IHMM Today November 15, 2022

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IHMM Certifications Matter

Validate your knowledge and experience. It’s how professionals stay on top of their field
IHMM’s Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM®) credential recognizes professionals who are recent Bachelor’s degree graduates with a focus on health and safety-related fields. This credential puts the holder on the fast track to the CSHM credential.
It’s how you differentiate yourself

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 47 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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Congratulations to IHMM Board Election Participants

IHMM thanks Stephen Bennett, CSMP, Gerard Breton, CSMP, John Kasanicky, CSMP, Matthew Rehlander, CSMP, Ryan Sharratt, CHMM, Shawn St. Peter, CSMP, Erika Winning, CHMM, Jan Rosenberg, CSHM, and Ivan Schmelczer, CDGP for putting your names forth in the recently completed IHMM Board elections.

We are grateful to you for your willingness to serve. Here are the winners of the election and the seats they fill on the IHMM Board. Their terms begin January 1, 2023.

Jan Rosenberg, CSHM Seat
Ivan Schmelczer, CDGP seat
Erika Winning, CHMM, At-Large seat

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

Pennsylvania PPC Plans No Longer Require P.E. Certification

A Preparedness, Prevention, and Contingency (PPC) Plan is a type of emergency response plan required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) for certain types of facilities. The purpose of the PPC Plan is to ensure that facilities have developed and implemented adequate actions and procedures to respond to emergencies and accidental spills of polluting substances. PADEP published a PPC Plan guidance document (No. 400-2200-001, Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Environmental Emergency Response Plans) in April 2001 and updated it in August 2005. This document provides section-by-section guidance on drafting a compliant PPC Plan. This guidance document states that facilities subject to Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 must have their PPC Plan certified by a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and that the P.E. must recertify the PPC Plan once per year.

One broad category of facilities that are required to prepare and implement a PPC Plan are those which have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) industrial stormwater or wastewater discharge permit. In PA, one mechanism for a facility to obtain NPDES stormwater coverage is via the PAG-03 Authorization to Discharge under the NPDES General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activity, or simply the PAG-03 General Permit. The PAG-03 General Permit includes a requirement for the facility to prepare and maintain a PPC Plan.

PADEP revises and republishes the PAG-03 General Permit roughly every five years. Prior to 2016, the PAG-03 General Permit explicitly required the annual P.E. certification for Section 313 facilities, consistent with the guidance document. However, the current version of the PAG-03 General Permit, issued September 2016 (currently administratively extended), does not mention the necessity to have a PPC Plan reviewed and certified by a P.E. ALL4 confirmed with PADEP that this P.E. certification (and annual recertification) has been removed entirely as of the issuance of the September 2016 PAG-03 General Permit. Therefore, PPC Plans are no longer required to have P.E. certifications for their initial versions or any subsequent updates.

EPA Finds Methylene Chloride, as a Whole Chemical Substance, Presents an Unreasonable Risk to Human Health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on November 10, 2022, the availability of the final revision to the risk determination for the methylene chloride risk evaluation issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 87 Fed .Reg. 67901. EPA states that the revision to the methylene chloride risk determination reflects its announced policy changes to ensure the public is protected from unreasonable risks from chemicals in a way that is supported by science and the law. EPA determined that methylene chloride, as a whole chemical substance, presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health when evaluated under its conditions of use (COU). For more information and our Commentary, please read the full memorandum.   

Read more > https://www.lawbc.com/regulatory-developments/entry/epa-finds-methylene-chloride-as-a-whole-chemical-substance-presents-an-unre

PHMSA – 2022 Research, Development & Technology Forum

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) will hold a public Research, Development & Technology Forum on December 1, 2022, virtually on Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) to present the results of recently completed projects, brief new project plans, and obtain stakeholder input on the direction of current and future research projects on topics including mitigation of climate change, risk management and mitigation, packaging integrity, emerging technology, and technical analysis to aid risk assessment.

December 1, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

The meeting will be held virtually on MS Teams.

