EHS Professional – February 9, 2023

Thursday, February 9, 2023

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From ASHM to CSHM – Build Your ESH Career

With graduation from an IHMM-approved college or university you became an Associate Safety and Health Manager [ASHM]. The next step is to become a Certified Safety and Health Manager [CSHM].

IHMM’s Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM®) credential recognizes environmental, health and safety managers who have a mastery of OSHA regulations and industry standards as well as exceptional management skills. The holder of this credential manages for worker and workplace safety. As a health and safety manager, you are focused on the safety of your employees and workplace. Now you can be recognized for your commitment with a CSHM® credential.

IHMM Credential Recognition

Below you will see the 4 EHS credential badges that are now in each CSHM, CSMP, ASHM, and Student ASHM certificant’s MYIHMM account. Every IHMM certificant may use these badges, linked as those below are to their IHMM credential page, for their email signatures, business cards, and other social media applications. You’re justifiably proud of the accomplishment of having earned your credential and you can show the rest of the world. Simply right-click on the badge of choice, then save as to your computer, and then load it to wherever you want to use it and please link that back to

IHMM Certificant Recognition

IHMM has completed inserting new credential badges in every certificant’s MYIHMM account. Everyone may access those badges for use in their email signatures, LinkedIn accounts, and other social media and communications media.  With a link from your credential badge to the IHMM website [see above] you can not only stand out as an IHMM-certified professional, you can also promote IHMM credentials to others. Right-click on the badge of choice, save as to your computer, then load it to whatever medium you choose.

Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts are also now placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.

IHMM has also added Distinguished Diplomates and Fellows of the Institute badges to the appropriate people in the MYIHMM database. These two badges will be accompanied by new lapel pins to be sent to each of those distinguished by holding these designations.

IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 85 countries around the world.

IHMM In-Person or Remotely Proctored Exams

The American National Standards Institute [ANSI] has approved Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for IHMM’s CHMM, CHMP, CDGP, CSHM and CSMP exams.

76% of Kryterion in-person testing centers have reopened. If you prefer the comfort and convenience of taking your exam from your home or office instead of at a Kryterion center, IHMM is ready to enroll you in a remotely proctored examination.

Please contact either Kortney Tunstall at [email protected] for the CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] for the CSHM or CSMP exams.

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Marshall University Joins IHMM ASHM Program

Jan Rosenberg, CSHM, and Chair of the IHMM Associate Safety and Health Manager Committee [ASHM] is pleased to announce that Marshall University of Huntington, West Virginia, has been approved to join the IHMM ASHM program with its B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health.

IHMM’s Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM®) credential recognizes professionals who are recent Bachelor’s degree graduates with a focus in health and safety-related fields. This credential puts the holder on the fast-track to the CSHM credential.

Marshall University is the 42nd college or university to join the IHMM ASHM program and work with us to spread the news about the tremendous benefits of IHMM certifications to recent graduates of colleges and universities. Marshall University is a public comprehensive university with a rich history as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Virginia. Founded in 1837 and named after Chief Justice John Marshall, definer of the Constitution, Marshall University advances the public good through innovative, accredited educational programs.

Welcome Marshall University – Go Herd!

US Department of Labor reminds certain employers to submit required 2022 injury and illness data by March 2, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers that the agency is collecting calendar year 2022 Form 300A data. Employers must submit the form electronically by March 2, 2023.

Establishments under Federal OSHA jurisdiction can use the ITA Coverage Application to determine if they are required to electronically report their injury and illness information to OSHA. Establishments under State Plan jurisdiction should contact their State Plan.

Employers must connect their Injury Tracking Account to a account to submit their 2022 workplace injury and illness data. Watch the video to learn how.

Earn a Challenge Coin

Workers are an important resource for identifying workplace hazards and implementing changes. Safety reporting systems allow ideas and suggestions for improving safety to be captured.

Take the Speak Up for Safety Challenge! Review your safety reports with a team to find common themes and opportunities to improve your overall workplace safety and health performance.

Complete the challenge and earn your virtual challenge coin! Then, share the results in your workplace and on social media to show how you encourage workers to #SpeakUpForSafety to be #SafeAndSoundAtWork.

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What Do Employee Benefits Plans Look Like in 2023

A new IBI study finds that the pandemic was the push needed for leaders at many companies to approve benefits that might have stalled in the past.

