For those who may be interested, there is a new certification program for school safety managers. It is the Certified School Safety Manager (CSSM) program being developed by the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM). The CSSM program was prompted by some state initiatives to require certification of safety officers in response to various concerns, including incidents of violence. However, the CSSM encompasses a much broader scope than just security, including laboratory safety, fire protection, emergency response, bullying, and transportation safety. It is intended for school safety and health professionals at all academic levels.
The certification is currently in its grandfather stage, a process commonly used by accredited certification bodies to develop a critical mass of qualified professionals. When that critical mass is reached, a body of knowledge will be identified and used to create the examination blueprint. ISHM currently administers two other accredited certifications the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) and Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP). Those who are interested could investigate the website at https://ishm.org/ .
Thomas J. Slavin
Slavin OSH Group, LLC
1212 N. Lake Shore Drive #9BN
Chicago IL 60610
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