IHMM Today February 28, 2023

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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The IHMM Certified Safety Management Practitioner

Hear from Dan Blankfeld, CSMP, Vice President of Safety, CBG Building Company, LLC as he explains how the Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP®) credential has benefitted his career.

Watch Dan’s video here:  https://youtu.be/RUfJxnOqUcM

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 Initiates New York State Rulemaking

For the past several months we have been working with Anthony Dell’Isola, CSHM, in New York to encourage his State Senator Andrew Gounardes to assist us with amending NY DOL regulation 12 CRR-NY 59-1.12 to include the CSHM and CSMP as acceptable certifications for workplace safety and loss prevention consultants.

I am attaching IHMM’s letter to the NYS DOL, Senator Gounardes’ letter to the NYS DOL, and IHMM’s proposed amendment including the CSHM and CSMP in 12 CRR-NY 59-1.12

We need every CSHM and CSMP in New York to contact their State Senator and State Representative and ask them to join Senator Andrew Gounardes and IHMM in initiating this rule change.

Credential recognition is important to IHMM and we know it is important to you. With everyone involved and pushing this as hard as we can we can achieve this recognition.

NTSB – Norfolk Southern Railway Train Derailment with Subsequent Hazardous Material Release and Fires

NTSB: Ohio train derailment was ‘100% preventable’

The “preventable” and “traumatic” derailment of a train carrying dangerous chemicals in Ohio can be traced to an overheated wheel bearing, which was 253 degrees hotter than the air temperature, National Transportation Safety Board officials said last Thursday.

EPA Restores Threshold Finding Underlying Power Plant Air Toxics Limits

EPA has issued its final rule restoring the agency’s finding that it is “appropriate and necessary” (A&N) to regulate power plants’ air toxics, which forms the legal basis of the 2012 mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for the sector, bolstering both the existing MATS rule and EPA’s forthcoming proposal to possibly tighten the standards.

“For years, Mercury and Air Toxics Standards have protected the health of American communities nationwide, especially children, low-income communities, and communities of color who often and unjustly live near power plants,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan, announcing the rule Feb. 17.

Regan signed the rule Feb. 15, and EPA will publish it in the Federal Register soon, starting a 60-day clock for potential litigants to sue over it.

“This finding ensures the continuation of these critical, life-saving protections while advancing President Biden’s commitment to making science-based decisions and protecting the health and wellbeing of all people and all communities,” Regan added.

The rule restores a finding that the Trump administration scrapped when it rescinded the Obama EPA’s A&N finding in 2020, deciding that it did not comply with a 2015 Supreme Court directive for the agency to consider costs.

The high court’s ruling reversed an Obama EPA decision that it need not consider compliance costs in the finding at all, only addressing costs in MATS itself. But the Obama EPA in 2016 modified its earlier version of the finding to comply with the 2015 high court decision in Michigan v. EPA, introducing some evaluation of costs, based in part on the original cost-benefit analysis for the 2012 MATS rule.

–Inside EPA

Creating the Water Workforce of the Future:

Webinar Series

It Really Matters: Ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Water Workforce 
March 21, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Register Here

More than ever, today’s water sector must focus on recruiting and retaining a truly diverse set of talented individuals and ensuring equity in the workspace they will inhabit. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are not just words on paper – they are an essential part of any organization in the 21st century. This webinar will focus on efforts by one of the nation’s leading utilities in Louisville, Kentucky to embrace these attributes followed by a presentation on an innovative program by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to increase the number of talented individuals from minority institutions that seek and embrace a career in water.

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 



Virtual Guided Learning

March 9 – April 13, 2023

The U.S. EPA is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Basic Permit Writers’ Virtual Guided Learning Courses starting on March 9, 2023, with a morning and afternoon session running for five weeks.

The objective of this course is to provide the basic regulatory framework and technical considerations that support the development of wastewater discharge permits required under the NPDES program. The course was designed for permit writers with about six months to one year of experience in the NPDES program, but experienced permit writers wanting a refresher course and other water program staff or interested parties wanting to learn more about the NPDES program also are welcome.

The 5-week course will begin on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Participants should anticipate a time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week and should seek supervisor approval before signing up. The course is scheduled to conclude on April 13th, however a “rain date” of April 18th should be reserved by the participants in case of technical issues.

Each week, participants will have assigned “homework” consisting of NPDES online modules and permit exercises. These modules and exercises will then be discussed in a live virtual classroom setting on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Participants will have the opportunity to join live office hour discussions with instructors and other participants each Tuesday as well. Participants will be expected to complete some pre-course assignments the week of arch 5th prior to the course start.

