IHMM Remotely Proctored Exams Available Now

IHMM is pleased to announce that 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 of this year.

About 60% 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.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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HMS Launches Professional Liability Insurance Program

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.

Learn more here > https://hazmatsociety.org/professional-liability-insurance/

IHMM & AHMP Launch 45 in 5 – National Credential Recognition – 20 States Targeted

On December 15, 2020, IHMM and AHMP gathered the first round of 31 state volunteers to scope out what we need to do and how we need to do it. For their next meeting in January, we begin outlining the strategy to go after 17 states.

This is just the beginning. Here is the present composition of the 45 In 5 Task Force and the states we are focusing on. More people may volunteer anytime!  https://ihmm.org/45-in-5-task-force/

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 5 states.

In the two weeks since the launch, we have added Delaware, Florida, Texas, California, Washington, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and New Mexico as the next states for us to work on.

Now 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 45 other states 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.

Here’s what we ask each volunteer to do:

  • Take a template letter we write and send it to the right people at the right agencies of state governments
  • IHMM & AHMP will identify the agencies and the people to contact
  • Follow up after sending the letter
  • IHMM will engage all of our certificants and AHMP will engage all of its members in each state to communicate with the agencies in support of the recognition
The Task Force meets on January 25, 2021, to begin laying the foundation of the strategy to work with these states.

30 Years as a CHMM

As IHMM enters 2021 we are organizing to recognize those who have reached an incredible milestone – 30 years as a CHMM. IHMM was formed in 1984, so the credential IHMM has of the greatest longevity is the CHMM.

Today, IHMM has 203 outstanding professionals who are still active and have their CHMM. Over the next few months, we look forward to sharing our gratitude and the remarkable work of our 30-year CHMMs.

In addition, IHMM will be creating 30-year, 20-year, and 10-year badges that will be inserted in every certificant’s MYIHMM record to commemorate their service.

Congratulations to the 203 and we look forward to sharing who you are and what you have done!

An addendum to the 62nd edition of the IATA DGR has been issued. This addendum includes:
  • The addition of an allowance for operators to carry onboard an aircraft alcohol-based hand sanitizers and cleaning products (DGR 2.5);
  • Removal from the provisions of the regulations COVID-19 vaccines containing GMO or GMMO (DGR; and
  • Addition of special provision A220 to except packages containing COVID-19 vaccines accompanied by data loggers and/or cargo tracking devices from the need to bear the lithium battery mark.

In addition, the IATA addendum includes new and revised State and operator variations and corrections to the 62nd edition of the DGR.

The addendum will remain effective until 31 December 2021.

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HMS Donations

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.

HMS Education and Training

Hazardous Materials Society now has 14,628 education and training programs on its website https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/ 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.

This is the center of education and training for IHMM certificants and prospective certificants. Among these more than 15.000 programs are webinars delivered online and virtually all carry IHMM CMPs values with them for your annual / 5-year CMP planning. SEE: https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/

HMS Affinity Programs –  RCM&D Professional Liability Insurance

With more than 27,000 people – here is where HMS leverages our numbers for member’s benefit. There is strength and value in numbers and that translates into lower costs for you.

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.

IHMM/HMS Coronavirus Resources

In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. On March 13, 2020 President Trump declared a national emergency for the United States. IHMM and HMS’ first concern is with the safety and health of all of us; our staff and families, colleagues, certificants and members. We will update this page regularly as credible, authoritative information is available.


HMS Launches Jobs Board

We invite our participating companies to post their available employment opportunities here. There is no charge for this service. HMS staff reviews each proposed posting for clarity and completeness before posting to the public view and may remove a posting without notice.

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.

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A Collaborative Culture

There are 307 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. 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> https://community.ihmm.org/home

Global leadership in DG compliance

Hazmat Safety Consulting provides dangerous goods services to assist clients navigate the complexities of the dangerous goods regulations for all modes of transport. Our staff all previously worked for the US DOT, and have international regulatory experience and knowledge to address the most challenging dangerous goods issues. For clients, a partnership with HSC means having access to knowledgeable consultants that will give you peace of mind that your DG shipping program is operating in a safe and efficient manner.


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 is a member of the National Safety Council and is pleased to bring this important information to all of its certificants.

Welcome to the Hybrid Workplace

Where you can reach, engage, and inform employees with ease—whether they’re on-site, at remote locations, or on the go.

Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
Many lessons were learned throughout 2020—especially among businesses that saw employee communication and engagement gaps that threatened everything from COVID-19 safety measures to overall productivity, morale and so much more. See exactly what’s at stake when the key component of a successful hybrid workplace—communication—isn’t given the attention it deserves.

Read the Guide

Safe + Sound 2020 Year In Review 

Safe + Sound 2020 was a successful year! 1.9 million workers from 3,452 businesses participated in Safe + Sound Week. 68,590 participants regularly received safety and health messages via the listserv. Download the Safe + Sound 2020 End-Of-Year Infographic and share how you were #SafeAndSoundAtWork on social media. Thank you for your support!

Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers

Learn how to keep workers safe! The Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers document provides guidance to help managers and business owners conduct safety walkarounds to identify hazards in the workplace and communicate with workers about hazards in their jobs.


IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2021, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are the first few conferences we have coming up early in 2021.

National Safety Council Congress & Expo, March 1-5, 2021

For more than 100 years, safety, health and environmental professionals have turned to this safety event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the industry. We are excited to offer the NSC Safety Congress & Expo virtually while also prioritizing the safety of stakeholders during this pandemic environment.

