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.
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IHMM Credential Recertification – Earning CMPs Made Easy and Inexpensive – CSHM and CSMP Transition Plan
As a CSHM or CSMP, when your credential was administered by ISHM you had to earn 30 or 20 certification maintenance points over 5 years. At IHMM, you have to earn 200 points; 100 points are awarded for the job you do and you need to earn at least another 100 points over 5 years. IHMM is working on a recertification transition plan to enable all CSHM and CSMP credential holders to qualify under IHMM’s recertification standards easily and without additional points during the transition period.
By creating the Hazardous Materials Society, IHMM has made it easier to find courses certificants can take to earn CMPs toward recertification. We’ve also worked with education and training program vendors to add inexpensive or even free courses as well.
Certificants may choose to simply click on the CMPs button. Or, if you want to narrow your search by cost, you can adjust the slider to show you courses within a certain price range. Then click SUBMIT, and courses with CMPs within the price range you set will appear.
The world of work is changing fast. Do you have the tools to help your organization assess and manage emerging risks? From expert articles to global standards and in-depth courses, we have what you need to navigate uncertainty and improve safety performance. Start with our three-part series on how to conduct a risk assessment.
COVID-19: Sampling Approaches for Healthy Buildings – Free Webinar
Golder’s EHS Professionals will discuss the various sampling approaches to keeping your buildings healthy in the midst of COVID-19.
Speakers: Adelmarie Bones, Senior Industrial Hygienist Dave Ayriss, Senior Occupational Hygienist and Associate Jason McGonigle, EHS Senior Practice Leader and Principal Moderator – Andreas Wagner, Principal and Practice Leader
Learning Objectives: • Types of sampling available – what is out there, what are the approaches? • Advantages and disadvantages of each sampling technique • How to interpret the data • Limitations of each sampling approach • Other approaches to consider
IHMM & HMS Coronavirus Resources
In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency for the United States.IHMM and HMS’s first concern is with the safety and health of all of us; our staff and families, colleagues, certificants, and members. We will update this page regularly as credible, authoritative information is available. See: https://ihmm.org/coronavirus-resources/
Save the Date!
National Safety Council Virtual Congress and Expo, March 1-5, 2021
For more than 100 years, safety, health and environmental professionals have turned to this safety event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the industry. We are excited to offer the NSC Safety Congress & Expo virtually while also prioritizing the safety of stakeholders during this pandemic environment.
Until we can meet face-to-face, it’s a convenient and affordable way to deliver quality educational programs and safety solutions directly to you. It’s the perfect place to come together to share experiences, to learn new ways of doing business, and explore the innovations that will drive our industry to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace.
A community platform to network, share lessons learned and plans for the future
A live and on-demand education platform for safety teams around the world
A trade show just like an in person expo hall to see innovations and make connections to grow sales and profitability
Mark your calendars, March 1-5, 2021! Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Hazardous Materials Society now has 14,561 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 14.000 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/
College & University Hazardous Materials Management Conference | October 6-30, 2020
The College and University Hazardous Materials Management Conference is the premier conference for College and University hazardous materials professionals. It provides an opportunity to network and share best practices on topics such as hazardous waste management, laboratory safety, emergency response, hazardous materials shipping, training techniques, and environmental management. The conference is held in a different location every year and is hosted by a member College or University. The annual conference includes pre and post-conference professional development courses, facility tours, technical sessions, pre-conference recreational activities, and conference networking events.
IHMM is a part of CUHMMC and its more than 175 colleges and universities around the nation that have a strong focus on hazardous materials curricula. The partnership between IHMM and CUHMMC will be important when IHMM’s Student CHMM pilot program is reviewed for expansion in March of 2021.
While this year’s event will be different, once again our focus will be on educating EHS professionals. The virtual event will allow for interactions with our presenters and offer continuing education credits as in the past. With 24 sessions being offered over four afternoons, you’re sure to find important information that meets your needs.
We are also pleased to have a variety of Exhibitors showcasing their goods and services through sponsorships at various levels of support. We encourage you to visit our exhibitors here – Exhibitors and Sponsors.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact FET at 262-437-1700. We thank you for joining the Virtual Conference this year!