Employee benefits and programs changed very quickly in reaction to the pandemic. Benefits were added that specifically addressed the current needs. Now two years after the start of the pandemic, companies are again adjusting benefit plans.

IBI (Integrated Benefits Institute) recently released a report “Benefit Design and Workplace Policy” after surveying employers in the U.S. to see what the benefits landscape looks like today.

In reaction to the pandemic 40% of the companies made changes to their benefits plans. Click the link for a comparison, from the survey of some benefits that were added and current benefits that were taken away.

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Three Contractors Cited Following Worker Death After 12-Foot Fall

Each contractor faces at least one serious citation.

Three contractors are facing citations after an incident that led to the death of a 31-year-old employee.

In August 2022, the employee, working for Big Hammer LLC, died at the hospital after falling 12 feet and becoming injured, according to a news release. OSHA cited three contractors after the incident: Mad Dog Design and Construction Company Inc., the primary contractor, and Forgotten Coast Crane Service Inc. and Big Hammer, both subcontractors.

Mad Dog Design and Construction Company was issued a serious violation and $6,250 in proposed penalties because workers did not have fall protection systems while “on the top plates of the walls and rood truss components,” the agency said.

Forgotten Coast Crane Service’s two serious violations were issued because custom-made hooks were not proof-tested and communication stopped between the crane operator and hand signal person, per the citations. In total, the company now faces proposed penalties of $8,037.

OSHA cited Big Hammer for violations for a lack of fall protection systems, incorrectly “stored, handled and installed” trusses and “allow[ing] unqualified employees to perform hand signal activities for crane operations,” per the agency, which proposed $25,001 in penalties.

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(Corrected) Danger in Stock: Department of Labor Finds Columbus, Ohio, Dollar Tree Store Endangering Workers; As Company’s History of Violations Continues

OSHA issues $294K in penalties for exposing 10 employees to safety hazards

A complaint of unsafe work conditions brought federal safety inspectors to a Columbus, Ohio, Dollar Tree store where their findings – employees exposed fire hazards and in danger of unsafely stored and stacked boxes of merchandise falling on them – mirror those violations identified at many other U.S. locations operated by one of the nation’s largest discount retailers.

As of January 2023, there are 70 inspections by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration open at 70 Dollar Tree Inc. locations nationwide. The violations found in Columbus in August 2022 continue the company’s lengthy history of workplace safety failures. Since 2017, federal and state OSHA programs have identified more than 300 violations in more than 500 inspections at the company’s Dollar Tree and Family Dollar locations.

In many instances, OSHA inspectors typically discover exit routes, fire extinguishers and electrical panels dangerously obstructed or blocked; unsafe walking-working areas; and merchandise stacked unsafely at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores.

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Four Steps to Stay Safe and Operational During the Winter

In preparing for a major winter storm, the key areas to focus on are human safety, facility limitations, and transportation and utility restrictions.

The impacts from cold weather events will vary greatly depending on where your business is located and how frequently you experience below-freezing temperatures. But whether you begin to see negative effects at 32°F or 10°F, extreme temperatures create operational difficulties, safety concerns and financial losses for businesses in the cold season.

Winter weather can also present difficulties in forecasting, not only because episodes of cold temperatures can cover large areas, but also because precipitation, and the form it takes, is very sensitive. Precipitation can take the form of rain, sleet, freezing rain or snow, and the conditions in which these form can create dangerous ice. All of these are dependent on temperature, which itself can fluctuate depending on the level of cloud cover, speed or direction of wind and humidity in the atmosphere.

This volatility in precipitation contributes to the uncertainty surrounding an upcoming cold front, making it hard to get advanced forecasts of the kind of precipitation to expect. Even though a major cold event can be identified seven to 10 days in advance, it’s not until one or two days before impact that the track, timing and strength of the cold front can be confirmed.

Every year, in anticipation of an upcoming cold season, businesses should develop a Winter Weather Response Plan that outlines what areas of a business are at risk from individual weather elements. Read more for four steps to prepare for, and safely mitigate, the operational impacts of severe winter events.

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How To Manage the Health and Safety of Your Remote Workers

Policies, support services and trust are just a few ways to support remote workers.

