The Suggested References:
This “Suggested References” list is not intended to be all-inclusive. It is provided to direct the applicant’s study efforts to the areas addressed in the examinations.
Given the above assumption, preparation for the examinations may require the use of sources not referenced. The number of references could be cost prohibitive to purchase, but could be obtained from a local library. Hopefully, many of these publications are already a part of the applicant’s personal library.
The questions in the examination reflect the complexity of problems typically found in the day to day work of the safety professional. The answer to given questions may require integrating knowledge from several sources or subject areas. Questions may also involve the application of techniques to novel situations. These examinations assume that the candidate has kept informed of the current technical literature and has developed the ability to combine knowledge and experience to solve problems encountered within his or her field of expertise.
With the above information and study of the references, a safety professional should be able to successfully complete the required exams to accomplish certification. Following is a listing of publications that should be used in your preparations for the examinations.
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The Core Subject References (books) may be used during the examination:
  • Accident Prevention Manual for Business & Industry (Engineering and Technology) 11th ed., NSC, Chicago, 1997.
  •  Fire Protection Handbook, 18th ed, Cote, Arthur E, P.E.
  • National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1997.
  • Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 4th ed.: NSC, Chicago, 1996
  • International Association Of Drilling Contractors, Accident Prevention Reference Guide Houston, Texas 1998 (for the Oil Well Specialization only)

The Supplemental References (books) may NOT be used during the examination. These references are additional aids and study information which will be of assistance as indicated for professional levels:

  • Systems Analysis/Design for Safety (Brown, Prentice Hall, 1976)
  • Pattys Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology (Clayton, 34d Ed. Val 1, 1978)
  • US/DOL, OSHA Industrial Hygiene Field Operations Manual, 1979
  • US/DOL, OSHA General Industry Standards, 29CFR 1910
  • US/DOL, OSHA Field Operations Manual
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Fed. Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act (EPA, 1975) M,S)
  • Toxic Substances Control act (EPA, 1977) (E,M)
  • Hazardous Waste Sites & Hazardous Substances Emergencies (NIOSH, USDHSS’, 1982) (E,M,S)
  • Air Sampling Instruments for Evaluation of Atmospheric Contaminants (ACGIH, 5th Ed., 1978) (S)
  • Electronic Security Systems, 2nd Ed., Philip Walker 1988 (D)
  • ANSI 88.2-1980 (S)
  • Environmental Engineering & Sanitation (Salvato-Wylie Interscience, 1982) (S)
  • NFPA Life Safety Code 101, National Fire Protection Assn. (E,M,S)
  • Introduction to Security, 3rd Ed., G. Green, 1981 (D)
  • Sanitarians’ Handbook: Theory and Practice for Environmental Health, Freadman-Peerls Publications, 1977 (S)
  • Public Health Law Manual, Grad, APHA 1975 (E,M)
  • Security Administration: An Introduction, 3rd Ed. R Post – A Kingsbury, 1977 (D)
  • 29 CFR 1910 – 120 (OSHA Regulations) (HM)
  • Hazardous Materials Response Handbook, Martin F. Henry, (NFPA), Covers NFPA 471 and NFPA 472 (HM)
  • DOT Guidebook for Initial Response to Hazardous Materials (HM)
  • Fire Protection Guide on Hazardous Materials (NFPA) (HM)
  • Hazardous Waste Handbook for Health and Safety, William F. Martin, John M. Lippitt, Timothy G. Prothero (HM)
  • NIOSH Certified Equipment List, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Federal Rules, Acts, Amendments, etc.: Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; Hazardous Solid Waste Amendments; Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act (HM)
  • Hazardous Waste/Identification & Classification Manual, Travis P. Wagner
  • US DOT HM 181 (HM)