Creating Micro-Credentials at IHMM
The IHMM Board of Directors has established a Micro-Credential Task Force. This Task Force will explore opportunities to create and execute micro-credentials or endorsements to our fully accredited credentials. These endorsements or micro-credentials may be in specific areas such as environmental law or pandemics. That is for the Task Force to develop and recommend. 60% of IHMM credential holders are interested in this area, so now we begin to build a Task Force to make the idea real. You may volunteer here by providing your name, email, phone, and credential type.
IHMM’s Collaboration platform provides CHMM’s opportunity to become mentors to Student CHMMs. IHMM’s Student CHMM pilot program involves students from Columbia Southern University, where we already have 50 applicants, as well as Kennesaw State University that is kicking off their participation in the pilot program this fall.
Mentors may decide how many mentees they are willing to work with, for how long, and how they wish to be engaged. Mentors decide how many hours per week or month they can commit to becoming mentors.
This is a unique opportunity for CHMMs to work with students still in school and advise them on their courses of study as well as plan for their future as they graduate and look for opportunities in the job market toward a path to one day becoming a CHMM themselves.
IHMM is now planning on how we can connect CSHMs with ASHMs and enable CSHMs to mentor ASHMs as they work toward taking their CSHM exam. Before we launch the program we need to know if there are CSHMs that would volunteer to become mentors.
If this idea interests you as a CSHM, and becoming a mentor to ASHMs is something you would consider doing, please send an email to Kaylene at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Featured HMS Affinity Program – U.S. Pay Payment Gateway
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.
Whether you accept payments face to face, over the phone or via the internet, USPAY Gateway routes your payments seamlessly and efficiently from multiple payment devices and configurations. Members can receive a retail qualified rate of less than 1%. After clicking on the USPay Gateway link below click on START SAVING on the next page.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 242 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.
In October HMS added the following new communities:
HMS Academia Community
HMS Consultants Community
HMS Government Employees Community
HMS International Members Community
HMS Senior Members Community
HMS Student Members Community
HMS Women Member Community
HMS Youth Member Community
We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here> https://community.ihmm.org/home
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published additional frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus.
OSHA’s new FAQs provide information to help employers apply the agency’s existing injury and illness recording and reporting requirements to the coronavirus. In particular, the FAQs provide guidance on how to calculate reporting deadlines for in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities, and clarify the meaning of the term “incident” as it relates to work-related coronavirus in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities. These FAQs are the latest effort by OSHA to provide employers and employees with more information about how it will enforce its standards and regulations during the pandemic. OSHA has also previously published revised enforcement guidance detailing how OSHA will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee coronavirus illnesses for all employers.
With a flurry of what appeared to be activity between the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week on trying to reach another deal on COVID-19 relief legislation, the week ended with no such deal. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced on Friday that there would be no votes in the House this week [October 12-16]. This week the Senate turns its attention to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, effectively taking the Senate out of floor activity until Judge Barrett is voted out of the Judiciary Committee for floor action around October 27-29th. With the election being held the week after, there is very little likelihood that there would be another COVID-19 relief bill before the November 3rd election.
EEOC Issues Conciliation Proposal. This week the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule to provide “greater clarity to the conciliation process by enhance[ing] the effectiveness of the process [to] ensure that the Commission meets its statutory obligations.” The proposed amendments to the EEOC’s conciliation procedures require the Commission to provide to a respondent:
“a summary of the facts and non-privileged information that the Commission relied on in its reasonable cause finding, and … the criteria that will be used to identify victims from the pool of potential class members”;
“a summary of the Commission’s legal basis for finding reasonable cause, including … non-privileged information it obtained during the course of its investigation that raised doubt that employment discrimination had occurred”;
“the basis for any relief sought, including the calculations underlying the initial conciliation proposal”; and
“identification of a systemic, class, or pattern or practice designation.”
The proposal also gives the respondent “at least 14 calendar days to respond to the initial conciliation proposal from the Commission.” Comments are due on or before November 9, 2020.
Contract Bar Briefing Deadline. October 7, 2020, was the deadline for interested amici to file briefs in the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) case contemplating changes to its “contract bar” doctrine, which prohibits representation elections during the life of a collective bargaining agreement for up to three years.
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/