As a foundational course, the training does not address in detail specialized topics such as industrial and municipal stormwater, concentrated animal feeding operations, and pesticide discharges. For more information on these specialized topics, please visit EPA’s NPDES website at www.epa.gov/npdes

Course Schedule and Logistics

We are offering two separate sessions, a morning and afternoon, for this course offering. Please see the registration pages for the agendas with dates and times and only register for one of the sessions. Please note that on most Tuesdays, the AM session will meet in the afternoon with the PM session for a combined meeting.

There is no cost for the course. Registration is limited and available at:

NPDES Permit Writers’ Course – Virtual Guided Learning March 2023 (AM)

NPDES Permit Writers’ Course – Virtual Guided Learning March 2023 (PM)

Following registration, an email with further instruction will be provided.

For any questions related to this announcement, please contact Sean Ramach at [email protected] or (202) 564-2865.

Routine Methods Update Rule Proposal

On February 21, 2023, EPA announced in the Federal Register that EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would update its list of approved methods for measuring pollutants in wastewater and waterbodies under the Clean Water Act. Industrial facilities, municipal wastewater treatment plants, and state governments use approved methods to identify the types and amounts of pollutants regulated under the Clean Water Act. This action proposes to add some new methods to Part 136 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and makes minor editorial or procedural changes to some existing methods that are already promulgated in 40 CFR Part 136. The comment period ends on April 24, 2023.

How does this action help the regulated community?

Often, regulated entities have a choice in deciding which approved method they will use to measure a pollutant because more than one approved method is available under 40 CFR Part 136. This rulemaking would increase flexibility by providing additional methods from which to select. New methods added under the Alternate Test Procedure (ATP) program reflect innovative technologies that are cheaper, faster, or greener than the other approved methods for that same parameter. When final, this rule would impose no regulatory requirements or costs on any person or entity. The use of alternate methods is voluntary.

Where can I find more information?

You can view the Federal Register notice and supporting documents for the proposed rule at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OW-2022-0901. EPA has also provided a link to the Federal Register on the Clean Water Act Analytical Methods website at: https://www.epa.gov/cwa-methods.

Long-chain PFCA restriction kicks in 

The EU-wide restriction of certain perfluorocarboxylic acids (C9-C14 PFCAs) – a subgroup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – starts applying from 25 February onwards. PFCAs cannot be placed on the market or used in most applications after that date. Some uses have been granted longer transition periods.

The restriction will reduce or prevent exposure of people and the environment to PFCAs and avoid the regrettable substitution of PFOA, which has been globally banned since July 2020. It is in line with the EU’s aspirations to phase out all non-essential uses of PFAS under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

Canadian authorities have also proposed to list long-chain PFCAs as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention.

Commission Regulation | Topical page on PFASs

2023 National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

As recently announced, the 10th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will occur May 1-5, 2023 and we wanted to alert you to the following tools and resources to assist workplaces in preparing for and participating in the Stand-Down:

As a reminder, anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. See Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs and reports evaluating previous events.

Biden EPA WOTUS Rule Draws Few Suits As Justices Weigh CWA’s Scope

The Biden EPA’s rule defining which “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) are subject to the Clean Water Act (CWA) is so far facing five legal challenges in three separate district courts from Republican-led states and industry groups, a number that is significantly fewer than the Obama version of the rule faced.

But legal experts say such a relatively small number is not surprising given a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that requires such suits to be filed in district courts as well as upcoming high court ruling on the law’s scope.

“The most controversial aspect of the most recent EPA regulation could be conclusively addressed by the [Supreme] Court’s opinion” in its upcoming ruling in Sackett v. EPA, says Jeff Porter, chair of the environmental law practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, a Boston-based firm.

But despite the relatively small number of district courts facing suits over the rule, the litigation still has the potential to block the rule nationwide or create a patchwork of requirements should courts enjoin the rule in some states.

EPA promulgated its new WOTUS rule in late December 2022 and has since faced significant scrutiny from industry and GOP lawmakers who charge that the rule exceeds the agency’s statutory authority under the CWA.

The rule has since been challenged by industry groups and a number of states in separate suits in different federal district courts, all of which characterize the rule as contravening the plain text of the CWA, violating the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and violating the United States Constitution, including but not limited to the Commerce Clause of Article I, Section 8 and the Due Process Clause.

The challenges call for preliminary injunctions in the plaintiff states — nationwide for the industry suit — and if granted, it could result in a broad patchwork of states across the country that are and are not subject to the Biden rule.