As more and more businesses move to remote work, employers must ensure their remote workers remain safe and healthy. This can be a daunting task for any business owner or manager, but with the right strategies in place, you can easily manage your remote staff’s health and safety.

In this article, we will discuss key strategies managers should consider when managing the health and safety of their remote employees. We’ll look at how to create policies, provide support services, set up effective communication channels, develop trust between team members, and use technology to monitor employee well-being.

By taking all of these steps into consideration when creating a plan to keep your remote workers safe and healthy, you can rest assured knowing that your team is taken care of no matter where they are working.

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Trucker access to parking and rest facilities part of supply chain bill

Measures for expanded access to parking and rest facilities are included in recently proposed bipartisan legislation aimed at revamping the interstate trucking supply chain system.

Introduced Jan. 24 by Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Jim Costa (D-CA), the Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking Act (H.R. 471) would permit the transportation secretary to issue grants for projects that provide truck parking. Those grants would total $175 million in fiscal year 2023 and a combined $580 million over the next three fiscal years.

In step with a Senate bill (S. 5169) introduced in the previous Congress, entities eligible for grants would be:

  • States
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Local governments
  • Agencies of states or local governments “carrying out responsibilities relating to commercial motor vehicle parking”
  • Tribal governments or a consortium of tribal governments
  • Multistate or multijurisdictional groups

Grantees would be permitted to partner with private entities “to carry out an eligible project.” Projects may include those that:

  • Build rest areas that include truck parking.
  • Open existing weigh stations, rest areas and park-and-ride facilities to truck parking

Further, the legislation would require the transportation secretary to consult with state departments of transportation, private providers of truck parking, and other bodies to prepare a report that “evaluates the availability of adequate parking and rest facilities” for trucks in interstate transportation and updates the progress on providing such spaces.

In a press release, the Shippers Coalition praises the legislation for “lessening burdens on truck drivers.”

A lack of safe places for truckers to park ranked third on the American Transportation Research Institute’s list of top trucking industry concerns, released in October.

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Coastal Maine Gourmet Market Pays $51K to Resolve ‘Preventable’ wage, Child Labor Violations After Department of Labor Investigation

Managers shared in tip pool; minors worked excess hours, with dangerous equipment

A federal investigation recovered $36,106 in back wages and liquidated damages from a Cape Elizabeth, Maine, café, bakery and market for 86 employees after finding the employer denied some workers their full wages and allowed minor-aged workers to perform hazardous jobs and work more hours than allowed by law.

U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found C Salt Gourmet Market LLC improperly included managers in the employees’ tip pool and did not pay two workers proper overtime for hours over 40 in a workweek. An employer cannot keep employees’ tips under any circumstances; managers and supervisors also may not keep tips received by employees, including through tip pools. This prohibition applies even if tipped workers are paid hourly at rates equal to or above the full minimum wage.

Investigators also found the employer permitted 10 workers, ages 14- and 15-years-old, to work hours in excess of the federal legal limits. The employer also allowed three 14- and 15-year-olds to use an oven and a 15-year-old to use a deep-fat fryer not equipped with devices to automatically raise and lower the fry baskets, which are violations of child labor occupations standards. In addition, three 14- and 15-year-olds cleaned and operated a power-driven meat slicer – activity prohibited for workers under age 18 by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Hazardous Occupation orders.

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The Dangers of the Cold: Different Types of Cold-Related Illnesses

As workers are exposed to the cold, they can be at risk for cold-related illnesses.

Although this past December was warmer than many other Decembers, winter is not over yet.

Many states across the country may still encounter cold temperatures throughout the next two months. Employers and employees exposed to cold conditions will need to take extra caution to protect themselves from cold-related illnesses. Read more for just a few to know about and prepare for, according to OSHA and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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Regulatory Update: Dollar Store Safety Fines Hit $15 Million

In the past 11 months, OSHA inspections at 19 stores in Alabama, Florida and Georgia have identified dozens of similar violations.

Safety violations keep racking up for Dollar General Corp.

Based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC operate about 18,000 stores and 17 distribution centers in 47 states and employ more than 150,000 workers.

Just weeks after being cited with federal safety violations, the company has been charged with exposing workers to unsafe conditions, at two store locations in Florida and another in Alabama.

