You’ve learned some special skills while serving our country. As you consider your options after the service, now is the time to consider a private certification that respects your skills and sends a strong signal to private sector employers about the skills you have and how those skills translate into civilian life.IHMM participates in the military service branch’s Credential Online [COOL] program to help you. Check these DoD sites for your branch and how we can work with you to make the very most of your transition to civilian life. Visit these sites for more information that benefits You. You earned it.
If you require any assistance from IHMM please contact James E. Drosdak [USAF] at firstname.lastname@example.org
EHS Professional is an on-line publication of IHMM
IHMM now has over 600 people in the process of taking one of its credential examinations, complicated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
To protect the health and safety of test candidates, proctors, and staff during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the owners of the testing centers listed in the spreadsheet (accessed via the link below) have decided to close temporarily – though 55% of onsite Kryterion centers are now currently open.
IHMM offers online live proctored exams via Kryterion. Kryterion’s online-proctoring (OLP) solution is not affected by COVID-19 and can be a suitable testing alternative to taking exams at a test center. The IHMM Candidate Handbook explains what you need to do if you choose to take the exam via remote online live proctored. OLP test candidates can take their exams online at home or in their employer’s office. Kryterion’s OLP proctors monitor tests around the world seven days a week.
EnviroWorkShops Global Summit with IHMM & HMS
You are invited to attend the IHMM Training at the 2020 Global EnviroSummit in Charlotte, NC from September 1-3rd. There are 75 speakers from 6 different continents that are addressing the “Accelerating Trends and Advancing Technologies” in our industry from around the globe.
This will be a “hybrid conference” with both in-person and virtual registration options and it includes 10 different breakout sessions on a range of topics, but our training will focus on the Value of IHMM Credentials. Each virtual breakout session is $49 to attend.
The international speakers from Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australia, Africa, and South America will be streaming on YouTube at 8:15 am EST on September 2nd and there is NO CHARGE for you to register. REGISTER TODAY!
IHMM has presentations on Day 3, September 3rd, on how
We prepare and train professionals to acquire their credentials,
We use advancing technologies to resolve environmental challenges,
We prepare global dangerous goods transportation professionals, and
We work with the government in the United States.
Among our presenters are Robert A. West, former IHMM Chair and current HMS Chair, Rich Cartwright of Clicksafety/SPAN and IHMM Fellow, and Gene Sanders of W.E. Train Consulting. The presentations are followed by a panel discussion moderated by Aaron Stern, with US Geological Survey (USG); joined by Richie Spangler, current IHMM Chair; Sean Grady with GHD; Atanu Das, with MSDSWriter.
Hazardous Materials Society now has 10,528 education and training programs on its website https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/ with more coming every week. Certificants will note that most of these programs carry a CMP value, making it easier to know in advance what to expect.
This is the center of education and training for IHMM certificants and prospective certificants. Among these more than 10.000 programs are webinars delivered online and virtually all carry IHMM CMPs values with them for your annual / 5-year CMP planning.
U.S. Technical Advisory Group [TAG] on ISO 45000
Tom Slavin, CSHM, is our representative on the US technical advisory group (TAG) to ISO 45000. The primary activity of the committee was the development of the ISO 45001 standard on safety and health management systems. That standard activity is quiet now until it comes up for revision/reapproval in a couple of years. In the meantime, there are several other committee activities that we thought you should be aware of:
An implementation guide for ISO 45001 is being developed.
A small business guide for ISO 45001 is being developed.
ISO 45003 on the management of psychosocial stress is under development.
This new activity on safe work in pandemics is being introduced.
SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns is a comprehensive initiative to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations now and in a post-quarantine environment. SAFER was created by the National Safety Council, in partnership with Fortune 500 companies, leading safety organizations and public health experts.
These general and sector-specific playbooks are designed to help America’s employers align worker safety with business objectives, as laid out in the SAFER Framework. These documents were updated June 8 with more fine-tuned language across many of the topic areas, including buildings, facilities and operations, as well as physical distancing. Also included are more detailed recommendations for stress, emotional and mental health, and communication strategies.
COVID-19: Sampling Approaches for Healthy Buildings – Free Webinar
Golder’s EHS Professionals will discuss the various sampling approaches to keeping your buildings healthy in the midst of COVID-19.
Speakers: Adelmarie Bones, Senior Industrial Hygienist Dave Ayriss, Senior Occupational Hygienist and Associate Jason McGonigle, EHS Senior Practice Leader and Principal Moderator – Andreas Wagner, Principal and Practice Leader
Learning Objectives: • Types of sampling available – what is out there, what are the approaches? • Advantages and disadvantages of each sampling technique • How to interpret the data • Limitations of each sampling approach • Other approaches to consider
IHMM & HMS Coronavirus Resources
In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency for the United States.IHMM and HMS’s first concern is with the safety and health of all of us; our staff and families, colleagues, certificants, and members. We will update this page regularly as credible, authoritative information is available. See: https://ihmm.org/coronavirus-resources/
HMS Affinity Programs
Hazardous Materials Society has a series of affinity programs designed to save you money and make your lives a bit easier. Check out
The respected Kaiser Family Foundation recently reported that the cost of family health coverage now exceeds $20,000 a year – a record high cost that is pushing an increasing number of Americans into plans that cover less and cost more or force them out of health insurance altogether.
Haven’t you had enough of the health insurance industry/government exchanges run-around where you have few if any, choices and ever-increasing costs?
HMS has worked with the best people in the health insurance industry to deliver a program exclusively for HMS members that solve this problem. The HMS Health Insurance Program empowers our small to medium-sized businesses with stronger coverage at a lower costthan is found in the ACA commercial marketplaces where you get insurance today.
A Collaborative Culture at IHMM & HMS
A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health, and safety communities of practice. IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.
OSHA National Safety Stand-Down – September 14-18, 2020
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
Learn more about how you can participate in the OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction by going here.
Welcome to Safe + Sound Week August 10-16, 2020
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased by more than 60 percent in the past four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was passed. However, every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 14 per day), and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
Serious job-related injuries or illnesses don’t just hurt workers and their families but can hurt business in a variety of ways. Implementing a safety and health program, however, can improve small- and medium-sized businesses’ safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness.
Safety and health programs help businesses:
Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
Improve compliance with laws and regulations
Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums
Enhance social responsibility goals
Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations
International Overdose Awareness Day: August 31st / From NIOSH
As International Overdose Awareness Dayexternal icon approaches, during a year of interlinked public health crises, NIOSH reflects on the work that has been done and the road ahead in the wake of the nation’s overdose epidemic and the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018, there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths in the United States. Of these deaths, 46,802 deaths, or 69%, were attributed to opioids. From 2012 to 2018, the rate of drug overdose deaths involving psychostimulants such as methamphetamine increased nearly five-fold, and overdose deaths involving cocaine tripled.1 From 2011 to 2016, there was an annual increase of 24% in occupational drug overdose deaths.2 Clinically diagnosed substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, are medical and public health problems that can affect workers and conditions in the workplace. People without formal diagnoses of substance use disorders are also at risk for overdoses.
CHEMTREC’s Online Hazmat Training Meets U.S. DOT Training Requirements!
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IHMM NOW HAS A COMPANION ORGANIZATION FOR WHICH EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE PRESENTED AND DELIVERED. THE CALENDAR IN THIS SPACE FROM THE IHMM WEBSITE IS BEING REPLACED BY THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SOCIETY WEBSITE AND THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING SECTION FOUND HERE: https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/