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Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM®]
A Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM®) credential from IHMM is an “Environmental Professional” under EPA regulation 40 CFR §312.10 and distinguishes your level of expertise and a commitment to your profession. Corporations, universities, and government agencies depend on credentials to help them identify individuals who are driven to continual learning of the nation’s environmental laws and regulations. Add a CHMM® credential to your resume and become a sought-after environmental professional.
See > https://ihmm.org/chmm/
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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OSHA has compiled a public Calendar of Events sharing significant dates related to OSHA regulatory, enforcement, and outreach activities, initiatives, campaigns, and advisory committees
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a news release reminding employers that the agency is collecting calendar year 2022 Form 300A data. Employers must submit the form electronically by March 2, 2023
Infrastructure Trends to Watch This Year
Sector watch: Lab, hospital projects will keep institutional building healthy
Webinar: Becoming a Better Safety Leader
NIOSH Address Workplace Substance Abuse Recovery Issues
IHMM to Release the CPPS and CSSM in February
IHMM is pleased to announce that it intends on releasing to the public its Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS®] and Certified School Safety Manager [CSSM®] credentials in February.
The Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS®] arose from more than 200 suggestions from IHMM certificants recommending what microcredentials IHMM should consider creating. The credential was created by the IHMM Microcredential Task Force > https://ihmm.org/microcredential-task-force/ first chaired by Dan Blankfeld, CSHM, CSMP, and now Chaired by Bart Miller, CHMM. Members of the task force will be meeting with the Maryland Congressional delegation soon, and then with the White House Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy.
The Certified School Safety Manager [CSSM®] came over to IHMM from its acquisition of ISHM in 2019, though at that time the credential had no blueprint or examinations. Thanks to the work of the IHMM CSSM-CSSS Committee chaired by Mike Howe > https://ihmm.org/csss-cssm-committee/ we have a new blueprint and examination.
Both these groups have completed building their respective examinations and the exam questions will be loaded into IHMM’s Kryterion program so that CPPS and CSSM exams will be available at more than 1,100 testing centers worldwide. When the examinations have been loaded and tested, the new websites for each credential will go public.
EPA Endorses New Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
After unexpected controversy earlier in the year, on December 15, 2022 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Final Rule unambiguously recognizing the ASTM International Standard E1527-21 for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), with an effective date of February 13, 2023. EPA’s express endorsement of the standard as meeting the requirements of the All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) Rule is essential to ensuring that the Phase I ESA fulfills its fundamental purpose: protection for prospective purchasers (and lessees) of property from liability for pre-existing contamination by petroleum products or hazardous substances regulated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Cleanup Liability Act (CERCLA).
ASTM E1527-21 distills statutory, regulatory and evolving common law requirements for AAI into clear, practical steps for investigating and assessing the environmental risks associated with a property prior to a new party acquiring an interest in it. A Phase I ESA carried out in compliance with ASTM standards provides a degree of assurance for buyers, financiers and insurers of real property that liability for contamination—both known and unknown—will be limited. In essence, these parties are protected from any liability for historic contamination under CERCLA, remaining potentially liable only for new contamination or acts that worsen the preexisting contamination. This is important, as being tapped as a “potentially responsible party” as an owner or operator under CERCLA can result in huge costs.
Read the rule here > https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/12/15/2022-27044/standards-and-practices-for-all-appropriate-inquiries
IHMM on Hazmat Transportation Issues
On January 13, 2022 IHMM issued an update and overview of several hazmat transportation issues and regulatory actions involving; lithium batteries, FMCSA hazardous materials safety permits, California ELD permits for intrastate carriers, ADR 2023, and 2 PHMSA regulatory actions.