On June 26, 2022, OSHA inspectors found stores in Middleburg and Green Cove Springs, Florida, had merchandise blocking exit routes, exposing workers to fire and entrapment hazards. OSHA issued citations for two repeat violations, with $196,438 in proposed penalties.

Less than a month later – on July 13, 2022 – OSHA inspectors again found merchandise blocking exit routes at a Dollar General store, this time in Double Springs, Alabama. They found the company allowed boxes and merchandise to be stockpiled in an unstable manner, exposing workers to struck-by hazards. OSHA issued citations for two repeat violations, with $205,117 in proposed penalties.

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‘Apprentices Are Safer,’ Study of  Workers’ Comp Claims Finds

Apprenticeship programs can help reduce on-the-job injuries, according to the results of a study from a Washington State Department of Labor & Industries research program.

Researchers with the Washington state Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention Program (SHARP) analyzed registered apprenticeship data from the state with that of workers’ compensation claims of more than 4,000 journey-level plumbers.

Findings show that from 2000 to 2018, claim rates were 31% lower for the plumbers who completed apprenticeship training.

Among the claims of individuals who completed apprenticeship programs, 1.7% involved 31-100 lost workdays. That’s compared with 2.7% of the claims of those with some apprenticeship participation and 4.6% of those with none.

In a press release, lead study author and SHARP epidemiologist Sara Wuellner noted that although the study spotlights plumbers, various elements of apprenticeship translate across industries. These include on-the-job training, mentorship and classroom instruction.

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Ways Employers Can Help Stressed Employees

With many employees reporting stress, employers need to know how they can help.

Stress is an unfortunately-all-too-common emotion for many people. Daily life and responsibilities carry their own stresses, but so can work.

In 2021, according to Gallup, workplace stress across the world rose to the highest it’s been in 12 years. Over two in five respondents (44 percent) said they were stressed “a lot of the day yesterday.” In the U.S., that number was 50 percent. In a report from StrongArm Technologies, 47 percent of respondents, who worked in the construction, manufacturing and warehouse and transport industries, said they were “stressed at their current jobs.”

Is there a role that employers can play to help with employee stress? The answer is a simple yes. Organizations and agencies like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and OSHA provide multiple resources and tips to help employers do just this.

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Deadly Mix: Federal Workplace Safety Investigations Find Severe Injuries, Fatality Caused By Steam Explosions at 2 Ohio Companies

With proper training, people working in metal casting facilities know that mixing water and molten material can be a serious, if not deadly mistake, as tragic incidents at two Ohio companies in 2022 showed.

On July 10, the combination of water with tons of superheated material spilling onto a foundry floor caused a steam explosion that severely injured a supervisor at Globe Metallurgical in Waterford. Investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined the company failed to use required containment measures and did not provide workers responding to the spill with personal protective equipment.

OSHA learned employees were pouring molten material into a large ladle for cast forms when the material burned through the bottom of the ladle and about 8,000 pounds of molten material – heated to nearly 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit – spilled. Employees responded by spraying water on the spill and using a forklift to try to break up the material when an explosion occurred, which caused the supervisor to suffer third-degree burns.

The agency issued a citation to Globe Metallurgical Inc., one of the nation’s largest ferroalloy manufacturers, for one willful violation of the general duty clause for its failure to provide a safe working environment, and three serious safety violations. Inspectors identified the company’s failure to develop containment measures for molten materials, its lack of adequate personal protective equipment and its failure to train workers on its use. OSHA has proposed penalties of $188,533.

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2023 IHMM Certificant Survey

This is our 2023 IHMM certificant survey. Your feedback allows us to gather broad based information about the needs and preferences of our certificants that leads to improving our services and credentials.

Please take a few minutes and answer the 19 questions posed in this survey and help us improve our services.

Take the short survey here.

IHMM Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist® [CPPS®] Credential

Dan Blankfeld, CSHM, CSMP, Chair of the Microcredential Task Force, is pleased to announce the release of the IHMM Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS] credential blueprint. The Task Force received more than 200 suggestions for microcredentials that could be used in conjunction with existing IHMM credentials to add depth to specific knowledge and experience areas. Microcredentials are short, focused credentials designed to provide in-demand skills, know-how and experience.

Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist® (CPPS®) Microcredential holder is first a CHMM or CSHM credentialed professional who has demonstrated, through education, experience, and examination, the ability to identify and assess the risks associated with pathogens and their effect on public health, commerce, industry, and/or government operation. The focus of the CPPS microcredential is to: assess and provide guidance concerning the preparedness levels of different entities, and develop and implement risk-reduction strategies.

The Task Force is making progress on the construction of the CPPS examination at this writing. We look forward to the completion of the examination and launch of the credential to the IHMM community and then begin working with federal officials from the CDC, NIH, and White House Pandemic Innovation Task Force on being better prepared for the next pandemic. Read the March, 2022 release from the White House here.

The new CPPS credential blueprint is found here.

Top 4 Projects in February, 2023
  • NY Department of Labor rulemaking concerning the recognition of the CSHM and CSMP
  • Work with Eric Vega in Puerto Rico concerning credential recognition
  • Review of the Governor of Nevada’s Executive Order concerning licensing boards and potential for recognition of the CHMM
  • Scheduling meetings with the Maryland Congressional delegation concerning the Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS] credential

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. The 45 in 5 Project is for ALL IHMM credentials. This summer we have worked on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers health and safety manual that recognizes the CSHM and CSMP credentials. We are working with a CSHM in New York on their Department of Labor recognizing the CSHM.

  • 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
Learn more about the AHMP-IHMM 45 in 5 Project here

OSHA’s FY 2023 Outreach Initiatives

As part of our efforts to keep you informed of OSHA’s activities, we have attached a document that summarizes OSHA’s outreach initiatives for FY 2023.  It includes a summary of key national initiatives, a listing of priority industries/topics, and a calendar of key dates. Please note: As we receive new/updated information about events, we will share it with you.

We hope this document will be a helpful tool as we continue to work together to support OSHA’s outreach initiatives.

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IHMM CSHMⓇ 2022 Salary Survey

IHMM is pleased to release its 2022 salary survey for Certified Safety and Health Managers Ⓡ [CSHMⓇ] across a broad range of position titles in the CSHMⓇ community of practice.

You may download the CSHM survey here.

IHMM  – 26 Fellows Are Mentors 

IHMM Fellows Committee Chair Atanu Das, CHMM, is leading the effort within the IHMM Collaboration networking platform to provide instruction to the more than 75 IHMM Fellows in becoming mentors.

Given the extraordinary experience Fellows have, this is a unique opportunity for IHMM Fellows to help guide more recent certificants in their professional development activities.

IHMM’s Collaboration platform contains a “Mentor Match” module [see below at right] that allows mentors to signup designating the hours, number of mentees, subject areas, and length of time they wish to mentor – as well as allowing mentees to signup requesting assistance in specified areas. The mentor match module does the rest by matching mentors and mentees.

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IHMM Recertification Videos

IHMM is pleased to release two YouTube instructional videos about navigating the IHMM recertification process. These step-by-step videos easily enable IHMM certificants to start and complete a recertification application.

While the full recertification cycle is 5 years, IHMM encourages all certificants to start a recertification application and add certification maintenance points as they are earned to make the final submission quick and easy to accomplish.

  • Every CSHM and CSMP should start a recertification application now.
  • Even if your recertification is years away, starting an application now and adding your accumulated points enables you to see where you are all the time and it makes it very easy when you have to file your application

IHMM Scholarship Program

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management is pleased to have created $32,000 in academic scholarships, divided equally between $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student CHMMs, and $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student ASHMs.

IHMM seeks to foster the growth and academic success of students whose courses of education, and participation in one of our Student certifications, will lead to those students becoming fully-certified IHMM credential holders later in their professional lives.  The first two IHMM Scholarships were awarded before Thanksgiving to Thomas Gerding, Student ASHM, and Ryan Bellacov, Student CHMM! Congratulations to Thomas and Ryan for being our first scholarship award winners.

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Retiring? IHMM Invites You to Become an Emeritus

You may have decided, after a long and successful career, to retire from active daily duty. Congratulations. That doesn’t mean you have to completely disengage from your profession. IHMM is pleased to offer Emeritus status to all certificants who will no longer be actively engaged in their communities of practice but who still want to stay in touch. Please let us know when you’re approaching that decision and we will assist you in the credential transition.

Please contact Margaret Toscano at [email protected] and she’ll be happy to help you.


Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins

The Pandemic Is Dead! Long Live the Pandemic! This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to immediately end the COVID-19 national emergency, as well as a bill to end the COVID-19 public health emergency. Of course, these measures won’t go anywhere in the U.S. Senate. Perhaps the bigger story, though, was the White House’s statement in opposition to both measures, noting, “the Administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date.”

The administration’s plans to end the emergency actions is interesting to the Buzz, in part because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is about to finalize a permanent COVID-19 standard in healthcare settings. (The standard has been awaiting final approval by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs [OIRA] since December 7, 2022.) From a political optics standpoint, planning to terminate the two pandemic emergencies while moving forward with a pandemic workplace safety standard seems a bit of a contradiction. Of course, an active national emergency is not a prerequisite for OSHA’s rulemaking, but the two matters could create some political dissonance for the administration. The Buzz will be watching to see how this all shakes out.

OSHA Issues New Enforcement Guidance. While OSHA waits for OIRA to finalize its review of the final healthcare COVID-19 standard, it is wasting no time in stepping up its enforcement efforts. Late last week, OSHA announced that it would expand the application of “instance-by-instance” citations, currently limited to egregious willful citations, to include “citations for high-gravity serious violations of OSHA standards specific to falls, trenching, machine guarding, respiratory protection, permit required confined spaces, lockout tagout, and other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards specific to recordkeeping.” The policy goes into effect on March 27, 2023. John D. Surma has all the details on this new policy and what it means for employers.

FTC Noncompete Update. This week, a group of one hundred trade associations sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting a sixty-day extension of the public comment deadline (currently set for March 20, 2023) for the FTC’s proposed rule that would prohibit most noncompete agreements between employers and workers. The letter notes that the business community needs more time to properly assess the sweeping scope of the proposal. The Buzz will be monitoring the FTC’s response.

EEOC Holds Hearing on AI in Workplace. On January 31, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a hearing, titled, “Navigating Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems: A New Civil Rights Frontier.” As the Buzz noted several weeks ago, the Commission has included potential discrimination involved with the use of automated systems and artificial intelligence (AI) as key priorities in its draft strategic enforcement plan. At this week’s hearing, business advocates touted the benefits of AI and automated systems, such as their potential to improve efficiency and reduce unconscious bias in workplace decisions. Some witnesses viewed state and local attempts to regulate in the area as potentially useful ways to test what works and what doesn’t, while others cautioned against a rise of patchwork requirements across jurisdictions. Recommendations for potential guardrails on the use of such systems included a disclosure regime by which employers would be required to provide employees and applicants with notice that they have been subject to AI and automated systems in the workplace. Requiring validation of algorithmic decision-making tools prior to their use was another theme. Jesse R. Dill and Simone R. D. Francis have the details.

Even if the EEOC is interested in regulating in this space, there are two important things to keep in mind. First, any action by the EEOC will likely have to wait for the current 2–2 Democratic/Republican deadlock on the Commission to break—perhaps with the confirmation of nominee Kalpana Kotagal. Second, while the Commission has the authority to issue rules under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Commission lacks the power to promulgate regulations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Thus, the Commission’s ability to regulate in this space is limited.

NLRB Election Proposal Moves Forward. February 2, 2023, was the deadline for the regulated community to submit comments in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) so-called “Fair Choice and Employee Voice” proposal. Among the groups filing comments was the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, which asked the Board to withdraw the proposal because “[a]ll three proposed Rules would undo important improvements and clarifications to the Board’s representation case practices and procedures, imperil employees’ right of free choice in representational matters, and disrupt the Board’s current representation processes.” Issuance of a final rule is not expected for at least several months.



The graphic to the left illustrates the relationship between IHMM and HMS. IHMM formed HMS to serve IHMM’s certificants. IHMM offers a variety of professional credentials and HMS creates education and training programs to serve the applicants and certificants of those credentials.

