Charter: The 45 In 5 Task Force is assigned the responsibility to attract IHMM and AHMP volunteers in the various states to encourage states to formally recognize IHMM credentials.

Tina TinchGeorgia

Mark BruceAHMP
LeRoy DemarestDelaware
Cheryl StithCalifornia
Jerome FieldsWashington
Matt PopeTexas
Mike WhiteheadTexas
Jason SchmererFlorida
Gary JohnsonOhio
Robert Wilkinson Tennessee
Cole ThorntonAlabama
Paola NjandjaMaryland
Mike SchultzVirginia
Jessica MorrisonMassachusetts
Marlin DebramalettaSouth Carolina
Philip SimonKansas
Jeff RomineGeorgia
Patrick Hardy California
Samuel FisherMissouri
Tony UlianoWashington
Sean StrongColorado
Willis ButlerTennessee
Michelle PennFlorida
William DiesslinIowa
Karen TrimbergerNorth Carolina
Bryan MalseedMaryland
Ineke AbunwassGeorgia
Kenneth OsborneVirginia
Brad JonesTexas
Melissa A. HamerIndiana
Steven TharpOhio
Mary DudaNebraska
Steven RossNevada
Tim ManchesterTexas
Andrew M. Popovics IVMissouri
Candice SmithOklahoma
Luke von OldenburgGeorgia
Allyson Mari ClarkCalifornia
Jonathan MikiskaMissouri
Chris LeneyTexas
Paul MelilloIndiana
Timothy StirrupNew Mexico
Michelle YoungWest Virginia
Jack E. LeonardIndiana
Eric VegaPuerto Rico
David SmithUtah
Ryan NapierFlorida
Rudy TorresNew York
Henry RiveraNorth Carolina
Mark SandovalIdaho
Kevin BrownNevada
Tony BanksVirginia

IHMM & AHMP Launch 45 in 5 – National Credential Recognition

In 2019 Mark Bruce from AHMP and Gene Guilford from IHMM worked on a project to get the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to recognize the CHMM and CDGT credentials. With Mark’s work on the ground in  Pennsylvania, we succeeded.

  • We have already succeeded in 13 states – New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Arkansas, Oklahoma. Ohio, North Dakota, and Georgia. [Red states in the map above]. These are states where IHMM credentials are cited or 40 CFR 312.10 is cited by reference.
  • We have partially succeeded in another 16 states – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. [Orange/Black Stripe states in the map above] These are states where the requirements of an “environmental professional” or QEP are cited that coincide with an IHMM credential so that relatively little work would need to be done to clarify the desired outcome.
  • We have 21 states where no reference to an IHMM credential is made in either statute or regulation, nor is there anything defined in the area of an environmental professional. These states will require legislation or regulatory work. [Yellow states in the map above].

In January 2021 Mark at AHMP and Gene at IHMM has launched 45 in 5, getting the other 45 states to recognize our credentials in 5 years. If we can find a volunteer like Mark in other states [see above] we can work with those volunteers on crafting the right message to the right agencies in state governments across the country. If we find enough volunteers we can get this done in less than 5 years.

In January 2022 Gene Guilford released the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation that states a private certification that meets or exceeds the requirements of the regulation is an Environmental Professional under the regulation. Here is the crosswalk between the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation and the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] blueprint. The CHMM meets or exceeds the requirements of an Environmental Professional. 

Here’s what we ask each volunteer to do:

  • Watch legislative and regulatory developments in your state that provide an opportunity for us to create amendments or other interventions
  • Be willing to speak with regulators and legislators in your area about the recognition efforts we craft together