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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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IHMM’s Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP®) credential is an unbiased verification that a company employs a global multi-modal hazmat transportation expert, as the CDGP recognizes expertise in dealing with the safe, secure, and compliant multi-modal transportation of dangerous goods internationally under the model regulations published by the United Nations, International Maritime Organization, International Civil Aviation Organization, and International Air Transport Association.

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IHMM Credential Recognition

Below you will see the credential badges that are now in each CHMM, CHMP, CDGT, CDGP, AHMM, Student CHMM, CSHM, CSMP, CSSM, ASHM and Student certificant’s MYIHMM account. Every IHMM certificant may use these badges, linked as those below are to their IHMM credential page, for their email signatures, business cards, and other social media applications. You’re justifiably proud of the accomplishment of having earned your credential and you can show the rest of the world. Simply right-click on the badge of choice, then save as to your computer, and then load it to wherever you want to use it, and please link that back to https://ihmm.org/.

Hazardous Materials / Dangerous Goods Transportation Credentials

Certified Hazardous Materials Manager

Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner

Certified Dangerous Goods Professional

Associate Hazardous Materials Manager

Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer

Student Certified Hazardous Materials Manager

EHS / Workplace Safety Credentials

Certified Safety & Health Manager

Certified Safety Management Practitioner

Associate Safety & Health Manager

Student Associate Safety & Health Manager

Certified School Safety Manager

Microcredentials

Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist

IHMM Certificant Recognition

Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts are placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.

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.

IHMM has Distinguished Diplomates and Fellows of the Institute badges to the appropriate people in the MYIHMM database. These two badges are accompanied by lapel pins sent to each of those distinguished by holding these designations.

IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 85 countries around the World.

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IHMM RECENT NEWS

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS/DANGEROUS GOODS
EHS/WORKPLACE SAFETY

INSIDE IHMM

IHMM Enters Its 40th Year

On December 3, 1984 the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management was created with the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager® [CHMM®] credential.  John H. Frick, Harold M. Gordon, John J. McCambridge, and Richard A. Young created what would become an Institute that offers 11 professional credentials across Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods and EHS Work Place Safety communities of practice in all 50 of the United States and 85 other countries.

IHMM thanks its hundreds of volunteer leaders, thousands of certificants and companies who support IHMM through strengthening its ability to extend its reach and allow us all to live up to why we exist our vision, and our mission…

Why We Exist

We believe there is only one Earth; our passion is to protect it.

Our Vision

IHMM credentials and competency standards are embraced worldwide

Our Mission

IHMM sets standards of excellence for professional credentials to advance the global environmental, health, and safety communities of practice.

Robin Spencer, CHMM, Completes 8 Years on the IHMM Board

We are proud to announce that at the December 8, 2023 IHMM Board of Directors meeting we celebrated Robin Spencer’s 8th and final year of her two 4-year terms on the IHMM Board.

At far left please see IHMM Board Chair William M. Diesslin, ARM, CSP, CHMM presenting Robin Spencer, CHMM with an award commemorating and thanking her for her 8 years of service on the IHMM Board of Directors.

Thank you, Robin, for your commitment and dedication to IHMM and all of your help on the Board.

William M. Diesslin, ARM, CSP, CHMM

IHMM Board Chair

Melissa A. Hamer, Esq., CHMM

IHMM Board Vice Chair

June Brock-Carroll, CVT, LVT, CHMP

IHMM Board Secretary

Jan G. Rosenberg, CSHM

IHMM Board Treasurer

IHMM Board of Directors Elects Officers

IHMM is pleased to announce that as its December 8, 2023 Board of Directors meeting Officers of the Institute’s Board were elected.

William M. Diesslin, ARM, CSP, CHMM was re-elected to another term as Board Chair. Melissa A. Hamer, Esq., CHMM was elected Board Vice Chair. June Brock-Carroll, CVT, LVT, CHMP was elected Board Secretary. Jan G. Rosenberg, CSHM was elected Board Treasurer.

Thank you to Bill, Melissa, June, and Jan for standing for election and for your dedication and commitment to serve the Institute and its certificants!

IHMM and EPA Collaborate on the Continuing Challenge Hazmat Workshop

The Continuing Challenge is the oldest hazmat training workshop by responders by responders and we are entering our 35th year.  The 2024 event is from September 3-5, 2024 in Sacramento, California.

