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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/.
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
Regulatory Update: A New Day is Dawning for Rail Safety
The Clean Air Act is Changing. Ready?
Would you spot these 25 RCRA errors?
OSHA to hold online meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Heat Work Group on April 27
EPA proposes MCLs for six PFAS in drinking water
Funding for water recycling program included in federal Budget Request
Measuring Performance: Your Guide to Health and Safety Leading Indicators
OFCCP Notification to federal contractors to certify through the Contractor Portal by June 29, 2023
New Video on How to Tell if Your N95® Filtering Facepiece Respirator is NIOSH Approved
Regulatory Update: Toxic Chemical Releases in 2021 Below Pre-Pandemic Levels
Milliken’s Blueprint for Removing PFAS from Operations
How to Optimize Your Construction Data Assets
Construction execs discuss future of safety technology
What The New York Times got wrong about construction
New Water Treatment Zaps ‘Forever Chemicals’ for Good
Next Epidemic Could Be Spotted Early in Wastewater
New Invention: The Oxygen-Ion Battery
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for January 2023
Draft Guidance on the Preparation of State Implementation Plan Provisions That Address the Nonattainment Area Contingency Measure Requirements for Ozone and Particulate Matter
Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus Standards
Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards for General Industry, Shipyards, and Construction; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
EPA Method 23-Determination of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans From Stationary Sources
Agency Information Collection Activities; Occupational Exposure to Noise Standard (29 CFR 1910.95)
EPA Announces Virtual Listening Session on PFAS Strategic Roadmap for Pacific Southwest
This isn’t an early April Fools joke — the US Forest Service is applying for a NPDES permit so that it can keep fighting forest fires!
EPA Proposes Enforceable Drinking Water Standards For PFAS
Minnesota Legislature Considers PFAS in Products Bill
Not so hard cases can also make bad law — Deference to Agencies takes a hit in the Texas Waters of the United States Case
PHMSA Safety Advisory Notice: DOT-111 Tank Cars in Flammable Liquid Service
The 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.
8 steps to a lockout-tagout procedure
OSHA to hold online meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Heat Work Group on April 27
N95 valve respirator
Trenching and excavation
Delaware River spill: Philadelphia water safe to drink through Monday evening, officials encourage residents store tap water
Why Now is the Time to Build Employee Resilience to Stress
Syracuse mitigates algae with ultrasonic technology
Organizations have mixed responses to EPA’s proposed PFAS MCLs
IHMM Excellence in EHS Management Award
The Excellence in EHS Management Award recognizes an individual who has excelled in their role as an EHS manager. The Institute for Hazardous Materials Management [IHMM] will present the award at the annual National Safety Council Expo.
The honoree will receive a commemorative plaque and be recognized in a press release and in IHMM member communications. Travel expenses to the award ceremony will be subsidized. If traveling from overseas IHMM will pay travel expenses from the nearest port of entry.
Nominations will be accepted from March through July of each year and the presentation to the winner will be in conjunction with the National Safety Council Congress and Expo, this year on October 23-25, 2023 in New Orleans.
Make your nominations here >> https://ihmm.org/ehs-management-award/
See previous award winners here >> https://ihmm.org/past-honorees/
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that protect life and property from future disaster damage to build a more resilient nation.
FEMA released new program guidance for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide (HMA Guide). These updates and new HMA Guide replace the 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendums.
The HMA Guide provides helpful information for prospective applicants and subapplicants from state, local, tribal and territorial governments on the application and grant processes for four hazard mitigation grant programs.
Read more >> https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation-assistance-guidance
OSHA Standard Interpretations \ Applicability of the HCS to Lithium Ion Batteries
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OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA’s interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA’s website at https://www.osha.gov.
Read more >> https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2022-12-01
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
EPA Plans New Stormwater Permits After Landmark Use Of RDA Power
Environmentalists are asking a federal court in Massachusetts to stay their suit seeking to enforce the agency’s landmark decision expanding Clean Water Act (CWA) permit mandates to a large swath of unregulated stormwater sources in three local watersheds after the agency agreed to issue permits for at least some unregulated pollutants.
Plaintiffs in Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) v. EPA filed a motion to stay the case on March 17, alongside a declaration from CLF air and water director Heather A. Govern saying the agency has promised to craft new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination system (NPDES) permits for the three watersheds at issue — though officials are refusing to memorialize that plan in a binding settlement.
