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shanari

Professional Safety Credentials
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:29:13 PM »
What credentials should I obtain as a safety professional to help me get a job or get promoted?


Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org


henalfwal

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2014, 07:04:35 PM »


It is difficult for me share on safety credentials. However, in my opinion, safety is everyone's responsibility. As safety professional in preparation for promotion, we need to go and get ourselves qualified in OSHA.


shanari

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2014, 10:49:29 AM »
Hi henalfwal,

I agree! It is so important for professionals to receive as much safety knowledge as possible in order to progress in their careers. Two of the organizations I have heard that offer safety credentials that qualify professionals to work in safety are the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) and the Board of Certified Safety Professional (BCSP). They both have relatively comprehensive requirements and exams that must be passed in order to receive the various credentials, but it really helps people get promoted and get better safety jobs!

One of the great things about OSHAcademy's 132-Hour OSH Professional Program for those who have heard about OSHAcademy is that this program is recognized by ISHM and can help people trying to achieve the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) credential meet some of the requirements. Definitely worth checking out if you are interested in obtaining a safety credential!
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org

toddsbiyj

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2014, 04:16:59 PM »
You can go with the OSHAcademy courses to get your feet wet. There is also the OSHA 10 &  30 Hour programs. Another hugely beneficial but costly course would be the NEBOSH IGC. There are a myriad of safety related and specialty courses out there as well. Another good avenue is a college certificate or degree, CSU offers some nice options. Best of luck with whichever direction you choose.
Just another safety guy trying to figure it out...........

shanari

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 04:04:50 PM »
Thanks for the information, Todd! What learning paths or options have you found the most beneficial and why?
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org

toddsbiyj

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2015, 08:46:18 PM »
Honestly,  short courses and field experience have been the best for me. I enjoy the 2-4 day courses covering a specific subject(Confined Space, Fall Protection, etc.) then taking it back to work and survey just exactly where your operation is in regards to real world compliance.

OSHAcademy is a another good outlet for those starting out or simply in need of a good refresher on specific areas. I used this avenue for certification/credentials (132 Hour OSH Professional and 233 Hour Oil & Gas OSH Professional) on my resume. I will soon be using the 132 training to apply for my ASHM through ISHM.

I recently completed the NEBOSH IGC( International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety) and that was quite an intensive 2weeks of straight knowledge and studying and repetition. There are 2 incredibly intensive hand written tests(IGC1, IGC2) and a practical session for IGC3 (think lead auditor of a place, plant, operation of your choosing). I highly recommend this route as it has a high acceptance or recognition rate among international employers. Some would compare this to being equivalent to an Associates Degree in HSE. I am considering pursuing further NEBOSH certification at both the certificate and diploma level.

I have not completed any formal college HSE coursework but have recently had previous learning evaluated and I am only about 5 courses shy of AAS in Occupational Safety  from CSU which I will be pursuing once I have completed my AS in Business and BS in Psychology.
Just another safety guy trying to figure it out...........

shanari

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2015, 01:36:29 PM »
Thanks! It's very obvious you work in and know a lot about the OSH field. However, I am wondering about you getting an AS in Business and BS in Psychology. Are you planning on a career change, or do you plan to use those degrees to further your career in the safety industry?
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org

toddsbiyj

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2015, 01:48:30 AM »
To be honest, I do not want a terminal HSE degree nor do I have plans of leaving the HSE profession. Unfortunately, I have come up in HSE from the operational side of things, rather than getting a college degree and then somehow getting into HSE management from there.  Also, there are many offshoots of HSE such as quality, training, HR and many others. Diversity is my goal.  Not to mention I already have experience and a few HSE credentials.

I am now mid-career and need the tick-in-the-box degree to get out of my workboots and into an office. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my position but it is time to start managing other HSE Folks and helping the entire organization (or at least a larger portion) rather than a specific project or offshore facility.

Why Business? I want to show flexibility/knowledge in business and management. Psychology, Think about what a "good" HSE professional does. Do we not help change hearts and minds (figuritively speaking)? Is it not easier to get someone to comply through teamwork, understanding and membership rather than constantly butting heads and telling people they have to do something? Sound familiar to the psychology of management or change?
Just another safety guy trying to figure it out...........

shanari

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2015, 08:31:53 AM »
Good luck with your university studies! In all honesty, I had never much considered pairing up psychology with HSE, but it makes total sense. Other than psychology and business, are there any other degrees that are seemingly "unrelated" to HSE but would be a powerful combination to help others move forward in their careers? It seems like some engineering or healthcare-related degrees could potentially be a great pair with HSE as well.
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org

toddsbiyj

Re: Professional Safety Credentials
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2015, 02:35:05 PM »
I would definitely say engineering or engineering technology. Chemistry would be another obvious choice if you are deeply interested in chemical processing /refinement or HazMat. Some health sciences (biology) if you are interested in going the IH or ergonomics route but you would need to do a little more research on that.  I imagine if you really thought about it, you could come up with some good combinations but those are the most obvious to me.
Just another safety guy trying to figure it out...........