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 ktunstall@ihmm.org for the CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at kcagle@ihmm.org for the CSHM or CSMP exams.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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IHMM Credential Recognition

Below you will see the 3 EHS credential badges that are now in each 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

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.

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Updating the CHMP Blueprint Effective 2022

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) conducts a Job Task Analysis (JTA) to validate all certification examinations every five years, or more often if circumstances warrant.  The Job Task Analysis identifies the performance areas and associated knowledge, tasks, skills, and abilities relating to the credential.  During the JTA process, a new blueprint is created that reflects the consensus of the profession and is validated by survey participants.  The blueprint provides the areas of competency that a minimally qualified candidate must have to be deemed competent.

The IHMM CHMP Scheme Committee has conducted a comprehensive Job Task Analysis (JTA) based on psychometric principles during a yearlong series of 2- or 1- hour web meetings and has completed a new JTA and blueprint for the CHMP examination.

IHMM would like to extend a special thank you to the CHMP Scheme Committee members.  The success of this project is attributed to the time and effort put in by the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).  The SMEs were fully engaged in the process and committed to the mission of IHMM and the CHMP credential.  Thank you for volunteering your time and your expertise.  Your hard work strengthens the CHMP credential!!

Working under the guidance of a trained psychometrician from Certification Management Services (CMS), the CHMP Scheme committee composed of nine (9) Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) developed the new JTA and blueprint.  Other facilitators include Kevin Herron, Chair of the CHMP Scheme Committee, and M. Patricia Buley, IHMM’s Director of Certification and Accreditation.

Subject Matter ExpertOrganization
 Kevin Herron, ChairUnivar Solutions
 Mark CrawfordRobindale Energy
 David HallRoche Molecular Systems
 James McIntyreUniversity of Illinois Fire Service Institute
 Jeffrey ParksDyno Nobel Inc.
 James SizemoreD.H. Griffin Wrecking
 William TomlinsonProfessional Training Association Inc.
 Jake Trahan IINutrien
 Rick WolfUnivar Solutions

The eligibility requirements for the CHMP examination will remain the same.

  • Five (5) years of relevant experience with responsibilities directly relating to hazardous materials and or waste in the workplace.
  • Or an Associate degree from an accredited college or university in applied science or related field degree; for example, in hazardous materials management, environmental science, environmental management, physical or life science or environmental technology, plus three (3) years of relevant experience with responsibilities directly relating to hazardous materials and or waste in the workplace.

The following is a synopsis of the changes:

  • A significant amount of the general concepts identified in the current blueprint are carried over to the new blueprint.
  • All the Domains are streamlined.
  • All the Tasks are modified to test objectives.
  • Testing objectives were added for all the Domains, increasing the focus on Application, rather than simply knowledge of concepts or definitions.
  • The Domain weights (percent of the exam) shifted slightly for all the Domains.
The new CHMP examination blueprint will go into effect in 2022 and is found here.

Updating the CHMM Blueprint

The Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] blueprint has been updated and uploaded to the CHMM section https://ihmm.org/chmm/ of the IHMM website.

You may download a copy of the updated CHMM blueprint here.

EnviroWorkShops 2021 Global Enviro Summit

Are You Ready for a Global Stage?

September 14-17, 2021, Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

EnviroSummit is a global conference with international presentations in the morning on the main stage, and breakout sessions for Remediation, Vapor Intrusion, Air Quality and Wastewater in the afternoon. The 2021 Global EnviroSummit is a conference with a mission of evaluating the different approaches for “Accelerating Trends and Advancing Technology” in the environmental industry.  There will be speakers from around the globe that will address some of the environmental challenges they face in their country. There will also be speakers from the EPA, ITRC and other government agencies.

IHMM has between 1.30 pm and 5.00 pm on September 16, 2021, to deliver 4, 45-minute presentations on Wastewater Technologies. These 4 presentations should highlight specific projects done by a CHMM involving wastewater and include a narrative lasting 30 minutes that focuses on everything from permitting to technology and construction and results.

IHMM has two presentations and seeks two individuals who are willing to each make presentations in person, in Charlotte on September 16, 2021 between 1.30 pm and 4.15 pm

Interested?  This affords the CHMM the opportunity to bring to a global audience the technical capabilities of your work and that of your company in handling challenges involving wastewater management.

Contact:  Gene Guilford at gguilford@ihmm.org

HMS Offers 4 PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Courses at the IHMM Offices – Rockville, MD

The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] has been promoting these four DOT Hazmat programs since early July to those in the Virginia, Maryland, and DC area as all of these programs will be conducted in-person at the IHMM offices in Rockville.

