You’ve learned some special skills while serving our country. As you consider your options after the service, now is the time to consider a private certification that respects your skills and sends a strong signal to private sector employers about the skills you have and how those skills translate into civilian life.IHMM participates in the military service branch’s Credential Online [COOL] program to help you. Check these DoD sites for your branch and how we can work with you to make the very most of your transition to civilian life. Visit these sites for more information that benefits You. You earned it.
If you require any assistance from IHMM please contact James E. Drosdak [USAF] at email@example.com
While this year’s event will be different, once again our focus will be on educating EHS professionals. The virtual event will allow for interactions with our presenters and offer continuing education credits as in the past. With 24 sessions being offered over four afternoons, you’re sure to find important information that meets your needs.
We are also pleased to have a variety of Exhibitors showcasing their goods and services through sponsorships at various levels of support. We encourage you to visit our exhibitors here – Exhibitors and Sponsors.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact FET at 262-437-1700. We thank you for joining the Virtual Conference this year!
College & University Hazardous Materials Management Conference | October 6-30, 2020
The College and University Hazardous Materials Management Conference is the premier conference for College and University hazardous materials professionals. It provides an opportunity to network and share best practices on topics such as hazardous waste management, laboratory safety, emergency response, hazardous materials shipping, training techniques, and environmental management. The conference is held in a different location every year and is hosted by a member College or University. The annual conference includes pre and post-conference professional development courses, facility tours, technical sessions, pre-conference recreational activities, and conference networking events.
IHMM is a part of CUHMMC and its more than 175 colleges and universities around the nation that have a strong focus on hazardous materials curricula. The partnership between IHMM and CUHMMC will be important when IHMM’s Student CHMM pilot program is reviewed for expansion in March of 2021.
The IHMM Board of Directors has established a Micro-Credential Task Force. This Task Force will explore opportunities to create and execute micro-credentials or endorsements to our fully accredited credentials. These endorsements or micro-credentials may be in specific areas such as environmental law or pandemics. That is for the Task Force to develop and recommend. 60% of IHMM credential holders are interested in this area, so now we begin to build a Task Force to make the idea real. You may volunteer here by providing your name, email, phone, and credential type.
88% Of Users Benefited from the DGR During the Pandemic
In June, IATA partnered with Labelmaster and Hazardous Cargo Bulletin to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on organizations that handle or transport dangerous goods (DG) and the changes needed to their DG management operations moving forward.
The survey found the need for better remote training capabilities, upgraded technology, and more effective communication of data across the supply chain. Here are the key takeaways that were found after analyzing the results:
• 88% of IATA DGR users said it helped them during the pandemic
• 25% of respondents claimed their state/country’s competent authority was not helpful
• The top challenges directly related to DG management were re-certification of employees (69%), training employees on regulations (68%) and changes in rules related to the pandemic (57%)
• The top supply chain management challenges were receiving goods on time (82%), receiving complete and timely information from partners (75%) and lack of carrier availability (73%)
IHMM Credential Recertification – Earning CMPs Made Easy and Inexpensive
Last week we have several certificants ask about creating a way to allow certificants to track their CPMs.
IHMM has a system that allows each certificate to keep track of their CMPs as they are earned. That is what a recertification application is all about and here we will briefly walk everyone through how to do that – even years before your recertification date.
Go to the IHMM website and find the MYIHMM button at the top right of the main page.
Use your username and password to enter your individual account. Forgot yours? No problem, just send an email to Jimmy Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a new set.
Once in your individual MYIHMM account, click on the menu. [see at left]
Click on Recertification.
Click on “Create a New Recertification Application”
Now you will see this sub-menu [below]. If you have attended a seminar or conference, select “Professional Development” and then begin to enter your earned CMPs one program at a time. One clock hour of attendance equals one earned CMP.
While you are there, take the opportunity to update your personal and professional contact information as well. If you enter your earned CMPs as you go you will find filing the recertification application both simple and easy in your 5th year when you receive notice that it is time to file. This system allows you to always see how you are progressing in earning your minimum of 100 CMPs over 5 years.
Questions?Please send a note to either Jimmy Nguyen at email@example.com or Jim Drosdak at firstname.lastname@example.org and either will be happy to help you.
IHMM’s Collaboration platform provides CHMM’s the opportunity to become mentors to Student CHMMs. IHMM’s Student CHMM pilot program involves students from Columbia Southern University, where we already have 50 applicants, as well as Kennesaw State University that is kicking off their participation in the pilot program this fall.
Mentors may decide how many mentees they are willing to work with, for how long, and how they wish to be engaged. Mentors decide how many hours per week or month they can commit to becoming mentors.
This is a unique opportunity for CHMMs to work with students still in school and advise them on their courses of study as well as plan for their future as they graduate and look for opportunities in the job market toward a path to one day becoming a CHMM themselves.