“On March 10, 2023, Defendants communicated to Plaintiffs that Defendants will not enter into a settlement agreement,” the declaration says. “Instead, Defendants will (1) attempt to issue draft NPDES permits for the Charles River watershed, Mystic River watershed, and the Neponset River watershed by the end of the summer of 2024 and (2) make a public announcement soon to that effect.”
Based on that assurance, the plaintiffs ask the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to stay deadlines and other action in the case until September 8, 2024.
CLF and CRWA sued EPA last year over what they said is the agency’s unlawful failure to implement its announcement that it would use so-called “residual designation authority” (RDA) to designate additional stormwater sources for regulation in the three contested watersheds.
Judge Grants Industry Second Chance To Seek National WOTUS Injunction
Over EPA’s objections, a federal judge in North Dakota has granted industry groups’ motion to intervene in states’ litigation challenging the agency’s rule defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), providing the coalition a second opportunity to seek a national injunction against the rule after a court in Texas found they failed to show injury.
In a March 22 order, Judge Alice Senechal of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Dakota granted the industry coalition’s motion to intervene in State of West Virginia, et al. v. EPA, et al., where a coalition of 24 Republican state attorneys general are charging that EPA’s rule exceeds the power Congress delegated under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and raises serious constitutional concerns.
The industry groups wasted little time in seeking a national injunction, filing a March 23 complaint that, among other things, urges the court to “enjoin Defendants from implementing, applying, or enforcing the Rule.”
This is the second time the industry groups have sought to block nationwide implementation of the WOTUS rule before a merits ruling.
Last month, they asked a federal district court in Texas to block the WOTUS rule from taking effect March 20.
But while Judge Jeffrey Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in a March 19 ruling blocked the rule’s implementation in Texas and Idaho, he rejected industry plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction, finding that they failed to show imminent, irreparable harm. Industry plaintiffs included the American Farm Bureau Federation and others.
OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote OSHA’s compliance assistance resources, and in advance of National Small Business Week (April 30 – May 6, 2023), we want to remind certificants about OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program. The program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice for compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing and improving safety and health programs.
Learn more here >> https://www.osha.gov/consultation
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.
OIG Says EPA Slow To Spend Infrastructure Funds, Denting FY24 Request
EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is warning that the agency has only obligated and expended 1 percent of the $60 billion Congress appropriated in the bipartisan infrastructure law, bolstering Republican charges that it should not receive requested budget increases in fiscal year 2024 given its inability to spend the infrastructure funds.
In a March 23 report, the OIG noted that Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) appropriates over $60 billion to EPA for FY22-26.
But citing data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the OIG found that “as of December 16, 2022, less than 1 percent of the $60 billion in IIJA funds had been obligated and expended.”
This report comes on the heels of the Biden administration releasing its FY24 budget, which requests $12 billion, an increase of $1.9 billion from FY23, for EPA.
EPA officials have argued the increase is needed to hire hundreds of new full-time equivalent (FTE) staff and provide other resources to bolster the agency’s core missions.
But the OIG report and its findings are likely to provide fodder for Republican lawmakers, who are already raising concerns that the agency is mismanaging its resources, arguing that the budget increase combined with funding through the infrastructure law and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is challenging the agency to spend it effectively.
2023 National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction – May 1-5, 2023
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 378 of the 986 construction fatalities recorded in 2021 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.
- Webinar: Preventing Falls through Improved Design (Wednesday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET). This interorganizational webinar will begin with a general explanation of Prevention through Design (PtD) and how it can be used to improve not only building design, but also work and equipment design.
For more information >> https://www.osha.gov/stop-falls-stand-down
ECHA seeks input on proposed PFAS restriction
The European Chemicals Agency invites interested parties to send in scientific and technical information on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 25 September 2023.
Read more >> https://echa.europa.eu/-/echa-seeks-input-on-proposed-pfas-restriction?_cldee=WfufxU6IcTACphRY6fGB3dj68qU8FebqgYQnFlPqv_r05tKZxAB74pq_lzAhyhmV&recipientid=lead-fcb6989c61f3ec11813c005056b9310e-4afba0e046ba4118a88ea34d95c770aa&esid=b15041c1-9bc8-ed11-8146-005056952b31
Reminder: send in your questions early on the PFAS restriction proposal
We encourage you to send your questions to us and the five national authorities well ahead of the 5 April 2023 info session. Having the questions in advance will help us prepare and respond to as many questions as possible during the Q&A.
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.
