Exámenes de IHMM en persona o supervisados ​​de forma remota

IHMM se complace en anunciar que el American National Standards Institute [ANSI] ha aprobado los exámenes supervisados ​​de forma remota de Kryterion para los exámenes CHMM, CHMP y CDGP de IHMM. IHMM ha estado utilizando los exámenes supervisados ​​de forma remota de Kryterion para los exámenes CSHM y CSMP desde abril de 2020. Aproximadamente el 65% de los centros de pruebas en persona de Kryterion han reabierto. Si prefiere la comodidad y conveniencia de realizar su examen desde su hogar u oficina en lugar de en un centro de Kryterion, IHMM está listo para inscribirlo en un examen supervisado de forma remota. Comuníquese con Kortney Tunstall en [email protected] para los exámenes CHMM, CHMP o CDGP o con Kaylene Cagle en [email protected] para los exámenes CSHM o CSMP.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

IHMM Today is an online publication of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM)

Other than content specifically provided by IHMM, articles contained in IHMM Today
are compiled from independent sources and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of IHMM.

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/.

Phone: 301-984-8969 | [email protected]

IHMM Certificant Recognition

IHMM has completed inserting new credential badges in every certificant’s MYIHMM account. Everyone may access those badges for use in their email signatures, LinkedIn accounts, and other social media and communications media.  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.

Throughout our certificant’s MYIHMM accounts are also now placed 10 Year, 20 Year, and 30 Year badges signifying their longevity as an IHMM certified professional.

IHMM has also added Distinguished Diplomates and Fellows of the Institute badges to the appropriate people in the MYIHMM database. These two badges will be accompanied by new lapel pins to be sent to each of those distinguished by holding these designations.


We’re Proud of You Too, Ryan

Well done and welcome to IHMM

IHMM is in all 50 of the United States and in 47 countries around the world.

Need Help? On the IHMM website just click on the “NEED HELP?” button
and let us know what you need and the right person will get right back with you.

…Is Rebranding to Become…

June Brock-Carroll, Board Member and Treasurer

IHMM 2021 Board of Directors Election

Each year, one or more seats are about to become vacant on the IHMM Board of Directors as a person’s term or tenure is ending. In 2021, the position held for the CHMP seat on the Board will become vacant as June Brock-Carroll’s first term ends on 12/31/2021.

June is running for re-election to another 4-year term, unopposed.

June’s Bio Is Here

June’s Nomination Papers Are Here

Every IHMM certificant in good standing will receive an email from IHMM with a discreet identification number that may only be voted once. The Election begins October 1, 2021, and runs through October 31, 2021. Results will be announced on November 9, 2021, in IHMM Today.

Professional Certification Coalition [PCC] October Fly-In

PCC will host a “virtual fly-in” on October 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET to urge Members of Congress to support our two high-priority federal bills: H.R. 2171/S. 905, the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, and the soon-to-be-introduced REBUILD Skills Act.  Visit our website to register.

The goal of the fly-in is to encourage Members of Congress to cosponsor each of these bills and to persuade them to request that congressional leaders allow the bills to move expeditiously, either on a standalone basis or as part of a larger legislative package.  We are pleased to announce that Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), the author of the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, is confirmed to speak to participating PCC members at the beginning of the virtual fly-in. After the Congresswoman’s remarks and an internal PCC member strategy and prep session, PCC members will participate in virtual meetings with their Members of Congress (arranged either by the PCC or by the PCC members, depending on preference/availability).

Below is additional background on our priority legislation:

  • The bipartisan Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act would permit individuals to use funds in 529 savings plans to cover costs associated with obtaining and maintaining certification (including testing-related expenses), and/or for expenses for training required to obtain such credentials.
  • The Resources and Education to Build(REBUILD) Skills Act would permit certification organizations and training programs to provide scholarships (up to $3,000) for certification-related and training expenses to individuals displaced from employment during the pandemic or who recently came off active duty from military service (along with spouses of recently discharged service members).  The organizations offering such scholarships would be able to apply for a payroll tax credit to compensate them for those scholarships.  The U.S. Department of Labor would maintain a list of approved (i.e., credible) certification and training organizations that could participate, which could serve as a great resource for individuals seeking to identify legitimate certification and training opportunities and would promote the certification community writ large.

