IHMM Today June 28, 2022

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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

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

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IHMM Credential Recognition

Below you will see the credential badges that are now in each CHMM, CHMP, CDGT, CDGP, Student CHMM, CSHM, CSMP, and ASHM certificant’s MYIHMM account. Every IHMM certificant may use these badges, linked as those below are to their IHMM credential page, for their email signatures, business cards, and other social media applications. You’re justifiably proud of the accomplishment of having earned your credential and you can show the rest of the world. Simply right-click on the badge of choice, then save as to your computer, and then load it to wherever you want to use it, and please link that back to https://ihmm.org/.

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

IHMM Certificant Recognition

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 47 countries around the World.

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IHMM-AHMP 45 in 5 Credential Recognition During Its First 18 Months

Mark Bruce and Gene Guilford launched 45 in 5 in January 2021, so about 18 months ago. The “45” was a target to add 45 states recignizing our credentials, as we had 5 at the time, and the “5” was for 5 years. How are we doing after the first 18 months?  Note: IHMM intends on engaging in this work on behalf of ALL of our credentials. 

Our progress is here > https://ihmm.org/credential-recognition/

After adding the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that Mark led, we added Nebraska, Colorado, and Minnesota.  By the fall of 2021, the group wanted us to focus on federal agencies, so we embarked on some research to add to the 8 agencies that already recognized the CHMM.

Read more > https://ihmm.org/ihmm-ahmp-45-in-5-during-its-first-18-months/

IHMM Launches Scholarship Program

IHMM is pleased to announce the launch of the  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.

The 2022 deadline for submitting applications to the IHMM Scholarship Committee is August 1, 2022!

Go to >  https://ihmm.org/scholarship/

Austin Peay State University Joins IHMM Student CHMM Program

Peter F. Downing, CHMM, Chair of the IHMM Student CHMM Committee, is pleased to announce that Austin Peay State University of Clarksville, Tennessee has joined the Student CHMM program.

Austin Peay State University becomes the 6th college or university to join the Student CHMM program and make the credential available to its students. IHMM is grateful for Austin Peay’s support for the growing Student CHMM program and the tremendous benefits that accrue to undergraduate and graduate students who, early in their academic career, become involved with IHMM’s credentials.

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

Welcome to the Austin Peay State University Governors!

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 [3] director positions that will be open on January 1, 2021. [1] Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP], [1] Certified Safety and Health Manager [CSHM], and [1] 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:

EPA Announces New Chemical Engineering Initiative Intended to Increase Transparency and Reduce Rework

EPA is conducting a broad outreach effort to describe and discuss with stakeholders how the Agency evaluates data provided for new chemicals submissions and common issues that cause EPA to have to reconduct risk assessments (“rework”) for these submissions. The goal of this effort is to reduce rework of initial risk assessments for new chemicals submissions that is caused by submitters supplementing incomplete initial new chemicals review submissions, which has contributed to delays in EPA’s review of these chemicals and stretched already limited resources. Both EPA and stakeholders share an interest in reducing process inefficiencies while also ensuring a protective review of new chemical risks. EPA anticipates this outreach effort will be particularly helpful for Low Volume Exemptions (LVEs), which constitute about 60% of TSCA section 5 submissions annually.

Read more > https://www.epa.gov/reviewing-new-chemicals-under-toxic-substances-control-act-tsca/tsca-new-chemical-engineering

Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule

Following a careful reconsideration of the water quality certification rule promulgated in 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is publishing for public comment a proposed rule revising and replacing the Agency’s 2020 regulatory requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401. This proposed rule would update the existing regulations to be more consistent with the statutory text of the 1972 CWA; to clarify, reinforce, and provide a measure of consistency with respect to elements of section 401 certification practice that have evolved over the 50 years since the 1971 Rule was promulgated; and to support an efficient and predictable certification process that is consistent with the water quality protection and cooperative federalism principles central to CWA section 401. This proposal is consistent with the Executive order signed on January 20, 2021, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” which directed the Agency to review the water quality certification rule EPA promulgated in 2020. The Agency is also proposing conforming amendments to the water quality certification regulations for EPA-issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

Comments must be received on or before August 8, 2022. Please refer to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for additional information on the public hearing.

