Mississauga, ON – September 3, 2017 — A significant step toward safer and healthier workplaces was taken Sept. 3 when the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) joined more than 40 organizations from around the world in the landmark signing of the Singapore Accord on the Standards of OHS Professionals. The Accord, spearheaded by the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO), presents a global capability framework for the occupational health and safety (OHS) professional that will increase the effectiveness and impact of such roles in every industry.
“In terms of advancing the occupational health and safety profession the establishment of a global framework for practice is an important milestone” said BCRSP Chair Paul Andre, CRSP, who was on hand in Singapore to sign the Accord. “This sets the stage for certification bodies to align to this global framework, providing the foundation for a profession that will be recognized globally for its ability to support improved occupational health and safety outcomes.”
Six years in the making, the OHS Professional Capability Framework received global support from safety leaders with the signing of the Accord in Singapore in advance of the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work. The framework defines the roles, skills, knowledge and qualifications recommended for OHS professionals and practitioners. It is a consensus-based document developed from an international analysis of data from national professional associations and certification bodies.
Given the diversity of OHS approaches across countries, INSHPO created an overarching structure designed to encompass all of them. The framework was analyzed by safety experts from a variety of industries around the world. It was enhanced through practical application by the International Council on Mining and Metals.
“The safety profession is quickly evolving and in the Canadian context we want to be seen as leaders in certifying professionals that can meet this global standard” Andre said. “At the end of the day we want better occupational health and safety outcomes for working men and women around the world. This framework will help support that.”
The International Labor Organization reports there are 2.3 million deaths globally each year attributed to work, with the biggest component linked to work-related diseases. More than 300 million accidents occur on the job annually around the world, resulting in significant human suffering and economic burdens. The Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) reported 852 fatalities in the workplace in Canada in 2015, as a result of a work-related incident.
“As safety professionals and practitioners, we work to be seen as trusted advisors that contribute to sustainable business practices.” Andre said. “This standard supports a better understanding within the profession of the capabilities that both professionals and practitioners should bring to their respective roles and further informs the employer community what they should expect in a health and safety role.”
Created in 2001, INSHPO has grown to 14 member organizations, including the BCRSP, that are based in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, Singapore and Korea. The nonprofit organization is the global voice for the occupational safety and health profession and acts as a forum for international collaboration to improve safety and health at work.
About the BCRSP
The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) is a federally incorporated self-regulating, self-governing, ISO 17024 accredited and ISO 9001 certified organization established in 1976. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals sets certification standards for occupational health and safety professionals. The BCRSP grants the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® credential to individuals who successfully complete the certification process through application assessment, interview, and examination. The Board governs its certificants in order that the public interest may be served and protected.