CALL TO ACTION – Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

IHMM and PCC will host a “virtual fly-in” on October 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET to urge Members of Congress to support H.R. 2171/S. 905, the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, and the soon-to-be-introduced REBUILD Skills Act.  Visit our website to register.

The goal of the fly-in is to encourage Members of Congress to cosponsor each of these bills and to persuade them to request that congressional leaders allow the bills to move expeditiously, either on a standalone basis or as part of a larger legislative package.  We are pleased to announce that Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), the author of the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, is confirmed to speak to participating PCC members at the beginning of the virtual fly-in. After the Congresswoman’s remarks and an internal PCC member strategy and prep session, PCC members will participate in virtual meetings with their Members of Congress (arranged either by the PCC or by the PCC members, depending on preference/availability).

You can support this effort with your voice and message. Go here>  https://ihmm.org/45-in-5-task-force/  and fill out your contact information where provided and help to pass H.R. 2171/S. 905.

PHMSA Emergency Response Guidebook

Quickly Identify Hazardous Materials Emergency Procedures

PHMSA’s 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.

DOT’s goal is to place an ERG in every public emergency service vehicle nationwide. To date, more than16 million free copies have been distributed to the emergency response community through state emergency management coordinators. Members of the public may purchase a copy of the ERG through the GPO Bookstore and other commercial suppliers.

See: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/erg/emergency-response-guidebook-erg

Finding the Program You Want at HMS/Education and Training

Every IHMM certificant needs to earn 200 certification maintenance points [CMPs] over 5 years in order to successfully recertify their credential.  Certificants receive 100 points for the job they perform. Earning the other 100 points can be done in many ways, as outlined in the IHMM Recertification Claims Manual here > https://ihmm.org/recertification-claims/

Earning CMPs by taking education and training programs is simple and easy. Certificants may earn CMPs in many places, though one way we have made it easy to find is on the HMS website.

First, go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/  

Second, see the row of quick-search buttons, shown below with “CMPs” circled in red.

Press the CMPs button and you will see the courses with CMPs in the display.

It’s really very easy.

NPDES: EPA Issues the 2021 PGP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing the 2021 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for discharges of pesticides to waters of the United States in areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. The 2021 PGP regulates point source discharges of biological pesticides and chemical pesticides that leave a residue into waters of the United States. The 2016 PGP expires October 31, 2021 and will be replaced by the 2021 PGP. The 2021 PGP contains the same requirements and provisions as the current permit, with no substantive changes. The permit is published on Regulations.gov (https://www.regulations.gov) in Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0005.

The 2021 PGP replaces the requirements to use EPA’s eNOI system with EPA’s NPDES electronic-reporting Tool (NeT) when preparing and submitting notice of intents (NOI), notice of terminations (NOT), and annual reports. EPA is holding training sessions for Operators in using EPA’s NeT for the PGP. These trainings are for Decision-makers who are required to submit an NOI under EPA’s 2021 PGP. See Table 1-1 of the PGP. The scheduled trainings are to be held on:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 2:30pm- 4:00pm EST.

Register for this training here. In the event you are not able to attend either of the training, the recordings will be posted online.

For any questions related to this announcement, please contact [email protected]. Do not respond directly to [email protected], as this inbox is not monitored.

NPDES: WEBINAR: Putting the Brakes on Water Pollution: A Story of Industry and Government Collaboration

October 6, 2021

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Register Here

In January 2015, EPA, states, and the motor vehicle industry signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The agreement calls for reducing copper in brake pads nationwide to no more than 0.5 percent by weight by 2025. In addition to copper, this voluntary initiative reduces mercury, lead, cadmium, asbestiform fibers, and chromium-six salts in motor vehicle brake pads. The initiative will reduce runoff of these pollutants from roads into the nation’s streams, rivers, and lakes. The webinar will explore how this voluntary initiative and these partnerships developed, the roles of the signatories, and the progress made so far. Speakers will highlight lessons learned and considerations for organizations considering future voluntary source control partnerships. For more information about the copper-free brake initiative, visit Copper-Free Brakes (https://www.epa.gov/npdes/copper-free-brake-initiative). If you need reasonable accommodations or closed captioning for this webinar, please email [email protected] by September 22, 2021. This webinar will be recorded and posted at a later date; a notification with the URL will be sent to all registrants once it is available.