Read more > https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/09/2022-12209/clean-water-act-section-401-water-quality-certification-improvement-rule

Spring 2022 OSHA Regulatory Agenda

As part of our efforts to keep you informed of OSHA’s activities, we wanted to let you know that the Department of Labor, including OSHA, has issued its Spring 2022 Regulatory Agenda. Federal agencies post their regulatory agendas on the Reginfo.gov website twice a year to provide a snapshot of their rulemaking priorities.

A listing of Department of Labor (including OSHA) rulemaking in the pre-rule, proposed rule, and final rule stages is available here. Rules that are classified as long-term actions are listed here.

OSHA Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) – Blood Lead Level for Medical Removal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is publishing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit input from the public on how the current OSHA Lead standards for general industry and construction could be modified to reduce worker blood lead levels (BLLs) and more effectively prevent adverse health effects in workers exposed to lead.

The ANPRM focuses primarily on BLL triggers for medical removal protection and medical surveillance provisions, including triggers for and frequency of blood lead monitoring. OSHA is also requesting input on other aspects of the Lead standards and potential regulatory alternatives, including the permissible exposure limit and several safe harbor protocols that employers in certain industries, or who meet specified requirements, could opt to use as alternatives to complying with the main rule. The ANPRM also seeks input on the ancillary provisions for personal protective equipment, housekeeping, hygiene, and training as well as employers’ current practices that address workplace lead exposure and associated costs. The ANPRM reviews updates that Michigan, Washington State and California State Plans have implemented or proposed for their occupational lead rules and asks for comment on whether OSHA should consider similar revisions to 29 CFR 1910.1025 and 29 CFR 1926.62.

Comments identified by Docket No. OSHA-2018-0004 will be accepted electronically for 60 days following publication at www.regulations.gov, which is the federal e-Rulemaking Portal. For more information, please see the Federal Register Notice.

Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Data Elements Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule to improve the quality and consistency of the data collected under the rule, streamline and improve implementation, and clarify or propose minor updates to certain provisions that have been the subject of questions from reporting entities. These proposed changes include revisions to improve the existing calculation, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements by incorporating updates to existing emissions estimation methodologies and providing for collection of additional data to understand new source categories or new emission sources for specific sectors. The proposed changes would improve understanding of the sector-specific processes or other factors that influence greenhouse gas emissions rates, improve verification of collected data, and complement or inform other EPA programs. The EPA is also proposing revisions that would improve implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule such as updates to applicability estimation methodologies, providing flexibility for or simplifying calculation and monitoring methodologies, streamlining recordkeeping and reporting, and other minor technical corrections or clarifications. This action also proposes to establish and amend confidentiality determinations for the reporting of certain data elements to be added or substantially revised in these proposed amendments. Further, this action includes a request for comment to solicit information that may aid in potential future revisions to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule.


Comments. Comments must be received on or before August 22, 2022. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments on the information collection provisions are best assured of consideration if the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) receives a copy of your comments on or before August 22, 2022.

Read more > https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/21/2022-09660/revisions-and-confidentiality-determinations-for-data-elements-under-the-greenhouse-gas-reporting

Lifetime Drinking Water Health Advisories for Four Perfluoroalkyl Substances

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of health advisories for four perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including interim updated lifetime drinking water health advisories for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), and final health advisories for hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) dimer acid and its ammonium salt (together referred to as “GenX chemicals”) and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid and its related compound potassium perfluorobutane sulfonate (together referred to as “PFBS”). EPA’s health advisories, which identify the concentration of chemicals in drinking water at or below which adverse health effects are not anticipated to occur, are: 0.004 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA, 0.02 ppt for PFOS, 10 ppt for GenX chemicals, and 2,000 ppt for PFBS. Health advisories are non-regulatory and reflect EPA’s assessment of the best available peer-reviewed science. The interim updated health advisories for PFOA and PFOS supersede EPA’s 2016 health advisories for PFOA and PFOS.


