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IHMM’s Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP®) credential recognizes the highest standard of proficiency for front-line hazardous materials workers. Acquiring the CHMP credential will provide added assurance to both you and your employer of the secure and proper handling and management of hazardous materials in the workplace.
A CHMP® credential signals a level of competence and skill that is in high demand among employers today.
IHMM Credential Recognition
Below you will see the credential badges that are now in each CHMM, CHMP, CDGT, CDGP, Student CHMM, CSHM, CSMP, and ASHM certificant’s MYIHMM account. Every IHMM certificant may use these badges, linked as those below are to their IHMM credential page, for their email signatures, business cards, and other social media applications. You’re justifiably proud of the accomplishment of having earned your credential and you can show the rest of the world. Simply right-click on the badge of choice, then save as to your computer, and then load it to wherever you want to use it, and please link that back to https://ihmm.org/.
IHMM Certificant Recognition
Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts are placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.
With a link from your credential badge to the IHMM website [see above] you can not only stand out as an IHMM-certified professional, you can also promote IHMM credentials to others. Right-click on the badge of choice, save as to your computer, then load it to whatever medium you choose.
IHMM has Distinguished Diplomates and Fellows of the Institute badges to the appropriate people in the MYIHMM database. These two badges are accompanied by lapel pins sent to each of those distinguished by holding these designations.
IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 85 countries around the World.
IHMM In-Person or Remotely Proctored Exams
The American National Standards Institute [ANSI] has approved Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for IHMM’s CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP exams. IHMM has been using the Kryterion Remotely Proctored Exams for the CSHM and CSMP exams since April 2020.
76% of Kryterion in-person testing centers have reopened. If you prefer the comfort and convenience of taking your exam from your home or office instead of at a Kryterion center, IHMM is ready to enroll you in a remotely proctored examination.
Please contact either Kortney Tunstall at [email protected] for the CHMM, Student CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at [email protected] for the Student ASHM, CSHM, or CSMP exams.
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IHMM RECENT NEWS
Michigan AG sues Domtar over alleged PFAS contamination
Pennsylvania sets limits on ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water
Milwaukee-area company fined $1.6M for hazardous waste violations
Clean Harbors releases results of third-party study on PFAS
Analysis: What it will take for the EU to be a model for safe chemicals
Game-Changing High-Performance Semiconductor Material Could Help Slash Heat Emissions
Risks of Ocean-Based Climate Intervention
Experiment Unlocks Bizarre Properties of Strange Metals
Asbestos Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos; Regulation of Certain Conditions of Use Under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Notice of Data Availability and Request for Comment
Release of Draft Policy Assessment for the Reconsideration of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for Nominations
EPA Analysis Shows 2021 increase of Toxic Chemical Releases in Rhode Island
Toxic Chemical Releases in 2021 Remained Below Pre-Pandemic Levels According to New Toxics Release Inventory Data
EPA Announces Rule Proposal to Update the Pesticide Application Exclusion Zone Requirements under the 2015 Agriculture Worker Protection Standard
White House OSTP Releases State of Science Report on PFAS
President Biden’s FY 2024 Budget Includes Additional Funding for TSCA and Funding to Address PFAS Pollution
Proposed Massachusetts Legislation Would Phase Out PFAS and Create Remediation Fund
Federal investigators find operating, training deficiencies contributed to fatal BP Products refinery explosion that claimed two workers’ lives
Labor OIG: OSHA inconsistent in handling complaints
The long-term ramifications of head injuries at construction jobs
Innovations in hand protection
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IHMM Government Affairs Needs Volunteers
IHMM Board Chair Bill Diesslin has issued a call for volunteers for the IHMM Government Affairs Committee. Everyone can learn more about the charter of this committee here > https://ihmm.org/government-affairs-committee/
In joining this committee we request a cross-section of all of IHMM’s credential holders, as IHMM is involved in a wide variety of government affairs activities that are described in detail here > https://ihmm.org/ihmm-government-affairs/
Top 4 Projects in February-March, 2023
- We need volunteers in these states: We have partially succeeded in another 16 states – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. [Orange/Black Stripe states in the map above] These are states where the requirements of an “environmental professional” or QEP are cited that coincide with an IHMM credential so that relatively little work would need to be done to clarify the desired outcome.
- NY Department of Labor rulemaking concerning the recognition of the CSHM and CSMP – IHMM Amendment sent to Anthony Dell-Isola to work with his State Senator
- Work with Eric Vega in Puerto Rico concerning credential recognition
- Review of the Governor of Nevada’s Executive Order concerning licensing boards and potential for recognition of the CHMM – IHMM Sent on Friday, March 3, 2023
- Scheduling meetings with the Maryland Congressional delegation concerning the Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS] credential – IHMM had meetings with Senator Cardin and Representative Trone on March 2, 2023, scheduling Senator Van Hollen next.
IHMM Needs Volunteers
IHMM has a wide variety of ways that our certificants and members can volunteer their time, make a substantial contribution to their communities of practice, and earn valuable Continuing Maintenance Points [CMPs].