We are currently looking for instructors for the 2024 workshop in all things hazmat including:

Planning/SARA Title III;

Mental Health for First Responders;

Drug Labs, Incident Command System and Response Management;

WMD/Explosives;

General Hazmat Response;

HAZWOPER;

Chemistry;

Oil Spills;

Hazmat Firefighting, Risk-Exposure Assessment;

Legal Issues for First Responders;

Media and Community Relations;

Radiation Response and Cleanup;

Air Monitoring and Sampling; Sampling; and

Lithium Ion Battery and Other Alternative Fuels Response.

Our students are hazmat team members from local, state, tribal, Federal and International fire and health departments as well as private industry.

Everyone can get more information at Hazmat.org.

Each seminar typically ranges from 2 hours to 8 hours in length. If you are interested in presenting at the Continuing Challenge then let us know by sending an email to [email protected] with a title, name of the program above, and a short description of the material you would like to deliver. Deadline for submissions so we can get them to EPA is February 1, 2024.

IHMM To Create an AHMM Examination Preparatory Course

In late October IHMM issued an RFP soliciting proposals to work with IHMM on the creation of an Associate Hazardous Materials Manager™ [AHMM™] examination preparatory course.

IHMM is pleased to announce that it has selected Columbia Southern University and VUBIZ, both organizations already work with IHMM on delivering other credential prep courses, to work with IHMM on the AHMM project.

A Collaborative Culture

There are 1,174 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]

IHMM Organizing Broader Government Affairs Activities – Call for Volunteers

In strategic planning on August 17, 2023 IHMM created a strategic imperative to create a broader government affairs operation on behalf of, and with the assistance of, all of IHMM’s certificants.

On August 29, 2023 IHMM’s Executive Director made a presentation of this strategic imperative to the AHMP annual conference. Here is what IHMM intends to organize over the next few months:

  • Federal Government  – Regulatory
    We need a group of people watching Federal regulatory developments to advise when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in the agencies.
  • Federal Government – Congress
    We need a group of people watching legislation to advise us when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in Congress.
  • State Governments – Regulatory
    We need a group of people watching state regulatory developments to advise when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in the agencies.
  • State Governments – Legislatures
    We need a group of people watching legislation to advise us when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in state legislatures.

If you want to make a difference in the recognition of your credentials and build on the successful record we have achieved thus far – we need you to volunteer. Learn more by visiting our Government Affairs Committee page, and get involved with government affairs. You can volunteer for one, two, three or all four of the segments of the committee’s work. That’s up to you!

The full presentation may be viewed here.

IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

IHMM To Propose Changes in Government Recognition of Credentials

State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to update Chapter 851, Standards for Generators of Hazardous Waste. In the current regulation work is required by a professional engineer. IHMM is proposing to include an environmental professional as defined by 40 CFR §312.10.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a number of courses in occupational safety and health within which OSHA credits “A degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation.” IHMM will propose including the CHMM, CSHM, and CSMP.

Beltway Buzz, Ogletree Deakins

Fall 2023 Regulatory Agenda Released. This week, the administration issued its Fall 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, its semiannual forecast of what the regulated community can expect in the next six months. Generally speaking, with the 2024 elections looming, the administration is trying to finalize current regulatory proposals, rather than start new initiatives from the ground floor. Here is what is happening:

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

  • Overtime. Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations are expected to be finalized in April 2024.
  • Independent Contractor. The independent contractor regulation, which is expected to result in more workers being classified as employees rather than independent contractors, was supposed to have been issued in November 2023. Obviously, this means that finalization is imminent.
  • Workplace Safety (Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA))
  • Walkaround Representative. The agenda does not list an expected date for finalization of this proposal that would allow union organizers to accompany OSHA officials during workplace inspections.
  • Heat Stress and Illness. While the agenda indicates that OSHA is reviewing the Small Business Advocacy Review Panel report on this issue, there is no date listed for issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking. (For more on this, see “Small Business Panel Weighs in on OSHA Heat Plans” below.)
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). OFCCP’s proposal, “Modernizing Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors,” which “will consider modifications in light of Executive Order 13988, Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,” has been pushed back to September 2024.
  • Employment Training Administration (ETA). Consistent with President Biden’s executive order on artificial intelligence, ETA is expected to issue at any moment a request for information to solicit “input on whether Schedule A serves as an effective tool for addressing current labor shortages, and how the Department may create a timely, coherent, and transparent methodology for identifying STEM occupations that are experiencing labor shortages.”

