IHMM Today April 13, 2021

IHMM Remotely Proctored Exams Available Now

IHMM is pleased to announce that the American National Standards Institute [ANSI] has approved Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for IHMM’s CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP exams. IHMM has been using the Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for the CSHM and CSMP exams since April of this year.

About 60% of Kryterion in-person testing centers have reopened. If you prefer the comfort and convenience of taking your exam from your home or office instead of at a Kryterion center, IHMM is ready to enroll you in a remotely proctored examination. There are Kryterion centers available world-wide and we also offer remotely-proctored testing wherever you are.

Please contact either Kortney Tunstall at ktunstall@ihmm.org for the CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at kcagle@ihmm.org for the CSHM or CSMP exams.

Phone: 301-984-8969 | info@ihmm.org

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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ANAB/ANSI Affirms IHMM Accreditation

On April 12, 2021, the American National Standards Institute National Accreditation Board informed IHMM that IHMM has continued to achieve the highest standards of performance and excellence under ISO/IEC 17024 for its Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM], Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner [CHMP], and Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] credentials.

ANSI accreditation is the gold standard of professional credential accreditation and so, those who hold the CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP credentials from IHMM hold credentials that have passed the highest standards of performance available.

IHMM has two scheme committees; one for the CSHM and another for the CSMP, working toward IHMM seeking ANSI accreditation for those credentials later this year.

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IHMM Board Nominations for 2021 Open

This newsletter opens the 2021 Board Nominations season. In 2021 we have one position open, the CHMP representative, open for a four-year term beginning on January 1, 2022.

This process is guided by the IHMM Nominating Committee, chaired by Nathan Phelan > https://ihmm.org/nominating-committee/  We appreciate our Nominating Committee volunteers’ work working through the following documents and reviews before coming to a proposed slate of nominees.

This announcement is the Call for Nominations. ONLY CHMPs may participate in this year’s process as the position is for a CHMP representative on the Board. IHMM will hold this phase of the process open through June 30, 2021, when it will then close to further nominations.

The Nominating Committee will review nomination documents, interview nominees, perform a series of background checks, and then deliberate on a proposed slate of nominees through August 13, 2021. After August 31, 2021, the proposed slate will go to the IHMM Board for review at its September meeting.

The CHMP representative’s elections will begin on October 1, 2021, and run through October 29, 2021. The winning nominee will be announced during the week of November 5, 2021, for a term to commence on January 1, 2022.

To nominate a CHMP for this position, use only the

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CALL TO ACTION – Representative Spanberger of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District has drafted legislation entitled, “Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act.” This legislation expands the provisions of existing law with respect to the allowable uses of Section 529 education tuition accounts.

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future education costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

The “Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act” will enable those who seek professional, post-secondary credentials from institutions recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.  A copy of the draft legislation is here.

Spanberger co-led the introduction of the legislation alongside U.S. Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI-06), Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), and Rob Wittman (R-VA-01). A companion bill in the U.S. Senate is led by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Braun (R-IN). 

Please go to the IHMM Legislative Action Center here > https://ihmm.org/45-in-5-task-force/  and then click on the banner for the

“Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act.” and then enter your contact information to send a prepared message to your members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate encouraging them all to co-sponsor the “Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act.”

OSHA – Extension of Comment Period for Hazard Communication Standard Proposal to May 19

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a notice extending the public comment period on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Hazard Communications Standard by 30 days.  The comment period for the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2021, has been extended to May 19, 2021. Comments on the NPRM (including requests for hearing) and other information must be submitted by May 19, 2021.

Individuals may submit comments identified by Docket No. OSHA-2019-0001, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

Read more > https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/12/2021-07408/hazard-communication-standard


IHMM Launches Student CHMM Program Nationwide

Over a year ago IHMM created a pilot program to introduce a Student CHMM credential in two universities.  IHMM’s intention was to reach college students and introduce private credentials and their value in later professional life as well as to demonstrate their commitment to excellence as they complete their undergraduate studies.

After a year and having now 89 students, IHMM is launching the Student CHMM program nationally. This week IHMM is inviting 175 additional colleges and universities to join the Student CHMM program. We are also working with the Advanced Environmental Education Technology Center {ATEEC] and the hundreds of schools around the nation that partner with ATEEC.


