NASPCB Statement of Impartiality

   

In keeping with the mission of providing a fair and inclusive educational program for workplace safety professionals, the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB), maintains a strict policy and procedure to ensure complete impartiality in its operation of the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program.

The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB), Certification Personnel, and NASP/IASP, Inc. staff understand the importance of impartiality and conflicts in the management of certification activities. When undertaking dealings with members and non-members, all involved in the certification process will maintain a high level of ethical conduct and avoid conflicts of interest in connection with the performance of their duties. There shall be an avoidance of any actions and/or commitments that might create the appearance of impartiality to:

  • Applicants, Candidates, and Certified Persons
  • Demographics
  • Finances
  • Commercial Interests

Impartiality to Applicants, Candidates, and Certified Persons

The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB), Certification Personnel, and NASP/IASP, Inc. staff shall act impartially in relation to its applicants, candidates, and certified persons. Decisions on the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program to include eligibility approval or denial and adverse decisions to include suspension and revocation of certifications shall be made in accordance with policies and procedures. Policies and procedures affecting applicants, candidates, and certified persons shall be made public and shall fairly and accurately convey information about the NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program.

Impartiality to Demographics

No applicant shall be required to provide information regarding gender, race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or applicable treaty unless that information is necessary to provide appropriate accommodation to the applicant (e.g. an applicant with a disability may require special physical access to a facility or it may be inappropriate for a male proctor to be alone with a female applicant due to certain religious or cultural beliefs.)

Impartiality to Finances

NASP/IASP, Inc. membership is not necessary to apply for certification. NASP/IASP, Inc. offers membership benefits for individuals taking certificate courses but does not offer discounts for individuals applying for the CSD or MSP exam. Further, NASP/IASP, Inc. does not require membership with any other body to qualify for either the CSD or MSP exam. Requirements are based solely on academic/experiential background.

Impartiality to Commercial Interests

The NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Board (NASPCB) is responsible for the impartiality of certification activities and shall not allow commercial, financial, or other pressures to compromise impartiality.  The Certification Board has procedures to ensure impartiality and review if there are any hidden or evident corporate bias or obstacles that will effectively restrict access to the certification to any specific group or class. NASP/IASP, Inc. operates as a for profit organization. This status shall not influence the  NASP/IASP, Inc. Certification Program or certification activities.

The Certification Board (NASPCB), Certification Personnel, and NASP/IASP, Inc. staff monitor all potential threats to its impartiality and document all actions.