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Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner [CHMP®]
IHMM’s Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP®) credential recognizes the highest standard of proficiency for front-line hazardous materials workers. Acquiring the CHMP credential will provide added assurance to both you and your employer of the secure and proper handling and management of hazardous materials in the workplace.
A CHMP® credential signals a level of competence and skill that is in high demand among employers today.
See > https://ihmm.org/chmp/
IHMM Credential Recognition
Below you will see the credential badges that are now in each CHMM, CHMP, CDGT, CDGP, Student CHMM, CSHM, CSMP, and ASHM certificant’s MYIHMM account. Every IHMM certificant may use these badges, linked as those below are to their IHMM credential page, for their email signatures, business cards, and other social media applications. You’re justifiably proud of the accomplishment of having earned your credential and you can show the rest of the world. Simply right-click on the badge of choice, then save as to your computer, and then load it to wherever you want to use it, and please link that back to https://ihmm.org/.
IHMM Certificant Recognition
Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts are placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.
With a link from your credential badge to the IHMM website [see above] you can not only stand out as an IHMM-certified professional, you can also promote IHMM credentials to others. Right-click on the badge of choice, save as to your computer, then load it to whatever medium you choose.
IHMM has Distinguished Diplomates and Fellows of the Institute badges to the appropriate people in the MYIHMM database. These two badges are accompanied by lapel pins sent to each of those distinguished by holding these designations.
IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 85 countries around the World.
IHMM In-Person or Remotely Proctored Exams
The American National Standards Institute [ANSI] has approved Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for IHMM’s CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP exams. IHMM has been using the Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for the CSHM and CSMP exams since April 2020.
76% of Kryterion in-person testing centers have reopened. If you prefer the comfort and convenience of taking your exam from your home or office instead of at a Kryterion center, IHMM is ready to enroll you in a remotely proctored examination.
Please contact either Kortney Tunstall at [email protected] for the CHMM, Student CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] for the Student ASHM, CSHM, or CSMP exams.
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IHMM RECENT NEWS
Quick Quiz: Am I A “Hazmat Employee”?
New Ohio law could grant hazardous waste incinerators ability to expand
Michigan AG sues Domtar over alleged PFAS contamination
Sunlight Pulps the Plastic Soup
Strategies for Up-Scaling of Bioelectrochemical Systems
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste Proposed Rule
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for December 2022
Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States”
Response To Petition To Classify Discarded Polyvinyl Chloride as RCRA Hazardous Waste
Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2023
Trichloroethylene (TCE); Revision to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Determination; Notice of Availability
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH); Request for Nominations
EPA Announces Plans for Wastewater Regulations and Studies, Including Limits for PFAS, New Study for Nutrients
EPA to Review Cleanups at Six New Hampshire Superfund Sites this Year
EPA Finds TCE, as a Whole Chemical Substance, Poses an Unreasonable Risk to Human Health
Turbulence Ahead for the Clean Water Act: Agencies Redefine “Waters of the United States” as SCOTUS Prepares to Rule in Sackett v. EPA
A Handful Of Hot Button ESG Issues To Watch In 2023
Simple Ways to Avoid Slips and Falls at the Office
IICRC Proposes New IAQ Standard for Remediation Contractors
OSHA Accepting Nominations for National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
How to Properly Store and Label Hazardous Substances
An introduction to investigating accidents in the workplace
Ohio roofing contractor gets 8th citation for exposing workers to deadly fall hazards
Johnson: ‘A worker’s life was cut short’ due to Underground Utilities’ faulty equipment
US Department of Labor announces annual adjustments to OSHA civil penalties for 2023
US Department of Labor reminds certain employers to submit required 2022 injury and illness data by March 2, 2023
Revised Industry Standards Reflected in 2023 Edition of IATA Manuals
EU alarmed over hazardous waste growth
PFAS ban proposals expected February 7
Chemical Law Change Ahead in EU Seen Likely to Raise Costs in US
Viewpoint: It’s time to let the world know we can safely manage nuclear waste
Final countdown to site selection for Canada’s nuclear waste geologic repository
Nevada OSHA workplace safety violation penalties increase
Pandemic Took Heavy Toll on Productivity
Recession watch: Why the next one will be different
Weak retail sales, manufacturing signal cooling economy
Regulatory Update: OSHA Cites Three Amazon Warehouse Facilities
OSHA inspected more construction sites last year than any other workplace
Responding to the Pandemic Wake-Up Call: The Need to Bolster Business Continuity Planningv
NIH – National Laboratory of Medicine – WISER
As of February 28th, 2023, NLM will discontinue the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), the website (https://wiser.nlm.nih.gov) and WebWISER (https://webwiser.nlm.nih.gov), and the standalone applications for Windows PCs, iOS app, and Android app.