IHMM Launches Development of the CHMS

IHMM is pleased to announce that it is launching the development of the Certified Hazardous Materials Specialist [CHMS] credential. This new hazmat credential will serve those who need a hazmat credential not requiring a degree, and allowing for fewer than 3 years of experience. We have found a vast underserved part of our potential market made up of people who have just graduated from college but have no experience, as well as some of the more than 250,000 servicemen and women who have mustered out of the armed services with no degree and less than 3 years of experience in a MOS or AFSC in hazmat and related disciplines the military.

With the creation of the CHMS later this year, IHMM will have an unbroken chain of hazmat credentials beginning with the Student CHMM for undergraduate students, then the CHMS for those who have graduated with a degree but have no experience – or – those who have come out of the military with no degree and less than 3 years of experience, then the CHMP with 5 or more years of experience and no degree – or – a degree and 3 years of experience, and then the CHMM that requires a degree and 4 years of experience.

This Task Force is chaired by William Diesslin, IHMM Vice-Chair. Look for further announcements as this credential is under development.


Why Industry Credentials are a Differentiator, with CEO Gene Guilford of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).
The Environmental Transformation Podcast

IHMM Executive Director Gene Guilford spent some time with Sean Grady, CHMM, and head of the Environmental Transformation Podcast. We covered the landscape of private credentials and the projects IHMM had underway from 45 in 5 credential recognition to the new Student CHMM program. Thank you for the time Sean and we enjoy your podcasts.

See: https://www.seankgrady.com/why-industry-credentials-are-a-differentiator-with-ceo-gene-guilford-of-the-institute-of-hazardous-materials-management-ihmm/


DGTA – Virtual Dangerous Goods Conference – May 11, 2021

3pm-9pm London time (11am-5pm New York)

Cost: $49 member; $99 non-member (includes $50 credit toward membership)

Tentative Agenda

 WELCOME

Scott Dunsmore, acting chairperson

FREIGHT FORWARDING, THIRD-PARTY PACKING, and DANGEROUS GOODS

Exploration of the relationships between shippers and those who perform some compliance functions on behalf of the shippers, including how different regulations handle things, differently.

TRAINER SKILLS IN A PANDEMIC, AND BEYOND

  • Live, hands-on, face-to-face training is the best, but when that’s not possible, how trainers can adapt to make e-training as effective as possible.

DANGEROUS GOODS CERTIFICATIONS

  • The Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer (CDGT) and Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) are independent indications of the excellence of one’s qualifications. How did they come about, where are they now, and what do we expect in the future?

An examination of how and why not all DGSAs are equivalent.

COMPETENCY BASED TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT (CBTA)

What does CBTA mean in Canada? Exploration of the history, current status, and expected future path.

For IATA/ICAO, CBTA is now in print in the air regulations. What can we expect on a practical basis, and will that differ around the globe?

REGULATORY PROCESS CHANGES

  • Multiple factors, not just a pandemic, have changed the pace and manner of DG regulatory change. What were those factors, how did the regulators adjust, and how has the future of regulatory change been affected?
  • What needs to change? Gathered from our trainees and customers, a DGTA perspective on some of the regulations that most need to be updated.

WRAP-UP

Scott Dunsmore

Pay here if you a current DGTA member ($49)

Pay here if you are a non-member ($99)


OSHA Fall Prevention Campaign

In support of the Fall Prevention Campaign and National Safety Stand-Down on May 3-7, 2021, we wanted to make you aware of an educational webinar on Fall Harness Fit: The Basics in coordination with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).  The webinar is scheduled for April 28, 2021, at 1:00 PM (Eastern) and will include speakers from OSHA, NRCA, and CPWR. More information on the webinar and registration is available here.

In addition to the Fall Harness Fit webinar, two new Spanish resources are available for your use in support of the Campaign and National Safety Stand-Down:


WEBINAR
Event Information: Fall Harness Fit: The Basics

Registration is required to join this event. If you have not registered, please do so now here.

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Program: CPWR Informational Webinar Series
Duration: 45 minutes
Description:
In order for a personal fall arrest system to effectively protect workers in the event of a fall, it’s critical that the harness fits properly and is worn as intended. In support of the OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR Campaign to Prevent Falls and National Safety Stand-Down on May 3-7, 2021, CPWR is partnering with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) to provide an educational webinar on this topic. During this 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A, you’ll hear from the experts at NRCA about how to know whether a harness fits correctly, including demonstrations and descriptions of how it should look and feel when on, and why fit is so important.

