- Performance Based Safety Network of Professionals
- Professional Credentialing Organizations
- Academic Accreditation
- Institutional Accreditation
- Program/Professional Accreditation
Performance Based Safety, LLC is a safety organization that provides a nationwide network of Professional Health and Safety Consultants including:
- Certified Safety Professionals
- Certified Industrial Hygienists
- Certified Healthcare Safety Professionals
- Certified Environmental Trainers
- Certified hazardous Materials Managers
- Professional Speakers
Our health and safety experts specialize in organizational and occupational safety, environment, and human resource management with experience in a variety of industries including:
- Manufacturing and General Industry
- Waste Site Remediation
- Public Works and Municipalities
In the U.S. college and university system, accreditation assists in determining the quality of a school and some academic programs. There are two main types of accreditation: institutional and program/professional. To a great extent, accreditation is a voluntary system.
There are two organizations that set standards for accrediting bodies. One is the U.S. Department of Education. The other is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). These organizations identify the accrediting organizations that meet their standards.
Check the CHEA web site to determine whether other program accrediting bodies are CHEA recognized.
In summary, institutional accreditation addresses the issue of whether an institution of higher learning has adequate resources, faculty and staff, facilities, policies and procedures and meets other standards. There are two groups of institutional accrediting organizations: regional and national. Regional accrediting bodies accredit colleges and universities within their geographic regions. National accrediting bodies accredit colleges and universities that operate across geographic regions or do not fall within the scope of a regional accrediting body.
In summary, program/professional accreditation addresses the issue of whether a program of study prepares studies for a profession or field of practice. Not all professions or fields of study have established accreditation at this level. Typically, doctoral degrees do not undergo program/professional accreditation, since they are individualized programs of study.
ABET - In safety and related fields, accreditation of safety, industrial hygiene and health physics degrees is handled by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission (ASAC) or the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
NAIT - The National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) accredits industrial technology degree programs and the preparation for graduates for the industrial technology field. Some industrial technology programs include safety degrees or options. However, NAIT currently does not have written standards covering the extent to which graduates are prepared for professional safety practice. NAIT holds CHEA recognition.
EHAC - The National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council accredits environmental health and related degree programs. It does not evaluate specifically with regard to preparation for professional safety practice. EHAC holds CHEA recognition.
CESB - The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) is an independent, voluntary membership body created for its member organizations who recognize, through specialty certification, the expertise of individuals practicing in engineering and related fields.
Non-Accredited Institutions. Some academic institutions do not follow the standards typically required for academic accreditation. The State of Oregon prohibits people from using some of these degrees and operates a web site providing additional details. Visit the Oregon web site at www.osac.state.or.us/oda.