A collaborative campaign between the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) will promote the safety profession to prospective students.
The “Choose Safety” initiative includes outreach at the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) July national conference, a new brochure, poster, and video addressing youth seeking information on education or career options.
"A career in safety combines great compensation with the personal satisfaction of protecting others' well-being," explained Erica Poff, BCSP government affairs and outreach manager, in a statement. "It is not a profession many young people know about. Safety professionals know that, if we want a safer future, we must build it. We can start by introducing young people to this rewarding field of work."
In 2016, the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) established a working group to address a growing gap between the number of current safety professionals nearing retirement and new professionals entering safety practice.
BCSP provided recommendations to NACOSH about how we can close the skills gap. The "Choose Safety" campaign is part of BCSP's continuing contribution to growing the profession, according to the organization.
BCSP will begin sharing new material promoting the safety profession on social media under the hashtag #ChooseSafety.