IHMM Remotely Proctored Exams Available Now
IHMM is pleased to announce that the American National Standards Institute [ANSI] has approved Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for IHMM’s CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP exams. IHMM has been using the Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for the CSHM and CSMP exams since April of this year.
About 60% 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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IHMM Credential Recognition
Below you will see the 3 EHS credential badges that are now in each CSHM, CSMP, and 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 https://ihmm.org/.
CDC – When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated against #COVID19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance.
Read More > https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
CALL TO ACTION – Representative Spanberger of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District has drafted legislation entitled, H.R. 2171, “Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act.” This legislation expands the provisions of existing law with respect to the allowable uses of Section 529 education tuition accounts.
PLEASE GO HERE TO PARTICIPATE: https://ihmm.org/45-in-5-task-force/
All you have to do is enter your name, address, and zip code and the IHMM VoterVoice system does the rest and automatically sends our message to your Senators and members of the House of Representatives. It’s very easy and matters!
A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future education costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under H.R. 2171 those pursuing or who already have private credentials may use their Section 529 savings for applications, examinations, professional development/certification maintenance points costsrecertification, and so on.
The “Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act” will enable those who seek professional, post-secondary credentials from institutions recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. A copy of the draft legislation is here.
Spanberger co-led the introduction of the legislation alongside U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI-06), Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), and Rob Wittman (R-VA-01). A companion bill in the U.S. Senate is led by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Braun (R-IN).
On-Site Consultation Program
OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services for small and medium-sized business in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories. When employers use consultation services, the employers and their workers experience benefits that include lower injury and illness rates, improved morale, and economic benefits. In fact, the On-Site Consultation Program generates national economic benefits of approximately $1.3 billion per year.
National Safety Council
IHMM is a member of the National Safety Council and is pleased to bring this important information to all of its certificants.
Join a twitter chat hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor on Twitter at @ePolicyWorks. Use #EPWChat to follow along on Tuesday, May 18th at 1:00 p.m. ET A discussion how these innovative organizations successfully engage and support teens. The results of the Twitter chat and the corresponding online dialogue will be used to improve the ways USDOL reaches teens to educate them on their workplace rights and responsibilities.
2021 Job Outlook
Opioids and the Workforce
OSHA standards and the “competent person”
What is hypothenar hammer syndrome?
Selecting Goals for NIOSH Research Proposals
OSHA brings awareness to construction hazards with ‘Prevent Falls in Construction Week’
FDA Policy Supports The Use of Tenney Environmental Chambers to Process N95 Respirators
NIOSH questionnaire aimed at gauging, enhancing worker well-being
May 13 – Metalworking Fumes: Using Filtration to Achieve Safety Compliance
May 13 – Preparing for Summer and Beyond with Mass Notification
May 19 – Accident Investigations: Finding and eliminating root causes
May 20 – Respiratory Protection Program: What OSHA’s Looking for and How to Protect Against New Hazards
May 20 – OH&S Industrial Hygiene Virtual Summit
May 20 – Housekeeping Tips for Your Safety Program
May 26 –Webinar: New Administration, New Changes for OSHA
June 2 – Webinar: OSHA Safety Training – How to Make it Effective
Please join us in participating in Safe + Sound Week from August 9-15, 2021. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August to show your business’s commitment to keep workers safe year-round. Safe + Sound Week is also a time when information and ideas are shared to help get your safety and health program started or improve an existing program.
Download the Save the Date and share that you’ll be participating in Safe + Sound Week on social media using #SafeAndSoundAtAWork.
Registration opens in July and will be announced via IHMM Today and EHS Professional.
Take the Pledge
When management leadership is sincere and is supported by actions, workers know that safety and health are important to business success. Top management can demonstrate its commitment to workplace safety and health in many different ways, such as by developing and communicating a safety pledge. Download A Safety and Health Pledge for Managers template, choose specific actions you will take to support workplace safety and health, and share the pledge with your workers and on social media using #SafeAndSoundAtAWork.
SafetyFOCUS Events Are Now Virtual
Due to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and its cascading effects on safety and health, work, travel, and large gatherings, all SafetyFOCUS events are now virtual. Our hope is that this format will make SafetyFOCUS events more accessible while offering the same networking opportunities and high-quality education you expect from ASSP. IHMM is a member of ASSP and we are pleased to send all IHMM certificants and you may learn more here https://safetyfocus.assp.org/
Safety and Health This Week
9 Tips to Promote Safe + Sound at Virtual Conferences
A Safety and Health Pledge for Managers
New York City Council moves to improve building construction safety
In face of misinformation, public health workers reiterate: COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and key to ending pandemic
Operation Safe Driver Week set for July 11-17
Current Builders Celebrates Construction Safety Week with Focus on Holistic Health for Workers
Why Asbestos Still Threatens Construction Workers’ Health
Is 5G Harmful to People?
Your late night snacking may be hurting your work performance
The Importance of Tepid Water Delivery in Emergency Safety Stations
The Importance of Addressing Workplace Stress
Latest Safety Tips
IHMM & AHMP 45 in 5 Project – National Credential Recognition – 21 States Targeted
On January 25th, we began outlining the strategy to go after the 21 states in yellow, above. Since then we have succeeded in adding Nebraska, Colorado, and California.