Once in the CHMM Community look for the Mentor Match part of the toolbar, click on it and see the drop-down menu. Read the simple instructions, then click on Enroll as a Mentor. Student CHMMs have the same menu in their Student CHMM Community where they enroll as a mentee. Students select the areas of mentoring they are looking for and when matched with the CHMM’s areas of expertise – the match is made!
CSU and KSU are both promoting the IHMM Student CHMM pilot program to their students. Once we have more experience in running this pilot as well as with the exam the students take, we will be able to go back to the IHMM Board next March and discuss how we expand the Student CHMM program to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and elsewhere around the world.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 242 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. 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.
In October HMS added the following new communities:
HMS Academia Community
HMS Consultants Community
HMS Government Employees Community
HMS International Members Community
HMS Senior Members Community
HMS Student Members Community
HMS Women Member Community
HMS Youth Member Community
We opened COLLABORATION to enable thousands of certificants and supporters to collaborate together. You can collaborate here> https://community.ihmm.org/home
The world of work is changing fast. Do you have the tools to help your organization assess and manage emerging risks? From expert articles to global standards and in-depth courses, we have what you need to navigate uncertainty and improve safety performance. Start with our three-part series on how to conduct a risk assessment.
IHMM is a member of ASSP and is pleased to pass along this valuable information to IHMM certificants.
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 Jim Drosdak at email@example.com and he’ll be happy to help you.
HMS Education and Training
Hazardous Materials Society now has 14,561 education and training programs on its website https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/ with more coming every week. Certificants will note that most of these programs carry a CMP value, making it easier to know in advance what to expect. The HMS Education and Training platform also provides a wide variety of courses for professional development across all of IHMM’s credentials – and more are being developed by the HMS Education and Training Committee.
This is the center of education and training for IHMM certificants and prospective certificants. Among these more than 14.000 programs are webinars delivered online and virtually all carry IHMM CMPs values with them for your annual / 5-year CMP planning. SEE: https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
PHMSA offers Hazmat transportation training workshops and webinars throughout the year. These free training opportunities are for anyone who offers or transports hazardous materials in commerce or has a desire to learn more about DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).
PHMSA conducts webinars specialized to meet the needs of industry or the public safety community. Transportation webinars provide a basic overview of the regulatory requirements – what they are, how they apply, and how to comply with them – for shipping and transporting Hazardous Materials.
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.
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Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods Transportation Training
DOT Bulk & Non Bulk, Tank Car, Cargo Tank, IATA, IMDG, TDG, ADR, Lithium Battery, Infectious Substances, Dry Ice
Driver Safety Training
Our hazMAX portal provides one location for your Transportation and Safety Training needs. hazMAX will keep you informed of when your training is due and keep your records organized! LEARN MORE
IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Updating COVID-19 Relief Legislation In Congress
With a flurry of what appeared to be activity between the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week on trying to reach another deal on COVID-19 relief legislation, the week ended with no such deal. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced on Friday that there would be no votes in the House this week [October 12-16]. This week the Senate turns its attention to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, effectively taking the Senate out of floor activity until Judge Barrett is voted out of the Judiciary Committee for floor action around October 27-29th. With the election being held the week after, there is very little likelihood that there would be another COVID-19 relief bill before the November 3rd election.
EEOC Issues Conciliation Proposal. This week the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule to provide “greater clarity to the conciliation process by enhance[ing] the effectiveness of the process [to] ensure that the Commission meets its statutory obligations.” The proposed amendments to the EEOC’s conciliation procedures require the Commission to provide to a respondent:
“a summary of the facts and non-privileged information that the Commission relied on in its reasonable cause finding, and … the criteria that will be used to identify victims from the pool of potential class members”;
“a summary of the Commission’s legal basis for finding reasonable cause, including … non-privileged information it obtained during the course of its investigation that raised doubt that employment discrimination had occurred”;
“the basis for any relief sought, including the calculations underlying the initial conciliation proposal”; and
“identification of a systemic, class, or pattern or practice designation.”
The proposal also gives the respondent “at least 14 calendar days to respond to the initial conciliation proposal from the Commission.” Comments are due on or before November 9, 2020.
Contract Bar Briefing Deadline. October 7, 2020, was the deadline for interested amici to file briefs in the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) case contemplating changes to its “contract bar” doctrine, which prohibits representation elections during the life of a collective bargaining agreement for up to three years.
CHEMTREC’s Online Hazmat Training Meets U.S. DOT Training Requirements!
CHEMTREC, the world’s leader in hazmat emergency response, can help keep your company safe and compliant with its self-paced online hazmat training courses. Available training includes 49 CFR, Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness, IATA, and Lithium Battery Shipping. Sign up today!
IHMM EVENTS CALENDAR
IHMM NOW HAS A COMPANION ORGANIZATION FOR WHICH EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE PRESENTED AND DELIVERED. THE CALENDAR IN THIS SPACE FROM THE IHMM WEBSITE IS BEING REPLACED BY THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SOCIETY WEBSITE AND THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING SECTION FOUND HERE: https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/