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Photo of Mr. FrostMr. David B. West, CSP, ASP, PE, CHMM
  • Examinations Director, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)
  • Former Vice President and Deputy Operation Manager, Science Applications International Corporation
  • Chair, G-48 System Safety Committee of SAE International
  • Vice Chair, Systems Management Council of SAE International
  • Former Member and Treasurer, BCSP Board of Directors

Mr. David B. West is the Examinations Director at the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). He is responsible for BCSP activities involving the development, validation, maintenance, and administration of examinations for BCSP certification candidates in the safety, health, and environment field. He previously served as an engineer and system safety subject matter expert for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), in positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president, deputy operation manager, and operation-level chief technology officer. In more than 28 years with SAIC, Mr. West’s work helped ensure safety of a variety of systems and programs of national importance, including U.S. Army manned and unmanned fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, military ground vehicle immersive training systems, rocket launching weapon systems, precision targeting systems, chemical weapons destruction facilities, uranium enrichment and other nuclear operations, super-conducting magnetic energy storage technology, petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing, the Space Station Freedom Program, Space Shuttle microgravity experiments, and the Space Shuttle range safety system. In more recent years, Mr. West learned and applied the concepts of software system safety on various projects.

For many years, Mr. West has actively led or supported standards-developing activities for system safety and other specialty engineering disciplines. Since 2010, Mr. West has chaired the G-48 System Safety Committee, currently under SAE International. He was one of the authors of the G-48 Committee’s “Standard Best Practices for System Safety Program Development and Execution,” GEIA-STD-0010, and was the sponsor of its first major revision. In 2017, Mr. West was named the Vice Chair of SAE International’s Systems Management Council. Mr. West served on the BCSP Board of Directors from 2008-2013 and was the Board’s Treasurer from 2012-2013.

Mr. West is a Fellow Member of the International System Safety Society (ISSS) and was awarded its highest honor, the Professional Development Award, in 2013. He was also named the ISSS Manager of the Year in 2010. Mr. West has been active in Toastmasters International since 2009, and has been an invited speaker on system safety topics at several national and international events, including the 1st International Helicopter Safety Symposium in 2005, the FAA 9th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference in 2006, the Australian System Safety Conference in 2013, and numerous International System Safety Conferences since 2001.

Mr. West earned a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) credentials, and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE). Mr. West enjoys astronomy, triathlon, and traveling.


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