Welcome: Scott Ketcham, Director, OSHA’s Directorate of Construction

Panel:
Thomas Shanahan, CAE, VP Enterprise Risk Management and Executive Education, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
Harry Dietz, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, NRCA
Rich Trewyn, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, NRCA


IHMM & AHMP 45 in 5 Project – National Credential Recognition – 21 States Targeted

On January 25th, we began outlining the strategy to go after the 21 states in yellow, above. Since then we have succeeded in adding Nebraska, Colorado, and California.

This is just the beginning. Here is the present composition of the 45 In 5 Task Force and the states we are focusing on. More people may volunteer anytime!  https://ihmm.org/45-in-5-task-force/

  • There are 21 states that recognize the CHMM for phase I and phase II site assessments, though the 45 in 5 group is also looking at Small Business Administration [SBA] rules for these assessments to determine what we may need to do to gain SBA recognition as well.

In 2019 Mark Bruce from AHMP and Gene Guilford from IHMM worked on a project to get the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to recognize the CHMM and CDGT credentials. With Mark’s work on the ground in  Pennsylvania, we succeeded.

Since the launch, we have added Delaware, Florida, Texas, California, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico as the next places for us to work on with 44 volunteers.

The Task Force meets again in May.

IHMM Certificant Recognition

Last week IHMM 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.

This week we thank our certificants again. Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts will be placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.

IHMM is also adding 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.


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IHMM is a member of the National Safety Council and is pleased to bring this important information to all of its certificants

NSC Impact Tracks

The NSC Impact Tracks provide valuable educational opportunities for safety professionals looking to enhance their career, brush up on their skills and earn CEUs in the comfort of their home or office. This new virtual opportunity provides a day of topically focused education featuring five 60 minute technical sessions, lunch and stretch breaks, and an opening welcome from NSC President & CEO, Lorraine Martin. Each session will be taught by leading safety and subject experts in the field.

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NSC Webinars

Please join us in participating in Safe + Sound Week from August 9-15, 2021. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August to show your business’s commitment to keep workers safe year-round. Safe + Sound Week is also a time when information and ideas are shared to help get your safety and health program started or improve an existing program.

Download the Save the Date and share that you’ll be participating in Safe + Sound Week on social media using #SafeAndSoundAtAWork.

Registration opens in July and will be announced via IHMM Today and EHS Professional.


Spring Arrives with a Slate of Exciting
Virtual Events and Trainings

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to share information regarding a full slate of upcoming opportunities for chemical industry stakeholders to stay abreast of key regulatory developments both in the United States and internationally. We hope you will join B&C professionals, industry colleagues, and regulatory agency speakers for one or more of these events.

TSCA at Five Virtual Conference – June 30, 2021

This June marks the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the game-changing Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg) that amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). With a new Administration and the relentless pace of regulatory developments related to Lautenberg implementation, there are many issues to consider and problems to solve.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) are pleased to announce the fifth annual conference providing updates and insights regarding the current state of TSCA implementation, ongoing and emerging issues, and related developments. Topics will include how EPA is implementing Section 6 risk evaluation provisions, changes in new chemical review, existing chemical risk management provisions, and TSCA’s role in achieving environmental justice, among other topics.

As with our previous TSCA anniversary events, a stellar faculty of speakers from government, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia will convene to inform, analyze, discuss, and debate the most pressing issues related to TSCA with regulatory practitioners and other stakeholder attendees.

Detailed program and registration information to come. SAVE THE DATE!

TSCA Tutor® On-Demand Virtual Training

Available 24/7/365
Enroll Online

B&C’s TSCA Tutor online e-training platform offers expert, efficient, essential TSCA training. Professionals seeking TSCA training can preview and enroll in on-demand classes to complete at their own pace and timing.

TSCA Tutor online training courses include:
• Video lessons.

• Detailed handout materials, including copies of all presentations and relevant course materials from EPA and other sources.

• Customizable, yet detailed and ready-to-use Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the regulatory topic covered in the session.
Interested professionals should visit www.TSCAtutor.com to view sample course segments and purchase modules. Volume discounts are available for companies wishing to purchase courses for multiple employees.


