Juneteenth National Independence Day
Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.
IHMM’s offices are closed on Monday, June 20, 2022, to commemorate Juneteenth, 2022.
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
IHMM has completed inserting new credential badges in every certificant’s MYIHMM account. Everyone may access those badges for use in their email signatures, LinkedIn accounts, and other social media and communications media. With a link from your credential badge to the IHMM website [see above] you can not only stand out as an IHMM-certified professional, you can also promote IHMM credentials to others. Right-click on the badge of choice, save as to your computer, then load it to whatever medium you choose.
Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts are also now placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.
IHMM has also added Distinguished Diplomates and Fellows of the Institute badges to the appropriate people in the MYIHMM database. These two badges will be accompanied by new lapel pins to be sent to each of those distinguished by holding these designations.
IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 47 countries around the World.
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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 survey here.
IHMM Board Nominations Open
Heather Waldmann, CHMM, Chair of the IHMM Nominating Committee [https://ihmm.org/nominating-committee/], is pleased to announce the opening of the Board nominating season for 2022.
In 2022 the IHMM Nominating Committee solicits candidates for three  director positions that will be open on January 1, 2021.  Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP],  Certified Safety and Health Manager [CSHM], and  At-Large, that can be either a CHMM, CDGP, CHMP, CSHM, or CSMP.
The documents describing the nominations and elections process and forms for submitting nominations are here:
IMDG Code Update
This is a reminder that while the validity of the previous edition of the IMDG Code, 39-18 (2018 Edition) was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest regulations are now mandatory as of June 1, 2022. The current edition is IMDG Code 40-20 (2020 Edition) and is the only valid Amendment of the Code authorized for use through December 31, 2022.
Please review a summary of the key changes for the IMDG Code, Amendment 40-20 by clicking on the link below:
IMDG Code 40-20 (2020 Edition)
EPA Issues First in Series of TSCA Test Orders for PFAS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 6, 2022, that it issued the first in a series of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) test orders to require companies to conduct and submit testing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). EPA issued the order as part of its PFAS Strategic Roadmap. When EPA announced the Strategic Roadmap to confront PFAS contamination nationwide, it also released the National PFAS Testing Strategy to help identify PFAS data needs and require testing to fill those gaps. More information on EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap and National PFAS Testing Strategy is available in our October 19, 2021, memorandum. For more information on this test order, please read the full memorandum.
Read more > https://www.lawbc.com/regulatory-developments/entry/epa-issues-first-in-series-of-tsca-test-orders-for-pfas
EPA Seeks Information on End-of-Life Management of Batteries and Current Labeling Standards and Requirements Regarding Their End-of-Life
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) published a request for information (RFI) on June 9, 2022, seeking information on the end-of-life management of batteries, including their generation, collection, recycling, and reuse, as well as the current labeling standards and requirements for batteries regarding their end-of-life. 87 Fed. Reg. 35202. Comments are due July 11, 2022. According to the RFI, EPA will hold feedback sessions providing an opportunity for stakeholders to provide oral comments. EPA has posted the dates and times for the feedback sessions on its website — June 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EDT), and June 15, 2022, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT). EPA states that stakeholders can stay informed about the feedback sessions by subscribing online. For more information on the RFI, please read the full memorandum.
Read more > https://www.lawbc.com/regulatory-developments/entry/epa-seeks-information-on-end-of-life-management-of-batteries-and-current-la
PHMSA Increases Penalties For 2022
PHMSA is raising its fees for 2022.
In a final rule published on March 21, 2022, several agencies, including the DOT raised civil penalty amounts. In addition, this final rule notes the new DOT civil penalty authority provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act).
Of note, the new maximum penalty for a hazardous materials violation increased to $89,678.00, a $5000.00 increase! If the violation includes a death, serious illness, or severe industry, you can expect a whopping $209,249.00 fine.
A more common violation also increased; Training, from $508.00 to $540.00.
What can you do?
All hazmat employers must train employees as well as keep proper records of said training. In addition, they must show due diligence in all other areas including packaging, marking, labeling, shipping papers, placarding, emergency response, and security plans.