–Inside EPA

EPA Moves To Bar Startup, Shutdown Air Exemptions In Multiple States

EPA is proposing to restore its ban on state exemptions from air regulations for periods of facility startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) in Texas, Iowa and North Carolina, but it is also planning to strip newly identified exemptions from five other states’ air quality plans, as the agency moves to implement long-delayed Obama-era policy.

In a proposal slated for publication in the Federal Register Feb. 24, EPA as expected says it will reverse the Trump administration’s decision to exclude Texas, Iowa and North Carolina from the 2015 “SIP Call” rule that required 36 states to remove SSM exemptions from their state implementation plans (SIPs) for Clean Air Act (CAA) compliance.

But the proposal goes further, issuing decisions that would also require other states to remove SSM waivers from their SIPs, and finding a fresh provision in the North Carolina SIP that is incompatible with agency policy.

“This proposed action applies to the states with statewide and/or local provisions relevant to excess emissions that the EPA has determined are impermissible because they are inconsistent with CAA requirements as interpreted by EPA’s SSM Policy,” the proposal says.

“Specifically, the EPA is proposing to issue findings of substantial inadequacy with respect to reinstating the 2015 findings for three states (North Carolina, Texas, and Iowa) and issuing new findings with respect to the specific existing SIP provisions in six states (Maine, Connecticut, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Wisconsin).”

The findings apply to North Carolina at the state level, but they also to local provisions in Buncombe and Mecklenburg counties in the state. In Tennessee, the SIP Call applies to Shelby County.

EPA will take public comment on the plan for 60 days, until April 24.

–Inside EPA

EPA Releases Draft Documents Outlining TSCA ‘Cumulative Risk’ Plans

EPA has released for public comment and peer review a pair of scientific documents detailing how it intends to assess cumulative risks from overlapping chemical exposures under TSCA, both generally and in the ongoing evaluations of certain phthalates, with potential “qualitative” consideration of risks from non-chemical factors like poverty.

On Feb. 24, the agency posted on its website both “Draft Proposed Principles of Cumulative Risk Assessment [CRA] under the Toxic Substances Control Act” (TSCA), and the companion draft CRA approach for the set of phthalates ahead of a 60-day public comment period that will begin on Feb. 27.

Consideration of cumulative risks is a top priority for EPA’s efforts to address environmental justice concerns as disadvantaged communities often face a host of pollutants in multiple media and from a range of different sources — which often overlap with the adverse effects of poverty and other socio-economic factors.

However, EPA emphasizes in that the principles document is not intended to be a “framework nor a guidance document on the process for conducting CRAs; rather, it focuses on principles of CRA for chemical substances,” and outlines a limited approach to assessing those socio-economic risks.

It says the agency “primarily” intends to use the definition of CRA developed by its Risk Assessment Forum in 2003: “an analysis, characterization, and possible quantification of the combined risks to health and/or the environment from multiple agents and/or stressors.”

Moreover, it takes a limited view of those “agents and/or stressors,” saying it is unable to quantify risks from non-chemical factors such as racism or poverty despite environmentalists’ calls for EPA to use CRA to consider those dangers along with chemical exposures.

–Inside EPA

OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign is a nationwide opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the value of proactive occupational safety and health (OSH) programs in all workplaces. Look for the 2023 Safe+Sound program in August this year.

Safe + Sound emphasizes the need for safety programs at small- and mid-sized businesses, which are more likely to have limited resources dedicated to safety. As you know, effective OSH programs can help organizations identify and manage workplace risk before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Safety and health management systems are a critical best practice to ensure that OSH programs achieve significant results and lower risk exposure.

Earn a Challenge Coin

Workers are an important resource for identifying workplace hazards and implementing changes. Safety reporting systems allow ideas and suggestions for improving safety to be captured.

Take the Speak Up for Safety Challenge! Review your safety reports with a team to find common themes and opportunities to improve your overall workplace safety and health performance.

Complete the challenge and earn your virtual challenge coin! Then, share the results in your workplace and on social media to show how you encourage workers to #SpeakUpForSafety to be #SafeAndSoundAtWork.