Other sources of Hazmat or Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) information are available with the following resources:
- CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management) – HHS ASPR
- REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) – HHS ASPR
- ERG2020 (Emergency Response Guidebook) – USDOT/PHMSA [search for ERG2020 in the App Stores]
- CAMEO Chemicals – NOAA/EPA
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards – CDC/NIOSH [search for NIOSH Mobile Pocket Guide in the App Stores]
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) website – CDC/ATSDR
- DHS’s Hazardous Materials Release website – DHS
- PubChem – NIH/NLM
- The National Library of Medicine Data Distribution (data files for HSDB, ChemIDplus, etc.) – NIH/NLM
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact NLM Customer Service (https://support.nlm.nih.gov/support/create-case).
EPA Finds TCE, as a Whole Chemical Substance, Poses an Unreasonable Risk to Human Health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 9, 2023, the availability of the final revision to the risk determination for trichloroethylene (TCE) risk evaluation issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 88 Fed. Reg. 1222. EPA determined that TCE, as a whole chemical substance, presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health when evaluated under its conditions of use (COU). EPA states that the revision to the risk determination reflects its announced policy changes to ensure the public is protected from unreasonable risks from chemicals in a way that is supported by science and the law. For more information and our Commentary, please read the full memorandum.
Read more > https://www.lawbc.com/regulatory-developments/entry/epa-finds-tce-as-a-whole-chemical-substance-poses-an-unreasonable-risk-to-h
EPA Readies Raft Of Rules To Cut Ozone As Officials Weigh Stricter NAAQS
EPA is ramping up efforts to sharply reduce ozone emissions across much of the country, with a series of planned or just-finalized rules, although whether this is sufficient to meet existing federal air quality limits, much less potentially tougher federal standards now under consideration, is open to question.
Possibly as soon as March 2023, EPA plans to finalize its revised version of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which as proposed will expand the emissions trading program to cover new states and new industries while imposing tougher state caps for ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) from power plants.
This would help states meet the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor” requirement to mitigate their emissions that compromise other states attaining national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).
The CSAPR update would re-tool the program to help meet the 2015 ozone NAAQS, set at 70 parts per billion (ppb). But the rule faces strong opposition from states and industries newly included under the regulation, and also from industries already participating in the CSAPR emissions trading program.
As proposed, the rule would tighten state emissions caps from 2023, reaching full stringency by 2026, with new industries regulated by 2026 via emissions rates limits – but not covered under emissions trading. Several Western states would also participate in CSAPR for the first time.
Key States Move To Include Cumulative Impacts In Environmental Permits
Two more states have taken steps to consider cumulative impacts in permitting decisions in efforts to address environmental justice (EJ) and civil rights, with New York enacting an EJ law that requires regulators to weigh such impacts in permits while Massachusetts has proposed a permitting rule requiring assessments of such impacts.
Both actions took place late last year and are attracting significant attention.
The New York law is modeled after a first-in-the-nation New Jersey EJ law for which the state’s Department of Environmental Protect (DEP) is crafting implementing rules including a detailed tool to help regulators decide whether to deny permits in cases where an overburdened community faces adverse cumulative impacts.
New Jersey officials have said their rule is a model for several other states including Colorado and Michigan that are considering similar measures, as well as for EPA. Pennsylvania’s legislature has also considered a bill that mirrors New Jersey’s, while EPA, California, Louisiana and Minnesota are watching and tracking the Garden State’s effort.
The New Jersey rule was proposed last June but has yet to be finalized.
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/
Industry Groups, Texas Sue To Block EPA’s Just-Published WOTUS Rule
A broad coalition of energy, agriculture and other industry groups, as well as Texas officials, are seeking to block and vacate the Biden administration’s just-promulgated rule defining which “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) are subject to the Clean Water Act (CWA), charging in separate suits that the rule violates the Constitution, the CWA and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
“Plaintiffs seek a declaration from the Court that the Rule violates the APA, contravenes the plain text of the CWA, and violates the United States Constitution, including but not limited to the Commerce Clause of Article I, Section 8 and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Plaintiffs further seek an order vacating the Rule and enjoining its implementation or application,” the industry coalition said in its Jan. 18 complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Industry groups joining the suit include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Petroleum Institute, National Mining Association, National Association of Home Builders, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and 12 others.
Led by Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), several Texas state agencies filed a similar suit in the same court on the same day.
Both suits were filed on the day that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers formally promulgated the measure in the Federal Register.
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.
California Suit Likely To Prompt Other States To Pursue Broad PFAS Litigation
Industry attorneys are warning companies to expect more state lawsuits against PFAS makers and sellers to be filed in the coming year based in part on California’s massive multi-claim action against manufacturers, distributors and downstream users, especially with more states and EPA adopting new rules and limits for the chemicals.