ICC Compliance Center > https://www.thecompliancecenter.com/phmsa-increases-penalties-for-2022/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=215517602&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9lxqjtn0e6ZSOaVRSGIlucyEIZ_vx5fi4y48liHv9MzgwH9UcY1fycCUkS-khDHzts7TtgGBfGqq2cU-RO1uZ22cXMPg&utm_content=215517602&utm_source=hs_email
USPS – New Mailing Standards for the Separation of Hazardous Materials
On June 6, 2022, the USPS published in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule (IFR) revising the Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (PUB 52), to require mailers to separate all hazardous materials from other mail into identifiable containers when tendering to the USPS.
This interim final rule incorporates some modifications from the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published August 3, 2020 requiring separation of air-eligible HAZMAT from other mail. COSTHA filed comments to this notice on September 2, 2020.
USPS NPRM New Mailing Standards for the Separation of Hazardous Materials (Aug. 3, 2020)
The current requirements include:
- Visibility: The separation of all hazardous materials mail (not just air-eligible HAZMAT). Mail entered at a Destination Delivery Unit (DDU), Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) or Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) is exempted from this requirement.
- Separation Integrity: Postal Service personnel must keep HAZMAT separated from non-HAZMAT at all points in the mailstream
- Lithium Batteries: pre-owned, damaged, or defective electronic devices with batteries installed or packed with the device are restricted to surface transport.
- These items will be prohibited in international mail, overseas military and diplomatic addresses and certain domestic locations where the USPS lacks surface transportation.
- Packages must be marked “Restricted Electronic Device” and “Surface Transportation Only”
Comments due date: Comments must be received on or before July 6, 2022. ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260–3436. Email comments containing the name and address of the commenter may be sent to [email protected], with a subject line of ‘‘New Mailing Standards for the Separation of Hazardous Materials.’’ Faxed comments are not accepted. All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC 20260. These records are available for review Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 202–268–2906.
Transport Canada Update: New Edition of CAN/CGSB-43.123
A new edition of the standard CAN/CGSB-43.123 “Aerosol Containers and Gas Cartridges for Transport of Dangerous Goods” has been developed by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Technical Committee and was published in April 2022. Upon publication, stakeholders must comply with the 2022 edition of the standard, but in accordance with Section 1.3.2 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), the previous edition of the document (2017) may be complied with during the transitional period of six (6) months ending on October 31, 2022.
The most notable changes in the 2022 edition of the standard include:
- Alignment with the 21st edition of the United Nations’ Model Regulations on the TDG and the US Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR);
- Addition of specification requirements for the new TC-2P2 specification for gas cartridges intended to be used for liquified petroleum gases;
- Addition of specification requirements for the new TC-2P1 and TC-2Q2 specifications intended to be used for foodstuffs and soaps;
- Addition of reciprocity for DOT-2P1 and DOT-2Q2 specifications; and
- Revision of requirements for the transport of aerosol containers and gas cartridges intended for disposal or recycling.
Please note that the standard may be downloaded here: CAN/CGSB 43.123
Creating the Water Workforce of the Future: Webinar Series
Women in Water – The Leadership Journey Forward
June 21, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
More and more women are making a major difference to ensure our water utilities are strong and sustainable. However, women continue to be underrepresented in the water utility sector, particularly in leadership positions. Please join us for a conversation with three women at different stages of their careers at water utilities to hear their stories and insights as well as share your own.
Unlike previous webinars, these leaders will not give detailed presentations. Rather, they will share their perspectives and engage in a conversation with webinar participants to educate and inspire other women to pursue a career in water.
This webinar is part of an ongoing webinar series hosted by EPA, in partnership with leading water sector organizations around the country. More information on this webinar series can be found at
- Jim Horne, U.S. EPA
- Deborah Vacs Renwick, U.S. EPA
- Karen Pallansch, General Manager, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (VA)
- Stacy Thompson, Deputy Director, Saco Water Resource Recovery Department (ME)
- Genevieve Ramirez, Communications Director, Moulton Niguel Water District (CA)
Attendance is free! Please register here:
For any questions related to this announcement, please contact [email protected].
TSCA Reform — Six Years Later
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
9:15 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. (EDT)
IHMM Fellows Becoming 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.