Susan Euling, Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water (Mail Code 4304T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 566-2717; or email: .

Read more > https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/21/2022-13158/lifetime-drinking-water-health-advisories-for-four-perfluoroalkyl-substances

TSCA Reform — Six Years Later

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
9:15 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. (EDT)

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TSCA Reform — Six Years Later
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
9:15 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. (EDT)Register Now

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health are pleased to present “TSCA Reform – Six Years Later.” This complimentary virtual conference marks the sixth Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Annual Conference, reflecting on the accomplishments and challenges since the implementation of the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and where TSCA stands today. Speakers will dive into a host of topics, including the interface of science and policy under TSCA, new chemicals, risk evaluation and management, the regulation of articles, and more. Register online.

Full Agenda (subject to change):

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Overview of Virtual Forum

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Morning Keynote Discussion

Michal Ilana Freedhoff, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Panel 1: The Interface of Science and Policy under TSCA

This panel will examine key issues at the interface of science and policy under TSCA, including the continuing role of animal studies in supporting risk evaluations, the potential use of New Approach Methodologies (NAM) to inform safety determinations for new and existing chemicals, scientific integrity and the TSCA program, methodologies for systematic review, and more.

Moderated by James J. Jones, President, J. Jones Environmental

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Panel 2: New Chemical Review

The TSCA New Chemicals Program was strengthened in the 2016 Lautenberg Amendments and what the law requires has been vigorously debated. This panel will discuss opportunities for transparency, processes to guide new chemical review, new approaches to assess chemical risks, protection of workers, use of Significant New Use Rules (SNUR) and Section 5(e) orders, and more.

Moderated by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Panel 3: Risk Evaluation and Management

With the “first 10” evaluations completed, this panel will look back at the lessons learned and areas for improvement; discuss EPA efforts to enhance these evaluations through risk determinations for fenceline communities, revised worker protection assumptions, and the “whole chemical approach”; examine the asbestos risk management proposal and other emerging risk management approaches; evaluate the impact of resource constraints on meeting statutory deadlines; discuss the role of environmental justice considerations; and more.

Moderated by Robert M. Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Panel 4: TSCA Regulation of Articles

TSCA requirements can apply to “articles,” a manufactured good or finished product.  This panel will discuss the potential role of articles as contributors to health and environmental concerns, EPA’s push to remove traditional exemptions of articles and resulting compliance and implementation challenges, potential new rules for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and asbestos requiring reporting on articles, and the application of SNURs and risk management rules to articles, and more.

Moderated by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell P.C.

5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.Concluding Remarks and Adjournment
Join B&C, ELI, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, leading experts, and distinguished keynote speakers for a robust exploration of the issues and regulations surrounding TSCA. Full program and registration available online.

Materials from the 2021 conference are available at https://www.lawbc.com/news/recording-of-tsca-reform-five-years-later-conference-and-other-resources-a

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.


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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.


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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!

  1. Identify a pressing safety issue in your workplace.
  2. 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!

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.


Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins

Biden Administration Releases Regulatory Plans. Maybe someone in the White House just read the Buzz’s Summer Forecast, because on June 21, 2022, the Biden administration released its Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. As the Buzz has discussed previously, the Unified Agenda provides stakeholders with notice of a presidential administration’s forthcoming regulatory plans. Set forth below is a preview of the significant labor and employment actions that the Biden administration is currently considering.