Volunteering with IHMM is a deeply rewarding and giving endeavor, ranging from being a subject matter expert on a scheme committee to leading discussions in our COLLABORATION engagement platform to becoming a mentor for a college student.
Take a few minutes and review How to Become An IHMM Volunteer, and then scroll down and take the volunteer self-assessment.
CHMP Scheme Committee
- Must be a CHMP > https://ihmm.org/chmp-scheme-committee/
Government Affairs Committee
- Open to all certificants > https://ihmm.org/government-affairs-committee/
- Needs one new member, open to all certificants > https://ihmm.org/nominating-committee/
Respiratory Protection Program Management – Susan Harwood Training Grant
University of Texas Medical Branch, William J. Pate, CHMM
This training course is intended to educate participants on the requirements of developing and implementing a compliant Respiratory Protection Program. The focus of this course will be on topics related to preparation for an infectious disease pandemic. At the end of this training the attendee should be able to:
1) Manage an effective respiratory protection program through proficient application of 29 CFR 1910.134
2) Compare potential routes of exposure
3) Identify and implement potential controls (engineering, administrative, and PPE)
4) List the equipment needed to support fit testing
5) Explain the difference between qualitative and quantitative fit testing
6) Discuss the different types of respiratory protection available
7) Demonstrate correct donning/doffing of respiratory protection
This training course is 7.5 hours and participants will receive a certificate of completion that may be suitable for professional certification maintenance (CSP, CIH, CHMM, CHSP, etc.).
This course will provide 7.5 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours. Accreditation statement: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002176
This training is available only to employees and employers who are subject to OSHA regulatory requirements. Grant-funded training is not available to state or local government employees unless they have occupational safety & health responsibilities (e.g. occupational safety and health trainers, program managers, committee members, or employees responisble for abating unsafe and unhealthy working conditions for their organization). Registration in this course confirms that meet these conditions. This training will include the opportunity to don, doff, and fit test respiratory protection including N95, half-face, full-face, and powered air-purifying respirators. Anyone participating in this training and wanting to put on a respirator agrees that they have been medically cleared by their employer to do so in accordance with OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard.
The 8-hour training program is offered at various dates from March through September. For more information and registration for this FREE program go here >> https://www.utmb.edu/ehs/programs/radiation-occupational-safety-program/RPPSHTG2023
PFAS in Drinking Water: EPA Proposes Historic New Regulation
The EPA Administrator, Michael S. Regan, signed the following proposed rule on 3/13/2023, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). While we have taken steps to ensure the accuracy of this Internet version of the proposed rule, it is not the official version of the proposed rule for purposes of public comment. Please refer to the official version in a forthcoming FR publication, which will appear on the Government Printing Office’s FDsys website (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/). It will also appear on Regulations.gov (https://www.regulations.gov/) in Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2022-0114 Once the official version of this document is published in the FR, this version will be removed from the Internet and replaced with a link to the official version.
The proposal is part of EPA’s multi-year PFAS Strategic Roadmap for addressing this class of synthetic chemicals. PFAS have been in use since the 1940s, are found in hundreds of widely used products, and do not readily degrade in the environment, a characteristic that has earned them the description, “forever chemicals.” The six PFAS the EPA’s proposed rule addresses are the most studied of the thousands of PFAS in the class.
Read more >> https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2023-03/Pre-Publication%20Federal%20Register%20Notice_PFAS%20NPDWR_NPRM_Final_3.13.23.pdf
EPA Releases Additional Data on Ongoing Uses of Chrysotile Asbestos
On March 17, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released additional data related to the proposed risk management rule for chrysotile asbestos for public comment. 88 Fed. Reg. 16389. According to EPA’s March 16, 2023, press release, these data concern chrysotile asbestos diaphragms used in the chlor-alkali industry and chrysotile asbestos-containing sheet gaskets used in chemical production. EPA states that it may use the data in the development of the final rule, including the proposed chrysotile asbestos prohibition compliance dates for these uses. EPA requests public comment on any data in the docket that were received during and after the proposed rule public comment period and about how EPA should consider it during the development of the final rule. Comments are due April 17, 2023. For more information, please read the full memorandum.
Read more >> https://www.lawbc.com/regulatory-developments/entry/epa-releases-additional-data-on-ongoing-uses-of-chrysotile-asbestos
USDOT Announces State and Local Funding to Improve Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Safety Nationwide
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced more than $25 million available in grant funding through its pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs. These grants are for projects that will train first responders, strengthen safety programs, improve safety, reduce environmental impacts, and educate the public on local safety initiatives. This includes projects that provide support to state inspectors for hazardous materials shipments and pipelines inspections, important safety training and educational programs for emergency response, and advance innovative safety technologies.
“We need to make sure our first responders are ready to respond to emergencies involving pipelines and hazardous materials,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These grants will train firefighters and other first responders and help ensure that communities have the resources they need to keep their residents safe.”