You may read the materials here > https://ihmm.org/ihmm-and-transportation-issues/
EPA Proposes to Strengthen Air Quality Standards to Protect the Public from Harmful Effects of Soot
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to strengthen its national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) by lowering the primary annual PM2.5 standard level. The proposal retains the current primary standards for 24-hour PM2.5 and 24-hour PM10. EPA also proposes revisions to the Air Quality Index (AQI) and monitoring requirements for the PM NAAQS. Comments due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Read more> https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-proposes-strengthen-air-quality-standards-protect-public-harmful-effects-soot
US Department of Labor reminds certain employers to submit required 2022 injury and illness data by March 2, 2023
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers that the agency is collecting calendar year 2022 Form 300A data. Employers must submit the form electronically by March 2, 2023.
Establishments under Federal OSHA jurisdiction can use the ITA Coverage Application to determine if they are required to electronically report their injury and illness information to OSHA. Establishments under State Plan jurisdiction should contact their State Plan.
Employers must connect their Injury Tracking Account to a Login.gov account to submit their 2022 workplace injury and illness data. Watch the video to learn how.
EPA Faces Increased Scrutiny Of DOE Nuclear Cleanup Decisions
EPA is facing heightened scrutiny from environmentalists over key cleanup decisions for major Energy Department (DOE) nuclear sites, including calls for the agency to release records of its reconsideration of a controversial Trump-era decision in Tennessee and requirements for the agency to justify a separate permitting decision for a site in New Mexico.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a whistleblower group, for example, has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records pertaining to its review of a controversial Superfund cleanup decision from the Trump EPA at DOE’s Oak Ridge nuclear site, which the group could use in part to assess the legality of the Biden EPA’s decision.
And EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board recently remanded a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit the agency issued to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, finding the agency had not allowed for adequate public comment — though the board sidestepped, for now, a broader challenge raised by environmental petitioners on whether the agency issued the permit to sidestep stricter waste management requirements.
At issue in the Oak Ridge case is the Record of Decision (ROD) EPA Administrator Michael Regan signed in September 2022, upholding Trump-era Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s 2020 determination governing cleanup requirements for wastewater discharges containing radionuclides from a proposed new landfill.
Certainty On WOTUS Remains Elusive As Supreme Court Ruling Awaits
The Supreme Court’s closely watched ruling later this year in Sackett v. EPA could fail to provide long-sought certainty over the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), especially if the court’s decision is narrowly focused on when adjacent wetlands are subject to the law and does not address other jurisdictional issues, such as small streams.
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers recently finalized a new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that covers a wide swath of “navigable” and other waters, including both wetlands and streams.
The new rule adopts the dual tests that the Supreme Court previously spelled out in Rapanos v. EPA, including both the narrow test based on “continuous surface connection” between “relatively permanent” waters,” as well as the broader “significant nexus” standard.
But the new rule will almost certainly face court challenges. While the high court’s ruling in Sackett could help determine the eventual outcome of those suits, it could do little to reduce the debate over what are WOTUS.
EPA also plans to propose a second WOTUS rule in November, after the Supreme Court rules, and finalize it in July 2024, according to the Fall 2022 Unified Agenda, which was released Jan. 4. But it is unclear to what degree yet another rulemaking can do to provide clarity.
PHMSA offers Hazmat transportation training workshops and webinars
PHMSA offers Hazmat transportation training workshops and webinars throughout the year. These free training opportunities are for anyone who offers or transports hazardous materials in commerce, or has a desire to learn more about DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).
PHMSA conducts webinars specialized to meet the needs of industry or the public safety community. Transportation webinars provide a basic overview of the regulatory requirements – what they are, how they apply, and how to comply with them – for shipping and transporting Hazardous Materials.
To register for any of the webinars below, please use the following link:
Read more >> https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/seminars/webinars
What to Expect in Chemicals Policy and Regulation and on Capitol Hill in 2023
January 31, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
This webinar offers our best-informed judgment as to the trends and key developments chemical industry stakeholders can expect in 2023. At a political level, the Republicans’ narrow control of the U.S. House of Representatives will almost certainly invite a greater degree of oversight of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions, particularly with respect to implementation of the 2016 amendments of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Concepts core to the Act, including “reasonably foreseen,” “to the extent necessary,” “systematic review,” and “best available science,” continue to evolve and not always in predictable, coherent, and consistent ways. Similar policy shifts are seen in the agricultural and biocidal area, with perhaps less dramatic effect. How the 2024 general election will influence EPA’s policy choices is unclear. In that the election cycle has already begun, we caution all to buckle up and prepare for what we expect will be an eventful, fascinating year.
