement process)
  • 12.Management leadership techniques (e.g.,management theories, leadership  theories, motivation, discipline, and communication styles)
  • 13.Project management concepts and techniques (e.g., RACI charts, project timelines,and budgets)
  • 1.Hazard identification and analysis methods (e.g., jobsafety analysis, hazard analysis, human analysis,performanceand audit and causal analysis)
  • 2.Risk analysis
  • 3.Risk evaluation (decision making)
  • 4.The risk management process
  • 5.The costs and benefits of risk assessment process
  • 6.Insurance/risk transfer principles
  • 1.Principles of safety through design and inherently safer designs (e.g., designing out hazards during design phase,  avoidance, elimination, and substitution)
  • 2.Engineering controls (e.g., ventilation, guarding, isolation, and active vs. passive)
  • 3.Administrative controls (e.g., job rotation, training, procedures, and safety policies and practices)
  • 4.Personal protective equipment
  • 5.Chemical process safety management (e.g., pressure relief systems, chemical compatibility, management of change,materials of construction, and process flow diagrams)
  • 6.Redundancy systems (e.g., energy isolation and ventilation)
  • 7.Common workplace hazards (e.g., electrical, falls, same level falls, confined spaces, lockout/tagout water, caught in, struck by, excavation, welding, hot work, cold and heat stress, combustibles, laser, and others)
  • 8.Facility life safety features (e.g., public space safety, floor loading, and occupancy loads)
  • 9.Fleet safety principles (e.g., driver and equipment safety, maintenance, surveillance equipment, GPS monitoring, telematics, hybrid vehicles, fuel systems, driving under the influence, and fatigue)
  • 10.Transportation safety principles (e.g., air, rail, and marine)
  • 11.Materials handling (e.g., forklifts, cranes, hand trucks, person lifts, hoists, rigging, manual, and drones)
  • 12.Foreign material exclusion (FME) and foreign object damage (FOD)
  • 13.Hazardous materials management (e.g., GHS labels, storage and handling, policy, and security)
  • 14.Multi-employee worksite issues (e.g., contractors and temporary or seasonal employees)
  • 15.Sources of information on hazards and risk management options (e.g., subject matter experts, relevant best  practices, published literature, and SDS)
  • 16.The safety design criteria for workplace facilities, machines, and practices (e.g., UL, NFPA, NIOSH, FM, and ISO)
  • 17.Tools, machines, practices, and equipment safety (e.g., hand tools, ladders, grinders, hydraulics, and robotics)
  • 18.Workplace hazards (e.g., nanoparticles, combustible dust, heat systems, high pressure, radiation, silica dust, powder and spray applications, blasting, and molten metals)
  • 19.Human performance
  • 1.Emergency/crisis/disaster response planning/business continuity (e.g., nuclear incidents, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, chemical spills, fires, active violent attacks, and public utilities)
  • 2.Fire prevention, protection, and suppression systems
  • 3.The transportation and security of hazardous materials
  • 4.Workplace violence and prevention techniques (violence on  employees)
  • 1.Advanced toxicology principles (e.g., symptoms of an exposure, LD50, mutagens, teratogens, and ototoxins)
  • 2.Carcinogens
  • 3.Ergonomics and human factors principles (e.g., visual acuity, body mechanics, lifting, vibration, anthropometrics and fatigue management)
  • 4.How to recognize occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise,  biological agents, heat/cold infectious diseases, nanoparticles, and indoor air quality)
  • 5.How to evaluate occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents, heat/cold, infectious diseases, ventilation, nanoparticles, and indoor air quality), including techniques for  measurement, sampling, and analysis
  • 6.How to control occupational exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise,biological agents, heat/cold, ventilation, nanoparticles, infectious diseases, and indoor air quality)
  • 7.Employee substance abuse
  • 8.The fundamentals of epidemiology
  • 9.Occupational exposure limits (e.g., hazardous chemicals, radiation, noise, biological agents,  and heat)
  • 1.Environmental protection and pollution prevention methods (e.g., air, water, soil,  containment, soil vapor intrusion,
  • and waste streams)
  • 2.How released hazardous materials migrate/interact through the air, surface water,  soil, and water table
  • 3.Sustainability principles
  • 4.Waste water treatment plants, onsite waste water treatment plants, and public  water systems
  • 5.Registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals (REACH) and  restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS)
  • 1.Education and training methods and techniques (e.g., classroom, online,  computer-based, AI, and on-the-job training)
  • 2.Training, qualification, and competency requirements
  • 3.Methods for determining the effectiveness of training programs (e.g., determine if trainees are applying training on the job)
  • 4.Effective presentation techniques
  • 1.Legal issues (e.g., tort, negligence, civil, criminal, contracts, and disability  terminology)
  • 2.Protection of confidential information (e.g., privacy, trade secrets, personally identifiable information, and General  Data Protection Regulation [GDPR])
  • 3.Standards development processes
  • 4.The ethics related to conducting professional practice (e.g., audits, record keeping,  sampling, and standard writing)
    5.The relationship between labor and management
  • 6.BCSP Code of Ethics
  • 7.Workers’ compensation (e.g., injured worker’s compensation)


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