All of these programs are FREE of charge. Click on each of the links provided below for more information about the registration, prerequisite, and CMP requirements associated with each program.

August 17-19, 2021PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Basic Awareness TrainingHMSRockville, MD
August 24-26, 2021PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Advanced Awareness TrainingHMSRockville, MD
Sept 14-16, 2021PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Advanced Awareness TrainingHMSRockville, MD
Sept 21-23, 2021PHMSA HMIT Grant DOT Hazmat Basic Awareness TrainingHMSRockville, MD

Want to Raise the Visibility of Your Credential? Answer the Question in the Survey

IHMM wants inform the news media, state and federal regulators, and the legal profession of the availability of “experts” for use in legal proceedings, working with environmental regulators or commenting on matters in the news for the news media. This will raise the level of visibility of all IHMM credentials and those who hold them.

We will construct a section of our AA/database allowing IHMM certificants to register for this project and select the areas of specialization they hold. Only those whose fees are up-to-date will be allowed to register and be available for public view of their levels of expertise. 

This project will increase the value of our credentials as well as our ability to serve the legal, media, and government regulator sectors of the economy by offering experts to provide commentary or testimony.  Registration would be strictly voluntary.

Survey

Before IHMM does any further work on this project we need to collect some data. This survey is designed to collect data from IHMM certificant’s general attitude toward this new feature being created and whether or not you may ultimately register for it. The survey obligates you to nothing. We are just collecting data on whether or not IHMM certificants believe this service if it is created, would be worthwhile.

Take the survey here.

HMS and Earning Certification Maintenance Points [CMPs]

IHMM created HMS, in large measure, so that IHMM certificants could have one, central place within which to find professional development courses in which to earn certification maintenance points. HMS courses cover all of IHMM’s 8 credentials, not only one.

We’ve made it easy to find CMPs.

  • Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/
  • Go to the Education and Training tab
  • Scroll down until you see these buttons…and click on the CMPs button

  • The system will produce a listing of the programs on the platform that have already been reviewed and given CMP ratings. You can find the programs suitable for you.

For example, one of the programs is from Columbia Southern University, offered online, has 36 CMPs attached, and is FREE. This is only one example. There are hundreds of programs on HMS.

Recertification of your IHMM credential is easy and straightforward –  encompassing the 5 basic steps shown above. This graphic applies to the CHMM, CHMP, CDGP, and CDGT credentials. IHMM is constructing the system to incorporate the former ISHM point system to the IHMM point system for all CSHM and CSMP credentials later this summer.

IHMM certificants need to recertify their credentials every 5 years. You can learn about and use this system here.

How to earn Certification Maintenance Points [CMPs] is also easy and straightforward: read the IHMM Recertification Claims Manual.

IHMM’s recertification system allows certificants to start a recertification application at any time, don’t wait until the 4th year and the 11th month to start one – start now and enter your CMPs as you go. That makes completing the application easy when the time comes to recertify. Certificants can start a recertification application with their CMPs through their individual MYIHMM accounts.

If you need assistance with this process, accessing your MYIHMM account, or anything concerning the recertification process, simply contact either Jimmy Nguyen at jnguyen@ihmm.org or James Drosdak at jdrosdak@ihmm.org and either will be happy to help you.

CALL TO ACTION MEANS YOU!

CALL TO ACTION – Representative Spanberger of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District has drafted legislation entitled,  H.R. 2171, “Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act.” This legislation expands the provisions of existing law with respect to the allowable uses of Section 529 education tuition accounts to include most expenses paid by the holders of private professional certifications. We need you to contact your House and Senate members to ask them to co-sponsor this legislation.

CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE

Scroll to the bottom of the page in the link above. Then click on the Freedom To Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act. All you have to do is enter your name, address, and zip code and the IHMM VoterVoice system does the rest and automatically sends our message to your Senators and members of the House of Representatives. It’s very easy and matters!

Do You Want Government to Recognize Your Credential?

IHMM & AHMP 45 in 5 Project – National Credential Recognition

On January 25th, we began outlining the strategy to go after the 21 states in yellow, above. Since then we have succeeded in adding Nebraska, Colorado, and California.

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!

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.

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, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico as the next places for us to work on with 44 volunteers.

