EHS Professional – October 20, 2022

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

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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 47 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, 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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DOL Issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to help employers and workers determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposed rule would provide guidance on classifying workers and seeks to combat employee misclassification. Misclassification is a serious issue that denies workers’ rights and protections under federal labor standards, promotes wage theft, allows certain employers to gain an unfair advantage over law-abiding businesses, and hurts the economy at-large. Individuals may submit comments, identified by Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1235-AA43, by either of the following methods:

  • Electronic Comments: Submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Address written submissions to Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210.

Anyone submitting comments should submit only one copy of your comments by only one method. Of the two methods, the Department strongly recommends that commenters submit their comments electronically via to ensure timely receipt prior to the close of the comment period, as the Department continues to experience delays in the receipt of mail. All comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 28, 2022, for consideration in this rulemaking; comments received after the comment period closes will not be considered.

Updated: Inspection Find Dollar General Continues to Discount Safety as Violations, Penalties Pile up for Block Exits, Unsafe Storage Areas

ATLANTA Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC – operator of more than 18,000 Dollar General discount stores in 47 states – has again ignored federal workplace safety standards, this time identified during inspections at four locations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The company faces $1,682,302 in proposed penalties after these inspections, a portion of the more than $9.6 million in total initial penalties the company has received since 2017.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted inspections in April 2022 in Mobile and Grove Hill, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; and Dewy Rose, Georgia. Inspectors cited the retailer for four willful and 10 repeat violations for failing to keep receiving and storage areas clean and orderly, and stacking materials in an unsafe manner. These violations exposed workers to hazards associated with slips, trips and being struck-by objects.

Read more > Inspections Find Dollar General Continues to Discount Safety as Violations, Penalties Pile Up for Blocked Exits, Unsafe Storage Areas, Other Hazards

US Department of Labor cites framing contractor who ignored OSHA’s safety hazard notification, directed workers onto roof without fall protection

RIVER GROVE, IL – While federal workplace safety inspectors are used to some employers’ disregard for workplace safety, the response of a Chicago-area carpentry company’s site supervisor to a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector’s notification at the site about workers without fall protection exposed to the construction industry’s most lethal hazard – falls from elevation – was especially blatant.

“The show must go on,” said the site supervisor for KW Framing Inc. – a contractor based in Justice – before directing employees to keep setting joists at heights up to 48 feet atop a multi-unit residential building in River Grove on July 18. When the general contractor became aware of the condition, the workers were removed from the roof.

Read more > US Department of Labor Cites Framing Contractor who Ignored OSHA’s Safety Hazard Notification, Directed Workers onto Roof without Fall Protection

OSHA Cites Florida, Georgia Employers in Fatalities

This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced citations for a Davie, Florida, erosion prevention contractor and a Savannah, Georgia, crawl space remediation company in separate worker fatalities.

On October 13, the agency announced it cited Erosion Barrier Installations Corp. of Davie for 2 willful and 10 serious violations, with proposed penalties totaling $46,409.

On April 4, a 22-year-old diver working at the bottom of a Margate, Florida, canal was removing sand with an industrial vacuum to restore an embankment project when sediment above collapsed onto him, leaving the worker trapped until he drowned.

Read more > OSHA Cites Florida, Georgia Employers in Fatalities

7 Important Worker Safety Considerations in the Bar and Brewery Industry

Workers can be exposed to multiple hazards in this industry. Learn how to mitigate the risks and keep them safe.

Brewing wouldn’t top the list of any “most dangerous hobbies” list, but there are still plenty of risks associated with the beer brewing and bar industry . Health and safety are important and should be taken seriously if you want to protect your employees from harm.

Read more > 7 Important Worker Safety Considerations in the Bar and Brewery Industry

Protecting lone workers through the winter months

The long, dry summer has drawn to a close and the clocks will soon be going back. With fewer daylight hours and colder, wetter weather conditions, organizations up and down the country are considering the changing risks their workers will face through the winter months and how they can best support them.

SoloProtect, a market-leading provider of lone worker safety solutions, looks at the risks faced by lone or remote workers in winter and how technology can be used to mitigate those risks and support colleague safety and wellbeing …

Reduced visibility

In practical terms, the dark reduces visibility which can make working outside or travelling more challenging. This can lead to an increased number of accidents, either with machinery or on the road, for example. In fact, statistics from RoSPA show a significant spike in the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the road after the clocks go back and almost a third of people killed on the road are those who are driving for work.

