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.

About 67% 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, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] for the CSHM or CSMP exams.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

IHMM Today is an online publication of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM)

Other than content specifically provided by IHMM, articles contained in IHMM Today
are compiled from independent sources and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of IHMM.

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/.

Phone: 301-984-8969 | [email protected]

IHMM Certificant Recognition

IHMM has completed inserting new credential badges in every certificant’s MYIHMM account. Everyone may access those badges for use in their email signatures, LinkedIn accounts, and other social media and communications media.  With a link from your credential badge to the IHMM website [see above] you can not only stand out as an IHMM-certified professional, you can also promote IHMM credentials to others. Right-click on the badge of choice, save as to your computer, then load it to whatever medium you choose.

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

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

IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 47 countries around the world.

IHMM UPDATES

Need Help? On the IHMM website just click on the “NEED HELP?” button
and let us know what you need and the right person will get right back with you.

…Is Rebranding to Become…

Supreme Court: NO to OSHA Employer Vaccination Mandate, YES to Healthcare Worker Mandate

On Friday, January 14th the Supreme Court BLOCKED OSHA’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for employers of 100 or more employees. The court ALLOWS an HHS vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide. Both decisions were by 6-3.

The opinion on the workplace vax-or-test policy is here: supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf. The opinion on the health care vaccine mandate is here: supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf.


ANSI/ANAB Renews IHMM Accreditation

IHMM is pleased to announce that, the Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Committee (PCAC) of the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) has reviewed the 2021 year 2 surveillance report and findings for the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). PCAC confirmed the assessors’ findings and voted via electronic ballot to grant continued accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024 for the following scopes:

• Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
• Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP)
• Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP)

On behalf of the ANSI National Accreditation Board, I would like to congratulate IHMM for achieving this significant accomplishment and demonstrating continued compliance with the standard. We look forward to a continued partnership.

-Dr. Vijay Krishna, Vice President, Credentialing, ANSI National Accreditation Board

Next up for IHMM to seek ANSI/ANAB accreditation will be the CSHM and CSMP credentials.

Congratulations to Patricia Buley and everyone at IHMM for its continued adherence to the highest standards of excellence in creating and administering professional credentials.



EPA Recognition of the IHMM CHMM as an Environmental Professional

IHMM’s Board approved an initiative to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognize the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] credential in the context of 40 CFR § 310.12, Definitions. The key element of this regulation includes, “However, the Agency notes that any individual with a certification from a private certification organization where the organization’s certification qualifications include the same or more stringent education and experience requirements as those included in today’s final regulation will meet the definition of an environmental professional for the purposes of this regulation.”

IHMM has produced a crosswalk between 40 CFR § 310.12, Definitions and the CHMM Blueprint that documents how the EPA regulation aligns with the CHMM Blueprint and demonstrates that in each instance the blueprint meets or exceeds 40 CFR § 310.12, Definitions.

You may read the crosswalk here.



Student CHMMs

IHMM is pleased to announce that 2 new Student CHMMs have come to IHMM.

Ivan Gregory and Kenneith Laughlin have passed their Student CHMM exams.

Well done to you both and welcome to IHMM!



Student CHMM Committee

IHMM is pleased to announce that 27 CHMMs have volunteered for the Student CHMM Committee > https://ihmm.org/ihmm-student-chmm-committee/

We thank all for volunteering. Your staff liaison Kortney Tunstall is now running a Doodle poll to set your first organizational meeting and we will get underway. The charter for the Student CHMM Committee is…

Charter: This committee will oversee the future development of and engagement with the Student CHMM including, but not limited to; changes in the Student CHMM handbook, the Student CHMM examination, and item bank, soliciting new colleges and universities to participate in the Student CHMM program, and Student CHMM community in Collaboration and its Mentor Match program. The Student CHMM webpage is found here.



U.S. Department of Labor Announces Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties for 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced adjustments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2022. The Final Rule is effective January 15, 2022, and the increased penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after January 15, 2022.

Please visit the Press Release, the memorandum, and the OSHA Penalties page for more information.



