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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: Occupational Safety and Health

June 5, 2019

Linking Mobile Devices and Workplace Safety [Webinar]

Mobile device distractions can impede employees’ spatial awareness, recognition of hazards and operation of equipment. Employees may face civil and criminal liability for damages that result from accidents caused by texting while driving, engaging in other work, answering personal communications on devices and otherwise being distracted from their work. What can safety professionals do to help companies avoid litigation and keep their employees safe?

June 5, 2019

How Businesses Keep Workers Safe During Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can cause significant loss of life and property, and businesses need to have response plans in place. Not only is an emergency plan vital to business continuity in the event of a disaster, it’s a workplace safety concern with strict OSHA regulations and expectations. Read more about what businesses can do to keep their workers safe before, during and after natural disasters.

June 3, 2019

Benefits of Earning Safety Certifications

Along with formal education, a growing number of employers are looking for occupational safety and health experts who hold voluntary safety certifications. The question isn’t whether you should seek certification, but which certification you need. Although there are dozens of options to choose from, the most well-known and widely sought-after are included in the following list of safety certifications.

April 10, 2019

Board of Certified Safety Professionals Recognizes Columbia Southern University Master’s in Occupational Safety and Health as a Qualified Academic Program

Columbia Southern University’s Master of Science in occupational safety and health degree program, and its environmental management concentration, was recently named as a Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

March 20, 2019

Flooring Standards and Fall Prevention

Falls are the No. 1 citied topic for general industry and construction. Manufacturers and the American National Standard Institute are working at feverish paces to improve personal protective equipment, and OSHA is raising awareness. Ladders, rugs, walking surfaces, housekeeping and lighting are some of the common workplace conditions and tools that greatly influence the frequency and severity of falls.

February 6, 2019

Patrick Bucksot Awarded Safety Scholarship

Patrick Bucksot of New Bern, North Carolina, was awarded an occupational safety and health scholarship from Columbia Southern University. Each year, CSU offers two safety scholarships that cover up to 60 credit hours toward one online degree program. The scholarship will be applied to the Bucksot’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the associate degree.

 

January 28, 2019

Occupational Health and Safety Trends to Watch in 2019

It is well into 2019, and as you turn your attention to the next 12 months, now is the time to consider the trends that are shaping the world of occupational health and safety. Until recently, much of occupational health and safety has been focused on detecting unsafe conditions and the assumption that the majority of workplace accidents are attributable to unsafe behaviors. As such, for at least the last decade and a half, the statistics regarding workplace injuries have gone largely unchanged. Companies spend more time mitigating risks after an accident has occurred or been detected than preventing them. The field is changing, though.  

December 19, 2018

National Safety Council, CSU Partnership Provides Educational Benefits to Safety Professionals Nationwide

In 2018, Columbia Southern University entered a Learning Partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC). Through the partnership, employees and volunteers at the NSC’s national headquarters in Itasca, Illinois, and its 25 chapters across the nation, will be able to pursue their educational goals at CSU with a 10 percent tuition discount and access to exclusive scholarship opportunities. Benefits of this Learning Partnership are also available to the immediate families of NSC employees and volunteers.

July 12, 2018

Jacquaine Shepherd of Dallas Awarded 2018 Safety Scholarship

Sometimes, you never know what special talents you may have until you get a chance to use them. Take Jacquaine Shepherd of Dallas, Texas, who works at a manufacturing company. “I started out in my current job by helping the operations manager with small tasks related to safety in order to kill time,” she explained. “I quickly found that I had a real talent and passion for safety. I began to take on a bigger role and was able to create a successful safety culture that has grown and flourished. As a result of my work, I was awarded the Exemplary Safety Leadership Award in 2014 and then again in 2017.”

June 28, 2018

Alumni Stories: Firefighter Turned Risk Control Specialist Shares Passion for Safety

When you find your passion, it can be a beautiful thing. Take David Combs, a risk control specialist with a Pensacola, Florida, insurance company. He’s a man who is doing what he likes and helping to protect lives in the process—something he has done since his days as a firefighter.

June 26, 2018

CSU and BCSP Foundation Partner to Build Safer Global Community

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation is pleased to announce the support of Columbia Southern University through a significant investment in building a safer tomorrow through the advancement of the safety profession. This sizeable investment of resources represents the collaboration of partners dedicated to advancing the dialogue and pioneering programs that will define the field for generations. It is in direct support of the BCSP Foundation’s mission of “Investing to create and grow a safer global community; protecting those we serve.” Working together, we provide the resources, tools and opportunity necessary for lasting impact.

