IHMM is pleased to announce that 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 of this year.
About 60% 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.
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IHMM Board of Directors Election Begins November 2, 2020
In accordance with the IHMM Bylaws and Elections Guidelines, the 2020 elections for positions open on the IHMM Board of Directors begin November 2, 2020, and runs through November 30, 2020.
For January 2021 we have two seats open, one for a CHMM and one for a non-credentialed Public Member, for which we solicited candidates every week from March through July.
The map at left shows RED states as states from which IHMM already has a Board member [2 from Maryland], and the BLUE states are the states from which we have candidates for next month’s election. One of the many things the IHMM Nominating Committee takes into account in selecting Nominees is geographic diversity. This year one candidate resides in Qatar.
Every IHMM certificant in good standing will receive a named and numbered ballot to ensure the security of the election and so each may only vote once. Look for your ballot on November 2, 2020, by email.
For the CHMM and Public Member Positions, We Have the Following Nominees.
Robert E. DeHart
William M. Diesslin
W. Morgan Hyson
IHMM Credentials In Demand
What do bsi, Tetra Tech, US Ecology, ERM, CBRE, Google, SC Johnson, Duracell, Cardinal Health, and hundreds of other companies all across America have in common right now?
They are all hiring for senior leadership positions and either require or strongly prefer the candidates for these jobs to have a CHMM credential.
What do JLL, Vertellus, Alkem Laboratories, NeoGgenomics Laboratories, Great American Insurance Group, Flexsteel Industries, and hundreds of other companies all across America have in common?
They are all hiring for senior health & safety positions and either require or strongly prefer the candidates for these jobs to have a CSHM credential.
IHMM Training Records and Tracking CMPs for Recertification
Do you recognize these comments from IHMM’s recent survey?
“Need a system to log and keep training records and accumulation of points. I asked ISHM and received no answer, I currently keep a spreadsheet of all training I attend.”
“Provide a database where certification holders can routinely upload and keep track of their CMPs.”
IHMM uses the MyIHMM system to do those things and more.
We’re currently working on transitioning the CSHM & CSMP credentials to the MyIHMM points entry and scoring system.
To log in and see your MyIHMM account’s homepage go to MyIHMM on the IHMM website at https://ihmm.org/
A great way to get used to using your MyIHMM portal that you’ll use for all invoicing, payment, applications, recertification, and other activities is to review and update all your contact information as this is where IHMM looks when we need to contact you.
Most importantly make sure the following are up to date:
Your preferred E-mail Address [and an alternate in case of unexpected change]
Your mailing address
Your Work Phone Number
Your Cellular Phone Number
Your other demographic information
If you have lost or forgotten your username and password, please contact Jimmy Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will set you up with a new set.
We’ll be happy to give you a short tour of your MyIHMM account and answer any questions you may have.
Earning CMPs at IHMM to Recertify your Credential
IHMM took a survey through the weekly IHMM Today and want to know if you recognize these two comments about things you would like IHMM to do in the area of recertification:
“I don’t know what the IHMM CMP standards are, so I can’t compare”
“Wide variety of options to include in the recert process. Ability to certify both internal or external conferences or training opportunities to receive CMP’s.”
As we pointed out earlier this week, you keep track of your CMPs by logging into your account at MYIHMM, found in the upper right-hand corner of the IHMM website. IHMM is also working out a transition plan for all CSHMs and CSMPs for their 5-year CMP requirements – so that the 30 or 20 points you were used to earning at ISHM will translate to the 200 you need with IHMM – so not to worry.
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.
On Demand Webinar – Join us on to gain a better understanding of how to create a Healthy Building in the context of COVID-19. This webinar will help you navigate this challenging time as you prepare for building readiness and building re-occupancy.
Stay Ahead of the Game
Tune in to learn strategic tips for encompassing indoor air quality, water quality and surface cleaning and disinfection to protect your employees as they begin reentering the workplace in a healthy and safe manner.
This course covers basic information on coronavirus-related hazards and how proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures at home or in the workplace may protect against COVID-19. This course will cover facts about COVID-19 and risks related to the virus. The material will guide users through proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques that prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within the home and workplace.
Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a government department that regulates the transportation of hazardous materials within the United States. This course will focus on the DOT regulations relative to shipping hazardous materials primarily by tank truck.
This online program lasts 1 hour.
$45 Webinar – OSHA Asbestos Awareness Training
Do you work in or around areas that may contain asbestos? If so, you may need asbestos awareness training to work safely and maintain compliance with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. At Hazmat School, we offer a 2-hour online asbestos awareness course designed to meet the needs of maintenance and custodial personnel and other workers who may come into contact with asbestos-containing materials.
Our online asbestos awareness course satisfies the training requirements outlined by OSHA in 29 CFR 1926.1101. This regulation requires employers to provide training to every employee likely to be exposed to asbestos in excess of permissible exposure limits (PEL) and who performs Class IV asbestos operations. According to the regulation, training must occur annually and at no cost to the employee. The training program must also ensure employees receive information about a number of specific asbestos-related topics.
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
Hazmat Safety Consulting provides dangerous goods services to assist clients navigate the complexities of the dangerous goods regulations for all modes of transport. Our staff all previously worked for the US DOT, and have international regulatory experience and knowledge to address the most challenging dangerous goods issues. For clients, a partnership with HSC means having access to knowledgeable consultants that will give you peace of mind that your DG shipping program is operating in a safe and efficient manner.
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 14,645 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/
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.
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
Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is promising a vote on a slimmed-down economic stimulus package this week. We’ve seen this movie before. Republican senators tried to pass this legislation at the beginning of September, but were blocked by Senate Democrats in a nearly party-line vote. The same result is expected to follow this week. Thus, like the Democrats’ passage of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act on October 1, 2020, next week’s vote will likely be little more than campaign fodder leading up to the election.
Meanwhile, the President announced that he wanted a COVID-19 relief package larger than House Democrats [$2.2 trillion], while Senate Republicans say they won’t vote for a package larger than the $500 billion bill McConnell will put on the floor this week. This is not a recipe for successfully passing anything as long as the three principal players are so far apart.
EEOC Updates Litigation Procedures.
On October 15, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finalized a regulation explicitly providing for the digital transmission of documents and the updating of no-cause determination procedures. Regarding the latter, the regulation adds language clearly noting that a dismissal of a charge includes notice of the charging party’s statutory right to file a lawsuit and that such a dismissal does not necessarily mean that the allegations were without merit. The rule, which was first proposed on February 22, 2019, does not make any changes to the charge-filing process and goes into effect on November 16, 2020.
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/