Although the litigation filed last year by California’s attorney general (AG) relies heavily on the state’s unique Proposition 65 listing of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity, an aggressive tact that no other state has taken to date, with EPA enforceable limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) looming, PFAS manufacturers and distributors, as well as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) manufacturers and suppliers, should nevertheless be on the lookout for similar state actions based on the ubiquitous nature of the forever chemicals and the ambitious claims of the Golden State’s newest PFAS litigation, say attorneys with Goldberg Segalla.
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’s Proposal To Toughen Fine Particle Standards Stirs Controversy
EPA’s recently released proposal to tighten a crucial health-based limit for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is sparking a mixed welcome from environmentalists, who are pressing agency officials to impose tougher-still standards.
The plan would impose the heaviest burdens on California air regulators, but the state air board is nonetheless calling for stricter limits, even as it also seeks more-aggressive federal regulations on mobile sources to help meet the standards.
Industry groups say the whole proposal is unnecessary, and that it will impose unreasonable compliance costs. Meanwhile, questions remain about the possible effect of short-lived spikes in air pollution from sources such as wildfires that regulators cannot control.
The centerpiece of the plan is a modest tightening of the annual national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for PM2.5:
EPA Proposes To Tighten Annual PM2.5 Limit But Retain Daily Standard
EPA is proposing to tighten its health-based annual limit for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) to a level lower than that set by the Obama administration in 2012 but is not planning to tighten its 24-hour limit, disappointing environmental and public health groups and disregarding agency science advisers who pushed for a tougher daily value.
EPA proposes to lower the current “primary,” or health-based, limit for PM2.5 from 12 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) down to a standard in the range of 9 ug/m3 to 10 ug/m3. This comports with the recommendation of EPA staff, and it is also within a range of 8 ug/m3 to 10 ug.m3 supported by a majority of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).
ECHA adds nine hazardous chemicals to Candidate List
The Candidate List of substances of very high concern now contains 233 entries for chemicals that can harm people or the environment. Companies are responsible for managing the risks of these chemicals and must also give their customers and consumers information to use them safely.
Helsinki, 17 January 2023 – ECHA has added nine chemicals to the Candidate List because of their hazardous properties. They are used for example in flame retardants, paints and coatings, inks and toners, coating products, plasticisers and in the manufacture of pulp and paper.
Entries added to the Candidate List on 17 January 2023 > https://echa.europa.eu/-/echa-adds-nine-hazardous-chemicals-to-candidate-list?_cldee=PgAPNwxcFbsLIdXnxeKhjlH5w7iMdSqIQeUCrrRYhvFI6YZdtqYQoqt3UYVndukW&recipientid=lead-fcb6989c61f3ec11813c005056b9310e-979c92118c424b3c8b1a268098e18bc2&esid=19c1a89a-1097-ed11-8144-005056b9310e
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.
Annual ‘Roadcheck’ set for May 16-18
NSC’s John Dony among four appointed to OSHA advisory committee
Chemical Safety Board issues recommendations for preventing vapor discharges and fires
Unintended train brake release spurs FRA advisory
Washington FACE Program publishes three injury narratives in Spanish
Safety and health KPIs: ILO releases guidebook on collecting and measuring data
January 26 –The Connected Leader: Cultivating Trust in Today’s Disconnected World
February 2 –10 Incremental Ideas to Take Your Safety Culture to the Next Level
February 9 – The Cost of Doing Nothing
February 16 – Temporary Worker Compliance: How the Regulations Impact the Host Employer and Staffing Agency
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.
A WISE Mentoring Success Story: Michelle Arias
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
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
Union Membership Decreases. The percentage of workers who are union members dropped to 10.1 percent in 2022 from 10.3 percent in 2021, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In the private sector, the unionization rate fell to 6 percent last year from 6.1 percent in 2021. According to BLS:
The 2022 unionization rate (10.1 percent) is the lowest on record. In 1983, the first year where comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent and there were 17.7 million union workers.
Thus, despite some splashy headlines and a few high-profile examples, the great majority of employees continue to reject unionization. Expect labor unions and their allies in Washington, D.C., to spin these numbers as a reason to double down on efforts to tilt the labor policy field in favor of labor unions.
