IHMM Today November 8, 2022

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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IHMM Certifications Matter

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The CSMP® is ideal for EHS Managers with experience, but limited formal education, or for Plant or Project Managers, Engineers, or HR Professionals, whose duties include some EHS Management responsibilities. The CSMP designation after your name is a reflection of your professional accomplishment attained through experience and training.
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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IHMM Scholarship Committee Makes 2022 Awards

The IHMM Scholarship Committee, Chaired by Pinkie Woods, CSHM, is pleased to announce that the committee has made its 2022 awards to two outstanding candidates from the University of Cincinnati.

Ryan Bellacov, Student CHMM and Thomas Gerding, Student ASHM, have each been awarded $6,000 scholarships to support their educational studies. We congratulate Ryan and Thomas for their distinguished submissions this year.

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.
Ryan Bellacov, Student CHMM, University of Cincinnati, $6,000 award

Despite the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management’s excellent work in helping safety exceed, the gap in human factors research knowledge is widening with safety and hazardous management due to the demand. It is my hope to fill this gap with the help of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. I consider myself devoted to safety and evidence-based practice. As an employee at Federal Qualified Health Center, I encountered patients with chronic pain and disability. Witnessing their suffering gave me aspirations to pursue research in occupational health. My current goal is aerosol hazardous emission research with human factors. In the future, I hope to have a career in emergency management with a focus on hazardous materials. This research will provide safety personnel with easier tools for the objective evaluation of hazards—creating a huge potential for positive change in health and policy.

Thomas Gerding, Student ASHM, University of Cincinnati, $6,000 award

As the child of a deceased veteran, occupational hazards/exposures have always been an interest to me. After being drafted by the army to fight in the Vietnam war, my dad was stationed in Saigon, working as a computer programmer, in close proximity to frontline fighting. After he was diagnosed with lung cancer, we had discovered that he was quite close to where Agent Orange was utilized during the war and this could have been the cause of his cancer. Through addressing occupational hazards, many deaths in times of war, at manufacturing locations, and even research facilities, can be prevented. Every employee, especially our veterans, should have a right to safe employment and that they will return to their families, in one piece, at the end of the day; this is why I am pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Industrial Hygiene at University of Cincinnati and pursuing a career in industrial hygiene.

IHMM In Development

  • The AHMM Scheme Committee, chaired by Nicola Areshenko, has begun the development of an examination for the Associate Hazardous Materials Manager [AHMM] credential that the IHMM Board authorized in 2022.
  • The CSHM Scheme Committee, chaired by Steven Guillory, is in the latter stages of creating a new examination for the CSHM credential. The committee released its new CSHM blueprint in March. The release of the new blueprint was followed by the development and release of a new CSHM exam prep course found on the HMS site.
  • The CSMP Scheme Committee, chaired by Kirk Rains, is in the latter stages of creating a new examination for the CSMP credential. The committee released its new CSMP blueprint in February. There is also a new CSMP exam prep course under development as well.
  • The Microcredential Task Force, chaired by Dan Blankfeld, is in the latter stages of creating an examination for the Certified Pandemic Preparedness Specialist [CPPS] credential that went to the IHMM Board in March.
  • The CSSM-CSSS Committee, chaired by Mike Howe, is in the latter stages of creating an examination for the Certified School Safety Manager [CSSM] credential that went to the IHMM Board in March.
  • The CHMP Scheme Committee, chaired by Kevin Herron, is in the latter stages of creating a new examination for the CHMP credential.  The committee released its new CHMP blueprint in March 2021.
  • The IHMM Professional Textbook Committee, with Executive Editor Adriane Borgias, is working on updating the 2015 edition of the Managing Hazardous Materials textbook and creating a CHMM Exam prep course
  • The Professional Standards Committee, chaired by Dan Blankfeld, just completed its first Code of Ethics submission and issued its decision, and is working on version 2 of the new IHMM Code of Ethics webinar for all certificants.

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

EPA – PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024

On October 18, 2021, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap—laying out a whole-of-agency approach to addressing PFAS.

The roadmap sets timelines by which EPA plans to take specific actions and commits to bolder new policies to safeguard public health, protect the environment, and hold polluters accountable. The actions described in the PFAS Roadmap each represent important and meaningful steps to safeguard communities from PFAS contamination. Cumulatively, these actions will build upon one another and lead to more enduring and protective solutions.

Read more > https://www.epa.gov/pfas/pfas-strategic-roadmap-epas-commitments-action-2021-2024

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/

EPA Revises Definitions For ‘Cumulative Impacts,’ Clearing Policy Path

EPA has adopted final definitions of “cumulative impacts” and “cumulative impacts analysis” in response to advice from its science advisors, opening the door for the agency to begin to use the definitions in key environmental justice (EJ) policy- and decision-making, though it is unclear if EPA is able to address advisors’ broader concerns about their widespread adoption.