What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022

WEBINAR
January 26, 2022
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

2022 will bring competing priorities for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for which companies should now prepare. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to present “What to Expect in Chemicals in 2022,” a webinar offering our best informed judgment as to the trends and key developments B&C’s legal, scientific, and regulatory professionals expect to see in 2022. These include consequential policy shifts reflecting the Biden Administration’s “all of government” commitment to environmental justice and continuing evolution of EPA’s implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act under Dr. Michal I. Freedhoff’s leadership. The webinar will focus on themes outlined in our Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2022, released on January 3, 2022.

Register now to join Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, B&C; Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, B&C; and James V. Aidala, Senior Government Affairs Consultant, B&C, for this informative and forward-looking webinar.

Download the PDF of the 2022 Forecast Here.


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.



Who Is Your Company Marketing Head?

Whoever is the person or persons in your company who controls your company’s marketing/advertising budget, we would like the name[s] and contact information. We appreciate your help!

Please provide the answer on this webform: https://forms.gle/B2FcmsajPLo6oYzg9

IHMM RECENT NEWS



IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS


EPA

Federal Register Notice Open for Public Participation: “The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board: Request for Nominations”. On December 14, 2021, EPA published a Federal Register notice announcing the Agency is seeking nominations from the public for experts for EPA to consider for membership on the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board (e-Manifest Advisory Board). Nominations of candidates must be received on or before January 13, 2022. Read more…


Department of Transportation

Federal Register Volume 86, Number 240 (Friday, December 17, 2021)[Notices][Pages 71704-71705]

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0107]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Approval of a New Information Collection Request; Waiver and Exemption Requirements

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments. 

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. This notice invites comment on a new information collection titled “Waiver and Exemption Requirements.” The ICR estimates the burden applicants incur to comply with the reporting tasks required for requesting waivers and exemptions. FMCSA has not previously accounted for these burdens.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before January 18, 2022.

PDF


Department of Transportation

Federal Register Volume 86, Number 240 (Friday, December 17, 2021)[Notices][Pages 71705-71706]

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2021-0158]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection: Motor Carrier Identification Report

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments. 

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. FMCSA requests approval to revise an ICR titled, “Motor Carrier Identification Report,” which is used to identify FMCSA regulated entities, help prioritize the agency’s activities, aid in assessing the safety outcomes of those activities, and for statistical purposes. This ICR is necessary to ensure regulated entities are registered with the DOT.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before February 15, 2022.

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PHMSA

Publication of HM-264A NPRM – Suspension of HMR Amendments Authorizing Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register titled, “Hazardous Materials: Suspension of HMR Amendments Authorizing Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail.” This NPRM proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to suspend authorization of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation in rail tank cars pursuant to the LNG by Rail final rule published in July 2020, pending the earlier of either completion of a separate rulemaking under RIN 2137-AF54 evaluating potential modifications to requirements governing rail tank car transportation of LNG, or June 30, 2024.

The NPRM may be viewed here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/11/08/2021-23132/hazardous-materials-suspension-of-hmr-amendments-authorizing-transportation-of-liquefied-natural-gas.


PHMSA

Fireworks Standard Change

The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) Standard 87-1 version 2001 will become obsolete and archived beginning on November 26, 2021. Any applications submitted to PHMSA after this date under the old standard will be denied. All new applications submitted to PHMSA after November 26, 2021 must be in compliance with the 2018 APA Standard 87-1 A, B, or C version. Additionally, the publications and outreach materials for fireworks transportation on the PHMSA website are currently being updated with information from the new 2018 standard and will be made available soon.


PHMSA

Lithium Battery Test Summary Phase-in

Effective January 1, 2022, lithium cell and battery manufacturers and subsequent distributors of lithium cells and batteries manufactured after January 1, 2008 must make a lithium battery test summary available to others in the supply chain. The test summary verifies that the lithium cells and batteries have successfully passed the tests prescribed in Part III, Sub-section 38.3 of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria. The test summary includes a standardized set of elements that provide traceability and accountability to ensure that lithium cell and battery designs offered for transport meet UN 38.3 test requirements. This requirement was introduced into the HMR via the Final Rule “Hazardous Materials: Harmonization with International Standards” (HM-215O), published on May 11, 2020.