Easily Find Courses to Help You Pass IHMM Credential Exams

This week we add the Federation of Environmental Technologists [FET] EHMM course to the CHMM examination preparation schedule. FET is the CHMM chapter in Wisconsin and IHMM is proud to support them and help to promote their EHMM offering to IHMM’s CHMM applicants.
CDGP® Prep Course
  1. CE-1112: CDGP® Exam Prep – Columbia Southern University – Available On Demand
CHMM® Prep Courses
  1. Daily – CHMM® Online Review – Bowen
  2. Daily – CHMM® Prep Course – Institute of Safety & Systems Management
  3. Daily –Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM®) Exam Prep – SPAN Exam Prep, Division of ClickSafety
  4. February 7-8, 2023 – CHMM® Examination Prep Course – Online – PTP Consulting
CSHM® Prep Courses
  1. Certified Safety and Health Manager® (CSHM®) Exam Preparation Course – VUBIZ – Available on Demand

CHEMTREC, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

CHEMTREC, an HMS training partner, has had 6 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee, chaired by Diana Lundelius. Thank you CHEMTREC, and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.

DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrecOnline
DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrecOnline
DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training CourseChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for OperationsChemtrecOnline
Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrecOnline

Bowen EHS, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

Bowen EHS, an HMS training partner, has had 4 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee, chaired by Diana Lundelius. Thank you Bowen EHS and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.

Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.

DailyEPCRA Tier II ReportingBowen EHSOnline
DailyCHMM Online ReviewBowen EHSOnline
DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHSOnline
DailyAcute Toluene Exposure WebinarBowen EHSOnline

Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.

IHMM and HMS Tie Exam Preparation Together for Applicants

Every IHMM certification that requires an examination has a section of its website entitled Examination Preparation.

Connected to the Examination Preparation panel is a companion panel that is Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam.

You see the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel from the CHMM site at left.

When you click on the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel it takes the applicant directly to the HMS site where all CHMM prep courses may be found and chosen.

For the 397 CHMM applicants IHMM had on August 31, 2022, all 397 looking for CHMM prep courses could see and chose their favored CHMM exam prep course. If your course is not on the HMS platform, none of the 397 CHMM applicants could find you.

If you want your CHMM prep course on the HMS platform so it can be found by IHMM CHMM applicants, contact Gene Guilford at [email protected]

HMS Makes Finding Courses to Earn CMPs Easy

Every year more than 1,600 IHMM certificants have to recertify their credentials, evidenced their continuing commitment to improvement and learning to elevate their professional credential.

Earning Certification Maintenance Points [CMPs] is illustrated under Recertification of Your Credential, that includes the Recertification Claims Manual – Appendix A, that details all of the ways a certificant may earn CMPs >

Having mastered that manual, how does an IHMM certificant find courses to earn CMPs?

HMS has made that simple and easy.

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down until you see a row of buttons…click on the CMPs button

The system will then generate all of the courses on the HMS E&T platform with IHMM CMPs already attached.

The next developments by the HMS E&T committee will refine available courses’ CMPs by individual credential!

RCM&D Professional Liability Insurance

HMS is proud to have partnered with RCM&D to be able to offer an outstanding comprehensive professional liability insurance program to IHMM certificants. Here, you will find information about this important program offering Environmental Consultants and Engineers Professional Liability coverage. This coverage is intended to add protection for loss stemming from actual or alleged negligent acts, errors and omissions in performing professional services.

For more information see >

Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society

99% of IHMM certificants are aware of the Hazardous Materials Society, which we appreciate. IHMM established the Hazardous Materials Society in order to support and provide services to IHMM certificants.

Did You Know?

Your company’s membership dues for Associate Membership in the Hazardous Materials Society (HMS) are 100% tax-deductible and your participation directly supports scholarship and education/training opportunities for professionals working in hazmat and EHS. Joining as an Associate Member expresses your commitment and your company’s leadership in giving back to our professional community. Join today to claim your tax deduction for the 2020 tax year while expressing your company’s professional affiliation and accessing tools for your marketing and business development plans.

To learn more about what HMS is doing now and what they are planning for the future, please see the new Member Benefits page here.

Donate to HMS

One of the most important projects of the Hazardous Materials Society is our Scholarship Program.

HMS wants to make it as easy as possible for those who cannot always afford to participate in pursuing certification, or keeping up with professional development, or attending great conferences and receiving outstanding training. HMS does not solicit contributions from the general public. HMS does ask IHMM’s certificants and their companies and our education and training vendors to consider a contribution.

Here, through your generosity, you can make a difference in promoting the ability of those who can afford it least to become participants in our communities of practice.

It’s never too late to make a difference, so don’t let this opportunity to make a difference pass you by. Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $250, $500 or what you can to help build HMS’s effort to help others in our communities of practice.