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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

Top 4 Projects in February-March, 2023
  • NY Department of Labor rulemaking concerning the recognition of the CSHM and CSMP
  • Work with Eric Vega in Puerto Rico concerning credential recognition
  • Review of the Governor of Nevada’s Executive Order concerning licensing boards and potential for recognition of the CHMM
  • Scheduling meetings with the Maryland Congressional delegation concerning the Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS] credential

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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SCOTUS Rules in OT Case … More Challenges on the Way? On February 22, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 6–3 decision holding that an employee making $200,000 each year is entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) because he was paid on a daily rate and not on a salary basis. In dissent, Justice Brett Kavanaugh argued that the employee’s daily rate far exceeded the required minimum weekly amount set forth in the salary basis regulation and therefore should have excluded him from overtime requirements. But even more interesting to the Buzz is that Justice Kavanaugh went further and raised questions about the validity of the FLSA’s overtime regulation:

Recall that the Act provides that employees who work in a “bona fide executive … capacity” are not entitled to overtime pay. 29 U.S.C. §213(a)(1). The Act focuses on whether the employee performs executive duties, not how much an employee is paid or how an employee is paid. So it is questionable whether the Department’s regulations—which look not only at an employee’s duties but also at how much an employee is paid and how an employee is paid—will survive if and when the regulations are challenged as inconsistent with the Act. It is especially dubious for the regulations to focus on how an employee is paid (for example, by salary, wage, commission, or bonus) to determine whether the employee is a bona fide executive. An executive employee’s duties (and perhaps his total compensation) may be relevant to assessing whether the employee is a bona fide executive. But I am hard-pressed to understand why it would matter for assessing executive status whether an employee is paid by salary, wage, commission, bonus, or some combination thereof. (Emphasis added.)

Although only Justice Samuel Alito joined in this dissent, this language could come into play in potential legal challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) forthcoming proposal to amend the overtime regulations, currently scheduled to be issued in May 2023. Andrew P. BurnsideSteven F. Pockrass, and Zachary V. Zagger have the details on the opinion.

NLRB Limits Language in Severance Agreements. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled this week that employers commit an unfair labor practice merely by offering former employees severance agreements “with provisions that would restrict employees’ exercise of their NLRA rights.” Examples of such provisions, according to the Board, include nondisparagement and confidentiality clauses. The case overrules two 2020 decisions that took a more holistic approach to evaluating severance agreements under the National Labor Relations Act in part because, “severance agreements do not, nor do they have the potential to, affect employees’ pay or benefits or any other terms of employment that were in place before the employees were discharged.” This week’s ruling does not indicate how the Board or the general counsel intend to address severance agreements that were entered into prior to the decision. Brandon R. SherThomas M. StanekAndrew S. Haring, and Rachel E. Roney (Ehlermann) have the details.

As Walsh Exits, Foxx Wants Answers. Labor Secretary Martin Walsh plans to leave his position in March 2023, but Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, wants to make sure that he responds to her outstanding questions before he leaves town. In a letter dated February 16, 2023, Foxx reminded Walsh that his office had not satisfactorily responded to her previous requests for information about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulatory efforts, including the pending Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s permanent COVID-19 standard in healthcare settings. Foxx wrote that she was “not satisfied with DOL’s responses, as they neither answered my questions nor provided requested materials” and noted that at least one DOL response was “utterly disrespectful, demonstrated bad faith, and was a waste of time.” In a subsequent letter sent this week, Foxx reminded Walsh to make sure that he maintains relevant “materials in a manner that can be easily accessed by DOL staff and future Secretaries of Labor so that they can respond to Committee inquiries.” With Walsh’s impending departure, these inquiries set the stage for potential oversight hearings on Capitol Hill, which will likely be handled by Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su or other DOL officials.

BLS: Major Work Stoppages Increased in 2022. According to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were twenty-three major work stoppages that started in 2022. BLS defines a “major work stoppage” as a work stoppage that “involves 1,000 or more workers and lasts at least one shift during the work week, Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays.” In 2020, there were eight major work stoppages and in 2021 there were sixteen major work stoppages. More than 120,000 workers were involved in major work stoppages in 2022.

USCIS Allows More Time to Comment on Proposed Fee Increases. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week that it would be extending the deadline for stakeholders to file comments on the agency’s proposed increased fee schedule. According to a notice published today in the Federal Register, due to a technical issue with the General Service Administration’s e-rulemaking portal, “accompanied by technical issues that had delayed the upload of several supporting documents by two days at the start of the comment period, DHS [U.S. Department of Homeland Security] is extending the comment period by 5 business days until March 13, 2023.”



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.


2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course  – BASIC – Rockville, MD


2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 28-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – ADVANCED – Rockville, MD


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.

CHEMTREC, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

CHEMTREC, 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.

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

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.