45 in 5 Task Force Votes to Move Forward

At its July 19th meeting the 45 in 5 Task Force voted to:
  • Initiate a rulemaking with the Environmental Protection Agency to amend 40 CFR § 310 Definitions, to include the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] credential with the existing Professional Engineer and Professional Geologist.
  • Initiate a guidance change with the Small Business Administration concerning the performance of Phase I and II environmental assessments.
  • Support the IHMM/PCC Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act. H.R. 2171.

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Safe + Sound Week

Please join us in participating in Safe + Sound Week from August 9-15, 2021. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August to show your business’s commitment to keep workers safe year-round. Safe + Sound Week is also a time when information and ideas are shared to help get your safety and health program started or improve an existing program.

Visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage to sign up to participate, and for ideas on planning and promoting your event.

REGISTER NOW FOR SAFE + SOUND WEEK

ISO 45001 and OSH Professionals

ASSP is the TAG Administrator [Technical Advisory Group] to ANSI for the ISO TC283 [Technical Committee].  TC283 is responsible for the creation of ISO 45001 and other important standards and documents under the 283 series of technical materials.  ASSP, as the U.S. TAG Administrator, is responsible to work with the committee [TAG] membership to create U.S. voting positions and technical comments for ANSI at the global level. IHMM is a member of ASSP and is proud to have contributed to this important work through our representative Tom Slavin, CSHM.

The Society recently concluded an extensive webinar with Martin Cottam [TC283 Chair], Sally Swingewood [TC283 Manager], Vic Toy [U.S. TAG Chair], and Kathy Seabrook [U.S. TAG Vice-Chair].

This is an extensive webinar and interview that should interest OSH Professionals working with ISO 45001 and management systems.  We address ISO 45001, 45003, 45005, etc.  There are always a lot of questions on this standard[s] and ASSP can give you the answers.  This webinar is worthy of your time to review.

IHMM is a member of ASSP and is pleased to provide this information to all of our certificants.

HMS UPDATES

IHMM and HMS

The graphic to the left illustrates the relationship between IHMM and HMS. IHMM formed HMS to serve IHMM’s certificates. IHMM offers a variety of professional credentials and HMS creates education and training programs to serve the applicants and certificants of those credentials.

Survey

The Hazardous Materials Society has created a survey to learn from IHMM’s certificants what those certificants need most. If HMS is to serve IHMM’s certificants we need IHMM’s certificants to respond to this survey.

Please go here for a short, 5 question survey that takes less than 2 minutes to take.

HMS Board of Directors Nomination Process is Open for Submittals

Overview of Available Board Positions

The Hazardous Materials Society (HMS) is looking for the best and brightest to lead the organization forward.  A total of FOUR (4) DIRECTOR positions are open with a two-year term, beginning on January 1, 2022 and ending on December 31, 2024.  The maximum number of years any candidate may serve is six (6) years.

These positions are open to ANY IHMM-certificant, who is in good standing with the Hazardous Materials society (HMS) as well as the Institute of Hazardous Materials Managers (IHMM).  Self-nominations are permitted.

There are two documents for review. Click on both to open, download, review and submit #2:

  1. 2021 HMS Call for Nominations for 2022-2024 Term
  2. 2021 HMS Nomination Form 06-08-21 Final

Please email the completed nomination forms/submittals to Ms. Kendra Schroer, CHMM, HMS Nominating Committee Chair, at kendraschroer@hotmail.com.

HMS Affinity Programs – CINTAS Uniforms

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.

Save up to 65% off Cintas uniforms, safety and facility services.

Keep your team and workspace looking their best. New Cintas contracts enjoy special discounts and a free one-time UltraClean service and free installation of hygiene dispensers. Enroll with NPP today and save on Cintas!

Enroll your business for FREE with NPP to learn more about Cintas discounts. Enroll with NPP here.

HMS Education and Training

Hazardous Materials Society now has 11,701 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.

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.

Learn more here.

Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] Scholarship Applications for 2021 LIVE

Dan Levine, Chair of the HMS Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that HMS Scholarship applications for 2021 are live and available on the HMS website.

Visit the HMS Scholarship page and click the big red button that says APPLY NOW GET THE APPLICATION FORM HERE!

Thank you to Dan and his committee for getting the HMS Scholarship open in 2021, and for more information and the application form, please visit the website link above.

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

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.

INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS, PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, AND LABORATORIES.

In general, an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is recordable if the reaction is: (1) work-related, (2) a new case, and (3) meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g., days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid).

If you require your employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (i.e., for work-related reasons), then any adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is work-related. The adverse reaction is recordable if it is a new case under 29 CFR 1904.6 and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.