Read more >> https://ihmm.org/usdot-announces-state-and-local-funding-to-improve-hazardous-materials-and-pipeline-safety-nationwide/
IATA 2023 Lithium Battery Guidance Document
More than ever, lithium batteries power things around us. Whether it be in our homes or at our business. One *source suggests that the global lithium-ion battery market size will reach 135.1 billion USD by 2031. The growth is expected in renewable energy and electric vehicles. These batteries must travel from the manufacturer to businesses and consumers. They may ship via road, rail, ocean, and air.
As such, IATA (International Air Transport Association) aids in providing shippers with information and guidance on how to prepare the battery safely for transport.
One document is the Lithium Battery Guidance Document, which has been updated for 2023. The latest version is based on the provisions set out in the 2023-2024 edition of the ICAO (ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air) and the 64th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
The Document provides guidance for complying with provisions regarding the transportation of lithium (ion and metal) by air.
Some of the changes in the 2023 edition include:
- Clarification of the lithium battery test summary requirements
- Updated classification flow charts for both Lithium-ion and Lithium-metal
- Reference to the new Lithium Battery Mark, without the telephone number
- Updated and New Q&A/FAQ
- Clarification of the edition of the UN Manual and Criteria to be referenced for the testing of lithium batteries
Note that this Guidance Document does not replace training required. It is intended to supplement and aid in the transport process.
2023 National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
As recently announced, the 10th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will occur May 1-5, 2023 and we wanted to alert you to the following tools and resources to assist workplaces in preparing for and participating in the Stand-Down:
- 2023 Stand-Down officially announced:
- February 15, 2023 OSHA QuickTakes
- Resources for Planning:
- NEW Handouts for Workers:
- Get Involved:
- Do you have fall prevention resources in other languages? We would love to include them in our Fall Prevention Resources: Other Languages Page. Please send resources to Jessica Bunting: [email protected]
As a reminder, anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. See Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs and reports evaluating previous events.
Why many organizations are retiring the Hard Hat….
The battle lines have been drawn, between those who believe that the old sturdy iconic hard hat should be the primary form and head protection and those who believe that the hard hat needs to report to the Smithsonian for duty. Many times, this debate gets heated. I am amazed at the anger of some who claim they will quit the profession if forced to wear a helmet vs a hard hat. Additionally, I am stunned at some safety professionals who protect the hard hat usage based on cost and culture and not safety performance. When faced with this vitriol I believe its because someone has not taken the time to educate both groups as to the why behind this movement.
Last year 850 workers died from falls. An additional 240,000 were injured from falls. Over the past 5 years that amounts to 4,213 fatalities and 1.2 Million injuries. According to the CDC traumatic brain injuries account for 47% of all fall fatalities. Imagine if we could have saved almost half of the fatalities and injuries? How many families would still have their husband or wife and kids have their parents?
Read more >> https://ihmm.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Hard-hat-3-21-2023.pdf
OECD eChemPortal updated with latest ECHA data
ECHA’s data on more than 1.3 million endpoints for 26 500 substances registered under REACH is now available for search on the eChemPortal.
Send us questions on the restriction proposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
Webinar, 5 April 2023, 11:00-13:00 Helsinki time
You can now send us and the five national authorities questions on the proposal itself and the REACH restriction process.
We will respond to the most frequently asked questions during the info session on 5 April from 11:00 to 13:00. We have also added the programme of the session to the webinar page.
The six-month consultation on the proposed restriction of PFAS will start on 22 March 2023. The consultation is open for anyone to give evidence-based comments on the restriction proposal.
Keep following our news to stay updated and ask your colleagues to subscribe to our news as well.
Top EPA Advisor Seeks To Address Compliance Concerns In New Rules
Former Obama-era EPA enforcement chief Cynthia Giles, now back at the agency as a senior advisor to the air office, is once again touting the benefits of her NextGen compliance concept — and urging that EPA’s rule writers be forced to formally incorporate consideration of compliance issues into their regulations to avoid poor results.
Speaking in a personal capacity on a March 9 webinar hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Giles expanded on the principles she advocates in her book on NextGen concepts, titled Next Generation Compliance.
The idea is based on making rules easier to implement without resorting to a small and overstretched enforcement staff at EPA or other institutions, through a variety of practical steps. Giles again warned that serious non-compliance with environmental rules by companies is in fact far higher than some rule-writers imagine, and that this requires a shift in mentality among those crafting regulations.
Improving compliance requires that rule writers should be compelled to consider implementation design as a formal step in the process, in the same way that benefit-cost analysis considerations are mandatory aspects of crafting a regulation, Giles said.
“We need to have structural design things . . . that insist on these topics being looked at,” Giles said.
Merely writing rules and hoping that industry will comply with them on an “honor system” will never work, Giles said. EPA cannot just “write down a standard, and hope for the best,” because relying on the honor system is “doomed.”
EPA Says TRI Data Shows Falling Chemical Releases, But Risk Models Vary
EPA’s latest analysis of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data says overall releases reported to the program for 2021 are still below pre-pandemic levels but increased from 2020, although modeled risk scores for water releases suggest those incidents may include larger share of more-toxic chemicals than the prior year.
