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IHMM Certifications Matter
Validate your knowledge and experience. It’s how professionals stay on top of their field.
Unlike degrees and many certificates that represent the completion of a course or program of study, certifications are time-limited, renewable, and revocabble verification of a certification-holder’s ability to perform a set of competencies.
It’s how you differentiate yourself.
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 https://ihmm.org/.
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 In-Person or Remotely Proctored Exams
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 2020.
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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OSHA Cites Massachusetts Roofing Company for Fifth Time
A Quincy, Massachusetts roofing contractor exposed workers on the roofs of a garage and house in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood to potentially fatal falls from heights, federal workplace safety inspectors reported.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it has cited the company, The Roof Kings, five times since 2014 for hazards related to falls, the leading cause of death in the construction industry.
Read more > https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2022/11/15/695102.htm
DOL Report: OSHA’s COVID-19 Response Came Up Short
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did not adequately protect workers from COVID-19 during the height of the pandemic.
The Oct. 31 report found that OSHA did not issue citations to enforce the standard for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses in 15 percent of sampled fatality inspections and did not have complete information on COVID-19 infection rates at worksites.
Read more > https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/pages/dol-report-osha-covid-19-response.aspx
Migrant Job-Seekers Face Long Waits for Required Construction Safety Course
New York City requires 40 hours of OSHA-certified training for workers on building and demolition jobs. The few free classes available are now overwhelmed.
On Staten Island, the waitlist for day laborers seeking free health and safety training for construction jobs is hundreds of names long. Worker centers in Queens and Brooklyn are seeing three to five times the demand for scarce training slots, far exceeding availability.
The backup for safety courses is adding yet another hurdle for recent South American immigrants, many of whom have never worked on a construction site before, striving to build lives in the city while awaiting hearings on asylum applications.
By law, laborers can’t show up at a construction site without 40 hours of training, and the main requirement can be met by completing what is known as an OSHA-30 course, named for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. For thousands who arrived this year from the Mexico border, training delays mean that on-the-books jobs will remain out of reach even after they wait the legally required 180 days for a U.S. work permit.
Read more > https://www.thecity.nyc/work/2022/11/14/23458300/osha-30-construction-safety-training-immigrants
US Department of Labor initiative seeks to protect food processing workers in Illinois, Ohio amid significantly higher injury rates
With injury rates among the more than 90,000 food production workers in Illinois and Ohio significantly higher than other manufacturing workers, the U.S. Department of Labor has stepped up its outreach and enforcement efforts to reduce workplace hazards and better protect workers in these states.
On Oct. 3, 2022, the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration began the initial outreach phase of Local Emphasis Program focused on more than 1,400 manufacturing facilities in Illinois and Ohio where year-round and seasonal workers manufacture and process confectionery, animal, fruit and vegetable-based products.
Once OSHA completes the three-month outreach effort, the program empowers the agency to schedule and inspect select food industry employers in Illinois and Ohio whose injury rates exceed the state average among all manufacturers. In April 2022, OSHA established a similar program in Wisconsin.
Read more > https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region5/11092022
Despite OSHA’s efforts, construction’s death rate hasn’t budged in 10 years
The death toll in construction hasn’t changed in the past decade, raising important questions about the effectiveness of OSHA and what it would take to save more lives, according to an analysis by Construction Dive.
Workers continue to die at the same rate — 10 out of every 100,000 workers didn’t come home between 2011 and 2020 — highlighting weak enforcement, meager inspections and fines, and the opioid epidemic. Funerals totaled 1,008 in 2020, the most recent data available. And three in five workers who perished consistently died from the same causes, known as the “Fatal Four.”
Falls and electrocutions still account for the most fatalities, along with accidents called “struck-bys” and “caught-in/betweens,” which cover a wide range of dangers, such as when a vehicle, piece of machinery or material strikes or traps a worker.
OSHA told Construction Dive it focuses much of its efforts in construction on education around the Fatal Four. But despite the agency’s best efforts the share of workers dying from those well-known hazards remained stagnant from 2011 to 2020 while the workforce grew 31%.
Read more > https://www.constructiondive.com/news/osha-enforcement-violations-death-on-the-jobsite-construction/634308/
Strong Link Between Driver Behavior and Crashes
Truck driver behavior is a key predictor of whether any driver will be involved in a road accident in the future, according to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the nonprofit research arm of American Trucking Associations (ATA).
“Having a science-based model for predicting crashes is one of the most important tools the trucking industry can have,” declared Dan Horvath, ATA’s vice president of safety policy. “ATRI’s Crash Predictor research allows carriers to target and monitor those truck driver behaviors that matter most. With truck crashes increasing, there is no better time to have this data in our hands.”