EPA Readies Landmark TSCA Rules Governing Asbestos, Methylene Chloride
EPA is entering a landmark year for TSCA regulation as it prepares to finalize a proposed ban on uses of chrysotile asbestos, the first rule based on a risk evaluation under the reformed law, and readies a proposal for the solvent methylene chloride that could set a long-term precedent on how the agency will approach risk management for other existing chemicals.
Although EPA has crafted a handful of rules for existing chemicals since Congress overhauled the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 2016, the asbestos and methylene chloride rules are its first to apply the law’s framework for evaluations that identify “unreasonable risks” from such chemicals’ use, followed by regulations to manage those risks — making them bellwethers for how that program will function, possibly for decades to come.
Moreover, the final asbestos rule is all but certain to face legal challenges, teeing up precedent-setting court decisions on the limits of EPA’s power to regulate existing chemicals based on its findings in risk evaluations.
The agency’s most recent rulemaking agenda sets the final asbestos rule for October, over a year after comments closed on its April 2022 proposal that would phase out the last ongoing uses of chrysotile fibers. Chemical facilities such as those that use asbestos to make sheet gaskets and chlorine would have a two-year deadline to drop the material, while a shorter 180-day deadline would apply to its use in products like aftermarket automotive brake parts.
But a wide array of industry groups has attacked that approach as both unjustifiably strict, as they insist asbestos can be used “safely” in chlor-alkali production, and said a ban could be ruinous for domestic production of chlorine.
EPA Readies Suite Of New PFAS Rules In 2023 Amid Heated Advocacy
EPA is gearing up to issue a suite of new final and proposed rules, including under its Superfund, water, waste and toxics programs, in 2023 — measures that are already driving heated advocacy as environmentalists and industry groups battle over the reach and stringency of the upcoming regulations.
Many, if not all, of the pending per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) regulations will be quickly challenged once finalized while the proposals will spark strong debates.
Legal challenges to EPA’s PFAS rules under Superfund and the drinking water law are “an absolute,” John Gardella, an attorney with CMBG3 Law, said during a Nov. 30 Perrin Conferences webinar titled, “One Year Since EPA’s PFAS Roadmap, Updates and Preparation for 2023.”
He said those challenges are “going to happen. There is going to be legal pushback on those designations, those standards, and it will just be a matter of what the courts do with them — that will have the dramatic impact on where we are all going with the PFAS litigation in the future,”
But even before rules reach court, EPA is facing heated debate over its pending plans.
A case in point is the upcoming Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reporting rule for PFAS imports, manufacture and processing.
EPA missed its congressional Jan. 1 deadline and now says it will issue the final rule in March 2023, according to the Unified Agenda.
Take the Partner Survey
Thank you for being a Safe + Sound partner! We appreciate your support throughout the year. The Safe + Sound Partner Survey is live. We welcome feedback about your experience and suggestions for the future. The survey will close Tuesday, February 7th.
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.
Your Partner Punch List
We would appreciate if you could support Safe + Sound by doing the following:
- Complete the Safe + Sound Partner Survey by February 7th
- Promote the Speak Up for Safety Challenge to your stakeholders
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
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.
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.
Safety technology: adoption, acceptance and use
Key relationships for the safety pro
OSHA’s “most interesting cases”
The connected leader: Building trust in today’s disconnected world
Pushing the profession forward: The role of the next generation
Workers say employer-provided health insurance is becoming less affordable: study
Chemical Safety Board calls on OSHA to provide guidance on process hazard analysis
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.