This is just the beginning. Here is the present composition of the 45 In 5 Task Force and the states we are focusing on. More people may volunteer anytime! https://ihmm.org/45-in-5-task-force/
- The Washington state group is finalizing a communication to state officials in conjunction with the MTCA regulatory process underway there. Well done Erik Berg, Jerome Fields and the people in Washington state.
- There are 21 states that recognize the CHMM for phase I and phase II site assessments, though the 45 in 5 group is also looking at Small Business Administration [SBA] rules for these assessments to determine what we may need to do to gain SBA recognition as well.
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.
Since the launch, we have added Delaware, Florida, Texas, California, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico as the next places for us to work on with 44 volunteers.
The Task Force meets again in May.
Who Hires CSMPs?
IHMM credentials are known and highly regarded worldwide. Below is the evidence of just a few reasons why IHMM promotion of its credentials – all of them – matters to governments, employers, and the employees who work so hard to acquire our credentials and keep them up-to-date.
ENVIRONMENT & SAFETY RECENT UPDATES
COVID-19’s Implications for OSHA and the NLRA
U.S. Department of Labor to hold meeting to solicit public input
on OSHA whistleblower program
Seeing the Big Picture: Identify Hazards and Assess Risk
OSHA Imposes New Guidance For Employer-Required COVID-19 Vaccines
Oregon OSHA makes rules on masks, distancing permanent – until no longer needed
OSHA Has Failed to Protect Food Workers. Can a New Director Keep Them Safe?
Contractors cited over lack of fall protection
Recent OSHA Update Targets Restaurant Industry
Top 10 Construction Stories This Week: OSHA Enforcement Changes Coming Soon
Proposed Revisions to OSHA Standard Go Far Beyond Alignment with the GHS
Dollar Tree Receives Yet Another Six-Figure OSHA Citation
Ethical Fashion Activists Continue Fighting for Garment Workers’ Safety
Employers Should Prepare for New York’s Most Stringent Workplace Safety Law
Workers at Times Square business say neighborhood isn’t the same, safety a concern
Contractors accused of safety violations at Medford home-building site
Pensions for local public safety employees are skyrocketing
OSHA Prepares New Workforce Safety Standards for COVID-19
NY Hero Act to bolster workplace safety
Without Much Ado, Cal OSHA Updates Guidance Regarding Vaccinated Individuals
7 Site Hazards You Don’t Want to Overlook
McCarthy Partnership for Women Promotes Opportunities for Women in Construction
IHMM is a member of ASSP and is pleased to provide this information to all of our certificants.
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.
HMS Education and Training
Hazardous Materials Society now has 11,701 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. The HMS Education and Training platform also provides a wide variety of courses for professional development across all of IHMM’s credentials – and more are being developed by the HMS Education and Training Committee.
This is the center of education and training for IHMM certificants and prospective certificants. Among these more than 15.000 programs are webinars delivered online and virtually all carry IHMM CMPs values with them for your annual / 5-year CMP planning. SEE: https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
HMS Affinity Programs – CINTAS Uniforms
With more than 27,000 people – here is where HMS leverages our numbers for member’s benefit. There is strength and value in numbers and that translates into lower costs for you.
Save up to 65% off Cintas uniforms, safety and facility services.
Keep your team and workspace looking their best. New Cintas contracts enjoy special discounts and a free one-time UltraClean service and free installation of hygiene dispensers. Enroll with NPP today and save on Cintas!
Enroll your business for FREE with NPP to learn more about Cintas discounts. Enroll with NPP here: https://mynpp.com/association/hms/
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’ 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.
INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS, PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, AND LABORATORIES.
COVID-19 Vaccination Planning: Legal Considerations for Employers
FDA Continues to Monitor Safety of Current COVID-19 Vaccines Available to the Public
COVID-19 Data Tracker By State
COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in Non-Healthcare Workplaces
COVID-19 Weekly Review
CDC Communications Toolkit
CDC needs to update its guidance on COVID-19, experts and Democratic lawmakers say
COVID-19 pandemic: MSHA issues updated guidance as ETS debate swirl
National Emphasis Program – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
State Vaccination Distribution Plans
New! Vaccine Data Dashboard. We now have a specific dashboard dedicated to state vaccination plans, updated daily. For each state, you’ll find:
- Current distribution phase,
- Brief overview of state plan,
- Current and future eligible populations, and
- Links to state documentation.
HMS Jobs Board
We invite our participating companies to post their available employment opportunities here. There is no charge for this service. HMS staff reviews each proposed posting for clarity and completeness before posting to the public view and may remove a posting without notice.
Astra, Alameda, CA. As a Hazardous Materials Specialist on the EHS Team, you will have the opportunity to develop, improve, and scale health and safety programs from the ground up! You will keep folks safe and healthy by supporting dynamic day-to-day operations across all Astra facilities.
Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society
81% 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.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 401 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. 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> https://community.ihmm.org/home
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 Jim Drosdak at [email protected] and he’ll be happy to help you.