D.C. Circuit Issues Ruling on NLRB 2019 Election Regs. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision relating to five specific provisions of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) 2019 changes to its regulations governing union elections. In a May 2020 decision, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (in an opinion by then-judge Ketanji Brown Jackson) invalidated the five provisions as contrary to the Administrative Procedure Act because the NLRB did not seek public comment on the changes. (The Board argued that the changes were procedural, not substantive, in nature and that public comment was not necessary.) In this week’s decision, the D.C. Circuit agreed that the district court was correct in invalidating three provisions: “the rules regarding the eligible employee-voters list, the timeline for certification of election results, and election-observer eligibility.” However, the D.C. Circuit ruled that the two remaining provisions—regarding pre-election litigation of voter eligibility and the timing of the date of an election—are “‘internal house-keeping’ rules” that are exempt from notice and comment requirements.
House Republicans Seek Information From Federal Agencies. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) is wasting no time exercising her authority as chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Late last week, Foxx resent to federal labor agencies a series of previous information requests that were answered while Republicans were in the House minority in 2021 and 2022. The requests include the following:
- Letters to Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh regarding, among other issues, his involvement in various high-profile labor disputes; documents and communications relating to the development and implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 2021 vaccine-or-test emergency temporary standard; and information surrounding the February 2022 report offered by the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, such as attendance lists, meeting minutes, rejected policy proposals, involvement of outside organizations.
- A letter to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo regarding her April 2022 memorandum relating to employer speech. Specifically, the letter asks for information about the possible involvement of outside organizations, other agencies, and the White House, in the drafting of the memo.
- A letter to NLRB Chair Lauren McFerran inquiring about potential conflicts of interest that Member Gwynne Wilcox and Member David Prouty may have regarding the Board’s joint employer policy.
The Buzz suspects that these letters are just the first examples of what will be at least two years of aggressive agency oversight by the committee.
DHS Announces Deferred Action for Workers Involved in Labor Investigations. Late last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new streamlined and expedited process for undocumented workers seeking deferred action as a result of their cooperation in investigations into potential violations of labor laws. The new policy further implements provisions of DHS’s October 2021 memorandum, “Worksite Enforcement: The Strategy to Protect the American Labor Market, the Conditions of the American Worksite, and the Dignity of the Individual.” According to the announcement, DHS will “provid[e] new guidance to labor agencies regarding processes to seek deferred action for certain workers” and will create a “single intake point for deferred action requests from noncitizen workers.” As such, “[t]he centralized intake process will allow DHS to efficiently review these time-sensitive requests, provide additional security to eligible workers on a case-by-case basis, and more robustly support the mission of labor agencies.”
OFCCP Proposes Changes to Complaint Intake Process. This week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) proposed changes to its complaint intake process. OFCCP is proposing to add a preliminary step to evaluate the timeliness of allegations, whether it has jurisdiction over a matter, and how the matter should proceed. If OFCCP determines that an investigation is warranted, it will direct the complainant to fill out a more detailed form. According to the proposal, this two-step procedure “will improve the efficiency of [OFCCP’s] complaint intake process.” Comments are due by March 20, 2023.
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 – BASIC – 24 IHMM CMPs
2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – BASIC – 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/
AT HMS/Rockville – FREE US DOT PHMSA HMIT GRANT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS AWARENESS TRAINING WORKSHOP – ADVANCED – 28 IHMM CMPs
2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 28-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – ADVANCED – Rockville, MD
June 13 @ 8:00 am – June 15 @ 5:00 pm – FREE
Register Here > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/2023-phmsa-hmit-grant-28-hour-dot-hazmat-regulations-advanced-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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|Daily||Acute Toluene Exposure Webinar||Bowen EHS||Online|
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 836 different conversations going on in the IHMM/HMS Collaboration platform this week.
A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health, and safety communities of practice. Do you have a problem you need to solve and want the opinions of your colleagues? This is where we come together to help each other.
IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs, and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.
We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here.
Access to COLLABORATION is through the same username/password you use to access your MYIHMM account. Having a problem? Contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]
Columbia Southern University
The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] is a partner of Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.
A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.
Click on the CSU graphic at left and learn more about the professional development and degree program opportunities at CSU.
IHMM CONFERENCES FOR 2023
IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2023, virtually as well as in-person as resources allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2023.
Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know by sending an email to [email protected]
ASSP Greater San Jose and San Francisco Chapters Safety Symposium
San Ramon Marriott – Thank you Bart Miller for leading this effort
March 9, 2023
COSTHA Annual Forum and Expo
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Convention Center
April 30 – May 24, 2023
ASSP Safety Conference and Exposition
San Antonio, TX
June 5-7, 2023
National Safety Council Congress & Expo
New Orleans, LA
October 23-25, 2023
IHMM has a companion organization for which education and training programs are presented and delivered. The Hazardous Materials Society is IHMM’s Professional Association and HMS’ education and training website can be found here. These events are produced independently of IHMM, and their providers have no access to IHMM certification examinations or program information other than that which is publicly available.