Registration: DOT requests that attendees pre-register for these meetings by completing the form, at: https://forms.office.com/​g/​NPs7v18VmL.

Conference call-in and “live meeting” capability will be provided.

Specific information about conference call-in and live meeting access will be posted at: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/​research-and-development/​hazmat/​rd-meetings-and-events under “Upcoming Events.”

Read more > https://ihmm.org/phmsa-2022-research-development-technology-forum/

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Pipeline Safety Research Program

We invite you to register for the “Pipeline Safety Testing Enhancement Study: Stakeholder Collaboration Event Webinar” on November 30, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. EST to learn about PHMSA’s Pipeline Safety Testing Enhancement Study and how you can provide comments. Please use the registration link below.

You are an essential stakeholder of PHMSA, and we want to invite you to attend a webinar that will help inform our Pipeline Safety Testing Enhancement Study, which is a Congressional mandate found in Section 105 of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2020.

PHMSA is utilizing the expertise of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to analyze PHMSA’s R&D program and the need for an independent testing facility.

Please visit this page for more information and register to attend:


PHMSA released web app for ease of research on rulemaking and to make interpretations more user-friendly


The agency has released its new “OCFR,” which is a new web-based application that will (according to the agency) make relating to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) easier for DG professionals by tying together search and link functions in order to make researching particular rulemakings and interpretations easier and more user friendly. See a document that helps explain the new system and how to interact with it here.


The agency published an interesting study on the impact of state of charge (SOC) on lithium battery safety during transport. As you might guess, the study finds that increased state of charge can lead to more active events when problems occur. However, there is a great deal of other more technical information and given that lithium batteries are now such a huge part of the DG Equation for all of us, many people might be interested in a more in-depth look at the findings. See them here.

Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Allowance Allocation Methodology for 2024 and Later Years

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to amend existing regulations to implement certain provisions of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, as enacted on December 27, 2020. This rulemaking proposes to establish the methodology for allocating hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption allowances for the calendar years of 2024 through 2028. EPA is also proposing to amend the consumption baseline to reflect updated data and to make other adjustments based on lessons learned from the implementation of the hydrofluorocarbon phasedown program thus far, including proposing to: codify the existing approach of how allowances must be expended for import of regulated substances; revise recordkeeping and reporting requirements; and implement other modifications to the existing regulations.


Comments on this notice of proposed rulemaking must be received on or before December 19, 2022. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments on the information collection provisions are best ensured of consideration if the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) receives a copy of your comments on or before December 5, 2022. Any party requesting a public hearing must notify the contact listed below under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on November 8, 2022. If a virtual public hearing is held, it will take place on or before November 18, 2022 and further information will be provided at https://www.epa.gov/​climate-hfcs-reduction.

Industry Urges EPA To Withdraw CERCLA PFAS Rule, Use Other Authorities

Major industry groups are urging EPA to withdraw its proposed rule to designate the two most studied PFAS as Superfund hazardous substances, listing a litany of deficiencies with the precedent-setting proposal to argue it will slow, not speed, cleanups and detailing how other waste, water and air laws can target sites for cleanup.

A Superfund “hazardous waste designation under [section] 102(a) has never been promulgated by the Agency, and it is the wrong tool to address substances that EPA says are so widespread,” an industry coalition, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says in Nov. 7 comments to EPA on its proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) designation rule.

The coalition says the proposed CERCLA rule “far from justifies the troubling precedent that it would set” in using CERCLA in a way not intended by Congress to extend liability to many new sites and “entangle unknown numbers of businesses, landowners, and other parties in costly, burdensome cost recovery settlements and litigation for decades to come.”

The group warns EPA’s use of CERCLA section 102(a), if replicated for other substances, could become “unwieldy” and result in more uncertainties to regulated entities.

Recognizing the precedent-setting nature of the rule, industry parties are pushing EPA to pull back the rule and instead pursue the use of other authorities and enforcement mechanisms to address any risks posed by PFAS, in part making the case for EPA’s upcoming Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) rules.

