Occupational Health and Safety Management Degree Becomes GSP Qualified Academic Program

Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety Management has been reviewed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and approved as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® (GSP®) Qualified Academic Program (QAP), providing the program’s graduates the opportunity to apply with BCSP for the GSP designation after graduation.

The GSP meets the credential requirement for the Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®), the “gold standard” in safety certification, allowing those who hold the designation to waive the Associate Safety Professional® (ASP®) certification examination. It demonstrates accomplishment and commitment to professional development.

“We welcome Athens State University’s exceptional safety program and those who graduate from it,” says the CEO of BCSP, Christy Uden, CAE, IOM. “Those who graduate from GSP Qualified Academic Programs have a strong foundation of knowledge that deserves recognition, and BCSP looks forward to supporting them in the development of their careers.”

Dr. John Wells, Assistant Professor of Occupational Health & Safety Management, spent the last three years creating a dynamic Safety Management Program like no other in the nation by splitting the curriculum in half between Business/HR and Environmental, Health, and Safety. Dr. Wells states, “When we say our graduates are EHS Managers, we guarantee they can balance a budget, manage people, and navigate regulatory affairs!”

A GSP QAP is a degree program in safety, health, and environmental (SH&E) practice that has been reviewed by BCSP and demonstrates a substantial match to the ASP exam blueprint. Any person having graduated from Athens State University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety Management may apply for the GSP designation within their program’s applicable dates as it appears on the QAP list.

More information on Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety Management can be found at www.athens.edu, and details on the GSP are available at bcsp.org/gsp.

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