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

In March 2024, the Board is expected to finalize its rescission of the 2020 “election protection” rule.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Consistent with the statutory deadline prescribed by the U.S. Congress, the Commission is scheduled to issue regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act by December 29, 2023.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • H-1B Visa Modernization. The agenda does not provide an update on when H-1B modernization proposal might be finalized or whether certain aspects of the proposal might be separated and finalized before other portions of the proposal.
  • Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Residence and Related Immigration Benefits. In March 2024, USCIS is scheduled to issue proposed amendments to its regulations governing adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence in the United States.
  • Fee Schedule. Final changes to fees charged by USCIS for immigration and naturalization benefit requests are expected to be issued in April 2024.

U.S. Department of State

In February 2024, the U.S. Department of State will launch a “pilot program to resume domestic visa renewal for qualified H-1B nonimmigrant visa applicants who meet certain requirements.”

Small Business Panel Weighs in on OSHA Heat Plans. A Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel convened by OSHA this summer has issued its report on the small business impacts of a potential indoor/outdoor heat standard. Generally speaking, the report encourages OSHA, if it issues a proposed heat standard, to allow for flexibility with regard to how employers address heat risk in the workplace. The report states that a requirement for employers to develop a written heat injury and illness prevention program should allow “employers the flexibility to tailor their plans to their specific industry, location, and activities” and that “OSHA [should] offer flexibility to allow employers to implement controls that are feasible and appropriate for their workplace and activities.”

Bipartisan Bill Would Amend Discrimination Tests. This week, a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act of 2023. The bill would do more than address discrimination against older workers, as it would amend not only the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, but also Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Specifically, the bill would allow for “mixed motive” causes of action when employees allege that they were discriminated on the basis of their age, disability, or when they allege that they were retaliated against for opposing an unlawful employment practice. The House passed a similar version of the bill in 2020.

New OSHA Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements for 2024 – Pillsbury Law

As 2023 is swiftly coming to a close, certain employers should begin preparing for electronic submission of injury and illness information to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2024.

In July 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized its “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule, which requires establishments with 100 or more employees in certain designated high-hazard industries (including agricultural, food production, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, transportation, medical and entertainment) to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) once a year. Specifically, employers must submit detailed information about each recordable injury and illness, including the date, physical location and severity of the injury or illness; details about the worker who was injured; and details about how the injury or illness occurred. The rule is effective on January 1, 2024, and annual reporting is due March 2, 2024, through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

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DOL Listening Sessions on Artificial Intelligence in Workplaces

DOL has committed to ensuring that AI, in any workplace, is developed and used responsibly to improve workers’ lives, positively augment human work and help all people safely enjoy the benefits of technological innovation and is developing principles and best practices for employers and AI developers that can be used to mitigate AI’s potential harms to employees’ well-being and maximize its potential benefits. To engage with employers, AI developers, unions, worker advocates and researchers and inform these principles and best practices, DOL is launching a series of AI listening sessions to hear directly from stakeholders about:

  • Job-displacement risks and career opportunities related to AI.
  • Labor standards and job quality implications of AI in the workplace, including those related to equity, protected-activity, compensation, and health and safety.
  • Implications of employers using AI to collect data on workers, including issues such as data privacy, ownership and transparency.

Listening Sessions will be conducted virtually:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m. ET – A comprehensive and open-ended session. Register here
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET – Focusing on hearing how AI developers and employers are designing and deploying AI in the workplace. Register here.
  • Friday, Dec. 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET – Focusing on hearing how workers, unions, worker advocates and AI researchers are considering the impact of AI in the workplace. Register here.

For more information about DOL’s effort related to AI, please see its blog, Making Artificial Intelligence Work for Workers

OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Standards This Century

Every autumn, OSHA announces a list of ten health and safety standards cited most frequently by compliance inspectors on the notices of violation dealt to employers during that calendar year.

The list is reported widely and reviewed by safety professionals and industrial hygienists, who use it to identify potential safety improvements at their own workplaces. If nothing else, the Top 10 list provides a digestible cross-section of health and safety requirements that apply most broadly to general industry and construction workplaces of different types and sizes.

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EPA Proposes Updates Intended to Strengthen the Safer Choice Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed updates to the Safer Choice Standard on November 13, 2023. According to the November 14, 2023, notice, the proposed changes include a name change to the Safer Choice and Design for the Environment (DfE) Standard (Standard), an update to the packaging criteria, the addition of a Safer Choice certification for cleaning service providers, a provision allowing for preterm partnership termination under exceptional circumstances, and the addition of several product and functional use class requirements. 88 Fed. Reg. 78017. EPA notes that Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment and states that DfE is a similar program currently used by EPA to help consumers and commercial buyers identify antimicrobial products that meet the health and safety standards of the typical pesticide registration process required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as well as other EPA DfE criteria. EPA will hold a webinar on December 19, 2023, on its proposed plans for updating the Standard. After EPA’s presentation, there will be time for a question and answer period. EPA asks that comments be submitted in writing after the webinar. Comments on the proposed changes are due January 16, 2024. EPA has posted on its website the proposed changes to the Standard, as well as a “preamble” explaining the proposed changes. For more information, please read the full memorandum.

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Comment Period Opens for EPA’s Proposed PGP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on the proposed 2026 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for discharges of pesticides to waters of the United States in areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. Pursuant to a settlement agreement, EPA is issuing the 2026 PGP on or prior to December 17, 2024, with an effective date of October 31, 2026. 

Information is also available on EPA’s Pesticide Permitting website: https://www.epa.gov/npdes/pesticide-permitting-proposed-2026-pgp

For any questions related to this announcement, please contact [email protected]v.

Pipeline Safety Research and Development Program

Develop and Demonstrate a Remote Multi-Sensor Platform for Right of Way Defense

Objective: The project will improve and deploy additional instances of a pipeline right-of-way (ROW) monitoring system based on stationary sensors mounted on/near the pipeline. Sensor data from multiple locations along the pipe is wirelessly forwarded to a central location for processing and analytics, correlating the data from multiple sensors to rapidly alert operators to events occurring in the ROW. The project will deploy improved field hardware with machine learning analytics.

(Project page and final reporting are available: “Develop and Demonstrate a Remote Multi-Sensor Platform for Right of Way Defense”.)

Meeting Information:

Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Microsoft Teams Meeting:

Teams Meeting Link

Agenda:

Welcome and PHMSA Introduction

Summary Slideshow of Project Results

Open Q&A and Discussion

Adjourn

EPA Updates

EPA Poised To Defend WOTUS; Negotiators Scramble To Cut Climate Deal

EPA is slated to offer its first formal legal defense of its rule that narrowed the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to conform with the Supreme Court’s Sackett decision. Negotiators at the ongoing international climate change conference in Dubai are scrambling to reach a new global agreement to limit greenhouse gases. And EPA faces a looming deadline to propose effluent limitations guidelines (ELG) for meat and poultry product (MPP) facilities.

Latest COP28 Draft Agreement Expands Options Amid Uncertainty

DUBAI — Negotiators at the international climate conference here are floating the most detailed draft agreement so far on key summit debates, though the measure largely expands the number of options ministers must agree on before the conference ends Dec. 12, instead of indicating that officials are nearing agreement on most topics.

Industry Warns EPA Against RCRA Drum Rules, Urging Compliance Focus

A range of industry groups is warning EPA against introducing new regulatory options governing drum reconditioners under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and urging the agency to retain current exemptions, while arguing instead for a focus on compliance with the current regulations.

Final EPA Methane Rule Sets Stage For States To Tighten Oil And Gas Curbs

EPA’s final oil and gas methane rule is poised to launch years of state work to lock in emissions requirements for numerous emissions sources, amid signs that even states with well-developed oil and gas emissions programs will have to make conforming changes while others decide whether to develop their own programs or await federal implementation.

EPA Sees Mixed Outlook On Regulatory Deadlines Amid 2024 Pressure

EPA’s just-issued Fall Unified Agenda shows a mixed outlook for key rulemaking deadlines, with the agency retaining prior deadlines for many policies while delaying several major air rules — and seeking to accelerate its schedule for completing long-delayed TSCA regulations

–Inside EPA

Pre-Task Planning (PTP) Guidelines and Resources for Construction

Pre-Task Planning (PTP) is a process performed before each task starts to discuss the steps of work, the hazards, and available controls. This process may also be known as job hazard analysis (JHA), job safety analysis (JSA), morning huddle, or other terms.

To help contractors design, implement, assess, and continuously improve their PTP process, CPWR has developed a comprehensive PTP package. It contains several applied tools — including checklists, templates, and practical examples — to help you through the process. To access these resources, use the links below.

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Why Lithium Battery Shipments Offer Opportunities and Challenges

IHMM previously provided the IATA the whitepaper “Make Lithium Batteries Safe to Ship”. We hope you found it helpful and insightful. You can always access it here

Lithium batteries are a fact of modern life. They power our computers, smartphones, and a wide variety of other consumer goods. The high value of such products and the demand for swift delivery means that, more often than not, air cargo is the transportation mode of choice. The revenue potential is huge.

But the devil is in the detail. All lithium batteries must be declared, labeled, packaged, and handled correctly. We want to make sure you are always in full compliance with the regulations and there are a multitude of manuals and support tools to help you with the processes involved.

Ensure the safety of all players in the supply chain by making the most of the solutions on offer.

Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations (LBSR)

As adoption of electric cars, e-bikes increase and lithium batteries become lighter and last longer, the number of products relying on lithium batteries will only continue to grow.

Though a practical and efficient way to store energy, lithium batteries, if not properly designed, tested and manufactured can fail and catch fire. In addition, the stored energy and flammable electrolyte in the battery means that they must be prepared properly for shipping to reduce the potential risk to the transport system.

To help address this, we’ve put together the LBSR; a manual with all the information manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, freight forwarders and others in the supply chain need to ensure compliance when shipping lithium batteries.

Order IATA Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations Here

We have launched 17 new consultations on testing proposals. Have your say until 18 January 2024.

The Commission has granted a total of 3 authorisations for 4 uses of chromium trioxide. Find the substances and all details on the Commission website.

The European Commission is looking for comments on a draft delegated act to amend the entry for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and its derivatives in Annex I of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation. This measure will reduce the maximum PFOS concentration allowed as unintentional trace contaminant in substances, mixtures and articles and remove the last specific exemption in the EU.

Professional Certification Coalition

IHMM is a member of the PCC. The PCC monitors state and federal legislative and regulatory activity affecting professional certification on an ongoing basis. The PCC has compiled several “Watchlists” identifying and analyzing provisions in pending legislation at both the state and federal level that, under applicable rules, may still be enacted in the current legislative session.  Depending on the carry-over rules in the relevant legislature, the charts listing current legislation may include bills introduced in a prior year.  In addition, the PCC compiles each year a chart of enacted legislation that affects certification. The charts include hyperlinks to every bill or executive order. Note that the Watchlist and the Enacted Legislation document do not include profession-specific legislation and do not include regulatory initiatives. The charts will be updated as needed based on new developments.

IHMM Credential Recognition

The highest priority of IHMM’s Government Affairs Committee is the recognition of IHMM’s credentials by government. We have made substantial progress in the two years we have undertaken this endeavor, as outlined in detail here > https://ihmm.org/credential-recognition/

In this project we have 45-in-5, increasing the number of states that recognize IHMM credentials.

  • 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 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

The Dr. John H Frick Memorial IHMM Scholarship Program – Closed for 2023 –  Deadline 10/15/2023 – Re Opens in 2024

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management is pleased to have created $32,000 in academic scholarships, divided equally between $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student CHMMs, and $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student ASHMs.

IHMM seeks to foster the growth and academic success of students whose courses of education, and participation in one of our Student certifications, will lead to those students becoming fully-certified IHMM credential holders later in their professional lives.

Go to >  https://ihmm.org/scholarship/

IHMM CHMMⓇ 2022 Salary Survey

IHMM is pleased to release its 2022 salary survey for Certified Hazardous Materials ManagersⓇ [CHMMⓇ] across a broad range of position titles in the CHMMⓇ community of practice.

You may download the CHMM survey 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 

IHMM Fellows Committee Chair Atanu Das, CHMM, is leading the effort within the IHMM Collaboration networking platform to engage both 26 IHMM Fellows as Mentors and anyone who seeks some assistance as Mentees.

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. This article from ASAE magazine outlines how a mentoring program can become more successful – engagement!

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.

#1 – Recertification Video
#2 Recertification Video

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.

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 Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected] and he’ll be happy to help you.

American Society of Safety Professionals

IHMM is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is pleased to bring this important information to all of our certificants.

ASSP News

ASSP Webinars

ASSP Standards News

The U.S. TAG to ANSI for ISO TC283 approved ISO 45002 and ISO 45006 as ANSI registered technical reports.