  • Rachel Urban, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Laurie Holmes, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • Leigh Merino, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • Aaron Lowe, AutoCare Association
  • Don Welsh, Environmental Council of the States

For any questions related to this announcement, please contact [email protected]. Do not respond directly to this message, as this inbox is not monitored.

IHMM Associate Hazardous Materials Manager [AHMM] Committee

The IHMM Associate Hazardous Materials Manager Committee [AHMM] is in the latter stages of creating a new hazardous materials credential targeted specifically at the more than 250,000 military service personnel who muster out of the armed services each year with no degree and less than three years experience in a MOS, as well as recent college graduates with degrees in targeted disciplines but with no experience as they begin their hazmat careers. The latter serves as the next step after IHMM’s present Student CHMM program.

Call for Volunteers – Student CHMM Committee

From Spring 2020 through Early Summer 2021 IHMM ran a pilot program for the newly created Student CHMM credential. See > https://ihmm.org/student-chmm/ The pilot program involved two colleges that brought forth 90 Student CHMM applications. Having successfully conducted this pilot program, IHMM now seeks to have a small group of volunteers oversee and help to guide the program.

You can learn more about the program here > https://ihmm.org/ihmm-student-chmm-committee/  including the charter of the committee as approved by the IHMM Board of Directors.

If you would like to help increase interest in IHMM credentials among college students, this is your opportunity to make a meaningful and valuable contribution to IHMM and to college students before they graduate from college and start their professional hazmat careers.

Go here > https://ihmm.org/ihmm-student-chmm-committee/  and volunteer today! Preference is given to CHMMs.

Call for Volunteers – IHMM Professional Textbook Committee

IHMM is calling for volunteers to participate in updating the IHMM Managing Hazardous Materials – A Definitive Text, textbook. Preference is given to those who last participated in this endeavor, though IHMM seeks CHMM and CHMP hazardous materials professionals generally to populate this committee and contribute to this effort.

Information about and volunteering for this committee is here > https://ihmm.org/ihmm-professional-textbook-committee/  Note that this scholarly work will be peer-reviewed. In addition, this committee will be permanent and provide continuous improvement of the material by not only produced a single new textbook but also producing an annual update of material.

Here is how a professional certification body operates:

The IHMM Managing Hazardous Materials text is an integral part of the system that begins with producing or updating a blueprint for an IHMM credential, such as the CHMM or CHMP. Arising from the blueprint next comes creating examinations and item banks of questions that feed the exams. The IHMM text then mirrors the blueprint and examinations in order to best prepare applicants to take the exam. Then, arising from the blueprint and textbook comes the creation of preparatory courses further enabling applicants to prepare for and ultimately to pass the exam. The prep courses are offered through IHMM’s foundation at the Hazardous Materials Society.

Call for Volunteers – IHMM CSSS-CSSM Committee

IHMM is calling for CSSS and CSSM volunteers to participate in the CSSS-CSSM Committee. IHMM inherited the CSSS and CSSM credentials when it acquired ISHM in April 2019. The CSSS and CSSM credentials have no job task analysis, no blueprints, no exams, or item banks. Now that IHMM has spent the past 18 months establishing the updated processes to recreate the CSHM and CSMP credentials, we can turn to the CSSS and CSSM designations.

IHMM welcomes CSSS and CSSM designation holders to volunteer and participate in the committee. Volunteering may be done here > https://ihmm.org/csss-cssm-committee/

IHMM-AHMP 45 in 5 Task Force

We are preparing an initiated rulemaking at EPA to amend 40 CFR § 312.10 – Definitions to include CHMMs, as well as a petition to the Small Business Administration recognizing CHMMs for the purposes of conducting Phase I and Phase II site assessments.

These regulatory proposals go to the IHMM Board for its September 24, 2021 meeting.

IHMM CSHM Scheme Committee

The IHMM CSHM Scheme Committee is expected to complete the task of creating a new blueprint for the credential by Q4 of 2021. When released, this will lead to IHMM creating a separate group to organize the creation of new supporting text materials as well as working to create a new exam preparatory course.