The new report provides an update to the organization’s Predicting Truck Crash Involvement research, which was first aired in 2005 with updates published in 2011 and 2018 as well as this year.
Read the full article by clicking here.
Construction Responsible for Almost Half of Electrocutions
While construction workers make up 7% of all US workers, according to a new study from CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, the sector is responsible for nearly half of all work-related electrocutions in 2019.
The report found the rate of fatal electrical injuries in construction did drop from 0.7 per 100,000 full-time workers in 2019 to 0.5 per 100,000 FTEs in 2020.
At 54 fatal electrical injuries in 2020, it was lowest in the ten years that the research has been conducted. But that was still 4.2% higher than in 2019. In 2018 the record was 87 fatalities.
Read the full article by clicking here.
OHS investigating fatal workplace accident near Rimbey
Alberta Occupation Health and Safety is investigating a fatal workplace accident that occurred this week near Rimbey.
A man was killed Tuesday while doing some mechanical work on a piece of heavy equipment, said Trent Bancarz, a spokesperson for Alberta Jobs, Economy and Northern Development, which houses Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.
OHS is not authorized to identify the company involved, or name the deceased, Bancarz added. Rimbey RCMP previously reported it was a 38-year-old man from Bentley who was killed while servicing an excavator.
Read more > https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/ohs-investigating-fatal-workplace-accident-near-rimbey/
Contest Promoting Young Worker Safety in Oregon is Open to High School Students
High school students across Oregon are encouraged to let their video or graphic design skills shine by engaging in a competition held for a good cause: increasing awareness about workplace safety for young workers.
They will have the opportunity to do so using updated contest rules. Those rules empower them to choose a key message, theme, or tagline for their video or graphic design piece. This is different than previous contests that featured a predesignated tagline.
The 2023 media contest, organized by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]), is now open for submissions.
The contest calls on participants to capture the attention of high school teens and persuade them to take the O[yes] online Safety Awareness Training to boost their knowledge of how to stay safe and healthy while on the job.
Read more > https://www.theskanner.com/news/newsbriefs/33909-contest-promoting-young-worker-safety-in-oregon-is-open-to-high-school-students
New Safety Stop-Work Orders from NYC’s DOB
A new guidance document from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has been released, intended to provide local construction employers and workers with insight into why a stop-work order may be issued at a worksite.
The department says. “These orders to immediately halt construction activity are issued to protect New Yorkers whenever we find dangerous conditions on a work site that are posing a hazard to workers or the public. Our inspectors are trained to follow specific criteria when considering stopping the work at a site.”
Stop-work authority permits any employee at any level to halt a job or task when a hazardous situation appears imminent. It isn’t mandatory, but safety professionals insist on its use.
Read more > https://sunnewsreport.com/new-safety-stop-work-orders-from-nycs-dob/
Choose the Right Fall Protection Training Partner
Who needs fall protection training? How often should it occur? Who can best conduct it, and does one size fit all?
In 2017, OSHA made sweeping updates to its standards on walking-working surfaces in general industry and personal fall protection systems (1910.140). Although the changes in the final rule affect manufacturers, employers and workers in many ways, some of the most important changes pertain to training and other fall protection services. Although these services are more expertise than equipment, they can best be provided by a fall protection integrator with practical experience designing and installing systems, and not an all-purpose training company. Not all training is created equal (even if it’s technically compliant).
OSHA’s 1910.30 standard requires employers to train employees on fall hazards and fall protection equipment, and to retrain these employees at regular intervals. Employers in general industry are also required to designate authorized, competent and qualified persons (three separate designations in the rule) who use, supervise the use of and install fall protection systems, respectively. And that’s not all! The rule now requires that anchorage connectors used for travel restraint, fall arrest and suspended access be inspected, tested, certified and recertified at varying intervals (1910.27 and 1910.140). The updated rule requires documentation produced during these activities to be maintained by building owners and made available for contractors who work on their properties.
Read more > https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/23238-choose-the-right-fall-protection-training-partner
Congratulations to IHMM Board Election Participants
IHMM thanks Stephen Bennett, CSMP, Gerard Breton, CSMP, John Kasanicky, CSMP, Matthew Rehlander, CSMP, Ryan Sharratt, CHMM, Shawn St. Peter, CSMP, Erika Winning, CHMM, Jan Rosenberg, CSHM, and Ivan Schmelczer, CDGP for putting your names forth in the recently completed IHMM Board elections.
We are grateful to you for your willingness to serve. Here are the winners of the election and the seats they fill on the IHMM Board. Their terms begin January 1, 2023.