Florida Southwestern State College & IHMM

Hazmat Train the Trainer – March 6, 2023 to April 16, 2023

Course Length: Thirty (30) hours of guided coursework completed over 5-weeks (participants work independently on their own time, but must meet required, paced milestones).

Course Dates: March 6, 2023 to April 16, 2023

Course Description: Hazardous materials are everywhere and integral to life in the US, whether it’s the fuel for our cars, energy storage devices for our computers, paints or fire extinguishers to keep us safe. The global hazardous materials safety system depends heavily on the training of employees responsible for preparing, loading, unloading and transporting these commodities around the world. This course, coming soon to FSW, will provide tools and guidance on how to plan, develop and deliver a hazardous materials training program for your company’s employees.

Whether you are trying to improve your skillset for the job that you have, or trying to increase your capabilities for your next job, this course will help you play an integral role in the safe transport of goods around the world. In addition to hazmat general awareness training, this course will provide guidance on adult learning philosophies, course development tools and evaluating your company’s operations to meet the regulatory requirements for hazmat training.

Register > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/hazmat-train-the-trainer/

Easily Find Courses to Help You Pass IHMM Credential Exams

A core mission of HMS is education and training. Part of that mission includes assembling the best and most effective courses to assist IHMM applicants in passing their IHMM credential exams.
CDGP® Prep Course
  1. CE-1112: CDGP® Exam Prep – Columbia Southern University – Available On Demand
CHMM® Prep Courses
  1. Daily – CHMM® Online Review – Bowen
  2. Daily – CHMM® Prep Course – Institute of Safety & Systems Management
  3. Daily –Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM®) Exam Prep – SPAN Exam Prep, Division of ClickSafety
CSHM® Prep Courses
  1. Certified Safety and Health Manager® (CSHM®) Exam Preparation Course – VUBIZ – Available 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 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.

  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/

Applications for the 2023 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, 2023. 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.

Sponsored Content

A Collaborative Culture

There are 875 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 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

Ohio Safety Congress and Expo

Greater Columbus Convention Center

March 8-10, 2023

COSTHA Annual Forum and Expo

Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Convention Center

April 30 – May 24, 2023

AIHce EXP 2023

Phoenix Convention Center

May 22-24, 2023

ASSP Safety Conference and Exposition

San Antonio, TX

June 5-7, 2023

AHMP 36th Annual Conference

Omaha, NE

August 27-30, 2023

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

New Orleans, LA

October 23-25, 2023

FET Annual Conference

Milwaukee Marriott West

October 31-Nov 2, 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.

DateEventEvent ProducerLocation
DailyCHMM Exam Prep CourseInstitute of Safety & Systems Management


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


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


DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University


DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates


DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER Refresher (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School


DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School


DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School


DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School


DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen


DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School


DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI


DailyDangerous Goods Shipping Private WebinarDGI


DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec


DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec


DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrec


DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec


Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec


DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School


DailyEPCRA Tier II ReportingBowen EHS


DailyEHS Training Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyAcute Toluene Exposure WebinarBowen EHS


DailyDangerous Goods Regulations [DGR] Initial Category 6IATA


Mar 14-16, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Johnstown, PA

Mar 21-23, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Wheeling, WV

Mar 21, 2023DOT HAZMAT Shipping by Highway/RailPTP


Mar 23, 2023RCRA – Hazardous Waste ManagementPTP


Mar 28-30, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Jasper, AL

Apr 4-6, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Durham, NC

Apr 11-13, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


McMinnville, TN

Apr 18-20, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Moorefield, WV

Apr 24-26, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Youngstown, OH

May 1-4, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Brooklyn Heights, OH

May 10-12, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Oak Ridge, TN

May 16-18, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Centreville, MI

May 23-25, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Lima, OH

May 31-June 2, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Booneville, MS

June 6-8, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – BASIC


Rockville, MD

June 13-15, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 28-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – ADVANCED


Rockville, MD

June 20-22, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 28-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – ADVANCED


Springfield, OH

June 27-29, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


South Charleston, WV

July 11-13, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Savannah, GA

July 18-20, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Oakbrook Terrace, IL

July 25-27, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Shawnee, KS

Aug 1-3, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Marion, OH

Aug 8-10, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Cheraw, SC

Aug 15-17, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Greenfield, OH

Aug 21-23, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Medina, OH

Aug 25-27, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Omaha, NE

Aug 29-31, 20232023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness CourseNPETE           Miami, FL
Sept 6-8, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Chattanooga, TN

Sept 12-14, 2023

2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course


Andover, MA


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