In a bid to gain global recognition for safety professionals under its umbrella, Nigeria’s apex safety body, the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPoN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), its United States equivalent.
Under the terms of the agreement, a safety professional that has met the certification standard and is in good standing with one body is recognized to have met the certification standard of the other body.
While the President of BCSP, John Hodges, signed the MoU on behalf of the American safety body on November 12, ISPoN President, Dr Nnamdi Ilodiuba countersigned on behalf of ISPoN on November 14.
Ilodiuba said in a telephone chat with Safety Record Newspaper that ISPoN initiated the process leading to the MoU after it discovered at a Lagos conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) that its logo was missing from among other recognised safety bodies in the world.
“We started the journey into signing that MoU during the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) conference in Lagos, Nigeria.
“We discovered that our logo was not appearing among other recognised safety bodies in the world. And we asked why, because we felt with our charter we should belong there and they told us they didn’t recognise us.
“We asked how we could go about it. They told us that we had to belong and be recognised by other chartered bodies globally and we began the procedure,” he stated.
He added that the MoU came about after an exchange of relevant documents including the procedure for admitting members convinced BCSP that ISPoN had enough quality materials and quality admission procedure.
Ilodiuba said, “When I went to the ASSE conference in Georgia, USA last year, we talked about their board of directors and we agreed to exchange documents.
“After exchanging the documents, including our procedure for admitting our members, they felt that we had enough quality materials and quality admission procedure. And they agreed to have a reciprocal MoU with us.”
He further explained that the MoU would not only give ISPoN members global recognition but also remove the situation when safety professionals spend heavily to take the CSP examination.
“The import of that MoU is that, first; every member of ISPoN is now recognised as a safety professional globally.
“Secondly, the examinations – that’s the CSP (Chartered Safety Professionals) – which our people usually travel abroad to do, taking huge amount in dollars both in payment for the exams and in transporting themselves to America, is now no more because our (ISPoN) certificate is now equated to their (BCSP’s) own.
“So, once you have ISPoN certificate it is equated to what they have as Board for Safety Professionals of US,” ISPoN President stated.
A copy of the agreement made available to Safety Record Newspaper reads in part, “It is agreed between BCSP and ISPON that individuals who have met the certification standards (including successfully passing examinations) of one body and remain in good standing with that body, and meet any Recertification requirements will be recognized as having met the certification standards of the other body, when upon application, payment of fees, and meeting additional requirement detailed below, be awarded the credential Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by BCSP or Member status (MISPN) by ISPON.
“It is further agreed that ISPON will notify BCSP within 60 days of any changes made to the qualifications or requirements to be awarded the MISPN.
“To be awarded the CSP certification by BCSP, a person who holds the MISPN of ISPON, and who meets the eligibility criteria of BCSP for the CSP will not be required to take the BCSP Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Examination, but must pass the BCSP Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Examination. To be awarded the Member status (MISPN) by 1SPON, a person who holds a CSP certification and who meets the eligibility criteria for the MISPN will not have to complete the ISPON Advanced HSE course or take the membership examination, but must fulfill all other requirements for obtaining the MISPN.”
Upon agreement with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the MOU was ceremoniously signed by Nnamdi Ilodiuba at the 35th Professional Development Conference/AGM of the Institute of Safety professionals of Nigeria (ISPoN) on 24th Novemeber, 2016 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Auditorium, Awka, Anambra State.