Today’s global OHS workplace environment is very different from 20 years ago it is more complex and there is mounting legislative obligations for employers. Retaining experienced & knowledgeable workers becomes a challenge for employers as Canadian workers will approach retirement within the next few years and possibly leave a shortage of qualified, experienced safety professionals.
Having competent safety professionals is important to any business as every employer must meet the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. More organisations are turning to certified health and safety professionals because of the enormous costs associated with occupational incidents. A wide variety of industries ranging from agriculture, manufacturing, health care and construction, make it a requirement for safety professionals to understand the complexities of managing health and safety which demands expertise and experience.
So what should you look for when hiring a safety professional? Employers should look for OHS professionals who are certified through a professional certification program. Independent third-party accreditations are available to certification organizations, including accreditation to the international standard ISO/IEC 17024. Accreditation of a certification program ensure that there is open and accountable governance practices, peer and public participation in the development of the certification, financial disclosure, fairness to candidates, valid and reliable examinations, recertification procedures are in place, the certification process is independent from training or preparation, and that a management system is followed. As the only accredited ISO 17024 organisation for occupational health and safety in Canada, the CRSP designation is a widely accepted form of recognition by industry and government.
BCRSP is committed to uphold the CRSP® designation and certificants follow a Code of Ethics. The Board also received the ISO 9001 Certificate of Registration for their Quality Management System, which covers the provision of (not-for-profit associations) examination and accreditation services for members of the Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
Individuals who hold the CRSP® designation have met the academic, experience and examination requirements of a national registration authority. CRSPs are committed to the principles of loss control. Their knowledge and skills are continually upgraded through a certification maintenance program. This ensures you always have a qualified, up-to-date professional managing your health and safety interests. The Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® designation has become a pre-requisite to qualify for a health and safety position today.
MANAGING HEALTH & SAFETY FOR THE 21st CENTURY: WHY YOUR ORGANISATION NEEDS A PROFESSIONAL
Increasing health hazards in the workplace, mounting legislative obligations for employers, and the enormous costs associated with occupational mishaps all add up to one strong message: you can't afford anything less than a health and safety professional. The days when you gave the safety job to anyone who showed an interest are long gone. The complexities of managing health and safety-from identifying potential hazards to controlling these hazards-demand expertise and experience.
Hire a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)®.
What's a CRSP?
- An individual who has met the academic, experience and examination requirements of a national registration authority.
- An individual with in-depth knowledge of health and safety principles and practices who uses this knowledge to develop systems in your workplace in order to achieve optimum control over hazards detrimental to people, equipment, material and the environment.
- An individual committed to the principles of loss control, accident prevention and environmental protection.
- An individual whose knowledge and skills are continually upgraded through a certification maintenance program to ensure you always have a qualified, up-to-date professional managing your health and safety interests.
- An individual committed to managing the organisation's health and safety issues and concerns according to a Code of Ethics.
Additional Benefits of Employing a CRSP®
- You'll have a professional with a portable designation that is recognized nationally and internationally.
- You'll save money since a CRSP® can step into the job, eliminating the need for your organisation to invest in training someone about health and safety.
- You get a pre-screened individual to help expedite your own recruitment process.
HERE'S JUST A SAMPLE OF LEADING ORGANISATIONS EMPLOYING CRSPs
- City of Calgary
- General Motors
- Graham Construction and Engineering Inc.
- Imperial Oil
- Ontario Ministry of Labour
- Syncrude Canada
- Toronto Hydro
- Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Background on the Governing Body
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) is a not-for-profit, ISO 17024 accredited and ISO 9001 certified, public interest body association established in 1976 for the purpose of certifying registering qualified OHS professionals safety practitioners as Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSPs)®. The BCRSP is governed by a Board, composed of 14 leading OHS professionals from a cross-section of safety disciplines and one Public Member.
The BCRSP was established as a certification body, responsible and accountable to the Federal Government and to the stakeholders of the BCRSP. The primary functions of the Governing Board are to evaluate the qualifications of prospective certificants, to administer examinations, to approve and issue certificates of registration, to monitor the certification maintenance program and to initiate disciplinary action against any CRSP® found guilty of violating the BCRSP's Code of Ethics.
The BCRSP currently has over 4000 active certificants nationally, including health and safety managers, occupational health nurses, industrial hygienists and other specialists" and has certified over 5000+ individuals since its incorporation in 1976.
BCRSP Mission Statement
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals.