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IHMM Credential Recognition
Below you will see the credential badges that are now in each CHMM, CHMP, CDGT, CDGP, Student CHMM, CSHM, CSMP, and ASHM certificant’s MYIHMM account. Every IHMM certificant may use these badges, linked as those below are to their IHMM credential page, for their email signatures, business cards, and other social media applications. You’re justifiably proud of the accomplishment of having earned your credential and you can show the rest of the world. Simply right-click on the badge of choice, then save as to your computer, and then load it to wherever you want to use it, and please link that back to https://ihmm.org/.
IHMM Certificant Recognition
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.
IHMM In-Person or Remotely Proctored Exams
The American National Standards Institute [ANSI] has approved Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for IHMM’s CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP exams. IHMM has been using the Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for the CSHM and CSMP exams since April 2020.
76% of Kryterion in-person testing centers have reopened. If you prefer the comfort and convenience of taking your exam from your home or office instead of at a Kryterion center, IHMM is ready to enroll you in a remotely proctored examination.
Please contact either Kortney Tunstall at [email protected] for the CHMM, Student CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] for the Student ASHM, CSHM, or CSMP exams.
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IHMM RECENT NEWS
NIOSH Respirator User Notices Issued by Manufacturers
Milwaukee-area company fined $1.6M for hazardous waste violations
Federal settlement paves way for continued work at New Hampshire superfund site
Scientists Shine a Light on What Comes Up When You Flush
New Manufacturing Process Produces Better, Cheaper Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Economical Eco-Friendly Fabrication of High Efficiency Chalcopyrite Solar Cells
Call for Information on the Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen-Health Criteria
Delaware: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Community Right-to-Know; Adopting 2022 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes for Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting; Correction
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
NEWS UPDATE #2: TC Energy Pipeline Oil Discharge Near Washington, Kansas
EPA Issues Guidance to States to Reduce Harmful PFAS Pollution
Registration Open for EPA Virtual Public Hearing on EPA’s Supplemental Proposal to Cut Methane Pollution to Protect Communities, Combat Climate Change, and Bolster American Innovation
Rocks and Hard Places: Noteworthy Developments in Climate Change Regulation for Us Insurers
EPA Proposes SNURs for 35 PFAS, Advancing Key Action in PFAS Strategic Roadmap
Beware Before You Flare: EPA Revamps Rulemaking to Pave the Way for Methane Emission Reductions
Investing in EHS saves your facility time and money
New reports says illness, injury, fatalities, and $100 billion is the cost of heat stress inaction by employers each year
Workplace safety professionals invited to DEI Summit
Construction industry confronting job hazards with smart technology and cutting-edge PPE
On-demand video empowers employee safety training
The need for sustainable waste management in the construction industry
Investigation into two workers’ deaths in Edmund finds Arkansas contractor failed to test oxygen level in confined space, provide rescue equipment
COVID-19 task force calls for tougher indoor air standards
Federal vs. state OSHA: Do you understand the difference?
Effective Chemical Safety Training Through Safety Engineering Training
The Great Reengagement: How Chemical Companies can Build a Positive and Safe Employee Culture
How to Make an Impact as Safety Professionals
Dos and Don’ts of Surprise OSHA Inspections
Construction Industry Remains Constrained, Marcum Index Shows
On-demand Webinar: The Importance of Environmental Management Systems for Aviation
Paper on Seaborne Ammonium Nitrate Safety Published
OSHA COVID-19 Rule for Health Care Workers Sent to White House
Four Unexpected Things Wastewater Can Teach Us About Ourselves
EPA finds Denver’s unique Lead Reduction Program effective
A Legal Playbook on How to Manage DE&I Workplace Programs
Construction planning numbers increase for third consecutive month
OSHA fines Arkansas contractor $287K for confined space deaths
Thank you, Richie, Mark, Pinkie, and Sarath
The recent IHMM Board of Directors meeting marked a milestone for 4 Board Members and IHMM is deeply indebted to their commitment and contribution to the mission and leadership of IHMM. These are exemplary volunteers and their presence on our Board will be missed.
Ending 2 terms as the CDGP representative and Chair of the Board, Richie Spangler, shown at left receiving an award from newly elected Chair Bill Diesslin. Ending 2 terms as a CHMM on the Board, Mark Baumgardner, shown at center receiving an award from newly elected Chair Bill Diesslin. Ending a term as the CSMP representative on the Board, Pinkie Wood, shown at right receiving an award from newly elected Chair Bill Diesslin.
Sarath Seneviratne could not be with us as he and his wife have a newborn. We hope all is well Sarath.
Thank you, all and have a Merry Christmas and well-deserved rest.
2023 IHMM Certificant Survey
This is our 2023 IHMM certificant survey. Your feedback allows us to gather broad based information about the needs and preferences of our certificants that leads to improving our services and credentials.
Please take a few minutes and answer the 19 questions posed in this survey and help us improve our services.
Take the short survey here >> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IHMM2023
IHMM Has its 100th Student CHMM Applicant
IHMM is pleased to announce that we have received our 100th Student CHMM application! This achievement marks another historic milestone in IHMM’s progress in supporting students in undergraduate or graduate studies in the hazardous materials disciplines. 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.
IHMM’s Student Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (ST/CHMM ®) credential recognizes students who wish to demonstrate their development of knowledge and skills in hazardous materials management while pursuing their undergraduate degree.
IHMM further underscores its commitment to students by having created the $32,000 IHMM Scholarship program in 2022, that prior to Thanksgiving made its first two awards.
Student CHMM FMI > https://ihmm.org/student-chmm/
Student ASHM FMI > https://ihmm.org/student-ashm/
IHMM Scholarship Program > https://ihmm.org/scholarship/
New rules will have a significant impact on shippers using the USPS to ship dangerous goods
The post office has published a final rule and a proposed rule (NPRM) that will both significantly affect the way that its customers using the service to ship hazardous materials will prepare and consign such goods. Shippers using the post office for hazmat shipments should carefully examine these new requirements.
The final rule:
The Postal Service is amending Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Pub 52), to incorporate new requirements for mailers to separate, into identifiable containers, all hazardous material (HAZMAT) requiring hazardous marks or labels from other mail when tendering to the Postal Service. Additionally, the Postal Service will now require used, damaged, or defective electronic devices (excluding devices that are new in original packaging, and manufacturer certified new/refurbished) containing or packed with lithium batteries to be mailed only via surface transportation and to bear specified markings. This rule is effective December 1, 2022.
The rule is HERE
NIOSH Resource on Protecting Temporary Workers: Best Practices for Host Employers
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Services Sector Council—in partnership with the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the American Staffing Association (ASA), and the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program within Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries—have released a new set of best practices, Protecting Temporary Workers: Best Practices for Host Employers, to help host employers better protect the safety and health of temporary workers.
Research shows that the risk of experiencing a work-related injury may be higher for temporary workers compared to non-temporary workers. This new resource provides detailed best practices for host employers that are applicable across industries and occupations. It is organized into three areas:
1) How to evaluate and address workplace safety and health in a written contract
2) Training for temporary workers and their worksite supervisors
3) Injury and illness reporting, response, and recordkeeping
NIOSH Toolkit HERE
Creating the Water Workforce of the Future:
Transforming the Water Workforce
December 15, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
In today’s world, water sector utilities need to work with many partners to recruit and retain a motivated and sustainable 21st century workforce—they can’t do it alone! Partners can include employment and training organizations, educational institutions, contractors, and others. There is also a pressing need to help current utility leaders develop the transformative skills they will need to lead the water workforce in the 21st century. Please join us on December 15, 2022, to hear from two leading utility workforce leaders from DC Water and AWWA as they take steps to develop a truly sustainable workforce for their utility and also help leaders across the sector develop the skills to address the myriad of challenges they will face moving forward.
This webinar is part of an ongoing webinar series hosted by EPA, in partnership with leading water sector organizations around the country. More information on this webinar series can be found at
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.
- We have already succeeded in 13 states – New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Arkansas, Oklahoma. Ohio, North Dakota, and Georgia. [Red states in the map above]. These are states where IHMM credentials are cited or 40 CFR 312.10 is cited by reference.
- We have partially succeeded in another 16 states – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. [Orange/Black Stripe states in the map above] These are states where the requirements of an “environmental professional” or QEP are cited that coincide with an IHMM credential so that relatively little work would need to be done to clarify the desired outcome.
- We have 21 states where no reference to an IHMM credential is made in either statute or regulation, nor is there anything defined in the area of an environmental professional. These states will require legislation or regulatory work. [Yellow states in the map above].
In January 2021 Mark at AHMP and Gene at IHMM has launched 45 in 5, getting the other 45 states to recognize our credentials in 5 years. If we can find a volunteer like Mark in other states [see above] we can work with those volunteers on crafting the right message to the right agencies in state governments across the country. If we find enough volunteers we can get this done in less than 5 years.
In January 2022 Gene Guilford released the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation that states a private certification that meets or exceeds the requirements of the regulation is an Environmental Professional under the regulation. Here is the crosswalk between the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation and the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] blueprint. The CHMM meets or exceeds the requirements of an Environmental Professional.
Here’s what we ask each volunteer to do:
- Watch legislative and regulatory developments in your state that provide an opportunity for us to create amendments or other interventions
- Be willing to speak with regulators and legislators in your area about the recognition efforts we craft together
PHMSA Notice of Enforcement Policy for International Standards
The enforcement policy regarding international standards notifies offerors and carriers of hazardous materials that PHMSA will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier using these standards for the domestic or international transportation of packages by any mode as it continues to consider adopting updated editions of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and the International Maritime Organization International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) into the Hazardous Materials Regulations. PHMSA and its modal partners will temporarily exercise enforcement discretion against offerors or carriers of hazardous materials packages that are marked, labeled, or transported in accordance with the internationally adopted 2023-2024 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions or the Amendment 41-22 of the IMDG Code until otherwise stated. PHMSA will also not take enforcement action against shippers or carriers transporting polymerizing substances in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations that are in effect on December 31, 2022, while it considers future regulatory amendments.
See PHMSA’s Enforcement Policy for International Standards for full details regarding the enforcement discretion, including those related to transporting polymerizing substances and the use of FRP portable tanks.
EPA Finds Florida Water Quality Standards Unprotective Of Human Health
EPA has notified Florida officials that the state’s water quality standards (WQS) are unprotective of human health and is ordering them to both revise some human health criteria (HHC) and issue new criteria to protect against dozens of priority toxic pollutants in surface waters within a year, or face a federally imposed plan.
EPA’s decision — spelled out in a Dec. 1 determination from EPA water chief Radhika Fox to Shawn Hamilton, secretary of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) — renews focus on the agency’s recent efforts to increase fish consumption rates (FCR) in water quality decisions as a way to protect subsistence fishermen and other seafood consumers.
“Without an updated FCR, Florida is not keeping pace with the current practices of Florida residents, who appear to be eating far more fish than the 6.5 g/day input indicates. Moreover, EPA has placed an emphasis on increased consumption of healthy fish for its human health benefits and is particularly concerned that people eating fish they catch for their sustenance are being disproportionately impacted,” Fox told Hamilton.
The determination is the second major EPA action over state WQS in recent weeks. On Nov. 18, EPA issued final water quality criteria to protect human health from toxics in Washington state and, over industry objections, set 141 HHC for 72 different pollutants.
EPA Poised To Propose Tougher Limits For Fine Particulate Matter
EPA is on the cusp of proposing a new rule that will likely tighten national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), sources say, a measure that will float tougher annual and possibly daily limits for the pollutant which are expected to drive tougher regulatory standards in many parts of the country.
The proposal, which is expected to be signed within days, will likely strengthen at least the annual health-based “primary” limit for PM2.5 from a level set in 2012 by the Obama administration, sources say, as part of a reconsideration of a 2020 Trump administration decision to retain EPA’s whole suite of limits for PM2.5 and the larger PM10.
The plan remains under White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pre-publication review for the time being.
The proposal may also tighten the existing daily health-based limit for PM2.5, according to environmentalists.
New supporting scientific information on chemical persistence and bioaccumulation
Our Persistence, Bioaccumulation and Toxicity (PBT) Expert Group has published a discussion paper on the use of toxicokinetic data for assessing bioaccumulation in air-breathing mammals. The paper is based on discussions from a working group with leading experts from academia, industry and government.
The expert group has also published two notes on sterile controls in biodegradation studies and assessing the persistence of volatile substances.
Discussion paper | Note on sterile controls | Note on persistence of volatile substances | Management of PBT/vPvB substancesNew intention to identify a substance of very high concern
An intention has been received for bis(4-chlorophenyl) sulphone (EC 201-247-9, CAS 80-07-9).
European General Court Annuls Harmonized Classification and Labeling of Titanium Dioxide
On November 23, 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) announced a decision of the General Court that annuls the 2019 harmonized classification and labeling of titanium dioxide as a carcinogenic substance by inhalation in certain powder forms. According to the press release, the European Commission (EC) “made a manifest error in its assessment of the reliability and acceptability of the study on which the classification was based and, second, it infringed the criterion according to which that classification can relate only to a substance that has the intrinsic property to cause cancer.” For more information on the General Court’s decision and our insightful Commentary, please read the full memorandum.
Read more > https://www.actagroup.com/regulatory-developments/entry/european-general-court-annuls-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-of-tit
UNSCOE TDG 61st Session
The United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) is holding their 61st Session November 28 – December 6, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. There are 32 formal and 39 informal papers submitted for discussion as of Day 1. This session is the final of four sessions during the 2021-2022 biennium.
All daily sessions are to be held formally (interpreted). Therefore, papers are to be reviewed as listed on the agenda (INF.2) and final decisions will be taken when appropriate.
This summary is provided to assist you in following the discussions of the papers and is not intended as a full summary of document that was presented. Links to individual papers are provided to allow you to read the papers directly. Note that the Official report of the session will be made available by the UN Secretariat 3-4 weeks after the session concludes.
Congress Grapples With EPA’s FY23 Budget, States Weigh SDWA’s Future
Congressional leaders are scrambling to reach a spending deal for EPA and other agencies ahead of a Dec. 16 deadline. State regulators are beginning to consider possible reforms to the safe drinking water law ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2024.
The fate of EPA’s fiscal year 2023 budget hangs in the balance as Congress scrambles to either reach a deal ahead of a Dec. 16 deadline or extend the current continuing resolution that has been funding the agency at FY22 levels since Oct. 1. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced last week that Democratic leaders will release a new funding proposal on Dec. 12 as they remain at odds with Republicans over top-line spending for EPA and other non-defense programs.
The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators is holding a Dec. 16 webinar to begin considering how their members may want to revise the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as the law approaches its 50th anniversary in 2024. The webinar will include a “forward look towards the 50th anniversary of the SDWA on December 16, 2024, to get the water sector to start thinking about what’s worked, what hasn’t worked so well, and what data or information would be needed to make informed decisions on what might need to be revised in the SDWA sometime in the future.”
Petrochemical Sector Rules
The Senate environment committee’s chemical safety, waste management, environmental justice and regulatory oversight subcommittee is slated to hold a Dec. 15 hearing that will examine “the impact of plastic use and [identify] solutions for reducing plastic waste.”
The hearing appears likely to focus on new legislation, introduced by subcommittee Chairman Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and other Democratic lawmakers, that aim to limit use of plastics and to significantly strengthen regulation of manufacturing facilities, including deadlines for nationwide phaseouts of single-use plastics, steeper reuse targets, tougher emissions standards, a temporary permitting moratorium and mandatory consideration of environmental justice (EJ) concerns in permitting.
IHMM Scholarship Program
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 provide instruction to the more than 75 IHMM Fellows in becoming mentors.
Given the extraordinary experience Fellows have, this is a unique opportunity for IHMM Fellows to help guide more recent certificants in their professional development activities.
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 Margaret Toscano at [email protected] and she’ll be happy to help you.
National Safety Council
IHMM is a member of the National Safety Council and is pleased to bring this important information to all of our certificants.
Speeding tops list of most cited violations during Operation Safe Driver Week
OSHA sends standard on COVID-19 for health care to OMB for final review
New from NSC: White paper on managing risks with EHS software and mobile apps
MSHA releases winter safety checklist for mine workers and operators
Co-worker encouragement can play a role in a healthy workplace
Senators introduce bipartisan bill on safe truck parking
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.
Q&A: What OSH Professionals Need to Know About DEI and Workplace Safety
Workplace Safety Professionals Invited to DEI Summit
ASSP Helps Safety and Health Professionals Get Recognized
A Safety Professional’s Journey
The Conceptual Toolbox: 6 Ideas For Addressing Workplace Safety Issues
January 19, 2023 – So You’ve Digitized Inspections: What Next?
February 13, 2023 – SafetyFOCUS 2023 Virtual
March 2-30, 2023 – ONLINE COURSE: Safety Management I
March 2-30, 2023 – ONLINE COURSE: Safety Management II
March 3, 2023 – ONLINE COURSE: Enterprise Risk Management for Safety Professionals
Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins
Democrats Claim Senate Majority. This week, Senator Raphael Warnock won a runoff election to serve a full term as U.S. senator for Georgia. The victory gave Senate Democrats a true majority (51–49) in the upper chamber for at least the next two years, beginning in January 2023. As the Buzz previously discussed, this means that Senate committee assignments will no longer be evenly divided between the two parties, and Democrats will instead maintain a slim majority on the committees, making it easier for them to advance legislation and nominations. The security of the Democrats’ newly expanded Senate majority was briefly unsettled today when Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced that she would leave the Democratic Party and become an independent. However, Senator Sinema reportedly will keep her committee positions through the Democrats, effectively preserving the Democrats’ majority (though unlike independent senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, she will not attend Democratic caucus meetings).
NLRB Joint Employer Comments Due. The initial deadline for stakeholders to submit comments in response to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed joint-employer regulation closed on December 7, 2022. Commenters will have another bite at the apple and may submit reply comments by December 21, 2022. This puts a final regulation on track to issue sometime within the next six to eight months—perhaps prior to the expiration of Member Gwynne A. Wilcox’s term in August 2023.
Treasury Issues Prevailing Wage, Apprenticeship Guidance. Late last week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued guidance purporting to clarify the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements for taxpayers wishing to take advantage of the green energy tax credit provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The guidance addresses the following issues:
- When do the requirements apply? These requirements will apply to covered construction projects that begin on or after January 30, 2023 (though the announcement by the Treasury Department states that January 29, 2023, is the key date).
- Apprenticeship. The IRA and the guidance require that a prescribed “percentage of the total labor hours of the construction, alteration, or repair work … is performed by qualified apprentices.” Those work hours are as follows:
- For work beginning before January 1, 2023: 10 percent
- For work beginning after December 31, 2022, and before January 1, 2024: 12.5 percent
- For work beginning after December 31, 2023: 15 percent
- Good faith effort exception. Pursuant to the guidance, a taxpayer will satisfy the apprenticeship requirements if it “requests qualified apprentices from a registered apprenticeship program,” and that request is denied or the program fails to respond within five business days.
- Prevailing wage requirements. In order to satisfy the prevailing wage requirements, the guidance instructs taxpayers to use the DOL’s published “prevailing wage determination for the geographic area and type or types of construction.” If such determination is not available, taxpayers are instructed to send an email to [email protected] to request a determination.
The guidance further states, “The Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the IRS anticipate issuing proposed regulations and other guidance with respect to the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.”
Central States Pension Fund to Receive $36 Billion. On December 8, 2022, the White House announced that the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund—which has been in crisis for years and is facing looming benefit reductions—will receive $36 billion in special financial assistance. The Special Financial Assistance Program was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (which the U.S. Congress passed in 2021 pursuant to the arcane reconciliation process) to assist struggling multiemployer pension plans. According to a White House fact sheet, “The Central States Pension Fund estimates that it will now be able to pay full benefits to workers and retirees through 2051.”
Regulatory Agenda on the Way? The Buzz is keeping an eye out for the release of the Fall 2022 Regulatory Agenda. Last fall’s regulatory agenda was released on December 10, 2021, so with history as a guide, this year’s may be released soon. The agenda provides a forecast of federal rulemaking activities for the next six months.
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.
FREE US DOT PHMSA HMIT GRANT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS AWARENESS TRAINING WORKSHOP – 24 IHMM CMPs
Courses are here> Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/ Under “Find Training,” Search for NPETE>
These workshops are offered with U.S. DOT PHMSA HMIT (Hazardous Materials Instructor Training) Grant support to the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (National PETE). This training is FREE for employees and federal, state, county, and local government employees involved in DOT HazMat Shipping, Receiving and Handling via Ground, Air, and Vessel Transportation.
