CHCM-SEC (Certified Hazard Control Manager Security) Certification

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers, also known as BCHCM, was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit independent credentialing organization. The Board establishes certification and re-certification requirements for the Certified Hazard Control Manager Security (CHCM-SEC). The Board operates as an independent professional credentialing organization that is not affiliated with any other membership group, association, or lobbying body. The Board exists solely for the purpose of issuing individual certifications to qualified candidates. Our mission is to 'Upgrade the Profession' by offering real world and practical certifications.


CHCM-SEC Background

The CHCM is the premiere and definitive safety-related credential that focuses on using leadership and management principles to control hazards and unsafe behaviors. The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM) was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit organization. Our motto is 'Up Grading the Profession' through issuing individual certifications to qualified Candidates. To meet an emerging need, the Board has developed the Certified Hazard Control Manager-Security (CHCM-SEC) designation to provide a certification opportunity to those working in private security positions. The CHCM-SEC would be appropriate for security site managers, professionals, and officers who also have requirements to manage and/or coordinate hazard control and safety management functions in addition to their security- related responsibilities. The credential would also be appropriate for hazard control and safety managers who coordinate and lead security functions.

Exam Content

The CHCM-SEC examination contains 110-125 multiple choice test items with four possible answers for each question.  Exam content addresses the following eight domains: (1) hazard control principles, (2) general leadership and management, (3) accident prevention techniques, (4) hazard control-related disciplines, (5) compliance and voluntary standards, (6) managing hazardous materials, (7) fire safety and emergency management, and (8) security management concepts.


1. Hazard Control

A.  Principles of Organization and Management (25%)

  1. Authority, responsibility, and accountability
  2. Line and staff relationships 
  3. Centralization versus Decentralization Concepts 
  4. Management Techniques 
  5. Definition of management 
  6. Functions of management 
  7. Managerial skills 
  8. Management by objective 
  9. Management by exception 
  10. Unity of command 
  11. Span of control 
  12. Definition of leadership 
  13. Organizational culture 
  14. Migrating decision making 
  15. Transactional and transformational change

B.  Management Attitudes and Motivation  

  1. Costing and quality 
  2. Cost benefit analysis 
  3. Employee and public relations 
  4. Legal and rulemaking requirements 
  5. Safety policy development 
  6. Proactive safety

C.  Human Behavioral Factors  

  1. Unsafe behaviors 

  2. Dealing with attitudes 
  3. Listening and communicating 
  4. Values 
  5. Employee participation

D.  Relationship of Efficient Management and Accident Prevention  

  1. Understanding accidents 
  2. Managerial theory "S" 
  3. Controlling causes of accidents 
  4. Costing of accidents 
  5. Direct versus indirect costs 
  6. Safety and Hazard Control Reports

E. Hazard Control Techniques (30%)

  1. Administration and Organization 
  2. Inspections, Audits, and Safety Program Evaluations 
  3. Conducting inspections (who, when, etc.) 
  4. Responsibilities of management 
  5. Responsibilities of supervisors 
  6. Hazard Control Manager Duties & Responsibilities 
  7. Corrective Management 
  8. Preventive management 
  9. Hazard and Accident Follow-up Actions 
  10. Management Improvement Activities 

F.  Accident Prevention, Reporting, and Investigations  

  1. Senior leadership responsibilities 
  2. Types of accidents 
  3. Accident results and losses 
  4. Supervisor reporting and investigations 
  5. Formal accident investigations 
  6. Causal factors 
  7. Hazard identification 
  8. Controlling hazards 
  9. Reporting systems 
  10. Accident Analysis 
  11. Job Hazard Analysis

G.  Humans Relations and Behaviors  

  1. Attitudes and safety 
  2. Correcting unsafe behaviors 
  3. Safety rules 
  4. Supervisor responsibilities 
  5. Motivation 
  6. Rewards 

H.  Hazard Control Training and Education  

  1. Definition of Education 
  2. Definition of Training 
  3. Employee Orientation 
  4. Designing Training 
  5. Task Training 
  6. Educational and Training Objectives 
  7. Training Responsibilities 
  8. Safety Training Program Evaluation 
  9. Techniques for Effective Training 


  1. Safety committees and Employee Safety Involvement 
  2. Purpose and scope of safety committees 
  3. Safety committee advantages and disadvantages 
  4. Safety action teams 
  5. Employee involvement in safety activities

A.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)  

  1. Respirators types and classes 
  2. OSHA PPE requirements 

B.  Workstation Design and Layout  

  1. Human Factors 
  2. Ergonomics 
  3. OSHA requirements 
  4. Egress requirements 
  5. Fire and Life Safety concepts 
  6. Walking surfaces 
  7. General housekeeping requirements 
  8. Organizational responsibilities


  1. Human Resource Management 

  2. Training and Education 

  3. Employee (Labor) Relations 

  4. Employee Health 

  5. Budget and Finance 

  6. Facility Management and Maintenance 

  7. Purchasing or Material Management 

  8. Workers' Compensation 

  9. Risk Management/Insurance 

  10. Human Factors Engineering 

  11. Production/Design Engineering 

  12. Legal Department 

  13. Emergency Planning 

  14. Information Technology 

  15. Public and Media Affairs


  1. Occupational Safety 

  2. Industrial Hygiene (Health) 

  3. Environmental Management 

  4. Green Building Design and Management 

  5. Fire Protection 

  6. Construction Safety 

  7. Product Safety 

  8. Hazardous Material Management 

  9. Transportation and Fleet Safety 

  10. System Safety and Engineering 

  11. Health Physics (Radiation Control) 

  12. Risk Management 


  1. A. Governmental Activities 
  2. Federal Register 
  3. Code of Federal Regulations 
  4. Congressional Actions 

1.Federal Cabinets, Departments, and Agencies

  1. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 
  2. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
  4. Institutes of Medicine 
  5. National Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NIOSH)

2. Department of Home Land Security (DHS) 

  1. FEMA 
  2. Coast Guard 

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 

  1. The Act 
  2. Key Standards (29CFR1910 and 29CFR1926) 
  3. Recordkeeping (29CFR1904) 

4. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

  1. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act 
  2. Pesticide Regulation (FIFRA) 
  3. Universal Waste Act 
  4. Clean Air Act 
  5. Clean Water Act 

5. Department of Transportation (DOT) 

  1. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) 
  2. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 
  3. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 
  4. National Highway Traffic Administration (FHWA) 
  5. Research and Special Program Administration (RSPA)

6. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 
7. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) 
8. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 
9. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) 



A. Security History And Law 
B. Premises Security 
C. Loss Prevention 
D. Personal And Employment Security 
E. Information Security 
F. Homeland Security 
G. Crime Prevention 
H. Private Security Concepts And Principles 



Introduction to Hazard Control Management: A Vital Organizational Function, James T. Tweedy, 2013, CRC Press


Healthcare Hazard Control and Safety Management, Third Edition, James Tweedy, 2014, CRC Press


Introduction to Private Security, Second Edition, John Dempsey, 2011, Wadsworth CENAGE Learning