Christopher Frey, EPA’s science advisor and assistant administrator for the Office of Research & Development (ORD), announced the definition’s adoption in a set of slides, titled “Update on ORD Cumulative Impacts Research Recommendations and Plans,” he is slated to present to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) at its Nov. 3 meeting.

Assessing and addressing cumulative impacts from multiple pollution sources can be complicated legally and scientifically as regulators seek to account for pollution from multiple sources as well as social and economic issues communities face, such as high poverty rates, limited health care access, poor quality schools, violence and substandard housing.

But it is a top priority for EPA as officials work to prioritize protections for EJ communities. For example, the agency last month urged Louisiana officials to conduct cumulative impact analyses (CIAs) for several pending state permits as part of an “informal resolution agreement” it is negotiating to resolve civil rights concerns.

–Inside EPA

Pennsylvania Lawsuit Tests EPA Power To Set ‘Reasonable’ Ozone Controls

A new lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania power plant operator will further test EPA’s direct imposition of controls to curb ozone-forming emissions from sources in the state — part of a wider battle over limiting regional emissions — while also testing EPA’s general discretion in deciding what controls are “reasonably available.”

In its suit filed Oct. 27 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, Keystone-Conemaugh Projects LLC (Key-Con), operator of two power plants in the state, challenges EPA’s Aug. 31 federal implementation plan (FIP) that imposes reasonably available control technology (RACT), a stringent level of emissions control, on specific sources.

While several aspects of the case pertain to the specifics of the two power plants, any ruling by the court on the scope of EPA discretion would be controlling for all areas requiring RACT within the 3rd Circuit’s area of jurisdiction, which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This would have an impact on ozone pollution across the Northeast, because Pennsylvania is both a source of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions that drift into neighboring states to the east, and also a recipient of incoming pollution from states farther west.

Industry’s new suit does not list issues to be raised in the litigation, but EPA in its Aug. 31 rule rejected arguments by Key-Con, and by the state, that EPA had opted for unreasonably strict controls.

EPA in the rule says that it has discretion to determine what the “ambiguous” statutory term “reasonably available” means.

–Inside EPA

OSHA – Process Safety Management

Unexpected releases of toxic, reactive, or flammable liquids and gases in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals have been reported for many years, in various industries using chemicals with such properties. Regardless of the industry that uses these highly hazardous chemicals, there is a potential for an accidental release any time they are not properly controlled, creating the possibility of disaster.

To help ensure safe and healthful workplaces, OSHA has issued the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard (29 CFR 1910.119), which contains requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous chemicals.

Process safety management (PSM) is addressed in specific standards for the general and construction industries. OSHA’s standard emphasizes the management of hazards associated with highly hazardous chemicals and establishes a comprehensive management program that integrates technologies, procedures, and management practices.

OSHA is accepting written comments on possible updates to the agency’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard until November 14. Visit OSHA’s PSM webpage for resources on how to keep workers and the public safe from the hazards of catastrophic chemical-release incidents.

NIST Creates New Federal Advisory Committee

Dr. Jeanita Pritchett. Acting Director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is currently inviting members of the safety community to nominate themselves to serve on a forthcoming NIST Safety Commission. Information about the advisory committee can be viewed here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/11/02/2022-23825/call-for-nominations-to-serve-on-the-nist-safety-commission

The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) intends for a new federal advisory committee to be established, the NIST Safety Commission (Commission). The Commission would provide advice to the NIST Director on matters relating to NIST safety policies; safety management system, practices, and performance; and safety culture. NIST invites and requests nominations of individuals for appointment to the Commission. Registered federal lobbyists may not serve on NIST federal advisory committees in an individual capacity.

If you are interested in applying, NIST needs your submission by November 17th.

Canada Publishes NOI on the Labeling of Toxic Substances in Products, Including Toxic Flame Retardants

On October 29, 2022, Canada published in the Canada Gazette a notice of intent (NOI) announcing that it intends to propose actions under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) to require the labeling of certain substances that are listed on the CEPA Schedule 1 List of Toxic Substances in certain products, such as cosmetics, cleaning products, and flame retardants in upholstered furniture. Comments and feedback on the NOI will inform a strategy on labeling and supply chain transparency for substances in products. Comments on the NOI are due January 12, 2023. For more information and our insightful Commentary, please read the full memorandum.