Study looks at job status and quality-of-life issues among people with certain cancers
Study examines frailty among female shift workers
Washington state moves to keep employers from barring voluntary use of PPE
New MSHA alert: Prevent falls from height
Comment period open on Oregon OSHA’s pending oversight of temporary labor camps
National EMS Advisory Council to meet in May
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
May 4 – Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future: A 2023 Safety Outlook
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 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
May 10 – Stand Up for Standards: ANSI/ASSP Fall Protection Implementation and Impact for OSH 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
POTUS Issues First Veto. On March 20, 2023, after more than two years in office, President Biden issued his first legislative veto. As expected, President Biden rejected the bipartisan Congressional Review Act resolution that rescinded the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule (DOL) that allows retirement plan fiduciaries to consider environmental, social, or governance (ESG) factors when making investment decisions. The White House said in a statement that the DOL rule “allows retirement plan fiduciaries to make fully informed investment decisions by considering all relevant factors that might impact a prospective investment, while ensuring that investment decisions made by retirement plan fiduciaries maximize financial returns for retirees.” As the Buzz has mentioned, the DOL investor rule is one front in the broader war that congressional Republicans will wage against “ESG” investing.
The NLRB’s Busy Week. This week, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel (GC), Jennifer Abruzzo, issued two memos, a Board official received a subpoena from the chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the GC was sued in federal court over a memo she issued last year regarding “captive audience” meetings.
- GC provides guidance on severance agreements. Roberto R. Agraz and Zachary V. Zagger have the scoop on the March 22, 2023, memo issued by General Counsel Abruzzo that provides follow-up guidance on the implementation of the Board’s recent decision limiting severance agreements. Among other important points, the memo explains that the Board’s ruling applies to agreements that have already been agreed to, and could potentially apply to supervisors. The memo also notes that narrowly tailored confidentiality clauses that “restrict the dissemination of proprietary or trade secret information for a period of time based on legitimate business justifications may be considered lawful.”
- GC provides updates on priorities. On March 20, 2023, General Counsel Abruzzo sent a memo to regional directors updating the status of her top priorities that she outlined in August 2021. Those priorities include, but are not limited to cases involving: successor employers, financial disclosures to union nonmembers, employer obligations after the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement, intermittent strikes, compensatory damages in refusal to bargain cases, arbitration agreements, as well as “cases involving electronic surveillance or algorithmic management that interferes with the exercise of Section 7 rights.”
- House Republican subpoenas NLRB. At the start of the 118th Congress, the Buzz predicted that Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives would use their oversight authority to investigate activities of the NLRB, among other agencies. Well, chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Virginia Foxx (R-NC), is definitely taking her oversight powers very seriously. This week Foxx issued a subpoena to the NLRB seeking documents related to alleged “misconduct by NLRB employees in representation and unfair labor practice cases.” The subpoena involves allegations—echoed recently by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)—that in certain instances Board officials have provided improper aid to union officials and pro-union employees during union representation elections.
- NLRB GC sued over employer speech memo. Late last week, General Counsel Abruzzo was sued in federal court by a state trade group over her April 2022 memorandum in which she announced that she would “ask the Board to find mandatory meetings in which employees are forced to listen to employer speech concerning the exercise of their statutory rights, including captive audience meetings, a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.” The lawsuit alleges that the memorandum chills employers’ statutory speech rights and violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs asked the court to order Abruzzo to rescind the memorandum and refrain from threatening to prosecute employers that speak to employees in certain situations.
OFCCP Contractor Portal Opens. This week the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that its Contractor Portal will be open from March 31 to June 29, 2023. This is the second year that contractors will have to use the portal to “certify, on an annual basis, whether they are meeting their requirement to develop and maintain annual AAPs [affirmative action plans].” Federal contractors that fail to certify compliance with their affirmative action requirements via the portal risk being included on the agency’s Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL). Leigh M. Nason and Zachary V. Zagger have all the details.
- Grace period extension? The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders has recommended to increase from sixty to 180 days the grace period by which H-1B visa holders who have been discharged by their employers must find a new employer sponsor. While this is good news for those visa holders, USCIS Director Ur Jaddou noted in a January 25, 2023, letter that, “Because the 60-day grace period is codified at 8 CFR 214.1(l)(2), it would require a regulatory change which would take considerable time to complete given the generally lengthy regulatory process under the Administrative Procedure Act.” The Buzz will be curious to see if such a regulatory proposal appears in the Spring Regulatory Agenda.
- Registration extension. As a result of a technical issue that occurred late last week, USCIS extended the H-1B registration window from March 17 to March 20, 2023. Katie W. Desmond has the scoop.
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
Hazardous Materials Inspector II- San José Fire Department
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 904 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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