Jan Rosenberg, CSHM Seat
Ivan Schmelczer, CDGP seat
Erika Winning, CHMM, At-Large seat
IHMM Certified School Safety Manager® [CSSM®] Credential
Mike Howe, CSSM, Chair of the CSSM-CSSS Committee, is pleased to announce that the committee now releases its credential blueprint. When IHMM took over the CSSM credential in 2019 it had no blueprint or examination. Thanks to the outstanding leadership of Mike Howe leading his committee not only do we have a credential blueprint, we are almost ready to begin finalizing the CSSM examination as well.
Identifying all of the threats and vulnerabilities likely to impact a K-12 school district or post-secondary schools is a critical part of the emergency operations planning process for all schools. One only has to look at the day’s news to understand the importance of having professional, certified school safety managers in place guiding the planning and execution of sound safety programs. Colonel Chris Owens, a CSSM committee member, is already at work with the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency on how what IHMM is creating can be incorporated into the operations of Georgia schools.
This IHMM committee is making the CSSM credential real, and is starting to engage their communities with efforts to make schools safer using professionally certified school safety managers. Look for the new CSSM examination before the end of 2022.
The new CSSM credential blueprint is found 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.
A 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.
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
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.
IHMM – 26 Fellows Are Mentors | Where are the Mentees?
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.
Atanu and Gene exchanged information about this program on 10/3 and while we are grateful for the 26 Mentors – We Have No Mentees! No one could use help?
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.
Recert Video #1
Recert Video #2
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
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.
A look at OSHA’s Multi-Employer Citation Policy
FACE Report: Mechanic using welder fatally burned when washer fluid drum explodes
A look at Raynaud’s syndrome
3D printing process emissions may compromise cell function and DNA: study
FMCSA considering electronic IDs for large trucks and buses
Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office
11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping
IHMM RECENT NEWS
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US Executive Branch Update – November 11, 2022
Proposed Rule Would Require Government Contractors to Disclose Climate-Related Risks
Federal workplace safety investigation of Mapleton foundry worker’s fatal fall into molten iron finds Caterpillar failed to install required fall protection
US Department of Labor initiative seeks to protect food processing workers in Illinois, Ohio amid significantly higher injury rates
Choosing Effective Safety Training Methods
Construction’s supply chain outlook: more shortages, price hikes ahead
New Video Sticker Platform to Improve Workplace Safety, Created by SaferMe
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Tesla’s Construction Workers at Texas Gigafactory Allege Labor Violations
CA Workers Will Be Legally Protected During Emergency Conditions
Building Under Construction Collapses in Kenya’s Capital
Investigation Scrutinizes Safety of Child Meat-Plant Sanitation Workers
ASSP Helps Safety and Health Professionals Get Recognized
A Safety Professional’s Journey
The Conceptual Toolbox: 6 Ideas For Addressing Workplace Safety Issues
December 1 – The Basics of OSHA Recordkeeping
February 13, 2023 – SafetyFOCUS 2023 Virtual
March 3, 2023 – ONLINE COURSE: Enterprise Risk Management for Safety Professionals
IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins
The 2022 Midterm Election Results Are In! Sort of. The midterm elections are over, but we still do not know who will be in control of the 118th United States Congress. The predicted “red wave,” by which Republicans were expected to flip control of the U.S. Senate and gain a double-digit majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, did not materialize this week. Instead, at week’s end, control of the U.S. Senate remains uncertain (vote tabulation continues in Arizona and Nevada), though Republican gains in the House are projected to achieve a tight majority in the lower chamber. As with the 2020 elections, control of the Senate may be decided by a runoff election in Georgia. Here is what this all means:
- Divided government returns. Divided government in Washington, D.C., is nothing new. In recent years, the 112th (2011–2013), 113th (2013–2015), 114th (2015–2017), and 116th (2019–2021) Congresses were all periods of divided government. While major legislation can still be enacted during such intervals (see the CARES Act, for example), divided government generally means that we can expect a period of legislative gridlock. Legislative initiatives addressing immigration, paid leave, LGBTQ rights, as well as the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, are unlikely to gain any political traction in the next two years. Not surprisingly, for the administration, the results of the midterm elections will likely lead to a reemphasis on the use of regulatory and executive authority to make policy.
- A slim majority in the House. The Speaker of the House—whoever that may be—will have a challenging time getting legislation passed. Two-hundred-plus members are unlikely to see eye to eye on every issue, and keeping those various caucuses and factions happy will be a difficult task. Aside from politics, real-world logistical issues—such as members who are away on travel, at home sick, or who might die (five members of the current Congress passed away while in office)—create situations that might make passing a bill an especially arduous chore.