–Inside EPA

Fearing Sackett, Environmentalists Eye ‘Stop-Gap’ Wetland Protections

Fearing a Supreme Court ruling that could curb Clean Water Act (CWA) protections for wetlands and other waterbodies, environmentalists are eyeing a series of alternative protections that they say can be used to temporarily protect waters, including increased conservation funding, stepped up local enforcement and new local mandates.

But in an issue paper released Nov. 1, the coalition of five groups — Natural Resources Defense Council, Anthropocene Alliance, Earthjustice, Environment America, the National Wildlife Federation and the Southern Environmental Law Center — say that such protections are “at best, stopgap measures,” and that Congress will have to “step in and reaffirm” the original intent of the CWA: “to establish broad protections for the nation’s waterbodies.”

The issue paper, “Clean Water Act on Trial: The Devastating Potential Consequences of Sackett v. EPA” examines possible outcomes if the Supreme Court sides with the petitioners in the Sackett case, in which industry and conservative groups have asked the justices to reinterpret the CWA and exclude most wetlands and streams from the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

“If the court sides with the plaintiffs or their industry supporters in Sackett, it would put crucial water bodies at risk of pollution or other forms of degradation,” the issue paper says.

–Inside EPA

EPA Sued To Issue Novel Stormwater Permits But Faces Industry Scrutiny

Environmentalists are suing EPA to force the agency to implement its novel decision to expand Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting requirements to cover a large swath of currently unregulated stormwater sources in three Massachusetts watersheds, even as industry representatives are warning the precedent-setting decision could face legal scrutiny.

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) Nov. 2 sued EPA in a federal court in Massachusetts, alleging the agency violated the water law by failing to take several mandatory actions to implement its decisions, including notifying covered dischargers of their designation, as well as issuing draft permits and timelines for finalizing them.

“These iconic rivers are suffering because of the EPA’s consistent foot-dragging,” said Heather Govern, CLF’s “These iconic rivers are suffering because of the EPA’s consistent foot-dragging,” said Heather Govern, CLF’s vice president of Clean Air and Water, said in a statement. “Despite all the evidence linking stormwater pollution to dirty and unsafe water, the agency has failed to take legally required steps to address this growing problem. We have waited over three years for them to regulate the pollution, and these rivers cannot wait any longer.”

EPA Region 1, which is the CWA permitting authority in Massachusetts, announced in September that it has used its so-called residual designation authority (RDA) to designate additional stormwater sources for regulation, the first time the agency has used the authority on such a large scale.

–Inside EPA

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.

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IHMM  – 26 Fellows Are Mentors |  Where are the Mentees?

IHMM Fellows Committee Chair Atanu Das, CHMM, is leading the effort within the IHMM Collaboration networking platform to provide instruction to the more than 75 IHMM Fellows in becoming mentors.

Given the extraordinary experience Fellows have, this is a unique opportunity for IHMM Fellows to help guide more recent certificants in their professional development activities.

Atanu and Gene exchanged information about this program on 10/3 and while we are grateful for the 26 Mentors – We Have No Mentees!  No one could use help?

IHMM’s Collaboration platform contains a “Mentor Match” module [see below at right] that allows mentors to signup designating the hours, number of mentees, subject areas, and length of time they wish to mentor – as well as allowing mentees to signup requesting assistance in specified areas. The mentor match module does the rest by matching mentors and mentees.

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IHMM Recertification Videos

IHMM is pleased to release two YouTube instructional videos about navigating the IHMM recertification process. These step-by-step videos easily enable IHMM certificants to start and complete a recertification application.

While the full recertification cycle is 5 years, IHMM encourages all certificants to start a recertification application and add certification maintenance points as they are earned to make the final submission quick and easy to accomplish.


Courses are here> https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe-bar-date=2022-01-24&tribe-bar-search=NPETE

These workshops are offered with U.S. DOT PHMSA HMIT (Hazardous Materials Instructor Training) Grant support to the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (National PETE).

This training is FREE for employees and federal, state, county, and local government employees involved in DOT HazMat Shipping, Receiving and Handling via Ground, Air, and Vessel Transportation.