EPA’s latest annual national analysis, released March 16, also includes a first-time profile on the plastics industry, which an EPA official said could aid review of the sector’s lifecycle impacts by the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), which administers both TRI and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — though she gave no details on why OPPT might pursue such a project.
According to EPA’s report, the analysis of 2021 TRI data shows a 10 percent decrease from 2012 levels in disposal and other types of releases by reporting facilities, though that decrease has not been constant over the decade.
“Reduced releases to air from electric utilities were the most significant contributor to the decline,” the agency says.
Total air releases between 2012 and 2021 “decreased by 26%, surface water discharges decreased by 10%, on-site land disposal decreased by 5%, and off-site disposal decreased by 6%,” the analysis states. It adds that during that decade the “number of facilities that reported to TRI declined by 5%.”
Within the 2021 data, the analysis says, just eight “chemicals made up 73% of total releases,” with zinc the single highest contributor at 17 percent of the total, followed by lead at 14 percent and arsenic at 10 percent.
EPA Takes Steps To Assuage Reliability Concerns From Power Sector Rules
The Biden EPA is taking several steps to assuage concerns that its suite of rules for power plants could threaten electric grid reliability, seeking to counter what is emerging as a key talking point from critics of the air, water and waste regulations.
Headlining the effort is a formal agreement with the Energy Department (DOE) to consult about the possible reliability effects of EPA’s rules, even as the agency is also including specific provisions in individual rules themselves to address the issue:
EPA Inks Grid-Reliability MOU With DOE As Regan Seeks Flexible Rules
EPA Administrator Michael Regan is touting a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) focused on ensuring electric grid reliability as the Biden administration pursues its clean energy agenda, telling industry executives that EPA is aiming to write flexible and innovative regulations.
“All of those [rules] we are doing through the lens of affordability and reliability,” said Administrator Michael Regan, during a March 9 appearance at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, where he outlined the MOU he signed the same day with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.
The MOU commits EPA and the DOE to consult about reliability effects of actions taken under the administration’s clean energy agenda.
“A reliable electric power system is essential to our national security, continued economic growth and the protection of public health. That’s why DOE and EPA are uniting our long-standing efforts to ensure a robust and resilient system, especially as the power sector accelerates the transition to low- and zero-carbon energy sources,” Regan said in a written statement.
OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign is a nationwide opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the value of proactive occupational safety and health (OSH) programs in all workplaces. Look for the 2023 Safe+Sound program in August this year.
Safe + Sound emphasizes the need for safety programs at small- and mid-sized businesses, which are more likely to have limited resources dedicated to safety. As you know, effective OSH programs can help organizations identify and manage workplace risk before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Safety and health management systems are a critical best practice to ensure that OSH programs achieve significant results and lower risk exposure.
Earn a Challenge Coin
Workers are an important resource for identifying workplace hazards and implementing changes. Safety reporting systems allow ideas and suggestions for improving safety to be captured.
Take the Speak Up for Safety Challenge! Review your safety reports with a team to find common themes and opportunities to improve your overall workplace safety and health performance.
Complete the challenge and earn your virtual challenge coin! Then, share the results in your workplace and on social media to show how you encourage workers to #SpeakUpForSafety to be #SafeAndSoundAtWork.
Your Partner Punch List
We would appreciate if you could support Safe + Sound by doing the following:
- Promote the Speak Up for Safety Challenge to your stakeholders
2023 IHMM Certificant Survey
This is our 2023 IHMM certificant survey. Your feedback allows us to gather broad based information about the needs and preferences of our certificants that leads to improving our services and credentials.
Please take a few minutes and answer the 19 questions posed in this survey and help us improve our services.
Take the short survey here >> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IHMM2023
Top 4 Projects in February-March, 2023
NY Department of Labor rulemaking concerning the recognition of the CSHM and CSMP – IHMM Amendment sent to Anthony Dell-Isola to work with his State Senator
Work with Eric Vega in Puerto Rico concerning credential recognition
Review of the Governor of Nevada’s Executive Order concerning licensing boards and potential for recognition of the CHMM – IHMM Sent on Friday, March 3, 2023
Scheduling meetings with the Maryland Congressional delegation concerning the Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS] credential – IHMM had meetings with Senator Cardin and Representative Trone on March 2, 2023, scheduling Senator Van Hollen next.
In 2019 Mark Bruce from AHMP and Gene Guilford from IHMM worked on a project to get the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to recognize the CHMM and CDGT credentials. With Mark’s work on the ground in Pennsylvania, we succeeded.
- We have already succeeded in 13 states – New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Arkansas, Oklahoma. Ohio, North Dakota, and Georgia. [Red states in the map above]. These are states where IHMM credentials are cited or 40 CFR 312.10 is cited by reference.
- We have partially succeeded in another 16 states – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. [Orange/Black Stripe states in the map above] These are states where the requirements of an “environmental professional” or QEP are cited that coincide with an IHMM credential so that relatively little work would need to be done to clarify the desired outcome.
- We have 21 states where no reference to an IHMM credential is made in either statute or regulation, nor is there anything defined in the area of an environmental professional. These states will require legislation or regulatory work. [Yellow states in the map above].