The Final Rule can be viewed here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/11/2020-06205/hazardous-materials-harmonization-with-international-standards.

The comment period for this NPRM closed on December 23, 2021. Keep an eye out for new outreach materials from PHMSA introducing and describing this new HMR requirement!


Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins

SCOTUS Halts OSHA’s Vax-or-Test ETS (but Greenlights CMS Rule). On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States stayed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) pending legal review in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In issuing the stay, the Court ruled that the challengers to the ETS were likely to prevail because the ETS exceeded OSHA’s statutory authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act to establish workplace safety standards:

The question, then, is whether the Act plainly authorizes the Secretary’s mandate. It does not. The Act empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.

The Court further stated that “no provision of the Act addresses public health more generally, which falls outside of OSHA’s sphere of expertise.”

Melissa A. Bailey and John F. Martin have the details on the Court’s decision on OSHA’s ETS.

On the other hand, the Court allowed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to proceed with enforcement of its vaccine rule because it is within the scope of its statutory authority:

Congress has authorized the Secretary to impose conditions on the receipt of Medicaid and Medicare funds that “the Secretary finds necessary in the interest of the health and safety of individuals who are furnished services.” […] The rule thus fits neatly within the language of the statute.

James M. Paul and Jody Ward-Rannow have the details on the Court’s ruling on CMS’s vaccine mandate.

Legal arguments—including those relating to the vaccination requirement applicable to federal contractors—will continue in the lower courts.

Senate Filibuster on the Brink? At a speech this week in Atlanta, Georgia, President Biden expressly advocated for changing the U.S. Senate’s legislative filibuster rule in order to advance legislation relating to election reform. The speech comes ahead of a potential test for the filibuster, as Senator Chuck Schumer is expected to schedule votes on both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the coming days (neither of which is expected to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome a legislative filibuster). As of now, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) remain opposed to changing the legislative filibuster, even in the context of election reform legislation. In a speech delivered on January 13, 2022, Senator Sinema stated, “Eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy.” Of course, the filibuster is a significant reason why the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act has floundered in the Senate (though less than half of all senators are cosponsors of the bill).

Administration Outlines COVID-19 Test Reimbursement. Beginning January 15, 2021, if you are able to get your hands on an over-the-counter (OTC), at-home COVID-19 test, you may be entitled to reimbursement from your health insurance provider. This is according to new guidance issued this week by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of the Treasury, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Pursuant to the guidance, healthcare plans must cover up to eight such tests per individual per month. Of course, testing for COVID-19 is a component of OSHA’s vaccination-or-testing emergency temporary standard, but the guidance states, “[P]lans and issuers are not required to provide coverage of testing (including an OTC COVID-19 test) that is for employment purposes.” As Timothy J. Stanton explains, it may not be so easy to draw the line between COVID-19 tests required for the workplace and those that individuals use for their own at-home diagnosis.

NLRB Partners With DOL, Forecasts Increased Scrutiny of Employer Handbooks. As expected, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has continued to advance significant changes to federal labor law policy, including the following:

  • NLRB and DOL: Let’s make a deal! William E. Collins, Jr. and Maggie (Hanrahan) Santen have an excellent analysis of the recent memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Board and the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Pursuant to the MOU, the agencies will coordinate investigative and enforcement efforts with regard to, among other matters, “the identification and investigation of complex or fissured employment structures, including single or joint employer, alter ego, and business models designed to evade legal accountability, such as the misclassification of employees.” Along with this MOU, the Board is already teeing up changes with regard to its joint-employer and independent contractor analyses, and David Weil, who has been renominated to lead the WHD (more on this below), is one step closer to bringing back his “fissured workplace” theory to WHD, so this is a particular issue to watch.
  • Board seeks input on workplace policies. The Board announced late last week that it would accept briefs from the public “to consider whether the Board should adopt a new legal standard to apply in cases where an employer’s maintenance of a facially-neutral work rule is alleged to violate Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act.” The invitation to file briefs proposes to revise or rescind a 2017 case that set forth a clear standard for employers to determine before the fact whether a particular workplace rule violates employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity. This 2017 standard was put in place in response to a line of jurisprudence in which “the Board became the federal employee-handbook police.” The current invitation tees up a potential standard that would permit the Board to second-guess employer workplace policies and find violations if there is any plausible interpretation that could remotely interfere with employee rights.