Release of the Policy Assessment for the Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
Vermont governor signs EJ bill into law
Biden administration, EPA announces $375M in funding for recycling and waste prevention initiatives
US, Delaware reach agreement on cleanup of Superfund site
Superworms Capable of Munching Through Plastic Waste
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Gasoline Distribution Technology Review and Standards of Performance for Bulk Gasoline Terminals Review
Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule
Occupational Safety and Health Programs for Federal Employees
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH): Notice of Meeting
Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request; Hazardous Waste Worker Training-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
EPA and Army Host Southwest-Focused Virtual Regional WOTUS Roundtable
Biden-Harris Administration and EPA Announce $375 Million in Funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for New Recycling, Reuse and Waste Prevention Grant Programs and Initiatives
EPA Seeks Information on End-of-Life Management of Batteries and Current Labeling Standards and Requirements Regarding Their End-of-Life
Wisconsin Judge Places Earlier PFAS Decision on Hold
EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights Compliance Office Issues Draft National Program Guidance
U.S. DOL Releases Guidance on FMLA Leave and Mental Health
2022 OSHA Inspection Prep Part One: Rooftop Fall Protection
Prop 65 Short-Form Warning Rulemaking to Expire
We must do more than mourn DG tragedies – we must change behaviours
Repository engineering demonstration success for NWMO
US Chemical Safety Board Chair Resigns Citing Lost Confidence
Here’s how OSHA is protecting workers from heat this summer
Dangerous Goods Logistics Market Quality & Quantity Analysis | Agility Logistics, FedEx Corp
Protect Workers Operating and Working Near Forklifts
House passes 2022 Water Resources Development Act
OFLC announces a webinar on June 21, 2022 to update stakeholders on the implementation of the new 2018 Standard Occupational Classification system
The Future of EHS
#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.
FREE US DOT PHMSA HMIT GRANT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS AWARENESS TRAINING WORKSHOP – 24 IHMM CMPs
Courses are here> https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe-bar-date=2022-01-24&tribe-bar-search=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.
Annual IHMM Excellence in EHS Management Award
Each year IHMM is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements and distinction of the CSHM, CSMP, or ASHM that has made a worthy contribution to the communities of practice and the profession.
This award is usually given at the annual National Safety Council Congress.
Nominations begin in March and end in July. Make your nomination here.
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.
Four special mini episodes focus on National Safety Month, observed every June. Each episode highlights a different weekly theme throughout the month: musculoskeletal disorders; workplace impairment; injury prevention; and slips, trips and falls.
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.
How to Choose a Safety Management System and Show Benefit to Your Company
Q&A: Why Your Safety Management System Needs Prejob Briefings
4 Common Objections Safety Managers Hear and How to Overcome Them
Get Ready for Safe + Sound Week!
Mark your calendars! Safe + Sound Week will take place from August 15-21, 2022. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Registration for Safe + Sound Week opens in early July. The Save the Date is available to download in both English and Spanish. We look forward to your participation!
Lead With Safety
Management Leadership means an organization’s management provides the leadership, vision, and resources needed to eliminate hazards, protect workers, and continuously improve workplace safety and health. Managers, we encourage you to take the Management Leadership challenge and Lead With Safety!
- Identify a pressing safety issue in your workplace.
- Take one or more steps to address the issue in your workplace.
Download your challenge coin and share how you #LeadWithSafety on social media.
Show Your Support
Visibly demonstrate and communicate your safety and health commitment to workers and others. Download the Management Leadership Partner Graphic , add your organization’s logo, and share it on your organization’s social media account on Tuesday, March 29.
Collaborate With Safe + Sound on the Partner Seminar Series
The Partner Seminar Series provides the opportunity for Safe + Sound partners to come together to share knowledge and best practices for safety and health.
We will be focusing on finding and fixing hazards from April to June. Do you have an idea for a topic for the next partner seminar series? Email [email protected].
Check out these past webinars for inspiration!
- Finding and Fixing Hazards/Near Misses
- American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers: Developing a Metrics Program Aimed on Focusing on What’s Important
- Worker Participation/ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- National Safety Council: Driving Employee Participation in Safety through Representation
Download the Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs
The Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs (in Spanish) is available for download! The Recommended Practices, which are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings, present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program.
IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins
Last week, in part one of our two-part Summer Forecast of labor and employment–related legislative and agency developments, the Buzz took a look at the U.S. Congress and what our legislators might have in store for employers during the next six months. This week, we examine the federal labor and employment regulatory landscape.
Regulatory policy in Washington, D.C., is, of course, driven by the folks in charge, as politically appointed leaders set each agency’s regulatory and enforcement priorities. Though the administration has generally succeeded in appointing officials to key agency positions during these first eighteen months since President Biden took office, some key vacancies remain.
