The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) offers the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) assessment for certification purposes. Candidates must meet specific eligibility requirements before taking this test. Once a candidate becomes a CSP, he or she must continue to pay the yearly fee and keep up with the 5-year obligations in order for the title to remain valid.
- Safety fundamentals (SF) exam – Candidates are given five hours to finish 200 multiple-choice
- items and demonstrate a fundamental understanding of safety concepts needed in the field.
- Comprehensive practice (CP) exam – Candidates are given 5½ hours to finish 200 multiple-choice items, using what they know through learning and work experience.
The approximate content of the CSP exam is broken down as follows:
- Safety, health and environmental management – SF: 37%; CP: 34%
- Safety, health and environmental engineering – SF: 25%; CP: 31%
- Safety, health and environmental information management and communications – SF: 33%; CP: 30%
- Professional conduct and ethics – SF: 5%; CP: 5%
During the test, candidates may use an examination reference (provided) and may bring one or two calculators as long as they are one of the approved models. Since a candidate’s score depends upon how many questions were answered right, it is better to answer every question. Candidates will get the results right after finishing the test.
CSP Exam Practice Questions
1. The identifier 29 CFR 1910 refers to?
A. Section 29 of title 1910 of the Code of Federal Regulations
B. Section 1910 of title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations
C. Page 1910 of title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations
D. Page 29 of title 1910 of the Code of Federal Regulations
2. Which agency within the Department of Commerce is responsible for conducting research and developing codes and standards for fire protection and prevention, fire equipment, fire behavior, and consumer and building product safety?
A. Public Health Services
B. Consumer Products Safety Commission
C. National Bureau of Standards
D. National Institute of Standards and Technology
3. Red books and blue books contain?
A. Directories of state agencies
B. Information about voluntary standards developed by ANSI and ASTM
C. Directories of private laboratories that can provide independent testing and certification
D. Information about ISO standards
4. Which of the following techniques can companies use to make managers accountable for safety?
A. Training of new employees
B. Detailed safety planning
C. Cost accounting
D. All of the above
5. How does redundancy affect hazards?
A. By eliminating the hazard
B. By reducing the severity of the hazard
C. By reducing the probability that the hazard will occur
D. Redundancy has no effect on hazards
CSP Exam Study Guide Injury Claims
1. B: 29 CFR 1910 refers to Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, with 1910 referring to a section within this title. Title 29 refers to OSHA documents; this particular section deals with general industry.
2. D: The National Institute of Standards and Technology was formerly known as the National Bureau of Standards.
3. A: Red and blue books are common names for state government directories that list agencies and their general responsibilities. These directories are useful in identifying sources of information.
4. D: All of these techniques serve to make managers accountable for safety. Employee training and safety planning help to eliminate the factors that cause an unsafe environment. Putting managers in charge of these gives them accountability on the front end. Cost accounting requires keeping track of safety costs, such as lost wages, cost of accident investigation, and uninsured medical costs.
5. C: Redundancy reduces the probability that a hazard will occur by providing more than one independent means to accomplish something. Redundancy can be provided by installing two or more parallel components in a system or by installing a backup system.