Read more > Protecting Lone Workers Through the Winter Months

Back to Basics: Fire Safety and Prevention

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s standards for fire safety and prevention.

This week, October 9-15, is Fire Prevention Week. This national week of observance is the longest-running public health observance in United States history, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fire Prevention Week was started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 as a way to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and more than 2,000 acres of land. Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility in the workplace, says OSHA.

Read more > Back to Basics: Fire Safety and Prevention

Protecting workers from monkeypox: Cal/OSHA issues guidance

Sacramento, CA — New guidance from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is aimed at protecting workers from monkeypox – a viral disease that spreads mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who’s infected.

The guidelines apply to workplaces covered by the state’s standard on aerosol transmissible diseases, including health care facilities, public health services, medical transport and police.

Employers can help limit transmission risk by implementing written procedures for exposure incidents. Additionally, they should provide personal protective equipment – including respiratory protection – and ensure it’s properly used by employees exposed to individuals with the virus or suspected to be infected, or to linens or surfaces that may contain the virus. All exposures should be reported to local health officials.

Read more > Protecting Workers from MonkeyPox: Cal/OSHA Issues Guidance

California Adopts Live Events Safety Law

On September 29, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) No. 1775, which sets workplace safety training and certification standards for companies that produce live events at publicly owned and operated venues. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2023.

AB 1775 requires employees involved in the setting up, operation, or tearing down of a live event at a public events venue for an entertainment events vendor to have complied with specified training, certification, and workforce requirements. Specifically, these employees must have completed prescribed trainings of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Read more > California Adopts Live Events Safety Law

OSHA widens enforcement scope with severe violator program update

More companies and industries are at risk of falling under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) now that the Labor Department agency has broadly expanded its enforcement scope.

Changes to the SVEP announced in September aim “[t]o strengthen enforcement and improve compliance with workplace safety standards and reduce worker injuries and illnesses,” said OSHA in a press release. In practical terms, compliance officers will want to closely reevaluate and fortify their workplace health and safety culture or risk the enhanced enforcement penalties and compliance obligations that will now follow.

Read more > OSHA Widens Enforcement Scope with Severe Violator Program Update

Hurricane Ian Devastates Puerto Rico and Florida – We Can Help

We can help our neighbors in need as they recover from the hurricane. Here are just a few of the agencies assisting hundreds of thousands who have lost family members and property.

OSHA Hurricane Recovery Operation Resources

Due to the catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Ian, many workers are and will be affected with on-going cleanup and recovery efforts.  We wanted to remind everyone that OSHA has an Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage that provides information to protect workers responding to hurricanes and floods.  Attached is a PDF for our Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricane and Flood Cleanup and Recovery, found on OSHA web page here.  OSHA is dedicated to the protection of ALL workers including day laborers, temporary workers, and non-English speaking workers.  Many of the OSHA materials are available in other languages, along with a few Public Service Announcements that have been recorded and transcribed.

On September 29, 2022, DOL issued a press release urging first responders, recovery crews, and the public to be vigilant from hazards in Hurricane Ian recovery operations.   DOL also has a Disaster Recovery Assistance page that provides resources to assist with recovery efforts. Please share this information, as appropriate, with your members and stakeholders, including those who may be hurricane cleanup and recovery employers, workers, and volunteers.

See > Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricane and Flood Cleanup and Recovery

For questions about these resources, please contact Christopher Lawver (202-693-1985; or [email protected]) or Bill Matarazzo (202-693-2160 or [email protected]).

2022 IHMM Board of Directors Election

On Monday, October 3, 2022, the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management began its 2022 elections for the IHMM Board of Directors for three seats with service beginning January 1, 2023. IHMM’s Nominating Committee began soliciting candidates for three seats on March 8, 2022, and continued in every Tuesday edition of IHMM Today through June 28, 2022. The three seats up for election in 2022 are [1] seat for a CDGP, [1] seat for a CSHM, and [1] seat for At-Large, which can come from a CHMM, CDGP, CHMP, CSHM, or CSMP.