- S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- On June 7, 2022, President Biden nominated Karla Ann Gilbride to be general counsel of the EEOC. Gilbride is currently codirector of the Access to Justice Project at Public Justice, a nonprofit legal organization. The general counsel position at the Commission has been vacant since President Biden dismissed former general counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson on March 5, 2021.
- Kalpana Kotagal’s nomination to the EEOC is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). If all Senate Democrats and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who caucuses with the Democrats, support Kotagal’s nomination, she will eventually be confirmed and tip the balance of power on the Commission in favor of the Democrats.
- Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The nomination of David Weil to be administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division was rejected by the U.S. Senate in March 2022. As a result, Acting Administrator Jessica Looman continues to run the WHD, as she has done since January 2021. Time will tell what impact—if any—the tanking of Weil’s nomination will have on the WHD’s regulatory and enforcement agendas. The administration may be content to stick with Looman at the helm (recall that then-President Obama did not have a confirmed wage and hour administrator until his second term).
- Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). On June 8, 2022, the U.S. Senate failed to confirm President Biden’s nominee to run the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, Lisa Gomez, by a vote of 49–51. In a procedural move, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) switched his vote to “nay” in order to preserve the option of bringing Gomez up for another vote in the future (Gomez has the votes in the Senate to be confirmed, but Vice President Harris was unavailable this week to cast the tie-breaking vote). EBSA continues to be led by Acting Assistant Secretary Ali Khawar.
- Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). With the withdrawal of President Biden’s nominee for the OSHRC, Susan Harthill, the agency continues to operate with only two commissioners. At this time, there is no word on whether the president will nominate another candidate.
- Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). As acting OIRA administrator, Sharon Block served as President Biden’s de facto regulatory czar until her departure from the agency in February 2022. Since then, the position has remained vacant. If Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives and/or U.S. Senate in 2023, the administration will increasingly look toward the regulatory arena to achieve its policy goals. In this event, the OIRA administrator position will become even more significant.
U.S. Department of Labor
- Wage and Hour Division
- Overtime. The WHD is convening listening sessions with stakeholder groups in advance of issuing a proposal to amend the regulations implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime provisions. These sessions will continue throughout June 2022, and the proposal is expected to issue sometime thereafter. Many WHD watchers anticipate that the agency will propose increasing the salary basis threshold and also potentially amend the duties test. Even if the WHD releases such a proposal by the end of this year, the ensuing debate (as well as likely litigation) is likely to continue well beyond 2022.
- Independent Contractor. While the administration has appealed the federal district court ruling reinstating the Trump-era FLSA independent contractor rule, stakeholders should expect the DOL to issue also issue a proposed regulation on the topic. On June 3, 2022, Acting Administrator Looman wrote in a blog post that the DOL “plans to engage in rulemaking on determining employee or independent contractor status under the FLSA.” According to the blog post, the DOL will hold two stakeholder listening sessions in late June, in advance of issuing a proposal. This means that a proposal could issue sometime in late summer or early fall.
- Joint Employer. The DOL rescinded the Trump-era FLSA joint employer rule a little less than one year ago. The agency is expected to follow this action with joint employer guidance of its own. The forthcoming Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions will likely provide some insight as to whether the WHD will address the issue via an administrator’s interpretation (as it did in 2016) or whether it will engage in rulemaking.
- The DOL is expected to issue final amendments to its Davis-Bacon Act implementing regulations, as well as a proposal to implement President Biden’s executive order requiring project labor agreements on federal construction projects valued at $35 million or more.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- COVID-19. Regarding OSHA’s withdrawn COVID-19 vaccinate-or-test rule, as the Buzz recently discussed, Assistant Secretary Doug Parker told Congress during a hearing that the agency does not plan to resuscitate the rule. However, at that same hearing, Parker stated that the agency hopes to have a permanent COVID-19 standard applicable to the healthcare industry in place by the fall of this year. OSHA is currently in the process of reviewing public comments on the healthcare proposal. Finally, a proposal to address infectious diseases (which would presumably include not just COVID-19, but also tuberculosis, chicken pox, and the like), was scheduled to issue in April 2022, so could be made public at any time.
- Injury and Illness Reporting. June 30, 2022, is the deadline for the public to submit comments in response to OSHA’s proposal to basically revert back to its 2016 rule that required covered employers to electronically submit workplace injury and illness data to OSHA. A final rule could issue by the end of the year.
- OSHA is in the early stages of developing a heat illness prevention standard for indoor and outdoor workplace settings. In the meantime, employers may want to remain diligent in keeping their workplaces safe from dangerous heat.