U.S. Department of Labor

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

  • Overtime. In October 2022, the WHD is slated to issue a proposal amending the regulations “which implement the exemption of bona fide executive, administrative, and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s [FLSA] minimum wage and overtime requirements.” Given the current post-pandemic state of the U.S. economy and its continuing supply chain and inflationary challenges, there will be significant debate surrounding this proposal, if it is released.
  • Independent contractor and joint employer issues. Somewhat interestingly, the WHD is not forecasting any regulatory activity with regard to joint employment or independent contractor relationships under the FLSA. Recall that WHD Acting Administrator Jessica Looman recently penned a blog post noting that the agency would “engage in rulemaking on determining employee or independent contractor status under the FLSA.” Perhaps the disconnect is due to the fact that the Unified Agenda often reflects information submitted by federal agencies weeks, or even months, prior to publication.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • COVID-19. The final COVID-19 standard applicable to healthcare workplaces is scheduled to be issued in September 2022.
  • Comments are due next week (on June 30, 2022) on OSHA’s proposed amendments to its injury and illness recordkeeping regulation. A final regulation is expected to be promulgated in December 2022.
  • Heat stress and illness. There is no set date for the next step in OSHA’s nascent foray into developing a heat stress standard, except to analyze comments in response to the agency’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking.
  • Infectious diseases. A proposal addressing workplace infectious disease hazards (such as COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS], tuberculosis, chickenpox, shingles, and measles) is not expected until May 2023.
  • Workplace violence. OSHA has been tinkering with developing a workplace violence prevention standard for health care and social assistance workplaces for some time. A small business review panel process is scheduled to begin in September 2022.
  • Arizona state plan. The agency continues to review comments regarding its proposal to “revoke its affirmative determination … granting final approval” to Arizona’s state occupational safety and health plan.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

  • Investigations and conciliation. In April 2022, OFCCP closed the public comment docket on its proposal to amend procedures with respect to how it will conduct investigations of federal contractors. According to the latest regulatory agenda, a final rule is not expected until May 2023.
  • Subcontractor reporting. A proposal “requiring contractors to provide notice to OFCCP when they award supply and service subcontracts” has been pushed back to January 2023.
  • Religious exemption rule. final rule that would rescind OFCCP’s 2020 rule regarding the religious exemption contained in Executive Order 11246 is scheduled to be issued in November 2022.

Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

By the end of June 2022, OLMS is scheduled to propose “a requirement for employers to disclose on the Form LM-10 [a reporting and disclosure form] whether the filer is a federal contractor and other related information.”

National Labor Relations Board

Joint employer. A rulemaking relating to the joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act is scheduled to be released in July 2022. Many expect the proposal to rescind or amend the Board’s 2020 rule and replace it with a broader, expansive test.

Election protection rule. In September 2022, the Board will propose revising the rule that was finalized on April 1, 2020, relating to blocking charges, voluntary recognition, and bargaining relationships in the construction industry.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The EEOC did not submit any pending actions for the Spring 2022 Unified Agenda. This is likely due to the fact that Chair Charlotte Burrows and fellow Democratic commissioner, Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels, remain outnumbered on the Commission by three Republican commissioners. Assuming Democrats regain the Commission majority (as is expected to occur later this summer), look for the EEOC to reenter the regulatory game this fall.

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:

  1. The 60th session of the UNSCOE TDG, scheduled for June 27 to July 6, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.
  2. The ICAO DGP Working Group 22, tentatively scheduled for November 21–25, in Montreal, Canada.
  3. 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.


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.



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.

  1. Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
  2. 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.

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.


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.

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A Collaborative Culture

There are 745 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 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]

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

September 19-21, 2022
San Diego, CA

2022 FET Environmental Conference

October 25-27, 2022
Pewaukee, WI


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.

DateEventEvent ProducerLocation
DailyCE 1112- IHMM CDGP Exam Prep (online) Columbia Southern University


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


DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University


DailyCE 1106: Coronavirus Facts: Understanding the CoronavirusColumbia Southern University


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


DailyCE 1108: Coronavirus Prevention: Strategies for ManagersColumbia Southern University


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


DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates


DailyOnsite DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates


DailyOnline DOT Bulk Railcar TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 2021 Refresher (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec


Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School


DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School


DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School


DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School


Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec


DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen


DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar TDG TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School




DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI


DailyDangerous Goods Shipping Private WebinarDGI


DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec


DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec


DailyDefensive Driver Training CourseHazmat School


DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School


DailyEmergency Response Planning – On-Demand WebinarBowen EHS


DailyEHS Training Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyDangerous Goods Regulations [DGR] Initial Category 6IATA


August 1 – September 26, 2022CHMM Online Review – Exam Prep CourseBowen EHS




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