June 25, 2018

Tim Neubauer Named 2018 Outstanding Safety Professional

Columbia Southern University recently awarded its annual Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year Award to Tim Neubauer of Henderson, North Carolina. Neubauer holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from CSU and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.
 

May 15, 2018

Tech in OSH: Trending Apps for Safety Professionals [Webinar]

Today’s safety professional uses a range of tools and instruments to ensure the safety of their clients or employees. From document scanners to decibel meters to a simple level and unit conversion calculator, those out in the field could benefit from an integration of some of these tools. One popular way to integrate or replace these tools is with mobile applications.  

March 28, 2018

How Millennials Are Changing Approaches to Workplace Safety

Given that they make up about one-third of the American workforce, it should be no surprise that millennials are having a profound effect on all aspects of work. In fact, millennials are becoming a driving force in making workplaces safer for everyone. If you are looking to further your career in occupational safety and health, understanding the millennial perspective is vital. Knowing what these employees expect from their employers can ensure that your efforts to support safer workplaces are effective.

February 2, 2018

Professor Linda Martin Eager to Support Global Safety in New Role as BCSP Board of Directors President

In her new role as the president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals board of directors, Columbia Southern University professor Linda Martin is all about support. This year, she and the rest of the board plan to ensure that safety is a global core value in the world of occupational safety and health.

January 30, 2018

CSHM Certification Can Boost Employment Appeal for Safety Professionals

While a safety degree can chart your career in occupational safety and health, adding certifications will boost your resume and your appeal to employers. One of the key certifications for safety professionals is the Certified Safety and Health Manager designation offered by the Institute of Safety and Health Management.

January 23, 2018

Air Force Instructor to Complete Sixth College Degree at Age 60

When Hugh Poe retired from the Air Force in 2006, the last thing he saw himself doing was going back to school. Hugh earned his first degree in 1978, an associate in business, followed by two additional associate degrees in 2005—one in fire science and the other in technology. When he retired from the Air Force, Hugh was 46 years old, married with children and continuing a great career as a firefighter instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

January 4, 2018

CSP Certification: How Your Safety Degree Can Get You One Step Closer [Webinar]

For safety professionals, the Certified Safety Professional® designation is perhaps the most respected certification in the field with the most potential to boost your career. In this webinar, Dr. Dan Corcoran, academic program director for occupational safety and health at CSU, discusses how the B.S. in occupational safety and health could get you one step closer to your CSP. 

December 7, 2017

Alumni Stories: The Rowlands Make Education a Family Affair

Whether they want to earn a degree while their children are in college or complete a degree they’ve already started, the idea of establishing a legacy of education within their family is becoming more common among today’s adult learners. For the Rowland family of Karns City, Pennsylvania, this is exactly what happened. They had no idea their family would catch the education bug just a few years ago.

November 29, 2017

Bridging the Gap: Dan Hughes Steps Up To Safety

In 2017, when Parsons Corporation began the application process for the team of employees they would be taking to the country of Panama to sponsor a bridge-building project, Dan Hughes became interested. He has worked in emergency response and safety throughout his career and has always been interested in humanitarian work.
 

November 15, 2017

Julia Kunlo Awarded CSU’s 2017 Safety Scholarship

Congratulations to Julia Kunlo! The occupational safety and health professional was recently awarded CSU’s 2017 Safety Scholarship—a $13,200 scholarship to help her pursue her Master of Science in occupational safety and health online.

October 30, 2017

Columbia Southern University Program Recognized by Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Columbia Southern University’s Bachelor of Science in occupational safety and health was recently included as a Graduate Safety Practitioner Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

August 18, 2017

Employee Safety at Work: Make It a Priority

When Paul O’Neill started as the Alcoa CEO in 1987, the aluminum manufacturing giant was in trouble. Several of its recent product launches had failed. Investors wanted to hear how O’Neill planned to turn the company around.
 

July 25, 2017

What Safety & Emergency Services Career Field Should You Pick? [Flowchart]

With so many career opportunities in the safety and emergency services industries, it may be hard to narrow down the options. This flow chart will help you decide the best career for you based on your wants and needs.