In January 2021 Mark at AHMP and Gene at IHMM has launched 45 in 5, getting the other 45 states to recognize our credentials in 5 years. If we can find a volunteer like Mark in other states [see above] we can work with those volunteers on crafting the right message to the right agencies in state governments across the country. If we find enough volunteers we can get this done in less than 5 years.
In January 2022 Gene Guilford released the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation that states a private certification that meets or exceeds the requirements of the regulation is an Environmental Professional under the regulation. Here is the crosswalk between the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation and the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] blueprint. The CHMM meets or exceeds the requirements of an Environmental Professional.
Here’s what we ask each volunteer to do:
- Watch legislative and regulatory developments in your state that provide an opportunity for us to create amendments or other interventions
- Be willing to speak with regulators and legislators in your area about the recognition efforts we craft together
IHMM Scholarship Program
The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management is pleased to have created $32,000 in academic scholarships, divided equally between $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student CHMMs, and $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student ASHMs.
IHMM seeks to foster the growth and academic success of students whose courses of education, and participation in one of our Student certifications, will lead to those students becoming fully-certified IHMM credential holders later in their professional lives.
Go to > https://ihmm.org/scholarship/
IHMM CHMMⓇ 2022 Salary Survey
IHMM is pleased to release its 2022 salary survey for Certified Hazardous Materials ManagersⓇ [CHMMⓇ] across a broad range of position titles in the CHMMⓇ community of practice.
You may download the CHMM survey here.
IHMM CSHMⓇ 2022 Salary Survey
IHMM is pleased to release its 2022 salary survey for Certified Safety and Health Managers Ⓡ [CSHMⓇ] across a broad range of position titles in the CSHMⓇ community of practice.
You may download the CSHM survey here.
IHMM – 26 Fellows Are Mentors
IHMM Fellows Committee Chair Atanu Das, CHMM, is leading the effort within the IHMM Collaboration networking platform to engage both 26 IHMM Fellows as Mentors and anyone who seeks some assistance as Mentees.
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. This article from ASAE magazine outlines how a mentoring program can become more successful – engagement!
IHMM’s Collaboration platform contains a “Mentor Match” module [see below at right] that allows mentors to signup designating the hours, number of mentees, subject areas, and length of time they wish to mentor – as well as allowing mentees to signup requesting assistance in specified areas. The mentor match module does the rest by matching mentors and mentees.
#1 – Recertification Video
#2 Recertification Video
IHMM Recertification Videos
IHMM is pleased to release two YouTube instructional videos about navigating the IHMM recertification process. These step-by-step videos easily enable IHMM certificants to start and complete a recertification application.
While the full recertification cycle is 5 years, IHMM encourages all certificants to start a recertification application and add certification maintenance points as they are earned to make the final submission quick and easy to accomplish.
Retiring? IHMM Invites You to Become an Emeritus
You may have decided, after a long and successful career, to retire from active daily duty. Congratulations. That doesn’t mean you have to completely disengage from your profession. IHMM is pleased to offer Emeritus status to all certificants who will no longer be actively engaged in their communities of practice but who still want to stay in touch. Please let us know when you’re approaching that decision and we will assist you in the credential transition.
Please contact Margaret Toscano at [email protected] and she’ll be happy to help you.
National Safety Council
IHMM is a member of the National Safety Council and is pleased to bring this important information to all of our certificants.
7 tips for safe use of ladders
You can help save a life
Ready for the safety challenges of alternative energy?
Women in construction share their experiences in new report
Ergonomics bill back on the table in Washington state
NIOSH releases software for coal mine rescue assessment
Special meeting of FRA safety advisory committee set for March 27
NY state legislation would help protect workers from heat and coldBe a valued part of the team
March 23 – Common equipment and tasks that can lead to arc flash incidents
March 30 – What to Expect from OSHA in FY 2023
April 6 – Got Chemicals? How to Comply with OSHA’s Standard on PSM
April 13 – Proving the Value of Safety
April 20 – Optimizing Your Construction Safety Program: Cornerstones for creating a hazard-free jobsite
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.