HMS and Earning Certification Maintenance Points [CMPs]

IHMM created HMS, in large measure, so that IHMM certificants could have one, central place within which to find professional development courses in which to earn certification maintenance points. HMS courses cover all of IHMM’s 8 credentials, not only one.

We’ve made it easy to find CMPs.

  • Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/
  • Go to the Education and Training tab
  • Scroll down until you see these buttons…and click on the CMPs button

  • The system will produce a listing of the programs on the platform that have already been reviewed and given CMP ratings. You can find the programs suitable for you.

For example, one of the programs is from Columbia Southern University, offered online, has 36 CMPs attached, and is FREE. This is only one example. There are hundreds of programs on HMS.



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HMS Donations

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

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

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

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


HMS Education and Training

Hazardous Materials Society now has 14,918 education and training programs on its website https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/ with more coming every week. Certificants will note that most of these programs carry a CMP value, making it easier to know in advance what to expect. The HMS Education and Training platform also provides a wide variety of courses for professional development across all of IHMM’s credentials – and more are being developed by the HMS Education and Training Committee.

This is the center of education and training for IHMM certificants and prospective certificants. Among these more than 15.000 programs are webinars delivered online and virtually all carry IHMM CMPs values with them for your annual / 5-year CMP planning. SEE: https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/


HMS Affinity Programs –  RCM&D Professional Liability Insurance

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.

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.



IHMM/HMS Coronavirus Resources

In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. On March 13, 2020 President Trump declared a national emergency for the United States. IHMM and HMS’ first concern is with the safety and health of all of us; our staff and families, colleagues, certificants and members. We will update this page regularly as credible, authoritative information is available.

INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS, PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, AND LABORATORIES.


State Vaccination Distribution Plans

New! Vaccine Data Dashboard. We now have a specific dashboard dedicated to state vaccination plans, updated daily. For each state, you’ll find:

  • Current distribution phase,
  • Brief overview of state plan,
  • Current and future eligible populations, and
  • Links to state documentation.

HMS Jobs Board

We invite our participating companies to post their available employment opportunities here. There is no charge for this service. HMS staff reviews each proposed posting for clarity and completeness before posting to the public view and may remove a posting without notice.

  • Senior Environmental Scientist-ESC-Sacramento

PG&E, Sacramento, CA. Safety, Health, and Environment, Standards and Programs group is committed to full environmental compliance and establishing our position as an environmental leader to support the companies’ vision to become the leading utility in the United States. We are undertaking numerous initiatives to put our environmental values to work – while at the same time delighting our customers, energizing our employees and rewarding our shareholders.

  • Environmental Protection Specialist

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston University of Texas Medical Branch

Galveston, Texas U.S.

    • Full Time
  • Dangerous Goods Expert
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization Achieve the sustainable growth of the global civil aviation
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society

81% of IHMM certificants are aware of the Hazardous Materials Society, which we appreciate. IHMM established the Hazardous Materials Society in order to support and provide services to IHMM certificants.

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

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


A Collaborative Culture

There are 390 different conversations going on in the IHMM/HMS Collaboration platform this week. A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health, and safety communities of practice. IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs, and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.

We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here> https://community.ihmm.org/home



Retiring? IHMM Invites You to Become an Emeritus

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


Columbia Southern University

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

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

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



IHMM CONFERENCES FOR 2021

IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2021, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are the first few conferences we have coming up early in 2021.


COSTHA 2021 Annual Forum

April 2021

Greenville, South Carolina

This event is to be run entirely virtually.



AHMP 2021 National Conference

July 25-28, 2021
Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri

More information here.



College & University Hazardous Materials Management Conference

August 7-12, 2021

Denver, Colorado

This conference is currently planned as being in-person.



ASSP Safety21 Conference & Expo

September 13-15, 2021

Austin, Texas

This is a hybrid conference of both virtual and in-person events



IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS


Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins

Infrastructure Plan Scuttlebutt. With Congress not returning to Washington, D.C., until next week, the White House’s American Jobs Plan proposal is still driving much of the political discussion in town this week. Of course, we still do not know what might be contained in an actual infrastructure bill, though we received a few clues this week regarding both process and substance surrounding the proposal.