Call for Volunteers – IHMM CSMP Scheme Committee

IHMM’s Certified Safety and Management Practitioner (CSMP) Scheme Committee has an immediate vacancy for volunteers. The CSMP Scheme Committee consists of subject matter experts whose responsibilities are twofold:

1) To develop and maintain valid, legally defensible, and credible certification examinations, and

2) To recommend and maintain standards for recertification, to evaluate activities that may be claimed for recertification, and to hear appeals of recertification decisions in accordance with the latest approved policies and procedures.

The policies and procedures are based upon professionally recognized psychometric principles and on the standards of the accreditation body(ies) by which IHMM is accredited or recognized.

To participate in the Committee, it requires that members attend virtual meetings, participate in teleconferences to work on Job Task Analysis, item writing, psychometric and technical review, and standard-setting.  Members of the committee are required to hold confidential all exam related information, and may not be involved in activities that train or prepare candidates for any IHMM examination(s), or be willing to cease such activities for the duration of service on the Committee and for a period of five (5) years thereafter.  Committee membership is awarded in 2-year increments.

In January 2020, IHMM began a new Job Task Analysis (JTA) to develop a new CSMP Test Specifications (Blueprint).  The Committee meets via teleconference and the web and it will take approximately 20 hours of participation, and at times work on individual assignments.  The teleconference and web meetings range from 1-2 hours in duration.  All committee members will receive training. If you would like to contribute to the continued vitality of the Institute and the CSMP credential.  You will earn 10 certification maintenance points (CMPs) per year toward your recertification for your participation, and an additional 10 CMPs for participating in the Job Task Analysis.

If you are interested, please send your resume and a cover letter indicating that you understand the commitment of approximately 20 hours of participation to begin the development of the new examination blueprint to M. Patricia Buley at [email protected]. Please put CSMP Scheme Committee in the subject line.

The application deadline for this opportunity is Friday, October 8.

IHMM Professional Standards Committee

The IHMM Professional Standards Committee is in the process of creating a new IHMM Code of Ethics orientation program for use by new applicants as well as during the recertification process. This committee also has the task of reviewing and recommending a standard for managing conflicts of interest.

IHMM Microcredential Task Force

The IHMM Microcredential Task Force is in the latter stages of preparing two draft blueprint recommendations for the IHMM Board for the creation of microcredentials for Pandemic Preparedness and Pandemic Response.

IHMM Professional Sustainability Task Force

The IHMM Professional Sustainability Task Force is in the initial stages of exploring the potential of creating a sustainability credential for IHMM and making a recommendation to the IHMM Board to that end.


IHMM is pleased to announce that three new credential videos are underway for the CSHM, CSMP, and ASHM credentials. These videos follow the two credential videos already produced for the CHMM and CHMP; see https://youtu.be/EGAChcNVeeY and https://youtu.be/tAV-RlKeHJ4

IHMM is also completing an update with Association Anywhere/MYIHMM to facilitate the transition of former ISHM credential holders [CSHM and CSMP] to participate in the IHMM recertification system. When formally announced, CSHM and CSMP credential holders will have one year to complete what will be a simple process of recertification.

IHMM has been soliciting responses to its RFP for a 360° cybersecurity audit of its operations and those of the contractors with whom IHMM works. IHMM has solid cybersecurity protection and is making sure that status remains ahead of the curve.

IHMM has just completed its application for ANSI/ANAB accreditation audit for the 2020-2021 year. The strength of credentials is based on the strength of their accreditation and IHMM’s ANSI/ANAB accreditation is the gold standard.

IHMM Launches New Credential Videos

IHMM is pleased to announce that new credential videos are launching this week featuring; Nancy Welton, CSHM and Dan Blankfeld, CSMP

These videos are added to their respective pages on the IHMM website. Thank you to Nancy and Dan for having worked with IHMM and Sean Grady to produce these videos!

Nancy Welton, CSHM

Nancy Welton, CSHM https://youtu.be/NdSHL7TOhSc

These videos are added to their respective pages on the IHMM website. Thank you to Nancy for having worked with IHMM and Sean Grady to produce these videos!