Registration Open – June 5-7, San Antonio
Want to Create Safety Culture Change? Start Asking, Not Telling
A WISE Mentoring Success Story: Michelle Arias
Disproportionate Impacts of Work
Q&A: What OSH Professionals Need to Know About DEI and Workplace Safety
March 23 – Hazard Communication: Protect Your People and Stay Compliant
March 30 – Using Emerging Technology to Cultivate Hazard Recognition Culture
April 5 – Overcoming Challenges in Inspection Technology Adoption
April 6-May 4 – ONLINE COURSE: Implementing ISO 45001 Course
April 13 – Protecting Your Multicultural Workforce From Infectious Disease
April 13 – May 4 – ONLINE COURSE: Risk Assessment and Management for Safety Professionals
ASSP Standards News
Improve OSH Performance With ANSI/ASSP Z10
The ANSI/ASSP Z10.0 standard helps to establish OSH management systems to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better working conditions. It’s one of the most comprehensive systems-based standards for improving OSH performance and provides a framework that any organization can customize to its individual needs. Learn more
How Systems Thinking Can Improve Safety Management
Applying systems thinking can help you understand how the elements of your safety and health management system work together to achieve objectives. Learn more
Implementation Guidance From the Experts
Written by members of the Z10 Committee, the Z10 guidance manual provides requirement-by-requirement suggestions to implement and maintain occupational health and safety management systems. Order today
Download the Z10 manual for smaller organizations
Developing a safety and health management system can be challenging for smaller organizations. Our Z10.101 guidance manual outlines the basics and provides tools and approaches to help you succeed. Download now
Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins
Walsh Exits. March 10, 2023, marked Marty Walsh’s last day as U.S. secretary of labor. The duties of the secretary are now being handled by Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su, who is waiting on the U.S. Senate to act on her nomination to be the secretary on a permanent basis. During his tenure, Walsh oversaw the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) withdrawal of the 2020 Fair Labor Standards Act joint-employer rule, the promulgation of a new tip credit rule, a potential new independent contractor standard, ramped-up enforcement protocols at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and the failed Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccine-or-test rule.
Michigan Readies Repeal of Right-to-Work Law. Elections have consequences: this week, the Michigan Senate approved legislation that would repeal the state’s right-to-work law, which was enacted in 2012. Assuming the legislature is able to iron out differences between the Senate’s bill and the bill already passed by the Michigan House of Representatives, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) is expected to sign the legislation into law. Right-to-work laws allow for voluntary unionism by prohibiting the conditioning of employment on joining or paying fees to a labor union. Christopher R. Mikula has the details.
Senators to USCIS: Fee Proposal Hurts Small Biz. This week, a bipartisan group of senators wrote to leaders of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about their concerns with regard to USCIS’s proposed increased fee schedule. The senators wrote:
We are alarmed, however, that the fee increases will be particularly burdensome for small businesses relying on H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visas to meet their workforce needs. As you know, we are at a time when many in our country are suffering from a severe labor shortage and persistent inflation. It is irresponsible to so drastically increase the price to access these essential guest worker programs while doing nothing to increase their availability. As you draft a final rule, we urge you to reconsider the dramatic proposed H-2A and H-2B visa fee hikes and make sure that we are doing everything possible to support small businesses.
Regulators often claim that all comments on regulatory proposals are taken seriously, but the Buzz has a feeling that joint comments from Democratic and Republican senators will be taken juuuuust a bit more seriously. The comment period for the proposal closed on March 13, 2023.
OFCCP FOIA Deadline. Today, March 17, 2023, is the last day for federal contractors and subcontractors to notify OFCCP that they do not belong on the Second Updated List (published on March 10, 2023) of entities that have failed to object to the agency’s release of their EEO-1 data pursuant to a media Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. After the expiration of today’s deadline, OFCCP will publish the EEO-1 Type 2 data of nonobjecting contractors and subcontractors on its webpage. Importantly, the agency is quick to note that it “has not yet made any determinations regarding the substance or merit of these entities’ responses or objections” but has merely excluded objectors from this initial disclosure.
OFCCP’s Mega Construction Program. Speaking of OFCCP, the agency announced this week the launch of its Mega Construction Project Program. The program was created in anticipation of projects arising from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will cover projects valued at $35 million or more that are expected to last at least one year. According to an OFCCP reference sheet, once a project is deemed a “Megaproject,” OFCCP will insert itself at “earliest stages” to “engage a wide range of stakeholders in the community to remove hiring barriers and promote consideration of a diverse pool of qualified workers for jobs in the trades.” As the Buzz has previously noted, OFCCP Director Jenny Yang has made the construction industry one of her areas of focus, whether it is through the contract award portal or agency enforcement efforts.
EEOC Sees Increased Numbers of Charges. This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Performance Report (APR). The report comes days after President Biden released his fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request and arrives just in time for government appropriations season. The report highlights that in FY 2022:
- The Commission received 73,485 new discrimination charges—an uptick of nearly 20 percent compared to the previous fiscal year.
- The Commission filed 91 lawsuits, “including 53 suits on behalf of individuals, 25 non-systemic suits with multiple victims, and 13 systemic suits involving multiple victims or discriminatory policies.” This number is down from the 116 lawsuits the Commission filed in FY 2021.
- The Commission filled 352 new positions and ended the year with 2,187 employees (the Commission had 2,110 employees at the end of FY 2021).
- The Commission had 51,399 pending charges remaining at the end of the fiscal year.
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 Launches New Certified Safety Management Practitioner® [CSMP®] Exam Prep Course
The Hazardous Materials Society is pleased to announce that it is launching a new CSMP examination prep course. The CSMP prep course follows the launch in 2021 of the successful CSHM prep course in an agreement with VUBIZ.
The CSMP exam prep course is available on demand online, and is linked in the schedule below as well as on the IHMM CSMP website and under the CSMP hotbutton CSMP PREP on the HMS Education and Training webpage.
