(CPSM) Certified Product Safety Manager 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 Product Safety Manager (CPSM). 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.


CPSM Background

Over the years, the CPSM program has attracted a high caliber of hazard control leaders who serve in industry, government, and education. Earning the CPSM provides recognition and status to those meeting the education, experience, and examination requirements to be designated as a CPSM. Product safety can be most effectively achieved by using a multi-disciplinary approach that addresses engineering, systems methods, environmental science, behavioral science, ergonomics, human factors, law, economics, and management.

Exam Information

The exam is comprehensive in scope and contains from 100-125 multiple choice questions. The exam is challenging but does not contain questions requiring math or engineering calculations. The exam content has been developed with the assistance of practicing professionals and subject matter experts. The Board statistically analyzes each exam to ensure the validity of all questions. The Board also uses analytical techniques to ensure the reliability of each exam version to access the competency of each candidate. Each exam may contain 5 to 15 'trial questions' that are being validated for use on future exam forms. The exam will contain questions from the following competency areas.


Preparing For The Examination

Candidates must assess their readiness take the examination. The exam is challenging and comprehensive in scope. Candidates for certification should have a broad base on knowledge to be successful of the exam.


Exam Content


1. Product Safety Laws, Statutes, Regulations, and Consensus Standards (15% of Questions)

2. Product Liability, Warranties, Litigation, and Insurance Issues (20% of Questions)

3. Enforcement Actions of CPSC, FDA, and Other Agencies (10% of Questions)

4. Use of Analytical Methods, Human Factors, And System Safety Techniques (20% of Questions)

5. Organization, Operation, And Auditing Of Product Safety Functions (30% of Questions)

6. Special Topics Including Medical Devices, Food Safety, And Imports (5% of Questions)


Primary Study References

  1. Basic Guide To System Safety; 2nd Edition; Vincoli, J, Wiley Inter-Science; Hoboken, NJ, 2006

  2. Products Liability, 7th Ed, Owen, G. & Phillips, J, Thomson West Publishing, St. Paul, MN, 2003

  3. Product Safety Management Guidelines, 2nd Ed. Laing, P; Editor, NSC, Chicago, IL, 1996

Other References

  1. Safer By Design: A Guide to the Management and Law Designing for Product Safety, 2nd Edition, Abbott, H & Tyler, M, Gower Publishing Company, 1997

  2. Product Safety Management & Engineering; 2nd Edition, Hammer, W, American Society of Safety Engineers, Des Plaines, IL, 1993

  3. Human Perspectives on Warnings, Laughery, K. & Young, S, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, Santa Monica, CA, 1994

  4. Engineering Design for Safety: Hunter, T, McGraw Hill; NY, 1992.

  5. System Safety Engineering & Management, Roland, H. & Moriarty, B, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1990

Example Questions


  1. Which microorganism poses the greatest concern to commercial food manufacturers?

    1. Parasites

    2. Molds

    3. Viruses

    4. Bacteria*

  2. Which of the following should be the focus of any product complaint investigation?

    1. Obtain data to assist with a legal defense if necessary

    2. Initiate corrective actions regardless of lawsuit potential

    3. Prevent any further actions by the consumer

    4. Determine if customer negligence contributed to the complaint*

  3. Why should product field reports be submitted for review on a scheduled basis?

    1. Ensure that the research and engineering departments produced a good product design

    2. Provide a continuing picture of product performance and conditions of use*

    3. Give guidance to the advertising manager on how to proceed with product promotions

    4. Illustrate market penetration and competitive standing

  4. Which records are least likely to be a part of a product identification & control program?

    1. Product model numbers and dates produced

    2. All critical components, parts, and assemblies

    3. Test equipment calibration records*

    4. Raw materials used to manufacture critical parts

  5. What document would most likely not be discoverable in a product-related lawsuit?

    1. Field service reports about product issues and safety hazards

    2. Confidential documentation sent by the product safety manager to outside counsel*

    3. Product research, design, and development log books with any accompanying informal notes

    4. A memorandum prepared by the design engineer that was sent to the product safety manager