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CSHM certification increasingly sought after by hiring professionals

Safety and health certification programs administered by ISHM include CSHM

February 15, 2013
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ISHMUp until a decade ago, when human resources professionals were tasked with hiring a safety management professional they often searched for candidates with formal training and a certification such as the Certified Safety Professional (CSP). That all changed in 2003 when the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) was founded by the National Safety Management Society (NSMS).

The ISHM went to work developing the internationally recognized Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) certification. The CSHM program recognizes the top safety and health professionals who have demonstrated knowledge of health and safety management skills and techniques through examination and experience.

The CSHM program is the only accredited certification that focuses entirely on the safety management process. This unique certification program has made those professionals who have earned the certification highly sought after by both industry and government institutions. Today, more and more HR professionals rely on the ISHM’s CSHM designation to identify qualified candidates to fill critical safety and health management positions.

“Professionals who have earned the prestigious CSHM designation are in high demand because many HR professionals have come to depend upon the certification to ascertain the most competent person for positions dealing with safety and health management issues,” reported Randy Morton, CSHM, Vice Chair, ISHM Board of Directors. “Government agencies such as OSHA, EPA, Homeland Security, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard are all very familiar with the CSHM program. Just as these government agencies have discovered the value of professionals with the CSHM certification, private industry has increasingly sought out these highly qualified candidates,” he continued.  

About the Institute for Safety and Health Management

The ISHM is a credentialing organization founded to promote the establishment of standards and recognition of safety and risk management professionals: Safety and Health Managers (CSHM), Associate Safety Health Managers (ASHM) and Certified Safety Management Practitioners (CSMP).

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Safety Administrator

Greg Mckee
February 21, 2013
WOW! This article gives the impression that the CSP designation has been eclisped by the CSHM credenials. That is a false and misleading impression to offer. The CSP designation is also internationally recognized, probably more so than the CSHM credenials. The author is overstating that the ISHM is the premier credentialing organization. It is one of several, not the premier claimed.

Tom Slattery
February 21, 2013
Agree with Greg - this looks like a paid sponsor getting an advertisement thinly disguised as a "new" item. The CSP and CIH are the only ANSI-accredited certifications in safety, and in my mind the only ones currently worth pursuing. The CSHM is at least CESB accredited and does require a test and certification maintenance, so it's better than the joke take-online-courses-and-be-certified ones out there.

Safety Manager

Andy Martin
February 21, 2013
I agree with Greg and Tom. There are other designations out there (i.e. CIH, National Registry of Env. Professionals, etc.) that require testing and experience to qualify, and, are accepted by all of the governmental agencies mentioned in this article. There is no one singular designation that reigns supreme.

Executive Director

Larry Curtis
February 21, 2013
Interesting comments but perhaps missing some of the key elements The CSP was accredited by the CESB for years and the CIH still maintains CESB accreditation. The agencies that offer accreditation (ICE, CESB) almost mirror each other in their requirements. ANSI does not accredit, rather they certify conformance with the ISO standard. The Safety related certifications (CSHM, CSHMM, CSP) should be looked at as complimentary as they focus on different aspects of the profession. It is not which is better, it is which measures the aspect of safety you participate in. Great comments and Great discussion.


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