Applications for the 2023 HMS Scholarship Awards Now Open

The HMS scholarship award is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students whose academic program and research studies have the potential to address the most serious issues in handling hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environmental issues, health & safety challenges. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited U.S. academic institutions.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS IS December 1, 2023. All submissions and associated materials must be submitted using the online form.

Scholarship Winners Will Be Announced at the HMS Annual Meeting.

For More Information, Visit >

There are 841 different conversations going on in the IHMM/HMS Collaboration platform this week.

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. Do you have a problem you need to solve and want the opinions of your colleagues? This is where we come together to help each other.

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.

We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here.

Access to COLLABORATION is through the same username/password you use to access your MYIHMM account. Having a problem? Contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]

Columbia Southern University

The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] is a partner of Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.

Click on the CSU graphic at left and learn more about the professional development and degree program opportunities at CSU.


IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2023, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2023.

Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know! Send an email to [email protected] and tell us what conferences we should attend.

Ohio Safety Congress and Expo

Greater Columbus Convention Center

March 8-10, 2023

ASSP Greater San Jose and San Francisco Chapters Safety Symposium

San Ramon Marriott – Thank you Bart Miller for leading this effort

March 9, 2023

COSTHA Annual Forum and Expo

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Convention Center

April 30-May 24, 2023

AIHce EXP 2023

Phoenix Convention Center

May 22-24, 2023

ASSP Safety Conference and Exposition

San Antonio, TX

June 5-7, 2023

AHMP 36th Annual Conference

Omaha, NE

August 27-30, 2023

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

New Orleans, LA

October 23-25, 2023


IHMM has a companion organization for which education and training programs are presented and delivered.  The Hazardous Materials Society education and training website can be found here.

DateEventEvent ProducerLocation
DailyCHMM Exam Prep CourseInstitute of Safety & Systems Management


DailyCE 1112- IHMM CDGP Exam Prep (online) Columbia Southern University


DailyCE 1102- Industrial Hygiene for Safety Professionals (online) Columbia Southern University


DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University


DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates


DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER Refresher (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School


DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School


DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School


DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School


DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen


DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School


DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI


DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyCSMP Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec


DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec


DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrec


DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec


Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec


DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School


DailyEPCRA Tier II ReportingBowen EHS


DailyEHS Training Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyBasic Principles of Occupational HygieneAIHA



Certificate Program: Use of Direct Reading Instruments




How to Develop Creative Narrative for Better Training and Retention (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




Electrical Safe Work Practices With Application of NFPA 70E PDC Recording




Is Your Safety Training Good Enough? (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




All About Leading, Lagging, and Predictive Indicators (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




Elevating EHS Leading Indicators: From Defining to Designing Webinar Recording




Increasing Risk Awareness and Leveraging Risk Management to Catalyze a Culture of Learning and Health (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




Emergency Preparedness: Is the Workplace Truly Prepared for Emergencies? (AIHce EXP 2022 OnDemand)




Mitigation Through Decontamination PDC Recording




SDS & Label Authoring Course




Empowering Industrial Hygienists With Systems Thinking for ISO 45001 Webinar Recording




ISO 45001 OHSMS Update and Overview Webinar Recording




Fire and Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries PDC Recording




Decision Making in Managing Risk – Expand Context, Strengthen Skills PDC Recording




Risk Assessment Virtual Conference Recordings (2021): Introduction to Risk Assessment




Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene




Response Considerations During an Outbreak or Pandemic

FEMA           Online

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness Course

FEMA           Online

RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Online

Lion Tech



RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher

Lion Tech


Dec 18-19, 2023 [Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)Lion Tech


Jan 4, 2024Innovative Approaches to Hands-On Fire Extinguisher Training: Unveiling the Digital AdvantageNational Safety Council


Jan 8-Apr 8, 2024Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management [EHMM] CourseFET, Inc


Jan 11, 2024Top 10 OSHA Injury Recordkeeping Challenges: Common Questions about the OSHA 300 LogNational Safety Council


Jan 15-17, 2024Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management [EHMM] CourseAHMP Cyber Chapter


Feb 1, 2024How to Understand & Apply ANSI Hand Safety StandardsNational Safety Council


Mar 4-6, 2024

Lithium Battery Logistics Safety Management (LIVE virtual classroom)




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