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 CONFERENCES FOR 2021
IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2021, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2021.
Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know! Sent an email to Diane McLevy at [email protected] and tell us what conferences we should attend.
AHMP 2021 National Conference
July 25-28, 2021
Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri
College & University Hazardous Materials Management Conference
August 7-12, 2021
This conference is currently planned as being in-person
ASSP Safety21 Conference & Expo
September 13-15, 2021
This is a hybrid conference of both virtual and in-person events
This conference is currently planned as being in-person.
IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins
DOL Rescinds Independent Contractor Rule. On May 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a regulation rescinding its independent contractor rule, which was finalized on January 7, 2021, but never went into effect. The withdrawal comes less than three weeks after the close of a public comment docket that generated over 1,000 responses. The DOL stated that it “believes that the Rule is inconsistent with the [Fair Labor Standards Act’s] text and purpose, and would have a confusing and disruptive effect on workers and businesses alike due to its departure from longstanding judicial precedent.” The new regulation does not set forth a new regulatory standard for evaluating independent contractor status, but the Buzz expects the DOL to weigh in on that matter eventually.
Warner and the PRO Act. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) is one of three Democratic senators (along with Arizona senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly) who have not signed on as cosponsors of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. In a recent series of calls with the press, Senator Warner said that while he supported many elements of the PRO Act, he had concerns with some of the bill’s provisions, including “some of the process issues around an election voting process for a union,” as well as the codification of the ABC test in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Senator Warner brought up the example of California, and the unpopularity of Assembly Bill (AB) 5. Senator Warner also stated that one of his concerns was that the PRO Act “tries to fit all work into kind of a 20th century, classic W-2 employment status,” but the United States will not “return to a 1980s type of economy.” His remarks came as big labor continued its full-court press demanding passage of the PRO Act. Indeed, this week, players’ unions from the major professional football, basketball, baseball, and hockey leagues came out in support of the legislation.
NLRB Avoids Challenge to GC Appointment. Speaking of labor-management policy, last week the Buzz noted that President Joe Biden’s firing of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb was going to be the subject of legal and policy debate over the next several years. In a decision issued on April 30, 2021, the NLRB declined to rule on a legal challenge to Robb’s removal and the subsequent appointment of Peter Sung Ohr as the Board’s acting general counsel. In declining to wade into the fracas, the Board stated, “reviewing the actions of the President is ultimately a task for the federal courts,” and that, in any case, “the Board has no authority to remedy an invalid appointment to the Board or a designation or appointment to serve as General Counsel.” Stay tuned, as there will be much more on this issue.
Retirement Legislation Advances. On May 5, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means approved the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021 (H.R. 2954), a bill intended to promote retirement savings, and voted unanimously to advance it to the House floor for a vote. The legislation builds upon the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which was enacted in 2019. Among other provisions, the bill would require auto-enrollment of eligible individuals in employer-sponsored retirement plans, increase the age (from 72 to 75) at which retirees must begin taking required minimum distributions, allow for higher “catch-up” contributions for older workers, and allow open multiple employer plans (MEPs) for 403(b) plans. Given the measure’s bipartisan backing, the bill’s supporters are hopeful for its swift passage in the House and U.S. Senate.
USCIS to Ease Biometrics Requirement. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stakeholders are undoubtedly aware of the visa processing backlogs that are currently plaguing the agency as a result of COVID-19–related delays. In particular, spouses of H-1B and L-2 visa holders have experienced delays in securing changes of status and work authorization, which have resulted in multiple lawsuits challenging the processing delays as unreasonable. To address these processing delays, USCIS announced this week in a court filing that beginning on May 17, 2021, it “will temporarily suspend biometrics submission requirements for individuals filing Form I-539 to request an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2 and certain E nonimmigrants due to the extended processing times resulting from … ongoing COVID-19 health and safety protocols.” The suspension of the collection of biometric data “is intended to automatically expire after May 17, 2023, subject to affirmative extension or revocation by the USCIS Director.”
Political Races. Politicians are used to running political campaigns, and believe it or not, some are even good at, well, actually running. With regard to our current crop of federal legislators, the best runner and long-distance athlete is likely Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Senator Sinema, who has participated in multiple marathons and triathlons, announced this week that she would be running in the 2021 Boston Marathon, which will take place on October 11, 2021. Despite her athletic prowess, Senator Sinema probably cannot lay claim to being Congress’s all-time best runner, a distinction that likely goes to former representative Jim Ryun (R-KS). Prior to his service in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, Ryun competed in the 1964, 1968, and 1972 Summer Olympic Games. He won a silver medal in the 1,500-meter race at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Ryun previously qualified for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo when he was only 17 years old, becoming the youngest American male track athlete ever to qualify for the Olympics—a record that stands today.
Vendor Alert: How much of this business did you get?
IHMM saw an increase in applications of more than 50% in 2020, and for the first 1/3rd of 2021 now has 393 people waiting to take exams. How much of this business did your company see? If you’re missing out contact Diane McLevy at [email protected] and see how you can benefit from a relationship with IHMM and HMS.
IHMM EVENTS CALENDAR
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/
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