Dan Blankfeld, CSMP

IHMM is pleased to announce that new credential videos are launching this week featuring Dan Blankfeld, CSMP https://youtu.be/RUfJxnOqUcM

These videos are added to their respective pages on the IHMM website. Thank you to Dan for having worked with IHMM and Sean Grady to produce these videos!

Companies and Government Agencies That Recognize the IHMM CSHM

Here is a small sampling of the hundreds of companies and government agencies that recognize the IHMM CSHM


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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.

HMS Education and Training

Hazardous Materials Society now has 6,347 education and training programs on its website, 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.

IHMM applicants and certificants are free to search the landscape for training. IHMM wanted to make that task easier by aggregating training in one place if you choose to use it. Among these more than 11.000 programs are webinars delivered online and virtually all carry IHMM CMPs values with them for your annual / 5-year CMP planning.

Learn more here.

Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] Scholarship Applications – DEADLINE November 1, 2021

Dan Levine, Chair of the HMS Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that HMS Scholarship applications for 2021 are live and available on the HMS website.

Visit the HMS Scholarship page and click the big red button that says APPLY NOW GET THE APPLICATION FORM HERE!

Thank you to Dan and his committee for getting the HMS Scholarship open in 2021, and for more information and the application form, please visit the website link above.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Do you want to hold polluters accountable? Clean up contaminated sites? Address environmental crimes?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance [OECA] is holding a Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 9.30 am Eastern. For more information on the OECA Virtual Career Fair, including an opportunity to register please visit https://lnkd.in/gbZQwz2v Space is limited, so sign up early!

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.

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.

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.

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.

IHMM/HMS Coronavirus Resources

In February of 2020, the World Health Organization’s director-general has declared a public health emergency of international concern over the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. On March 13, 2020 President Trump declared a national emergency for the United States. IHMM and HMS’ first concern is with the safety and health of all of us; our staff and families, colleagues, certificants and members. We will update this page regularly as credible, authoritative information is available.


New! Vaccine Data Dashboard. We now have a specific dashboard dedicated to state vaccination plans, updated daily. For each state, you’ll find:

  • Current distribution phase,
  • Brief overview of state plan,
  • Current and future eligible populations, and
  • Links to state documentation.

A Collaborative Culture

There are 508 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.

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

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 protected] and he’ll be happy to help you.

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 2021, virtually as well as in-person as COVID issues allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2021.

Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know! Send an email to Diane McLevy and tell us what conferences we should attend.

EnviroWorkShops 2021 Global Enviro Summit

POSTPONED to April 4-7, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina

Contaminated soil, groundwater, and the air is a global issue and over $1 trillion is spent every year to mitigate pollution.  There is a lot still to learn from each other on how each segment of the environmental industry impacts the next. The 2021 Global EnviroSummit is postponed until April 4-7, 2022 due to COVID-19 Delta variant.

With over 75 speakers from around the globe, the EnviroSummit is likely the first environmental conference that will have presentations from all 6 continents about 4 different themes – Remediation, Air Quality, Vapor Intrusion, and Wastewater.

Federation of Environmental Technologists Environment 2021 Conference

December 7-9, 2021

The Ingleside Hotel, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

This will be an in-person event – more information here.


Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins

Congressional Drama. There was drama this week on Capitol Hill, as Congress juggled four major issues: funding for the federal government, a bipartisan bill to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, a $3.5 “human infrastructure” bill, and the looming debt limit crisis. Here is what happened:

  • On September 30, 2021, Congress passed a short-term appropriations bill to narrowly avoid a federal government shutdown after the Democrats agreed to remove a provision that would have increased the debt limit. The bill continues funding only through December 3, 2021, so the shutdown threat will resume in just a few weeks. Federal contractors should be wary.
  • Democrats continued to rethink their strategy on the “human infrastructure” bill (which includes federal paid leave, adds unfair labor practices and penalties to the National Labor Relations Act, and increases fines under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act) after it was revealed that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) would not agree to spend more than $1.5 trillion. As the Buzz wrote previously about the bill, “one Democratic defector could scuttle the whole thing.”
  • Also, on September 30, 2021, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delayed a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the bipartisan infrastructure bill after members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus threatened to tank the bill in light of the uncertainty surrounding the human infrastructure bill. The House is scheduled to reconsider the bipartisan infrastructure bill today, October 1, 2021.
  • Absent congressional action, the United States will default on its nearly $29 trillion national debt obligations by October 18, 2021. Congress made no tangible progress on this issue this week and—shockingly!—kicked this can down the road.