  • Reconciliation an option for Dems. This week, Democrats indicated that the Senate parliamentarian had given them the green light to further use the budget reconciliation process to pass legislation with a majority of votes, thus avoiding a filibuster that requires 60 votes to overcome. Traditionally, use of the budget reconciliation process has been limited to once per fiscal year (which roughly translates to twice per calendar year because the fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30). Congressional Democrats used budget reconciliation to pass the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Senate parliamentarian’s ruling (which has not been released publicly) might allow Democrats to use reconciliation two more times before the calendar year is up.
  • Manchin stands by the filibuster. The use of reconciliation to move an eventual infrastructure package is crucial for Democrats because Senate Republicans—who are not supportive of the infrastructure proposal at this time—can use the legislative filibuster to block the bill. This week, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) offered further support for the filibuster in an opinion piece in which he wrote:

“That is why I have said it before and will say it again to remove any shred of doubt: There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster. The time has come to end these political games, and to usher a new era of bipartisanship where we find common ground on the major policy debates facing our nation.”

  • Dems’ House majority narrows. Passing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives isn’t getting any easier for Democrats either. The margin between the parties in the House continues to narrow. When the House returns next week, there will be 218 Democrats and 212 Republicans. Since passage of the ARPA, Marcia Fudge (D-OH) resigned to be secretary of housing and urban development, Deb Haaland (D-NM) resigned to become secretary of the interior, and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) passed away. This means that Democrats can afford to lose only two votes in order to pass legislation, which could present a challenge for the passage of the expansive infrastructure proposal.
  • Paid leave included? The White House’s infrastructure framework discusses the “care economy,” and this week Richard Neal (D-MA), chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, told his colleagues in a letter that the “caring infrastructure” includes paid leave: “We will give every worker the right to paid family and medical leave,” he wrote, “whether it’s because they’ve just welcomed a new child into their family, they have a loved one in need of care, or they are dealing with their own medical issue.” At this stage of the process, we do not have any details on the contours of such leave provisions or whether they would survive the legislative process.

Hurry up and Wait. For months, worker advocates and Democrats have been calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect workers from COVID-19. On January 21, 2021, President Joe Biden doubled down on these demands when he issued an executive order instructing OSHA to consider issuing an ETS by March 15, 2021. Now, about one month after that deadline, an ETS is still on the drawing board. Moreover, it was reported this week that Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh has pulled back the draft ETS for further review. With vaccinations increasing daily, it may be harder for the administration to justify issuing the ETS.

DOL Issues COBRA Guidance. On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help stakeholders understand and implement the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premium subsidy provisions contained in the ARPA. Those provisions require employers to pay 100 percent of the COBRA premium costs for eligible individuals who have been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours reduced. (Employers can recover these costs through credits against their Medicare taxes.) The FAQs address eligibility, applications for premium assistance, and details of the notice requirements, among other matters. Additionally, EBSA published model notices related to the subsidy requirements.

DOL Relaunches Persuader Reporting Program. This week, the DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards announced the relaunch of its Persuader Reporting Orientation Program. The program, which was in effect during the Obama administration, is intended to “inform employers and their representatives about potential reporting obligations under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.” The program does not change reporting requirements or set forth any new obligations for employers. However, the program’s relaunch could serve as an indicator of the administration’s potential desire to regulate in this space.

Legislators Move to Rescind Trump-Era Regulations. April 4, 2021, was the deadline for federal legislators to introduce resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which generally allows Congress to rescind “midnight” regulations by majority votes in each chamber. The Buzz has discussed the resolution to rescind the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulation that injects transparency into the conciliation process. In addition, five other resolutions have been introduced to rescind regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. If a rule is rescinded pursuant to the CRA, an agency cannot issue a rule that is “substantially the same” unless authorized by Congress.

PHMSA – Hazardous Materials: Notice of Public Meetings in 2021 for International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

SUMMARY: The notice announces that PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety will host four public meetings during 2021 in advance of certain international meetings.

  • The first meeting will be held in preparation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) Working Group 21 (WG/21) virtual meeting scheduled for May 24– 28, 2021.
  • The second meeting will be held in preparation of the 58th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) scheduled for June 28 to July 2, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The third meeting will be held in preparation of the ICAO DGP 28 Meeting (DGP/28) scheduled for September 27 to October 1, 2021.
  • The fourth meeting will be held in preparation of the 59th session of the UNSCOE TDG scheduled for November 29 to December 8, 2021. For each of these meetings, PHMSA will solicit public input on current proposals.