The workshop curriculum is in accordance with 49 CFR § 172.704 for General Awareness, Function-Specific, Safety, and Security Awareness training requirements. Class size is limited to 10-15 students with mask/social distancing protocols, so act fast. Minimum of 6 attendees is needed to confirm the class.
Registration: Contact Mr. Raymond Davis, CHMM, IHMM Fellow, NPETE US DOT PHMSA HMIT Grant Project Coordinator/Instructor at [email protected]
Please provide Mr. Davis with the following registration information via email to [email protected]
Your name, Your company, Your company address/city/state/zip, Phone number, and Email
Upon receipt of your registration information, the address of the training location will be provided.
2022 Hazardous Materials Society Board Election – Voting Resumed
The HMS began voting for its 2022 slate of directors on November 9th and halted it when there was a problem with the ballot. As soon as the problem is rectified, the voting started again and will continue until December 16th. HMS is IHMM’s Foundation, providing education, training, networking, affinity programs and other support exclusively for IHMM certificants.
There are four  candidates presented below. Read about each of the four. Every eligible IHMM certificant may vote in the election and has already received, by email, a unique voting key and link to cast their votes for up to three  of the four  candidates presented.
CHEMTREC, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants
CHMETREC, an HMS training partner, has had 6 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 CHEMTREC, and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.
Easily Find Courses to Help You Pass IHMM Credential Exams
This week we add the Federation of Environmental Technologists [FET] EHMM course to the CHMM examination preparation schedule. FET is the CHMM chapter in Wisconsin and IHMM is proud to support them and help to promote their EHMM offering to IHMM’s CHMM applicants.
CDGP® Prep Course
CE-1112: CDGP® Exam Prep – Columbia Southern University – Available On Demand
CHMM® Prep Courses
Daily – CHMM® Online Review – Bowen
Daily – CHMM® Prep Course – Institute of Safety & Systems Management
Daily –Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM®) Exam Prep – SPAN Exam Prep, Division of ClickSafety
CSHM® Prep Courses
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 397 CHMM applicants IHMM had on August 31, 2022, all 397 looking for CHMM prep courses could see and chose their favored CHMM exam prep course. If your course is not on the HMS platform, none of the 397 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.
- Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
- Scroll down until you see a row of buttons…click on the CMPs button
The system will then generate all of the courses on the HMS E&T platform with IHMM CMPs already attached.
The next developments by the HMS E&T committee will refine available courses’ CMPs by individual credential!
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/
Applications for the 2022 HMS Scholarship Awards Now Open
The HMS scholarship award is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students whose academic program and research studies have the potential to address the most serious issues in handling hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environmental issues, health & safety challenges. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited U.S. academic institutions.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS IS December 1, 2022. All submissions and associated materials must be submitted using the online form.
Scholarship Winners Will Be Announced at the HMS Annual Meeting.
For More Information, Visit > https://hazmatsociety.org/scholarship/
Donate to HMS
One of the most important projects of the Hazardous Materials Society is our Scholarship Program.
HMS wants to make it as easy as possible for those who cannot always afford to participate in pursuing certification, or keeping up with professional development, or attending great conferences and receiving outstanding training. HMS does not solicit contributions from the general public. HMS does ask IHMM’s certificants and their companies and our education and training vendors to consider a contribution.
Here, through your generosity, you can make a difference in promoting the ability of those who can afford it least to become participants in our communities of practice.
It’s never too late to make a difference, so don’t let this opportunity to make a difference pass you by. Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $250, $500 or what you can to help build HMS’s effort to help others in our communities of practice.
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.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 820 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]
Columbia Southern University
The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] is a partner of Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.
A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.
Click on the CSU graphic at left and learn more about the professional development and degree program opportunities at CSU.
IHMM CONFERENCES FOR 2023
IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2023, virtually as well as in-person as resources allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2023.
Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know by sending an email to [email protected]
ASSP Greater San Jose and San Francisco Chapters Safety Symposium
San Ramon Marriott – Thank you Bart Miller for leading this effort
March 9, 2023
COSTHA Annual Forum and Expo
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Convention Center
April 30-March 24, 2023
ASSP Safety Conference and Exposition
San Antonio, TX
June 5-7, 2023
National Safety Council Congress & Expo
New Orleans, LA
October 23-25, 2023
IHMM has a companion organization for which education and training programs are presented and delivered. The Hazardous Materials Society 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.