National Labor Relations Board
The National Labor Relations Board and its general counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, have wasted little time setting the table for major policy reversals. During the second half of the year, it is possible that the Board could issue decisions relating to fractured bargaining units, independent contractor analysis, the balance between workplace rules and protected concerted activity, arbitration, and the expansion of damages available under the National Labor Relations Act. The Board will also likely engage in rulemaking to rescind or amend its current joint employer regulation. Finally, the Board may attempt to revive a long-dormant doctrine that would allow for card check organizing.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Assuming the Democrats take over the majority of the EEOC this summer/fall, they will look to unlock a regulatory agenda that has been stalled since January 2021. In the second half of the year, the Commission is expected to ramp up efforts relating to sexual harassment guidance, the delegation of authority to the general counsel, wage and hour data reporting, and workplace wellness.
Federal Contractor Blacklisting
A policy concept as significant as federal contractor blacklisting deserves its own heading. It also potentially transcends multiple regulatory agencies and schemes. The Buzz is watching two potential regulatory blacklisting efforts. First, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to require federal contractors to certify that they (and their subcontractors) are in compliance with fifteen federal labor laws and executive orders, as well as equivalent state laws. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Second, the Buzz has been tracking Senator Sanders’s efforts to reinstitute a government-wide federal contractor blacklisting scheme. Any federal contractor blacklisting scheme will face significant legal hurdles but will still bear watching.
Notice of Public Meetings in 2022 for International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
The PHMSA Office of Hazardous Material Safety (OHMS) will host public meetings in advance of three international meetings to allow the public to give input on current proposals being considered by the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG) and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP). These international meetings include:
- The 60th session of the UNSCOE TDG, scheduled for June 27 to July 6, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The ICAO DGP Working Group 22, tentatively scheduled for November 21–25, in Montreal, Canada.
- The 61st session of the UNSCOE TDG, scheduled for November 28 to December 6, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Each of these public meetings will be held approximately two weeks before the corresponding international meeting. Specific information for each meeting, including date, time, conference call-in number, and details for advance registration will be posted when available on the PHMSA website under “Upcoming Events.” These meetings will be virtual, with concurrent in-person sessions possible, pending public health guidelines.
The Federal Register announcement can be found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-03-03/pdf/2022-04435.pdf utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list
FEDERAL CREDENTIAL RECOGNITION – CALL TO ACTION – Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act
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
You can support this effort with your voice and message. Go here> https://ihmm.org/45-in-5-task-force/ and fill out your contact information where provided and help to pass H.R. 2171/S. 905.
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.
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 2022 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, 2022. 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.
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.
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.
Vaccine Data Dashboard. We have a specific dashboard dedicated to state vaccination plans, updated daily. For each state, you’ll find:
Current distribution phase,
A brief overview of a state plan,
Current and future eligible populations, and
Links to state documentation.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 720 different conversations going on in the IHMM/HMS Collaboration platform this week.
A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health, and safety communities of practice. Do you have a problem you need to solve and want the opinions of your colleagues? This is where we come together to help each other.
IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs, and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.
We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here.
Access to COLLABORATION is through the same username/password you use to access your MYIHMM account. Having a problem? Contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]
Retiring? IHMM Invites You to Become an Emeritus
You may have decided, after a long and successful career, to retire from active daily duty. Congratulations. That doesn’t mean you have to completely disengage from your profession. IHMM is pleased to offer Emeritus status to all certificants who will no longer be actively engaged in their communities of practice but who still want to stay in touch. Please let us know when you’re approaching that decision and we will assist you in the credential transition.
Please contact Margaret Toscano at [email protected] and she’ll be happy to help you.
Columbia Southern University
The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] is a partner of Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.
A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.
Click on the CSU graphic at left and learn more about the professional development and degree program opportunities at CSU.
IHMM CONFERENCES FOR 2022
IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2022, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2022.
Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know by sending an email to [email protected]
IHMM had a record number of applications in 2021 – 704. In 2021 IHMM delivered the largest number of examinations since 2016 – 477. IHMM has 975 students in the pipeline moving through applications and examinations. IHMM has 358 students taking examinations right now. IHMM has another 546 students headed to take examinations.
Are you seeing this business as a vendor of education and training services?
Contact IHMM Executive Director Eugene A. Guilford, Jr., CAE, at [email protected]
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.