AIHA, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants
American Industrial Hygiene Association [AIHA] an HMS training partner, has added its first of many courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs in support of IHMM certificants holding the CHMM, CHMP, CSHM, and CSMP credentials. Thank you, AIHA.
CHEMTREC, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants
CHEMTREC, an HMS training partner, has had 6 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee, chaired by Diana Lundelius. Thank you CHEMTREC, and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.
Bowen EHS, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants
Bowen EHS, an HMS training partner, has had 4 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee, chaired by Diana Lundelius. Thank you Bowen EHS and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.
Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.
|Daily||EPCRA Tier II Reporting||Bowen EHS||Online|
|Daily||CHMM Online Review||Bowen EHS||Online|
|Daily||Emergency Management Self-Paced PDC||Bowen EHS||Online|
|Daily||Acute Toluene Exposure Webinar||Bowen EHS||Online|
Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.
FET, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants
FET, Federation of Environmental Technologists, an HMS training partner, has had 3 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs for IHMM certificants. Thank you FET and Julie Jansett.
Thank you FET for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs!
|April 12||Annual OSHA Hazwoper Refresher||FET||West Allis, WI|
|April 27||Key Areas of Environmental Compliance||FET||West Allis, WI|
|May 18/May 25||PFAS 2023||FET||Online|
Thank you FET for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs!
AT HMS/Rockville – FREE US DOT PHMSA HMIT GRANT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS AWARENESS TRAINING WORKSHOP – BASIC – 24 IHMM CMPs
2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 24-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – BASIC – Rockville, MD
June 6 @ 8:00 am – June 8 @ 5:00 pm – FREE
Register Here > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/2023-phmsa-hmit-grant-24-hour-dot-hazmat-regulations-awareness-course-rockville-md/
AT HMS/Rockville – FREE US DOT PHMSA HMIT GRANT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS AWARENESS TRAINING WORKSHOP – ADVANCED – 28 IHMM CMPs
2023 PHMSA HMIT Grant 28-Hour DOT HAZMAT Regulations Awareness Course – ADVANCED – Rockville, MD
June 13 @ 8:00 am – June 15 @ 5:00 pm – FREE
Register Here > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/2023-phmsa-hmit-grant-28-hour-dot-hazmat-regulations-advanced-course-rockville-md/
FREE US DOT PHMSA HMIT GRANT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS AWARENESS TRAINING WORKSHOP – 24 IHMM CMPs
Courses are here> Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/ Under “Find Training,” Search for NPETE>
These workshops are offered with U.S. DOT PHMSA HMIT (Hazardous Materials Instructor Training) Grant support to the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (National PETE). This training is FREE for employees and federal, state, county, and local government employees involved in DOT HazMat Shipping, Receiving and Handling via Ground, Air, and Vessel Transportation.
The workshop curriculum is in accordance with 49 CFR § 172.704 for General Awareness, Function-Specific, Safety, and Security Awareness training requirements. Class size is limited to 10-15 students with mask/social distancing protocols, so act fast. Minimum of 6 attendees is needed to confirm the class.
Registration: Contact Mr. Raymond Davis, CHMM, IHMM Fellow, NPETE US DOT PHMSA HMIT Grant Project Coordinator/Instructor at [email protected]
Please provide Mr. Davis with the following registration information via email to [email protected]
Your name, Your company, Your company address/city/state/zip, Phone number, and Email
Upon receipt of your registration information, the address of the training location will be provided.
Easily Find Courses to Help You Pass IHMM Credential Exams
A core mission of HMS is education and training. Part of that mission includes assembling the best and most effective courses to assist IHMM applicants in passing their IHMM credential exams.
CDGP® Prep Course
CE-1112: CDGP® Exam Prep – Columbia Southern University – Available On Demand
CHMM® Prep Courses
Daily – CHMM® Online Review – Bowen
Daily – CHMM® Prep Course – Institute of Safety & Systems Management
Daily –Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM®) Exam Prep – SPAN Exam Prep, Division of ClickSafety
CSHM® Prep Courses
CSMP® Prep Courses
IHMM and HMS Tie Exam Preparation Together for Applicants
Every IHMM certification that requires an examination has a section of its website entitled Examination Preparation.
Connected to the Examination Preparation panel is a companion panel that is Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam.
You see the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel from the CHMM site at left.
When you click on the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel it takes the applicant directly to the HMS site where all CHMM prep courses may be found and chosen.
For the 397 CHMM applicants IHMM had on August 31, 2022, all 397 looking for CHMM prep courses could see and chose their favored CHMM exam prep course. If your course is not on the HMS platform, none of the 397 CHMM applicants could find you.
If you want your CHMM prep course on the HMS platform so it can be found by IHMM CHMM applicants, contact Gene Guilford at [email protected]
HMS Makes Finding Courses to Earn CMPs Easy
Every year more than 1,600 IHMM certificants have to recertify their credentials, evidenced their continuing commitment to improvement and learning to elevate their professional credential.