Public notices will be published in the Federal Register prior to the public meetings conducted by the International Standards Group.

PHMSA International Program Overview

Federal Register Notice > https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-04-02/pdf/2021-06871.pdf


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/

Date Event Event Producer Location
       
Daily CE 1102- Industrial Hygiene for Safety Professionals (online) Columbia Southern University

Online

Daily CE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University

Online

Daily CE 1106: Coronavirus Facts: Understanding the Coronavirus Columbia Southern University

Online

Daily CE 1107: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Strategies for Employees Columbia Southern University

Online

Daily CE 1108: Coronavirus Prevention: Strategies for Managers Columbia Southern University

Online

Daily CE 1109: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Train the Trainer Columbia Southern University

Online

Daily Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course CHEMTREC

Online

Daily 49 CFR Ground Shipper Lion

Online

Daily IATA Dangerous Goods Training for Operations Personnel DGI

Online

Daily Shipping Fully Regulated and Excepted Lithium Batteries and Cells Online Training Chemtrec

Online

Daily Healthy Buildings Amid COVID-19 Golder Associates

Online

Daily Air Transport of Radioactive Materials (IATA/DOT) Online Training Energy Solutions

Online

Daily DOT/NRC Radioactive Waste Packaging, Transportation and Disposal Online Training Energy Solutions

Online

Daily GET THE DIRT ON EXCESS SOIL Navigating Ontario’s Finalized Regulations Golder Associates

Online

Daily DOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Online IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Webinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Webinar DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Onsite DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Online DOT Bulk Railcar Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course CHEMTREC

Online

Daily OSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety

Online

Daily HAZWOPER 2020 Refresher (Online) ClickSafety

Online

Daily HAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

Daily HAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

Daily Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec

Online

Daily IATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec

Online

Daily 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School

Online

Daily DOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School

Online

Daily RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School

Online

Daily OSHA Asbestos Awareness Training Hazmat School

Online

Daily 49 CFR Training Chemtrec

Online

Daily ASP®-CSP® Online Review Bowen

Online

Daily IATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Personnel Chemtrec

Online

Daily CHMM Online Review Bowen

Online

Daily COVID 19: Sampling Approaches for Healthy Buildings – Virtual Live Panel Golder Associates

Online

Daily Onsite Lithium Battery Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Onsite ADR Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Webinar ADR Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily Webinar TDG Training Compliance Associates

Online

Daily OSHA Confined Space Operations Training Hazmat School

Online

Daily Emergency Management, Laser Safety Fundamentals Bowen EHS

Online

Daily 49CFR/IATA/IMDG INITIAL WEBINAR DGI

Online

Daily CSHM Exam Prep Course Vubiz

Online

April 20, 2021 DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation PTP

Online

April 22, 2021 IATA Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air PTP

Online

April 23, 2021 IMO-IMDG Training PTP

Online

April 23, 2021 IMO-IMDG Training PTP

Online

April 26-28, 2021 24 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

April 26-29, 2021 40 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

April 28, 2021 8 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

April 28, 2021 8 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

May 6, 2021 Incident Commander Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

May 10-12, 2021 Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Rocky Mountain Chapter/AHMP

Online

May 18, 2021 DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

May 21, 2021 IATA Transportation of Dangerous Goods By Air – Online with Instructor PTP

Online

May 24-26, 2021 24 Hour Hazmat Technician Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

May 24-27, 2021 40 Hour OSHA Hazwoper Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

May 26, 2021 COVID-19 Protection in the Workplace Bowen

Online

May 26, 2021 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

June 15, 2021 DOT Hazardous Materials Training PTP

Online

June 17, 2021 IATA Transportation of Dangerous Goods By Air – Online with Instructor PTP

Online

June 18, 2021 IMO / IMDG Training PTP

Online

June 21-23, 2021 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

June 23, 2021 8 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

June 21-24, 2021 40 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Training PTP

Swedesboro, NJ

August 17-19, 2021 PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Basic Awareness Training HMS

Rockville, MD

August 24-26, 2021 PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Advanced Awareness Training HMS

Rockville, MD

Sept 14-16, 2021 PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Advanced Awareness Training HMS

Rockville, MD

Sept 21-23, 2021 PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Basic Awareness Training HMS

Rockville, MD

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