The Council of Certified Safety Professionals holds the first meeting in the Middle East in Dubai

The Council of Certified Safety Professionals holds the first meeting in the Middle East in Dubai

Members of the Certified Safety Professional Council met with industry leaders from India, the Middle East and Africa, in Dubai, in the first ever roundtable meeting of its kind in the sector, to discuss ways to enhance safety practices in the region by awarding certifications for technical competence.

The meeting was attended by Leslie Stockel, President of the Council of Certified Safety Professionals, and CEO of the Council, Kristi Yudin, as well as Kavita Prabhu, the Council's regional director for India, the Middle East and Africa. A number of key decision makers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar and Egypt also joined the meeting. The meeting also witnessed the participation of university representatives from the region to present ideas and insights on safety-related curricula.

CCSP CEO Kristi Yudin said: CCSP is investing in supporting the development of safety standards globally. Discussions like this give us an opportunity to learn about the specific challenges of different countries and demonstrate how the certification process can help meet those challenges. We all want to protect workers. With this in mind, the Council of Certified Safety Professionals offers an opportunity to ascertain the eligibility of those who have gained the knowledge to make the world a safer place. These discussions and relationships are another step in the CSP's mission to inspire and develop qualified leaders in safety, health and environment practices through globally accredited certifications, enabling us to enhance careers, develop the profession, and most importantly, protect people.

The meeting discussed the role that the globally recognized certificates issued by the council can play in addressing the safety situation in the region and bridging the educational gaps that need solutions. He also discussed ways to develop safety professions in various industries such as engineering, construction and oil and gas. Through the memorandum of understanding concluded with the Kuwait Society of Engineers, the Council is committed to benefiting from the society’s expertise, technologies and resources in promoting access to accreditation certificates and educational opportunities in order to improve safety, health and environmental practices.

The council opened a regional office in Dubai, and through its close relationship with MCI Middle East, the council will play a major role in achieving its mission. The office devotes its efforts towards advancing thought leadership, serving current and future accreditation certificate holders, as well as raising awareness of the certificates awarded by the Council. There are currently more than 1,700 certifications obtained across the region, and this number is growing steadily. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Council has been developing and approving standards for technical competence for safety, health, and environmental practitioners since 1969. Since then, the organization has awarded more than 100,000 certifications. Today, recipients of these accreditations are distributed across more than 80 countries around the world.

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