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 434 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.

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 jdrosdak@ihmm.org 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 2021

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 some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2021.

Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know! Send an email to Diane McLevy and tell us what conferences we should attend.

College & University Hazardous Materials Management Conference

August 7-12, 2021
Denver, Colorado
This conference is currently planned as being in-person.

ASSP Safety21 Conference & Expo

September 13-15, 2021
Austin, Texas

Join thousands of safety professionals at the Nation’s leading event for occupational safety!

Register Today!

This is an in-person conference with a virtual component. View the brochure.

EnviroWorkShops 2021 Global Enviro Summit

September 14-17, 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina

This is an in-person and virtual conference. There are 100+ confirmed speakers and attendance is expected to be over 800.

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 will include technical presentations from some of the world’s leaders on pollution control and the leading technologies that are used in the industry.

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.

Registration Open Here

Register With Confidence in 2021

We understand that the future is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so all registrations will be fully refundable for any reason until October 15, 2021. Register with confidence knowing that if your plans change, you’re fully covered.

Register here.

IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins

It’s Infrastructure Week! The U.S. Senate this week began debating the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), the 2,700-page infrastructure bill that has been the subject of heated negotiations over the last several weeks. (As a point of reference, the first published edition of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace was merely 1,225 pages long.) Here are a few things to note about the bill and the process going forward.

  • Hard infrastructure. The bill provides $1.2 trillion in funding for the building and repair of roads, bridges, ports, airports, public transit, broadband, power grid modernization, and other projects. The bill also takes steps to address climate change (it provides funding related to electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and carbon capture, for example), shrink red tape associated with major construction projects, and reduce pollution.
  • No PRO Act. Importantly, the bill does not contain provisions of the PRO Act, and it does not address paid leave, child care, Medicare expansion, unemployment insurance reforms, or other “social infrastructure” matters. Congressional Democrats plan to address these and other issues in subsequent legislation using the reconciliation process, which would allow them to pass such a bill with a simple majority vote.
  • ERTC shortened. Employers may want to note that the employee retention tax credit (ERTC), which was established by the CARES Act and extended in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will terminate early under the bill. Currently, employers can claim the retention credit through the end of 2021, but this date would be pushed forward to October 1, 2021 (though certain small businesses that began operations in 2020 may claim the credit for the remainder of 2021). The provision is included as a funding mechanism for the bill.
  • Bipartisan push. The bill has significant bipartisan support, as 17 Senate Republicans voted with all Democrats to begin debate on the bill. In addition, the bill enjoys support from groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as from the AFL-CIO.
  • What comes next? As for timing (always hard to predict), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated that he would like to wrap up the amendment process quickly, which means that final passage of the legislation could take place sometime next week or sooner. Assuming the bill passes the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives will then have an opportunity to address it. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has promised that she would not address the bill until the second “social infrastructure” bill passes the Senate. This all means that we could be continuing this discussion about both bills into the fall.

Pregnancy Accommodation Bill—One Step Closer to Law? On August 3, 2021, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) advanced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) (H.R. 1065). The lopsided 19–2 committee vote on approval perhaps portends a favorable outcome for the bill on the Senate floor. The PWFA—which would require employers to make reasonable accommodation for pregnant workers (such as by providing more frequent bathroom breaks or easing lifting requirements)—has been on the Buzz’s radar for a while now. With this action this week, the bill moves one step closer to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Weil Nomination Slowed. In other Senate HELP Committee news, the committee voted 11–11 on David Weil’s nomination to be administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division. This means that Weil’s nomination (similar to the nomination of NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo) will need an additional vote from the full Senate in order to be discharged from the committee. Weil has the numbers on his side (ever so slightly), and he, like Abruzzo, will likely be confirmed in due course. As the Buzz has previously discussed, Weil is known for his views on the “fissured workplace,” as well as a narrow interpretation of what it means to be an “independent contractor” and an expansive interpretation of “joint employer.”

Fed. Contractor Minimum Wage Reg. Deadline (Slightly) Extended. The DOL extended the deadline for stakeholders to submit comments in response to the proposed regulations implementing an increase in the minimum wage for certain employees of federal contractors. Interested parties probably should not think about booking a late-summer vacation, though: the period has only been extended from the original date of August 23, 2021, to August 27, 2021.

Congress Continues to Target Arbitration. House Democrats have reintroduced the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, which would “prohibit predispute arbitration agreements that require arbitration of work disputes.” The bill represents yet another front in the political battle over arbitration agreements. As the Buzz noted recently, another bill in the 117th Congress—the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (H.R. 4445/S. 2342)—proposes to limit the enforceability of certain arbitration agreements.