The workshop curriculum is in accordance with 49 CFR § 172.704 for General Awareness, Function-Specific, Safety, and Security Awareness training requirements.

Class size is limited to 10-15 students with mask/social distancing protocols, so act fast. Minimum of 6 attendees is needed to confirm the class.

Registration: Contact Mr. Raymond Davis, CHMM, IHMM Fellow, NPETE US DOT PHMSA HMIT Grant Project Coordinator/Instructor at [email protected]

Please provide Mr. Davis with the following registration information via email to [email protected]

Your name, Your company, Your company address/city/state/zip, Phone number, and Email

Upon receipt of your registration information, the address of the training location will be provided.

Retiring? IHMM Invites You to Become an Emeritus

You may have decided, after a long and successful career, to retire from active daily duty. Congratulations. That doesn’t mean you have to completely disengage from your profession. IHMM is pleased to offer Emeritus status to all certificants who will no longer be actively engaged in their communities of practice but who still want to stay in touch. Please let us know when you’re approaching that decision and we will assist you in the credential transition.

Please contact Margaret Toscano at [email protected] and she’ll be happy to help you.

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.


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Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins

The 2022 Midterm Election Results Are In! Sort of. The midterm elections are over, but we still do not know who will be in control of the 118th United States Congress. The predicted “red wave,” by which Republicans were expected to flip control of the U.S. Senate and gain a double-digit majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, did not materialize this week. Instead, at week’s end, control of the U.S. Senate remains uncertain (vote tabulation continues in Arizona and Nevada), though Republican gains in the House are projected to achieve a tight majority in the lower chamber. As with the 2020 elections, control of the Senate may be decided by a runoff election in Georgia. Here is what this all means:

  • Divided government returns. Divided government in Washington, D.C., is nothing new. In recent years, the 112th (2011–2013), 113th (2013–2015), 114th (2015–2017), and 116th (2019–2021) Congresses were all periods of divided government. While major legislation can still be enacted during such intervals (see the CARES Act, for example), divided government generally means that we can expect a period of legislative gridlock. Legislative initiatives addressing immigration, paid leave, LGBTQ rights, as well as the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, are unlikely to gain any political traction in the next two years. Not surprisingly, for the administration, the results of the midterm elections will likely lead to a reemphasis on the use of regulatory and executive authority to make policy.
  • A slim majority in the House. The Speaker of the House—whoever that may be—will have a challenging time getting legislation passed. Two-hundred-plus members are unlikely to see eye to eye on every issue, and keeping those various caucuses and factions happy will be a difficult task. Aside from politics, real-world logistical issues—such as members who are away on travel, at home sick, or who might die (five members of the current Congress passed away while in office)—create situations that might make passing a bill an especially arduous chore.
  • House oversight. While it might make it hard to legislate, even a slim majority means that Republicans would hold the gavels in the various House committees. They would set the legislative agenda and undoubtedly use their oversight authority to conduct investigations into the administration’s policies and practices. The president’s family, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the situation along the southern border are just a few examples of issues on which Republicans would likely shine a spotlight. In the labor and employment space, Republicans would likely investigate ongoing rulemaking relating to independent contractor and joint employment status at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), respectively. Republicans would also likely flood the DOL, NLRB, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with written requests for information and invitations to testify on Capitol Hill.
  • Senate advice and consent. While major legislation might be off the table for a while, both Democrats and Republicans are still desperate to be in the Senate majority. This is due in large part to the upper chamber’s constitutional advice and consent function. Democrats want to control the process so they can usher through and confirm the president’s nominees to federal agencies and the federal bench. Conversely, Republicans want the power to slow down or stop the president’s nominees, or otherwise negotiate for nominees that they believe are more acceptable.
  • Lame-duck legislating. Before we start thinking too far ahead into 2023, there is still the “lame duck” session of Congress that will kick off next week and run through approximately the end of the year. When Congress returns, its legislative priorities will be avoiding a shutdown of the federal government (funding expires on December 16, 2022) and funding the military. In addition to tracking these bills, the Buzz will be watching to see if the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will be brought to the Senate floor.