DOL Nominees Advance. On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) advanced the nomination of David Weil to be administrator of the WHD. In the previous session of the U.S. Congress, the HELP Committee deadlocked 11–11 on Weil, but this time he made it through on an 11–10 vote. Now Weil is ready for a vote on the Senate floor, where he will likely need the support of all Democrats and Independents, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris. Because Weil previously served in this role, we know that he favors a broad test for joint-employer status and a narrow test for independent contractor status. Further, Weil spearheaded the 2016 changes to the regulations implementing the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act that were eventually vacated. The DOL has forecasted that it will once again propose changes to those regulations, likely this spring.

The committee also voted to advance the following nominations:

  • José Javier Rodríguez to be assistant secretary of labor for the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration
  • Lisa Gomez to be assistant secretary of labor for the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Javier Ramirez to be the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Linda Puchala to be a member of the National Mediation Board
  • Susan Harthill to be a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

EEOC and OFCCP Announce Equity Hiring Initiative. This week the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a new joint program called the Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE). According to the EEOC, “The Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE) is a multi-year collaborative effort that will engage a broad array of stakeholders to expand access to good jobs for workers from underrepresented communities and help address key hiring and recruitment challenges.” As far as what employers can expect from HIRE, an accompanying fact sheet states, “The EEOC and OFCCP will convene a series of roundtables and meetings, as well as public forums to identify actionable strategies to promote organizational policies and practices that advance equity. The EEOC and OFCCP will develop resources such as guidance documents or promising practice resources.”

Regulatory Window Dressing. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized an important regulation this week. No, it is not a rule relating to COVID-19 vaccines or tests. It is about salad dressing. More specifically, the FDA finalized a rule revoking the standard of identity for French dressing. The final rule is remarkable for two reasons: (1) there has been a legal definition for “French dressing” maintained in the Code of Federal Regulations since 1950 (amended several times over the ensuing decades); and (2) the rule is in response to a petition that was originally filed in 1998! So why the sudden action this week? The existing definition of “French dressing” essentially described a basic vinaigrette, and consumers’ perception of French dressing has evolved over the years:

Most, if not all, products currently sold under the name “French dressing” contain tomatoes or tomato-derived ingredients and have a characteristic red or reddish-orange color. They also tend to have a sweet taste. Consumers appear to expect these characteristics when purchasing products represented as French dressing. Thus, it appears that, since the establishment of the standard of identity, French dressing has become a narrower category of products than prescribed by the standard.

Accordingly, the FDA “concluded that the standard of identity for French dressing no longer promotes honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers.” Thus, the definition of “French dressing” will no longer romaine in the Code of Federal Regulations.

IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

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.

HMS Education and Training to Launch New Training Initiative

Diane Lundelius, Chair of the HMS Education and Training Committee [https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training-committee/] is pleased to announce the committee’s intention to organize Annual Training Agendas for each IHMM Blueprint.

Every IHMM certificate has to recertify their credential every 5 years. Recertification is done by following the Recertification Claims found here > https://ihmm.org/recertification-claims/. The activities involved in recertification are tied to the credential’s blueprint. Each blueprint is made up of domains and subdomains that outline the core competencies and tasks of the credential.

In creating an Annual Training Agenda for each blueprint, the HMS Education and Training Committee will ask training vendors to propose training programs that directly relate to each domain in each blueprint – creating a roadmap of essential, recommended training programs pre-approved with Certification Maintenance Point [CMP] credits for each course of training. This will vastly strengthen each credential and make it easier for each credential holder to find programs specifically related to their credential for recertification.

