7 Pandemic Safety Mistakes to Avoid
With safety being a key component to most post-pandemic business continuity plans, there has been a refocus on the culture of safety. As we look ahead, we can use the refocus as a launching point for sustained safety cultural change in our organizations.
However, when organizations move to implement a formalized program, there are seven crucial mistakes that can lead to disengagement and disintegration of your safety culture. Successfully avoiding these mistakes will help you to achieve better employee engagement, more effective improvements and, in the long run, attain a culture of safety.
IHMM is a member of the National Safety Council and is pleased to distribute this report to IHMM certificants here.
New COVID-19 Resources!
|OSHA has published several new guidance documents on reducing the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 for workers and employers in different industries.
Workers Wearing Face Coverings in Hot and Humid Conditions
OSHA published guidance on the use of cloth face coverings while working both indoors and outdoors in hot and humid conditions or while performing strenuous activities. Employers should follow this guidance to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and the risk of heat-related illness.
OSHA’s new poster outlines ways to keep janitorial and cleaning workers safe from the coronavirus.
Learn how to protect workers safe from exposure to coronavirus when restaurants resume dine-in service.
Workers Making In-Home Repairs
Review guidance for workers making in-home repairs, including plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Compliance Safety and Health Officers
Read this memorandum that provides temporary enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) on Tight-Fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) used during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
IHMM Professional Standards Committee Disciplinary Action
In May the IHMM Professional Standards Committee of IHMM, Chaired by Dan Blankfeld, CSHM [https://ihmm.org/professional-standards-committee/] received a complaint alleging that an IHMM certificant had engaged in 9 specific instances of plagiarism in an article submitted for publication that constituted a violation of the IHMM Code of Ethics.
The matter was investigated by the committee and the investigation included an appearance by the author of the article in question, where the evidence that had been previously gathered and shared with the author was discussed with the author, and giving the author an opportunity to address the evidence and the questions of the committee.
The IHMM Professional Standards Committee voted to recommend to the IHMM Board that the CHMM credential of Dr. Abdul Khalid be permanently revoked. The IHMM Board heard the presentation of this recommendation and associated evidence on September 11, 2020, and the IHMM Board upheld the recommendation of the IHMM Professional Standards Committee.
On September 15, 2020, Dr. Abdul Khalid received written notice of the decision of the Board to revoke his CHMM credential, providing him with 30 days within which to file an appeal. That 30 days have now passed, and in accordance with Section 1.8.9 [a] of the Complaints and Discipline Program of IHMM, now this notice is published in the IHMM newsletter.
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.”
IHMM standards for earning CMPs are found in the RECERTIFICATION section of the IHMM website at https://ihmm.org/credentials/#recertification
Please see >> https://ihmm.org/recertification-claims/ from the site above. There are many many different ways you may earn CMPs, all presented in the document linked here.
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.
If you have any questions about recertification and using the MYIHMM system please contact Jimmy Nguyen at email@example.com or James Drosdak at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For conference schedule information, check out the Environment 2020 Brochure.
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.
For more information.
Creating Micro-Credentials at IHMM
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.
IHMM credential holders are eligible to serve and IHMM will consider applications made here in the order in which they are received.
IHMM is a member of ASSP and is pleased to share this information with all IHMM certificants.
Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society
81% 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.
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.