Earning Certification Maintenance Points [CMPs] is illustrated under Recertification of Your Credential, that includes the Recertification Claims Manual – Appendix A, that details all of the ways a certificant may earn CMPs > https://ihmm.org/recertification-claims/
Having mastered that manual, how does an IHMM certificant find courses to earn CMPs?
HMS has made that simple and easy.
- Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
- Scroll down until you see a row of buttons…click on the CMPs button
The system will then generate all of the courses on the HMS E&T platform with IHMM CMPs already attached.
The next developments by the HMS E&T committee will refine available courses’ CMPs by individual credential!
HMS Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] Exam Prep
The Columbia Southern University/HMS CDGP prep course is found here on the Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] education and training website > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/ce-1112-cdgp-exam-prep/2022-02-02/
The CSU CDGP exam prep course is delivered entirely online and may be initiated by any CDGP applicant at any time. The CDGP applicant has up to 10 weeks to complete the prep course, though an extension of the 10 weeks may be requested from CSU directly. The CSU CDGP exam prep course contains 8 modules covering the 4 principle texts involved in the CDGP exam, as follows:
- UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, and
- International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions (ICAO TI), and
- International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR), and the
- International Maritime Organization’s Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).
More information on the IHMM Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] credential may be found here > https://ihmm.org/cdgp/
HMS Jobs Listings
Environmental Compliance Program Specialist Sr. – St. Louis, MO in GAC St. Louis, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Safety/Environmental Coordinator in GAC Savannah, GA., Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Environmental Compliance Program Specialist II in GAC Savannah, GA., Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Corporate Environmental Compliance Program Manager, Savannah, GA., Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Sr. Environmental Compliance Program Specialist, Dallas, TX., Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Regional Environmental Affairs Director- Midwest, Chicago, IL., Covanta
Applications for the 2023 HMS Scholarship Awards Now Open
The HMS scholarship award is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students whose academic program and research studies have the potential to address the most serious issues in handling hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environmental issues, health & safety challenges. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited U.S. academic institutions.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS IS December 1, 2023. All submissions and associated materials must be submitted using the online form.
Scholarship Winners Will Be Announced at the HMS Annual Meeting.
For More Information, Visit > https://hazmatsociety.org/scholarship/
Donate to HMS
One of the most important projects of the Hazardous Materials Society is our Scholarship Program.
HMS wants to make it as easy as possible for those who cannot always afford to participate in pursuing certification, or keeping up with professional development, or attending great conferences and receiving outstanding training. HMS does not solicit contributions from the general public. HMS does ask IHMM’s certificants and their companies and our education and training vendors to consider a contribution.
Here, through your generosity, you can make a difference in promoting the ability of those who can afford it least to become participants in our communities of practice.
It’s never too late to make a difference, so don’t let this opportunity to make a difference pass you by. Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $250, $500 or what you can to help build HMS’s effort to help others in our communities of practice.
RCM&D Professional Liability Insurance
HMS is proud to have partnered with RCM&D to be able to offer an outstanding comprehensive professional liability insurance program to IHMM certificants. Here, you will find information about this important program offering Environmental Consultants and Engineers Professional Liability coverage. This coverage is intended to add protection for loss stemming from actual or alleged negligent acts, errors and omissions in performing professional services.
For more information see > https://hazmatsociety.org/professional-liability-insurance/
Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society
99% of IHMM certificants are aware of the Hazardous Materials Society, which we appreciate. IHMM established the Hazardous Materials Society in order to support and provide services to IHMM certificants.
Did You Know?
Your company’s membership dues for Associate Membership in the Hazardous Materials Society (HMS) are 100% tax-deductible and your participation directly supports scholarship and education/training opportunities for professionals working in hazmat and EHS. Joining as an Associate Member expresses your commitment and your company’s leadership in giving back to our professional community. Join today to claim your tax deduction for the 2020 tax year while expressing your company’s professional affiliation and accessing tools for your marketing and business development plans.
As an IHMM certificant, you pay no dues to take advantage of IHMM’s Foundation at HMS. We do appreciate IHMM’s certificants encouraging their companies to contribute.
To learn more about what HMS is doing now and what they are planning for the future, please see the new Member Benefits page here.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 885 different conversations going on in the IHMM/HMS Collaboration platform this week.
A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health, and safety communities of practice. Do you have a problem you need to solve and want the opinions of your colleagues? This is where we come together to help each other.
IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs, and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.
We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here.
Access to COLLABORATION is through the same username/password you use to access your MYIHMM account. Having a problem? Contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]
Columbia Southern University
The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] is a partner of Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.
A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.
Click on the CSU graphic at left and learn more about the professional development and degree program opportunities at CSU.
IHMM CONFERENCES FOR 2023
IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 2023, virtually as well as in-person as resources allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2023.
Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know by sending an email to [email protected]
COSTHA Annual Forum and Expo
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel & Convention Center
Visit IHMM in Booth #26
April 30 – May 24, 2023
IHMM has a companion organization for which education and training programs are presented and delivered. The Hazardous Materials Society is IHMM’s Professional Association and HMS’ education and training website can be found here. These events are produced independently of IHMM, and their providers have no access to IHMM certification examinations or program information other than that which is publicly available.
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