What ASSP Leaders Think OSHA Needs to Do
Q&A: What OSH Professionals Need to Know About DEI and Workplace Safety
SafetyFOCUS Can Fulfill a New Year’s Resolution
NIOSH Challenge Aims to Improve Respirator Fit Testing
Episode 98: OSHA Recordkeeping: What Safety Professionals and Employers Need to Know
January 19, 2023 – So You’ve Digitized Inspections: What Next?
February 13, 2023 – SafetyFOCUS 2023 Virtual
March 1 – Pandemic Challenges: How to Return to Work Safely
March 8 – Legal Framework and Workplace Best Practices for Infectious Disease Including COVID-19
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
U.S. House of Representatives Gets to Work. Hours after the Buzz published on January 6, 2023, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was elected Speaker of the House on the fifteenth round of voting. With that, members were sworn in and the House got to work this week. The House acted quickly this week by passing the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act (H.R. 23) by a vote of 221–210. The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate, where Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) will undoubtedly place it directly into his paper shredder. With Democrats in charge of both the White House and the Senate, this is likely to be a common occurrence throughout the next two years: the House passes a bill and pats itself on the back for doing so, only to have it die in the Senate.
Rep. Foxx in as Labor and Employment Committee Chair. This week, the Republican Steering Committee designated Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) as chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Foxx previously served as chair of the committee from 2017 to 2019 and served twice as the ranking member. (Because of this service, pursuant to Republican rules that prevent members from serving three consecutive terms as the chair or ranking member of a committee, she needed a waiver to take the gavel again.) Accordingly, Chair Foxx is very familiar with the current labor policy issues and activities at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Moreover, the committee has changed its name from the Committee on Education and Labor to the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Why the change? According to the committee:
The American workforce encompasses, or is built upon, many different components: independent contracting, blue-collar work, and franchise ownership to name a few. Using “labor” in the name of the Committee omits the important contributions of many segments of our economy and inadvertently ignores the dignity of the work of those individuals.
While this semantic back-and-forth is nothing new, it highlights the unique politics at play within the labor and employment policy debates.
EEOC Seeks Comment on Draft Strategic Enforcement Plan. On January 10, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its draft Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2023–2027. According to the draft document, “the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan is to focus and coordinate the agency’s work over a multiple fiscal year (FY) period to have a sustained impact in advancing equal employment opportunity.” Subject matter priorities in the draft plan include the following:
- Recruitment and hiring, including “the use of automated systems, including artificial intelligence or machine learning, to target job advertisements, recruit applicants, or make or assist in hiring decisions where such systems intentionally exclude or adversely impact protected groups”
- Pregnancy discrimination, including “enforcing the provisions of the newly enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”
- Current events and issues, which encompasses “[a]ddressing discrimination influenced by or arising as backlash in response to local, national or global events”
- COVID-19, which remains an issue, prompting the EEOC to focus on “[e]mployment discrimination associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and other threats to public health”
- Equal pay enforcement, particularly through the use of directed investigations and commissioner charges
- Arbitration provisions and “overly broad waivers, releases, non-disclosure agreements, or non-disparagement agreements”
Comments on the draft strategic enforcement plan are due by February 9, 2023.
EEOC Noms Hope Second Time Is the Charm. Speaking of the EEOC, President Biden has renominated Kalpana Kotagal to serve on the Commission and Karla Gilbride to be its general counsel. Both Kotagal and Gilbride were nominated in 2022 but failed to advance through the Senate prior to the adjournment of the 117th Congress. If confirmed, Kotagal will give Democrats their first majority on the Commission since 2019, and Gilbride will fill a general counsel seat that has been open since March 2021.
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.
AT HMS/Rockville – FREE US DOT PHMSA HMIT GRANT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS AWARENESS TRAINING WORKSHOP – 24 IHMM CMPs
2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – Rockville, MD
June 6 @ 8:00 am – June 8 @ 5:00 pm – FREE
Register Here > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/2023-phmsa-hmit-grant-24-hour-dot-hazmat-regulations-awareness-course-rockville-md/
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
February 7-8, 2023 – CHMM® Examination Prep Course – Online – PTP Consulting
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 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.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 827 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
March 24-April 30, 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.