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Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) Certification

The Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) certification provides a means for employers to verify safety and health knowledge of first-line supervisors and managers. The program requires applicants to meet minimum education and experience requirements and demonstrate knowledge of basic safety and health standards and practices.

The STS certification program is intended for individuals who:

  • Are managers at any level.
  • Are first line supervisors of work groups or organization units.
  • Have a safety responsibility for a work group that is part of other work duties.

STS Examination Preparation Private Workshops

1 Day / 0.7 CEUs / 1.22 Safety CM Points/ 8.5 CMPs / 0.7 COCs
This workshop will prepare you for the Safety Trained Supervisor Examination, which leads to the STS designation. You will review more than 250 targeted problems addressing the complete examination blueprint. At the completion of the STS prep workshop participants will learn to:

  • Identify areas where additional preparation is needed
  • Design an individual study plan that ensures exam success
  • Obtain answers to questions about exam blueprint materials
    • Principles of hazard and risk assessment
    • Job hazard analysis
    • Procedures for observing work practices
    • Available or applicable PPE, tools, and equipment
    • Training requirements for job tasks
    • Sources for applicable standards
    • Principles of behavior–‐based safety
    • Methods for implementing safety and health rules and regulations
    • Methods for coaching employees
    • Methods for correcting observed deficiencies
    • Characteristics of proactive and reactive safety cultures
    • Principles of incident investigation and root cause analysis
    • Inspection and documentation procedures
  • Become familiar with resources available to prepare for the exam
  • Utilize information about certification requirements and scoring procedures in your test preparation
  • Review content material utilizing a testing format

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Safety Trained Supervisors are not safety specialists or safety practitioners. Typical candidates have a safety responsibility that is adjunct, collateral or ancillary to their job duties. Their main job duties are in a craft or trade, in leadership, supervision or management, or in a technical specialty. If safety responsibilities involve a greater portion of job duties, the role is more likely to be that of a safety technician/technologist or safety professional.

The typical STS helps an employer implement safety programs at the worker level through supervisory, safety committee or similar safety and health leadership roles. Safety tasks often include monitoring for job hazards, helping ensure regulatory compliance, training employees in safety practices, performing safety record keeping tasks, coordinating corrections for safety problems within or among work groups, and communicating with safety specialists or management.
The STS program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Eligibility and Examination

To gain eligibility for a STS examination, you must be of good moral character and meet the following three requirements:

  • Have two years of experience in any industry or in the industry related to the version of the STS examination to be taken.
  • Have one year of experience as a supervisor or safety leader of a work group. Examples are manager, foreman, crew chief, superintendent, or member of a safety committee. This experience can be concurrent with Requirement #1. If you are training to become a supervisor or safety leader and do not have the one year of experience, you can substitute two additional years of industry experience in Requirement #1.
  • Have completed 30 hours of formal safety training through a single course or multiple training courses.

Choice of Examination

The STS-Construction examination program is the first of the STS programs and has been in existence since 1995. The program is intended for managers, first-line construction supervisors, superintendents, foremen, crew chiefs, and craftsmen who have responsibilities to maintain safe conditions and practices on construction job sites. Currently, we have more than forty-seven hundred individuals who actively hold the STS-Construction certification.

STS-General Industry
Starting in 2004, the STS-General Industry examination program features workers in pest control, lawn care repair and maintenance, facility services, health care social assistants, and administrative and support management. Those individuals who pursue this program generally work in transportation, utilities and manufacturing. This examination program requires a supervisor to demonstrate his or her understanding of the principles and practices of supervision in the context of safety.

The STS-Petrochemical examination program, which began in 2004, is intended for crew chiefs, supervisors and managers who handle safety in petrochemical environments. Usually, individuals who follow the STS-Petrochemical certification track remote site work with hazardous chemicals.

Seeing a need to expand the STS line to include mining, BCSP created the STS-Mining program beginning in 2011. The program will emphasize safety and incident investigation within job sites and among work groups in the context of mining.

All STS examinations are administered by the BCSP.

To achieve the STS certification, you must pass a Safety Trained Supervisor examination. STS examinations are offered by computer at Pearson VUE testing center locations around the world every business day. The examination contains 100 multiple-choice questions and candidates have two hours to complete it.

Please refer to the STS Candidate Handbook for eligibility details, application instructions, examination blueprints, and information on testing centers.

For more information about the exam application process and exam fees contact the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

2301 W. Bradley Avenue
Champaign, Illinois USA 61821
P: +1 217-359-9263
F: +1 217-359-0055

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