Congressional Gold Medals. The 2020 Summer Olympics wraps up on August 8, 2021. The Olympics and politics have always been intertwined, so it should come as no surprise that these former U.S. Olympians subsequently made their way into politics.

  • Bob Mathias won gold medals in the decathlon in the Summer Olympic Games in London (1948) and Helsinki (1952), and he subsequently represented California’s 18th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (1967–1975).
  • Wendell Anderson won a silver medal playing ice hockey for the United States in the 1956 Winter Olympics. He was later elected governor of Minnesota. When Minnesota senator Walter Mondale resigned his position after being elected vice president of the United States in 1976, Anderson essentially appointed himself as Mondale’s successor, and served two years in the U.S. Senate (1976–1978).
  • Tom McMillen earned a silver medal playing basketball for the United States in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The U.S. men’s team lost to the Soviet Union, 51–50, and became the first U.S. men’s basketball team not to win a gold medal in the Olympics (after having won gold at the previous seven Olympic Games—all the way back to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin). The final seconds of the game were mired by an officiating controversy, and the U.S. team refused to receive their silver medals. After completing a successful professional basketball career, McMillen served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1987–1993) from Maryland’s 4th congressional district.
  • Bill Bradley won a gold medal in basketball in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He subsequently won two National Basketball Association championships playing for the New York Knicks before representing New Jersey in the U.S. Senate (1979–1997).
  • Ben Nighthorse Campbell also represented the United States in the 1964 Summer Olympics, participating in judo. He later represented Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives (1987–1993) and in the U.S. Senate (1993–2005).
  • Jim Ryun (whom the Buzz previously profiled) also participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics as a middle-distance runner for the United States, and he also participated in the Olympics in Mexico City (1968) and Munich (1972). He then represented Kansas’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (1996–2007).

Vendor Alert:  881 – How much of this business did you get?

IHMM has seen a 100% jump in applications and examinations over 2019, and for the first 5 months of 2021, we stand at 881. How much of this business did your company see?

If you’re missing out contact Diane McLevy at memserv@ihmm.org and see how you can benefit from a relationship with IHMM and HMS.

IHMM EVENTS CALENDAR

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

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

Online

DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University

Online

DailyCE 1106: Coronavirus Facts: Understanding the CoronavirusColumbia Southern University

Online

DailyCE 1107: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Strategies for EmployeesColumbia Southern University

Online

DailyCE 1108: Coronavirus Prevention: Strategies for ManagersColumbia Southern University

Online

DailyCE 1109: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Train the TrainerColumbia Southern University

Online

DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyWebinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyWebinar DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyOnsite DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyOnline DOT Bulk Railcar TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 2021 Refresher (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec

Online

DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec

Online

Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School

Online

Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec

Online

DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec

Online

DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen

Online

DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyWebinar TDG TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School

Online

Daily49CFR/IATA/IMDG INITIAL WEBINARDGI

Online

DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI

Online

DailyDangerous Goods Shipping Private WebinarDGI

Online

DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz

Online

DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec

Online

DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec

Online

DailyDefensive Driver Training CourseHazmat School

Online

DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School

Online

DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School

Online

DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School

Online

September 15, 2021

NPDES: Developing and Maintaining Workforce and Equity Partnerships

NPDES

Online

Sept 23, 2021Webinar: Effective OESH Ethics TrainingBowen

Online

September 28-30, 2021DOT PHMSA HMIT Basic Awareness TrainingRay Davis

Littleton, MA

October 11-15, 202140 Hour HAZWOPER Training ClassSafety Compliance Management

San Ramon, CA

October 14-15, 202116 Hour HAZWOPER Training ClassSafety Compliance Management

San Ramon, CA

October 18-21, 2021Transportation of Hazardous MaterialsTransportation Safety Institute

Online

October 19, 2021Health Hazards of Chromated Cooper Arsenate Used in Treated WoodBowen EHS

Online

October 22, 2021 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher ClassSafety Compliance Management

San Ramon, CA

November 2-5, 2021Environmental Regulatory BootcampOSE Training Group

San Diego, CA

November 8-10, 2021Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] Exam PrepSPAN

Online

November 9-10, 2021CHMM Prep ClassPTP Consulting

Online

Feb 7 – Mar 30, 2022CHMM Online Review – Exam Prep CourseBowen EHS

Online

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