Hazardous Materials Society now has 6,347 education and training programs on its website, with more coming every week. Certificants will note that most of these programs carry a CMP value, making it easier to know in advance what to expect. The HMS Education and Training platform also provides a wide variety of courses for professional development across all of IHMM’s credentials – and more are being developed by the HMS Education and Training Committee.

IHMM applicants and certificants are free to search the landscape for training. IHMM wanted to make that task easier by aggregating training in one place if you choose to use it. Among these more than 11.000 programs are webinars delivered online and virtually all carry IHMM CMPs values with them for your annual / 5-year CMP planning.

Learn more here.


NASP Becomes 2nd HMS Annual Training Agenda Vendor

HMS is pleased to announce that NASP [https://naspweb.com/] has become the second education and training vendor to become a part of the development of the HMS Annual Training Agendas.

NASP will provide programs to assist with the education and training of IHMM credential holders and leads the vendor community by becoming a part of the development of these new HMS Annual Training Agendas for IHMM credential holders.

IHMM and HMS thank NASP for their outstanding programs and for their support of our communities of practice.

For more information on becoming an official HMS Annual Training Agenda vendor to work with the HMS Education and Training Committee, please contact Gene Guilford at [email protected].

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.

Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society

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

Did You Know?

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

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

IHMM/HMS Coronavirus Resources

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

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

A Collaborative Culture

There are 576 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]

Retiring? IHMM Invites You to Become an Emeritus

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

Please contact Jim Drosdak at [email protected] and he’ll be happy to help you.

Columbia Southern University

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

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

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

IHMM CONFERENCES FOR 2022

IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2022, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2022.

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]

Ohio Safety Conference 2022

March 9-10, 2022

In March 2022, OSC22 will feature a premium lineup of online learning sessions and a newly enhanced digital expo.

Exhibitors to feature their products and services related to the safety of workers, their equipment, environment, and health all in a remote and virtual environment. Join us to access this exciting event that serves the individuals responsible for keeping Ohio’s workers safe on the job.

American Society of Safety Professionals – San Francisco

March 10, 2022
San Ramon, California

This Annual Symposium provides one of the most sought-after events for attendees to learn the profession’s best practices focusing on Safety, Health, Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Issues. The Symposium is attended by over 400+ attendees annually and features an Exhibition of over 40+ Sponsors and Exhibitors.  The event features a keynote speaker and 20 breakout sessions with five concurrent tracks running throughout the day.   The event is hosted at the San Ramon Marriott, located at 2600 Bishop Drive in San Ramon, California.

Thank you to Bart Miller, CHMM, for being the IHMM’s leader for this event.

AHMP National Conference

March 20-23, 2022
Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Pre-conference workshops at the AHMP National Conference for 2022 include a Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] exam prep course offered by Gene Sanders. The 3-day exam prep course will be offered on March 18-19-20. For more information see> https://ahmp.confex.com/ahmp/2022/meetingapp.cgi/Session/5584

Information about the AHMP National Conference is found here.

EnviroWorkShops 2022 Global Enviro Summit

April 4-7, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina

Contaminated soil, groundwater, and the air is a global issue and over $1 trillion is spent every year to mitigate pollution.  There is a lot still to learn from each other on how each segment of the environmental industry impacts the next. The 2021 Global EnviroSummit is postponed until April 4-7, 2022 due to COVID-19 Delta variant.

With over 75 speakers from around the globe, the EnviroSummit is likely the first environmental conference that will have presentations from all 6 continents about 4 different themes – Remediation, Air Quality, Vapor Intrusion, and Wastewater.

COSTHA Annual Forum and Expo

April 4-6, 2022

IHMM-HMS EVENTS CALENDAR

IHMM has a companion organization for which education and training programs are presented and delivered.  The Hazardous Materials Society is IHMM’s Professional Association and HMS’ education and training website can be found here.

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

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