Until we can meet face-to-face, it’s a convenient and affordable way to deliver quality educational programs and safety solutions directly to you. It’s the perfect place to come together to share experiences, to learn new ways of doing business, and explore the innovations that will drive our industry to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace.

  • A community platform to network, share lessons learned and plans for the future
  • A live and on-demand education platform for safety teams around the world
  • A trade show just like an in person expo hall to see innovations and make connections to grow sales and profitability

The cumulative experiences and learning offered are the difference between making the journey to a safer workplace and arriving at the destination, helping safety professionals get to the finish line and achieve their goals. In the fast-changing workplace, we keep you ahead of the curve.

Mark your calendars, March 1-5, 2021!


Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2021

March 10-11, 2021

This year we’re offering online learning sessions and a digital expo, allowing participants to learn remotely and chat virtually with presenters and exhibitors.

As always, attendance is FREE, and registration for the virtual event opens in December.

COSTHA 2021 Annual Forum

April 2021

Greenville, South Carolina

This event is expected to be run entirely virtually.


Belway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins

Impeachment. Take-Two. On January 13, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald J. Trump on one count of “incitement of insurrection” by a vote of 232–197 (10 Republicans voted to impeach and 4 did not cast votes). He is the first president to have been impeached twice.

Because President Trump has only one full day left in office, what happens next is a bit unclear. First, there is some legal debate as to whether the United States Constitution’s impeachment process allows for conviction after a president leaves office. Second, and perhaps more importantly for the Buzz, because the impeachment trial likely won’t start in the U.S. Senate until sometime next week, it will surely impact President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s agenda, especially during Biden’s crucial first 100 days in office. (The previous presidential impeachment trials lasted 21 days, 37 days, and 83 days, respectively.)

There is particular concern that the impeachment trial could disrupt or delay the confirmation of executive branch nominees, especially in the area of national security. (The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, for example, has scheduled a hearing on the nomination of Alejandro N. Mayorkas to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for January 19, 2021, which is the date that the impeachment trial may begin.)

Here is the bottom line: next week we will usher in a new presidential administration while the Senate potentially kicks off an impeachment trial of the outgoing president. Buckle up.

EEOC Finalizes Conciliation Rule. On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published final amendments to its regulations governing the conciliation process. According to the Commission, the new rule “will enhance the conciliation process for all parties to conciliation and may focus discussions in a way more likely to achieve a meeting of the minds or, alternatively, clearly distill areas of disagreement that may aid the Commission in subsequent litigation.” Pursuant to the new rule, in a conciliation process, the Commission will:

  1. “provide the respondent with a written summary of the known facts and non-privileged information that the Commission relied on in its reasonable cause finding, including identifying known aggrieved individuals or known groups of aggrieved individuals for whom relief is being sought, unless the individual(s) has requested anonymity”;
  2. “provide the respondent with a written summary of the Commission’s legal basis for finding reasonable cause”;
  3. “[p]rovide the respondent with the basis for monetary or other relief, including the calculations underlying the initial conciliation proposal”;
  4. “advise the respondent in writing that the Commission has designated the case as systemic, class, or pattern or practice as well as the basis for the designation”; and
  5. “[p]rovide the respondent at least 14 calendar days to respond to the Commission’s initial conciliation proposal.”

The rule goes into effect on February 16, 2021. Finally, while we might sound like a broken record, we are duty bound to remind you that this regulation is subject to rescission under the Congressional Review Act.

EEOC Data Collection. Speaking of the EEOC, this week the Commission announced that it would collect 2019 and 2020 equal employment opportunity (EEO) data in 2021, with EEO-1 data collection beginning in April 2021. A specific opening date of the collection has not been announced. Over the summer, the Office of Management and Budget approved a new EEO-1 form, which is really the old EEO-1 form, in that it just collects Component 1 demographic data. It does not collect wage and hours worked data. The new form is effective through June of 2023.

Wolf Leaves the Pack. On January 11, 2021, Chad F. Wolf stepped down as acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Wolf cited “ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of [his] authority as Acting Secretary” as one of the reasons for his departure. Peter T. Gaynor, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will replace Wolf as acting secretary. DHS has not had a Senate-confirmed secretary since Kirstjen M. Nielsen departed on April 10, 2019.

AFL-CIO Announces 2021 Priorities. This week, the AFL-CIO announced its Workers First Agenda, which contains the labor organization’s five priorities for 2021. Topping the list? Enactment of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The union’s second priority is the promulgation of a COVID-19 emergency temporary standard.

President for a Day. President-elect Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021. The January inaugural date was established pursuant to the United States Constitution’s 20th Amendment, which was ratified in 1933. Prior to that, all presidential inaugurations (with the exception of George Washington’s) were scheduled to be held on March 4, which was the date in 1789 that the federal government began operations under the newly ratified Constitution of the United States. This date created a few interesting situations when March 4 fell on a Sunday. For example, in 1849, President James K. Polk’s term ended at noon on Sunday, March 4, but the inauguration of President-elect Zachary Taylor (who in observance of the Christian Sabbath would not conduct his inauguration ceremony on a Sunday) did not occur until the following day. So who was president on March 4, 1849? Some newspapers at the time ran stories claiming that the Senate’s president pro tempore, David Rice Atchison of Missouri, had ascended to the presidency pursuant to the Presidential Succession Act of 1792. But while the historical consensus is that Taylor automatically became president upon the expiration of Polk’s term, a plaque below a bronze statue of Atchison in Plattsburg, Missouri, reads, “David Rice Atchison, 1807–1886, President of United States One Day.”

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