NLRB Proposes to Repeal Election Protection Rule. The NLRB continues its efforts to unwind Trump-era initiatives in order to tilt the labor-management policy landscape in favor of labor unions. On November 4, 2022, the Board issued a proposed rule that it is calling the “Fair Choice and Employee Voice” rule. The proposed rule would rescind the Trump-era Board’s “Election Protection Rule” that established new policies relating to “blocking charges,” employer voluntary recognition, and Section 9(a) recognition in the construction industry. If the rule is finalized as proposed, unions would be able to block decertification elections by filing unfair labor practice charges, and employees’ access to secret-ballot elections would be limited. Comments are due by January 3, 2023, and reply comments are due by January 17, 2023. Harry J. Secaras and Zachary A. Pestine have the details.



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.


2022 Hazardous Materials Society Board Election – Voting Delayed

The HMS began voting for its 2022 slate of directors on November 9th and halted it when there was a problem with the ballot. As soon as the problem is rectified, the voting will continue and everyone will be notifed by email. HMS is IHMM’s Foundation, providing education, training, networking, affinity programs and other support exclusively for IHMM certificants.

There are four [4] candidates presented below. Read about each of the four. Every eligible IHMM certificant may vote in the election and will receive, by email, a unique voting key and link to cast their votes for up to three [3] of the four [4] candidates presented.

The election will resume soon.
Abela, Simon, ASHM – Read more about Simon Abela here.
Bartku, Christopher, CHMM – Read more about Christopher Bartku here
Bennett, Stephen M., CSMPRead more about Stephen here.
Ross, Steven, CHMM – Read more about Steven Ross here

CHEMTREC, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

CHMETREC, 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.

DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrecOnline
DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrecOnline
DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training CourseChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for OperationsChemtrecOnline
Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrecOnline

Easily Find Courses to Help You Pass IHMM Credential Exams

This week we add the Federation of Environmental Technologists [FET] EHMM course to the CHMM examination preparation schedule. FET is the CHMM chapter in Wisconsin and IHMM is proud to support them and help to promote their EHMM offering to IHMM’s CHMM applicants.
CDGP® Prep Course
  1. CE-1112: CDGP® Exam Prep – Columbia Southern University – Available On Demand
CHMM® Prep Courses
  1. Daily – CHMM® Online Review – Bowen
  2. Daily – CHMM® Prep Course – Institute of Safety & Systems Management
  3. Daily –Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM®) Exam Prep – SPAN Exam Prep, Division of ClickSafety
  4. Nov 21-Feb 27, 2033  – Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management [EHMM] Virtual Course – FET
  5. Nov 30-Dec 1, 2022 – CHMM® Prep Course – PTP Consulting
CSHM® Prep Courses
  1. Certified Safety and Health Manager® (CSHM®) Exam Preparation Course – VUBIZ – Available on Demand

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.

  1. Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
  2. Scroll down until you see a row of buttons…click on the CMPs button

The system will then generate all of the courses on the HMS E&T platform with IHMM CMPs already attached.

The next developments by the HMS E&T committee will refine available courses’ CMPs by individual credential!

HMS Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] Exam Prep

The Columbia Southern University/HMS CDGP prep course is found here on the Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] education and training website > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/ce-1112-cdgp-exam-prep/2022-02-02/

The CSU CDGP exam prep course is delivered entirely online and may be initiated by any CDGP applicant at any time. The CDGP applicant has up to 10 weeks to complete the prep course, though an extension of the 10 weeks may be requested from CSU directly. The CSU CDGP exam prep course contains 8 modules covering the 4 principle texts involved in the CDGP exam, as follows:

  • UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, and
  • International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions (ICAO TI), and
  • International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR), and the
  • International Maritime Organization’s Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).

More information on the IHMM Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] credential may be found here > https://ihmm.org/cdgp/

Applications for the 2022 HMS Scholarship Awards Now Open

The HMS scholarship award is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students whose academic program and research studies have the potential to address the most serious issues in handling hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environmental issues, health & safety challenges. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited U.S. academic institutions.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS IS December 1, 2022. All submissions and associated materials must be submitted using the online form.