The election will run from Monday, October 3, 2022, through Friday, November 4, 2022.
  • At Large Candidates

    [On the ballot you vote for 1 of the following]

Bennett, Stephen M., CSMPRead more about Stephen here.
Breton, Gerard A., CSMP. Read more about Gerard here.
Kasanicky, John, CSMP. Read more about John here.
Rehlander, Matthew, CSMP. Read more about Matthew here.
Sharratt, Ryan B., CHMM. Read more about Ryan here.
St. Peter, Shawn, CSMP. Read more about Shawn here.
Winning, Erika, CHMM. Read more about Erika here.
  • Certified Safety and Health Manager [CSHM] Candidates

    [On the ballot you vote for 1 of the following]

Rosenberg, Jan, CSHM. Read more about Jan here.
  • Certified Dangerous Goods Professional Candidate [CDGP].

[On the ballot you vote for 1 of the following]

Schmelczer, Ivan, CDGP. Read more about Ivan here.
NOTE:  When you receive your IHMM Election Buddy email with a unique key and access to your 2022 Board of Directors Ballot, vote for one person in each of the three categories above. One CDGP, one CSHM, and one At Large.

Thank you for participating in the 2022 IHMM Board elections on Monday, October 3, 2022, through Friday, November 4, 2022.

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.

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.

You may download the CSHM survey here.

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


Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins

DOL Proposes New Independent Contractor Test. On October 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a notice of proposed rulemaking—“Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act”—to rescind the Trump-era independent contractor rule that was finalized in 2021 before President Biden assumed office. In its place, the DOL proposes a test for determining employee or independent contractor status that, rather than focus on two “core” factors of degree of control over the work and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss, “[would] return to a totality-of-the-circumstances analysis of the economic reality test in which the factors do not have a predetermined weight and are considered in view of the economic reality of the whole activity.” These factors are as follows:

  • Opportunity for profit or loss depending on managerial skill
  • Investments by the worker and the employer
  • Degree of permanence of the work relationship
  • Nature and degree of control (this factor includes an analysis of the following subfactors: scheduling, supervision, setting a price for goods or services, and the ability to work for others)
  • Extent to which the work performed is an integral part of the employer’s business
  • Skill and initiative
  • Additional factors (noting that “the enumerated factors are not to be applied mechanically but should be viewed along with any other relevant facts in light of whether they indicate economic dependence or independence”)

While not necessarily novel, the lengthy analysis of equally weighted factors and subfactors is likely to prove confusing and unreliable for many employers. Importantly, the DOL states that it “believes it is legally constrained from adopting an ABC test” that has proved so controversial in California. Comments on the proposal are due by November 28, 2022. Steven F. PockrassTaylor E. GillanCharles E. McDonald, III, and Zachary V. Zagger have more on this development.

FOIA Reminder for Federal Contractors. If you are a federal contractor, have you filed your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) objection letter yet? The Buzz previously directed readers to Lauren Hicks’s analysis of the situation at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) concerning the potential public disclosure—pursuant to a FOIA request from the media—of federal contractors’ EEO-1 data. Contractors that wish to object to the release of this information must notify OFCCP by October 19, 2022.

Railroad Row Redux. Several weeks ago, when it seemed as though the nation had avoided a potentially disastrous national freight rail strike, the Buzz was quick to note that the tentative agreement between rail carriers and labor unions still needed to be approved by rank-and-file union members and that things could still go off the rails. Fast-forward to this week, and we have now learned that the third-largest railroad union in the United States has rejected the proposed deal. Although there are multiple unions involved in the bargaining, even one union’s decision to go on strike could have national implications, because other unions are unlikely to cross the picket line. So while this is not the end of the line just yet, the situation absolutely bears watching. The parties have until November 19, 2022, to reach a deal.

Will Labor/Employment Provisions Hitch a Ride on the NDAA? This week, the U.S. Senate started debate on the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill is considered “must-pass” legislation and will be a top priority for senators during the post-election lame-duck session of the U.S. Congress. As such, it will be viewed as a prime vehicle upon which senators can attach their specific policy preferences, even if seemingly unrelated to national defense. More than 900 amendments to the bill have already been filed. Readers may recall that the U.S. House of Representatives included multiple labor and employment-related amendments in the version of the NDAA that it passed in July 2022. The Buzz will be monitoring whether these—or other labor and employment provisions—make it into a final bill.



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.

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 >

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.

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 >

There are 804 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 will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2022, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2022.

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.

2022 FET Environmental Conference

October 25-27, 2022
Pewaukee, WI


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 Bay Area Safety Symposium 2023

San Ramon, CA

March 9, 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


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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


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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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