Read more here > https://www.actagroup.com/regulatory-developments/entry/canada-publishes-noi-on-the-labeling-of-toxic-substances-in-products-includ

EPA’s Industrial Stormwater Sector-Specific Fact Sheet Stakeholder Meetings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a series of public meetings in Fall 2022 to inform updates to EPA’s industrial stormwater fact sheet series. Last updated in 2006, EPA developed a fact sheet to provide guidance to each of the 29 industrial sectors covered under the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP), which authorizes stormwater discharges from industrial activity in areas where EPA is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting authority. Each fact sheet describes the types of facilities included in the sector, typical pollutants associated with the sector, and types of stormwater control measures used to minimize the discharge of the pollutants. These resources are an important part of EPA’s industrial stormwater program to assist facilities in managing their stormwater discharges. The industrial stormwater fact sheet series is used by a variety of other stakeholders, including facilities covered under state industrial stormwater permits and other industry groups.

Since industries and stormwater control measures may evolve over time, EPA is undertaking an effort to review and update the fact sheets. In January 2022, the Agency published a Federal Register Notice seeking written comments on the fact sheets. EPA received many valuable comments, as well as input that highlighted areas in need of further clarification and interest in continuing the dialogue with EPA on these resources. In response to this request, the Agency will be hosting a series of public meetings focused on certain industrial sectors to hear more about stakeholders’ individual real-life experiences with industrial stormwater management. Through these meetings, EPA would also like to engage those stakeholders who may not have had the chance to submit comments to attend and share their thoughts.

 EPA is particularly focused on hearing stakeholder’s input on: common activities, pollutant sources, and associated pollutants at facilities in these sectors; and stormwater control measures or best management practices, including source control and good housekeeping/pollution prevention measures for potential pollutant sources at facilities in the sector.

 A personal invitation from EPA’s industrial stormwater permit writers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7NinMa1hB8

Fall 2022 Industrial Stormwater Fact Sheet Meetings:

  • Rubber, Miscellaneous Plastics, and Miscellaneous Manufacturing (Sector Y) Stakeholder Meeting
  • November 9, 2022, 1pm-2:30pm EST
  • Register

Please register and join the discussion! Attendance at each one of these meetings is worth 1.5 IHMM CMPs

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.


#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.


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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DOL Extends IC Proposal Comment Period. On October 25, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division announced an extension of the public comment period for its proposal to amend the independent contractor (IC) regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Comments were originally due by November 28, 2022, which is the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Interested stakeholders now have an additional fifteen days—until December 13, 2022—to submit comments. Buzz readers may recall that a federal judge ruled that the DOL’s previous attempt to reverse the Trump-era independent contractor rule was improper, in part, because the agency did not provide a meaningful opportunity for the public to comment on its proposal.

NLRB to Pursue Interim Relief. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo continues to fine-tune the agency’s use of injunctions under Section 10(j) of the National Labor Relations Act. On October 20, 2022, Abruzzo issued a memorandum encouraging NLRB regional directors to attempt to obtain interim relief while a 10(j) case continues to unfold. According to the memo, “if efforts to settle the entire administrative case are unsuccessful, charged parties will be given the opportunity to voluntarily agree to an interim settlement that includes remedies, such as reinstating alleged discriminatees or agreeing to bargain, pending final resolution of the administrative case by the Board.”

Out With the Old, in With the New (Employee Rights Poster). The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made changes to its required workplace poster, now entitled “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal.” Dee Anna D. Hays and Zachary V. Zagger have an analysis of the changes, which include the addition of easier-to-understand language, a QR code that helps employees file EEOC charges, and a clarification that it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Importantly, the EEOC made revisions to the poster the day after the initial announcement, so employers may want to confirm that they have the most current version. According to the agency’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) guidance, there is no specific deadline by which employers need to replace the previous “EEO is the Law” poster with the updated “Know Your Rights” poster—only that the swap-out must happen “within a reasonable amount of time.”

Second Union Rejects Freight Rail Deal. There was more news this week concerning the ongoing labor dispute between freight rail carriers and the unions that represent their employees. The tentative agreement negotiated in mid-September between the carriers and union leaders suffered an initial blow when one of the unions voted down the deal. This week, the Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen became the second union to reject the deal. Four more unions will vote in the coming weeks, with the last vote currently scheduled to occur on the Monday before Thanksgiving, when the holiday shopping season really kicks into high gear. While there is still time to avoid a national freight rail strike in the midst of the holiday season, these setbacks are not putting anybody at ease.



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 Begins November 9

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022 the election for three [3] seats on the Board of Directors of the Hazardous Materials Society [HMS]  began. 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 run from Wednesday, November 9, 2022, through Friday, December 9, 2022.
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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A Collaborative Culture

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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