  • ISO/ASSP TR 45002-2023:   Occupational health and safety management systems – General guidelines for the implementation of ISO 45001:2018
  • ISO/ASSP TR 45006-2023:  Occupational health and safety management – Guidelines for organizations on preventing and managing infectious diseases

At this point, the adoption process is complete.  We will conclude limited public review and then move forward with publication of ISO 45002 and ISO 45006 as an ANSI Registered Technical Report[s].

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SOCIETY

IHMM and HMS

The graphic to the left illustrates the relationship between IHMM and HMS. IHMM formed HMS to serve IHMM’s certificants. IHMM offers a variety of professional credentials and HMS creates education and training programs to serve the applicants and certificants of those credentials.

FET, Inc. Adds EHMM Course

The Federation of Environmental Technologists [FET] CHMM Wisconsin Chapter has added the Essentials of Hazardous Material Management (EHMM) Course for Monday’s between 4 pm and 7 pm Central time from January 8 through April 8, 2024. The EHMM course provides a broad yet comprehensive environmental, health, and safety overview of hazardous materials management and related sciences.

Register for the FET EHMM course here.

AHMP Cyber Chapter Adds EHMM Course

The  AHMP Cyber Chapter has added the Essentials of Hazardous Material Management (EHMM) Course for January 15-17, 2024. This course provides instruction on laws and regulations as well as technologies and practices in an overview fashion that highlights and emphasizes what is important for a hazardous materials manager to know and provides essential information for the hazardous materials manager to better conduct his/her job.

More information and Registration for this January course here.

Lion Tech, HMS Training Partner, Adds Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] Webinars

This week Lion Tech has added its Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] webinars to the HMS Daily Training schedule. This two-day workshop provides comprehensive training to offer hazardous materials for transportation in compliance with the US DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The two-day workshop is approved for 12 CM Points toward IHMM re-certification.

Webinars at Lion.com blend the convenience of online learning with the engagement and nowness of live classroom training. This two-day course provides comprehensive training to offer hazardous materials for transportation in compliance with the US DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The webinar is approved for 12 CM Points toward IHMM re-certification.

Professionals who complete this course develop in-depth knowledge needed to assess a hazardous materials transportation situation and:

• Determine what regulations apply to the material.
• Select authorized and compatible packaging.
• Choose and place required labels/markings for transportation.
• Properly fill out shipping papers with required info (in the right order).
• Determine if placards are required for a bulk or non-bulk shipment.
• Carry out reporting, recordkeeping, and training responsibilities, and more.

Check out the Course agenda at Lion.com/IHMM.

2023 Schedule – Limited Sessions Remain

[Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT) — 2 days / 12 hours

  • December 18–19

See more at Lion.com/IHMM, including 1-day DOT hazmat training and 1- and 2-day RCRA course delivered via live webinar. Check out all of Lion’s IHMM-approved courses to maintain your certifications and stay on top the latest hazardous materials, hazardous waste, and environmental regulations.

Already confident about the basics of the HMR? Join us for a one-day “Recurrent Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT) Webinar” instead to help meet DOT’s three-year training mandate for “hazmat employees,”—or train online at your own pace.

More at Lion.com/IHMM

Lion Tech, HMS Training Partner, Adds Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] Training

This week Lion Tech has added its Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] Training to the HMS Daily Training schedule. This two-day workshop provides comprehensive training to offer hazardous materials for transportation in compliance with the US DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The two-day workshop is approved for 12.50 CM Points toward IHMM re-certification.

DailyHazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT) TrainingLion Tech Online
Dec 13-14, 2023[Hartford, CT] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Hartford, CT
Dec 14-15, 2023[Dallas, TX] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Dallas, TX

CHEMTREC, HMS Training Partner, Adds HAZWOPER Refresher Training

CHEMTREC has added its HAZWOPER 8-hour Refresher Training to the HMS Daily Training schedule. This HAZWOPER 8-hour Refresher Training is designed for individuals who need to refresh their existing 24-hour or 40-hour HAZWOPER certification. This course meets the requirements outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for 8 (eight) hours of annual refresher training for workers involved in the transport, storage, or handling of hazardous materials or hazardous waste.

See the CHEMTREC HAZWOPER 8-hour Refresher Training here!

CHEMTREC, an HMS training partner, has had 8 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee. Thank you CHEMTREC, and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.

DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrecOnline
DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrecOnline
DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training CourseChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for OperationsChemtrecOnline
Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrecOnline

AIHA, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

American Industrial Hygiene Association [AIHA] an HMS training partner, has added its first of many courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs in support of IHMM certificants holding the CHMM, CHMP, CSHM, and CSMP credentials. Thank you, AIHA.

Daily

Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene

AIHAOnline
Daily

Certificate Program: Use of Direct Reading Instruments

AIHAOnline
Daily

How to Develop Creative Narrative for Better Training and Retention (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHAOnline
Daily

Electrical Safe Work Practices With Application of NFPA 70E PDC Recording

AIHAOnline
Daily

Is Your Safety Training Good Enough? (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHAOnline
Daily

All About Leading, Lagging, and Predictive Indicators (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHAOnline
Daily

Elevating EHS Leading Indicators: From Defining to Designing Webinar Recording

AIHAOnline
Daily

Increasing Risk Awareness and Leveraging Risk Management to Catalyze a Culture of Learning and Health (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHAOnline
Daily

Emergency Preparedness: Is the Workplace Truly Prepared for Emergencies? (AIHce EXP 2022 OnDemand)

AIHAOnline
Daily

Mitigation Through Decontamination PDC Recording

AIHAOnline
Daily

SDS & Label Authoring Course

AIHAOnline
Daily

Empowering Industrial Hygienists With Systems Thinking for ISO 45001 Webinar Recording

AIHAOnline
Daily

ISO 45001 OHSMS Update and Overview Webinar Recording

AIHAOnline
Daily

Fire and Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries PDC Recording

AIHAOnline
Daily

Decision Making in Managing Risk – Expand Context, Strengthen Skills PDC Recording

AIHAOnline
Daily

Risk Assessment Virtual Conference Recordings (2021): Introduction to Risk Assessment

AIHAOnline
Daily

Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene

AIHAOnline

Bowen EHS, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

Bowen EHS, an HMS training partner, has had 4 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee, chaired by Diana Lundelius. Thank you Bowen EHS and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.

Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.

DailyEPCRA Tier II ReportingBowen EHSOnline
DailyCHMM Online ReviewBowen EHSOnline
DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHSOnline
DailyAcute Toluene Exposure WebinarBowen EHSOnline

Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.

IHMM and HMS Tie Exam Preparation Together for Applicants

Every IHMM certification that requires an examination has a section of its website entitled Examination Preparation.

Connected to the Examination Preparation panel is a companion panel that is Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam.

You see the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel from the CHMM site at left.

When you click on the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel it takes the applicant directly to the HMS site where all CHMM prep courses may be found and chosen.

For the 404 CHMM applicants IHMM had on November 8, 2023, all 404 applicants looking for CHMM prep courses could see and choose their favored CHMM exam prep course. If your course is not on the HMS platform, none of the 404 CHMM applicants could find you.

If you want your CHMM prep course on the HMS platform so it can be found by IHMM CHMM applicants, contact Gene Guilford at [email protected]

HMS Makes Finding Courses to Earn CMPs Easy

Every year more than 1,600 IHMM certificants have to recertify their credentials, evidenced their continuing commitment to improvement and learning to elevate their professional credential.

Earning Certification Maintenance Points [CMPs] is illustrated under Recertification of Your Credential, that includes the Recertification Claims Manual – Appendix A, that details all of the ways a certificant may earn CMPs > https://ihmm.org/recertification-claims/

Having mastered that manual, how does an IHMM certificant find courses to earn CMPs?

HMS has made that simple and easy.

  1. Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
  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!

HMS Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] Exam Prep

The Columbia Southern University/HMS CDGP prep course is found here on the Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] education and training website > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/ce-1112-cdgp-exam-prep/2022-02-02/

The CSU CDGP exam prep course is delivered entirely online and may be initiated by any CDGP applicant at any time. The CDGP applicant has up to 10 weeks to complete the prep course, though an extension of the 10 weeks may be requested from CSU directly. The CSU CDGP exam prep course contains 8 modules covering the 4 principle texts involved in the CDGP exam, as follows:

  • UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, and
  • International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions (ICAO TI), and
  • International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR), and the
  • International Maritime Organization’s Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).

More information on the IHMM Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] credential may be found here > https://ihmm.org/cdgp/

Donate to HMS

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

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

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

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

RCM&D Professional Liability Insurance

HMS is proud to have partnered with RCM&D to be able to offer an outstanding comprehensive professional liability insurance program to IHMM certificants. Here, you will find information about this important program offering Environmental Consultants and Engineers Professional Liability coverage. This coverage is intended to add protection for loss stemming from actual or alleged negligent acts, errors and omissions in performing professional services.

