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Facilities Management Safety Manager Margaret Smith has become a Certified Safety Professional, or CSP. This certification is awarded to individuals who practice safety, health and environmental discipline and have passed the CSP examination.

“We are very proud of Margaret for achieving this major credentialing milestone,” said Dan King, associate vice president for Facilities Management. “Our Facilities Management safety program has improved dramatically since she started work as our safety manager.”

Smith’s certification distinguishes her as one of the most highly trained, educated and experienced individuals in the safety field. She has mastered the core requirements for professional safety practice.

“It is critical to maintain competent individuals within the safety, health and environmental industry because of the impact they have on the safety of workers and public,” said Treasa Turnbeaugh, chief executive officer of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Five years ago, Smith was hired as Facilities Management’s first safety manager with the goal of lowering accident rates among employees. In 2014, recordable accidents data showed a 52 percent decrease in accidents from the year before and a 72 percent decline over the last four years.

Smith joins Jerry Davis, associate professor in Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, as the only university employees who are CSP certified. Both employees must recertify every five years in order to maintain a certification.

For more information on Certified Safety Professionals, visit the Board of Certified Safety Professionals’ website