- House oversight. While it might make it hard to legislate, even a slim majority means that Republicans would hold the gavels in the various House committees. They would set the legislative agenda and undoubtedly use their oversight authority to conduct investigations into the administration’s policies and practices. The president’s family, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the situation along the southern border are just a few examples of issues on which Republicans would likely shine a spotlight. In the labor and employment space, Republicans would likely investigate ongoing rulemaking relating to independent contractor and joint employment status at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), respectively. Republicans would also likely flood the DOL, NLRB, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with written requests for information and invitations to testify on Capitol Hill.
- Senate advice and consent. While major legislation might be off the table for a while, both Democrats and Republicans are still desperate to be in the Senate majority. This is due in large part to the upper chamber’s constitutional advice and consent function. Democrats want to control the process so they can usher through and confirm the president’s nominees to federal agencies and the federal bench. Conversely, Republicans want the power to slow down or stop the president’s nominees, or otherwise negotiate for nominees that they believe are more acceptable.
- Lame-duck legislating. Before we start thinking too far ahead into 2023, there is still the “lame duck” session of Congress that will kick off next week and run through approximately the end of the year. When Congress returns, its legislative priorities will be avoiding a shutdown of the federal government (funding expires on December 16, 2022) and funding the military. In addition to tracking these bills, the Buzz will be watching to see if the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will be brought to the Senate floor.
NLRB Proposes to Repeal Election Protection Rule. The NLRB continues its efforts to unwind Trump-era initiatives in order to tilt the labor-management policy landscape in favor of labor unions. On November 4, 2022, the Board issued a proposed rule that it is calling the “Fair Choice and Employee Voice” rule. The proposed rule would rescind the Trump-era Board’s “Election Protection Rule” that established new policies relating to “blocking charges,” employer voluntary recognition, and Section 9(a) recognition in the construction industry. If the rule is finalized as proposed, unions would be able to block decertification elections by filing unfair labor practice charges, and employees’ access to secret-ballot elections would be limited. Comments are due by January 3, 2023, and reply comments are due by January 17, 2023. Harry J. Secaras and Zachary A. Pestine have the details.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SOCIETY
IHMM and HMS
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.
2022 Hazardous Materials Society Board Election – Voting Resumed
The HMS began voting for its 2022 slate of directors on November 9th and halted it when there was a problem with the ballot. Now that problem has been rectified, and the voting has resumed and all eligible voters have be notified by email. HMS is IHMM’s Foundation, providing education, training, networking, affinity programs and other support exclusively for IHMM certificants.
There are four  candidates presented below. Read about each of the four. Every eligible IHMM certificant may vote in the election and have received, by email, a unique voting key and link to cast their votes for up to three  of the four  candidates presented.
The election has resumed and runs through December 19th.
Linking IHMM and HMS Exam Training
Every IHMM credential page has a section providing guidance on Exam Preparation.
In each credential’s Exam Preparation section is the graphic at left, linked to the section of the Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] website where the applicant can find the exam prep courses being offered to assist the applicant with preparing for the IHMM exam.
If you are a vendor offering exam prep courses and your prep course is on the HMS site, IHMM applicants will find it. If you do not have an exam prep course on the HMS site, no applicant will find it.
Click on the graphic at the left, from the CHMM Exam Preparation page, and see where it takes you. Is your prep course there?
Make your IHMM credential exam prep courses visible to IHMM applicants by contacting 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 > https://ihmm.org/recertification-claims/
Having mastered that manual, how does an IHMM certificant find courses to earn CMPs?
HMS has made that simple and easy.
- Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
- 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!
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
CE-1112: CDGP® Exam Prep – Columbia Southern University – Available On Demand
CHMM® Prep Courses
Daily – CHMM® Online Review – Bowen
Daily – CHMM® Prep Course – Institute of Safety & Systems Management
Daily –Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM®) Exam Prep – SPAN Exam Prep, Division of ClickSafety
Nov 21-Feb 27, 2033 – Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management [EHMM] Virtual Course – FET
Nov 30-Dec 1, 2022 – CHMM® Prep Course – PTP Consulting
CSHM® Prep Courses
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 > https://hazmatsociety.org/professional-liability-insurance/
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.
Applications for the 2022 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, 2022. 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 > https://hazmatsociety.org/scholarship/
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.
There are 811 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]
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.
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 2023
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.
ASSP Greater San Jose and San Francisco Chapters Safety Symposium
San Ramon Marriott – Thank you Bart Miller for leading this effort
March 9, 2023
ASSP Safety Conference and Exposition
San Antonio, TX
June 5-7, 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.