For more information see > https://hazmatsociety.org/professional-liability-insurance/

Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society

99% of IHMM certificants are aware of the Hazardous Materials Society, which we appreciate. IHMM established the Hazardous Materials Society in order to support and provide services to IHMM certificants.

Did You Know?

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

As an IHMM certificant, you pay no dues to take advantage of IHMM’s Foundation at HMS. We do appreciate IHMM’s certificants encouraging their companies to contribute.

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.

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Columbia Southern University

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

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

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

IHMM CONFERENCES FOR 2023

IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2024, virtually as well as in-person as resources allow. In 2023 IHMM participated in the Bay Area ASSP conference, Ohio Safety conference, COSTHA Annual Meeting, AIHA Conference & Trade Show, ASSP Annual Conference, CUHMMC, AHMP, National Safety Conference and FET

Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that are not named here? If so, let us know by sending an email to [email protected]

HMS EVENTS CALENDAR

IHMM has a companion organization for which education and training programs are presented and delivered.  The Hazardous Materials Society is IHMM’s Professional Association and HMS’ education and training website can be found here. These events are produced independently of IHMM, and their providers have no access to IHMM certification examinations or program information other than that which is publicly available.

DateEventEvent ProducerLocation
DailyCHMM Exam Prep CourseInstitute of Safety & Systems Management

Online

DailyCE 1112- IHMM CDGP Exam Prep (online) Columbia Southern University

Online

DailyCE 1102- Industrial Hygiene for Safety Professionals (online) Columbia Southern University

Online

DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University

Online

DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER Refresher (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School

Online

DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen

Online

DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School

Online

DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI

Online

DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz

Online

DailyCSMP Exam Prep CourseVubiz

Online

DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec

Online

DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec

Online

DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrec

Online

DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec

Online

DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec

Online

Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec

Online

DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec

Online

DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School

Online

DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School

Online

DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School

Online

DailyEPCRA Tier II ReportingBowen EHS

Online

DailyEHS Training Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS

Online

DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS

Online

DailyBasic Principles of Occupational HygieneAIHA

Online

Daily

Certificate Program: Use of Direct Reading Instruments

AIHA

Online

Daily

How to Develop Creative Narrative for Better Training and Retention (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHA

Online

Daily

Electrical Safe Work Practices With Application of NFPA 70E PDC Recording

AIHA

Online

Daily

Is Your Safety Training Good Enough? (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHA

Online

Daily

All About Leading, Lagging, and Predictive Indicators (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHA

Online

Daily

Elevating EHS Leading Indicators: From Defining to Designing Webinar Recording

AIHA

Online

Daily

Increasing Risk Awareness and Leveraging Risk Management to Catalyze a Culture of Learning and Health (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

AIHA

Online

Daily

Emergency Preparedness: Is the Workplace Truly Prepared for Emergencies? (AIHce EXP 2022 OnDemand)

AIHA

Online

Daily

Mitigation Through Decontamination PDC Recording

AIHA

Online

Daily

SDS & Label Authoring Course

AIHA

Online

Daily

Empowering Industrial Hygienists With Systems Thinking for ISO 45001 Webinar Recording

AIHA

Online

Daily

ISO 45001 OHSMS Update and Overview Webinar Recording

AIHA

Online

Daily

Fire and Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries PDC Recording

AIHA

Online

Daily

Decision Making in Managing Risk – Expand Context, Strengthen Skills PDC Recording

AIHA

Online

Daily

Risk Assessment Virtual Conference Recordings (2021): Introduction to Risk Assessment

AIHA

Online

Daily

Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene

AIHA

Online

Daily

Response Considerations During an Outbreak or Pandemic

FEMA           Online
Daily

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness Course

FEMA           Online
Daily

RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Online

Lion Tech

Online

Daily

RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher

Lion Tech

Online

Dec 13-14 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Hartford, CT

Dec 14-15 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Dallas, TX

Dec 18-19, 2023 [Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)Lion Tech

Online

Jan 8-Apr 8, 2024Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management [EHMM] CourseFET, Inc

Online

Jan 15-17, 2024Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management [EHMM] CourseAHMP Cyber Chapter

Online

Mar 4-6, 2024

Lithium Battery Logistics Safety Management (LIVE virtual classroom)

IATA

Online

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