Scholarship Winners Will Be Announced at the HMS Annual Meeting.

For More Information, Visit > https://hazmatsociety.org/scholarship/

Donate to HMS

One of the most important projects of the Hazardous Materials Society is our Scholarship Program.

HMS wants to make it as easy as possible for those who cannot always afford to participate in pursuing certification, or keeping up with professional development, or attending great conferences and receiving outstanding training. HMS does not solicit contributions from the general public. HMS does ask IHMM’s certificants and their companies and our education and training vendors to consider a contribution.

Here, through your generosity, you can make a difference in promoting the ability of those who can afford it least to become participants in our communities of practice.

It’s never too late to make a difference, so don’t let this opportunity to make a difference pass you by. Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $250, $500 or what you can to help build HMS’s effort to help others in our communities of practice.

RCM&D Professional Liability Insurance

HMS is proud to have partnered with RCM&D to be able to offer an outstanding comprehensive professional liability insurance program to IHMM certificants. Here, you will find information about this important program offering Environmental Consultants and Engineers Professional Liability coverage. This coverage is intended to add protection for loss stemming from actual or alleged negligent acts, errors and omissions in performing professional services.

For more information see > https://hazmatsociety.org/professional-liability-insurance/

Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society

99% of IHMM certificants are aware of the Hazardous Materials Society, which we appreciate. IHMM established the Hazardous Materials Society in order to support and provide services to IHMM certificants.

Did You Know?

Your company’s membership dues for Associate Membership in the Hazardous Materials Society (HMS) are 100% tax-deductible and your participation directly supports scholarship and education/training opportunities for professionals working in hazmat and EHS. Joining as an Associate Member expresses your commitment and your company’s leadership in giving back to our professional community. Join today to claim your tax deduction for the 2020 tax year while expressing your company’s professional affiliation and accessing tools for your marketing and business development plans.

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.

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There are 811 different conversations going on in the IHMM/HMS Collaboration platform this week.

A collaborative culture is important for every business but is especially important for our hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environment, health, and safety communities of practice. Do you have a problem you need to solve and want the opinions of your colleagues? This is where we come together to help each other.

IHMM credentialed professionals are at the top 1% of their professions and their reach is global. We are at the forefront of environmental protection, health, and safety and this is where collaborating with the best people in their fields, always willing to help one another, lessens the stress of our jobs, and where we strive as a team to make a difference of which we are proud.

We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here.

Access to COLLABORATION is through the same username/password you use to access your MYIHMM account. Having a problem? Contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]

Columbia Southern University

The Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] is a partner of Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern University is an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor, master, doctorate or certificate levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.

Click on the CSU graphic at left and learn more about the professional development and degree program opportunities at CSU.


IHMM will attend and support a number of conferences and trade shows throughout 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]

ASSP Greater San Jose and San Francisco Chapters Safety Symposium

San Ramon Marriott – Thank you Bart Miller for leading this effort

March 9, 2023

Ohio Safety Congress and Expo

Greater Columbus Convention Center

March 8-10, 2023

ASSP Safety Conference and Exposition

San Antonio, TX

June 5-7, 2023

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

New Orleans, LA

October 23-25, 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.

DateEventEvent ProducerLocation
DailyCHMM Exam Prep CourseInstitute of Safety & Systems Management


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


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


DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University


DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates


DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER Refresher (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School


DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School


DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School


DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School


DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen


DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School


DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI


DailyDangerous Goods Shipping Private WebinarDGI


DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec


DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec


DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrec


DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec


Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec


DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School


DailyEHS Training Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyAcute Toluene Exposure WebinarBowen EHS


DailyDangerous Goods Regulations [DGR] Initial Category 6IATA


Nov 21-Feb27, 2023Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management (EHMM) Virtual CourseFET           ONLINE
Nov 30-Dec 1, 2022CHMM Exam Prep CoursePTP Consulting           ONLINE


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