Federal agencies seeking qualified personnel to fulfill their needs are also turning to professionals with the CHMM certification. The US Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine recognizes the CHMM as a USACHPPM Professional Certification. The Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, requires a CHMM for many of its hydroelectric dam construction and operational personnel. The US National Park Service requires supervision by a CHMM in many of their requests for proposal. Contracts that include the CHMM credential have also been issued by the US Air Force, the US EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the FDIC, and other Federal and state agencies.
The IHMM CHMM is an Environmental Professional under 40 CFR § 312.10 Definitions
Under federal regulation 40 CFR § 312.10 Definitions, the US EPA constructed an objective standard for evaluating private certifications against the elements of what is defined as an “Environmental Professional.” IHMM provides this crosswalk between the contents of the CHMM credential and the elements of the definition of an Environmental Professional under 40 CFR § 312.10 Definitions, in which the CHMM with 5 or more years of experience either meets or exceeds the regulatory definition. The crosswalk is seen here.
U.S. Small Business Administration Recognizes the IHMM CHMM
SBA’s environmental policies and procedures apply to all SBA Lenders on all 7(a) and 504 loan programs, except where otherwise indicated. For 7(a) loans, failure to comply with the provisions of this paragraph may result in a denial of SBA’s guaranty. Prudent lending practices may dictate additional Environmental Investigations or safeguards. These policies are embodied in SBA SOP 50 10 6, Lender and Development Company Loan Program.
Appendix 4 of the SBA SOP requires that an “Environmental Professional,” as defined by 40 CFR §312.10, perform the Phase 1 or Phase II environmental assessments that may be required prior to closing an SBA-backed loan.
As everyone knows, the “Environmental Professional” definition under 40 CFR §312.10 includes the IHMM CHMM.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recognizes IHMM CSHM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Safety and Health Requirements Manual (EM 385-1-1) is the gold standard for Safety and Occupational Health regulations. The manual holds a long history dating back to 1941 and is designed to facilitate the standardization of all safety programs. The EM 385-1-1 prescribes the safety and health requirements for all Corps of Engineers activities and operations. The USACE is soliciting comments on the proposed revisions to EM 385-1-1. USACE intends to update the manual and periodically thereafter, to reflect such public input, experience, and innovation. The agency will address significant comments received in the next revision of this manual.
USACE EM 385-1-1 is undergoing revisions and recognizes the IHMM Certified Safety and Health Manager [CSHM] credential.
IHMM is submitting comments to the proposed revisions to the EM 385-1-1 to also include the CSMP and CHMM credentials. Comments are due by June 13, 2022 and you will find IHMM’s comments here.