Guidance on Federal Contractor Vax Mandate. On September 24, 2021, just after the Buzz was published last week, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued guidance implementing President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” Highlights of the guidance include the following:

  • Covered federal contractor employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. (Unlike the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s [OSHA] pending COVID-19 emergency temporary standard [ETS], there is not a testing alternative.) Accommodations may be available for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • The guidance covers “service contracts and contract-like instruments” valued at more than $250,000, but does not cover “subcontracts solely for the provision of products.” Requirements of the guidance flow down to lower-tier subcontracts.
  • The vaccination requirement covers employees “working on or in connection with a covered contract or working at a covered contractor workplace.” This includes some remote employees and employees who might not even be working on or in connection with a covered contract.
  • The guidance states that covered contractors subject to OSHA’s forthcoming COVID-19 ETS or “other workplace safety standards” must still comply with the COVID-19 protocols set forth in the guidance.

NLRB GC: College Athletes Are Employees. On September 29, 2021, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum to regional officers stating that “certain Players at Academic Institutions are employees under the Act and are entitled to be protected from retaliation when exercising their Section 7 rights.” There are some other noteworthy points in the memorandum:

  • Misclassification as a ULP. The general counsel states, “[B]ecause those Players at Academic Institutions are employees under the Act, … I will pursue an independent violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the Act where an employer misclassifies Players at Academic Institutions as student-athletes.”
  • Social Activism is PCA. “Activism concerning … racial justice issues, including openly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, directly concerns terms and conditions of employment, and is protected concerted activity.”
  • Joint Employer. The memorandum also notes that the general counsel may pursue joint-employer theories of liability and “will consider pursuing charges against an athletic conference or association even if some member schools are state institutions.”

USCIS Proposes DACA Reg. On September 28, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a rule to reinstate and reaffirm the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after it was enjoined by a federal court in July 2021. The eligibility requirements in the proposed regulation are very similar to the requirements of the program created in a June 2012 memorandum from then-secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano. By going through the rulemaking process and seeking public comment, USCIS seeks to reestablish important antecedent procedural steps for establishing DACA that the federal court found were lacking.

COVID-19 Tax Credit Program Expires. September 30, 2021, was the last day of the federal program that allowed employers to receive tax credits for costs associated with voluntarily instituting COVID-19–related emergency paid sick leave and family leave policies. At this time, Congress does not appear to be interested in renewing the program.

Remembering Romualdo Pacheco. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the Buzz shines the spotlight on José Antonio Romualdo Pacheco. Born in 1831 to a prominent family in California while the territory was still part of Mexico, Pacheco became a politician, statesman, and diplomat in the mid to late 1800s. Pacheco’s political career began in 1853 at age 22, when he became a judge in San Luis Obispo County. This position helped springboard Pacheco to higher office as California’s treasurer, and later, as the state’s lieutenant governor. In 1875, Pacheco became governor of California. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives three times in the late 1870s and early 1880s. Pacheco is the first and only Hispanic person to be governor of California, and he was the first Hispanic person to serve in the U.S. Congress.

OSHA – Request for Information on the Mechanical Power Presses Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comment on issues related to the mechanical power presses standard. OSHA is seeking information regarding whether it should update the mechanical power presses standard and, if so, how closely the standard should follow the current ANSI standard for mechanical power presses. It is also seeking information on the types of presses that should be covered, the use and certification of equipment, and other topics such as presence-sensing device initiation (PSDI) systems, and requirements for press modifications, training, and injury reporting. Please reference the Federal Register here.

Individuals may submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0003, which also includes documents referenced by OSHA in the RFI). Please refer to the Federal Register notice for additional details. The deadline for submitting comments is October 26, 2021.

Vendor Alert:  884 – How much of this business did you get?

IHMM has seen a 100% jump in applications and examinations over 2019, and for the first 8 months of 2021, we stand at 884. 244 new certificants and 640 more awaiting examinations. How much of this business did your company see?

If you’re missing out contact Diane McLevy at [email protected] and see how you can benefit from a relationship with IHMM and HMS.


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.

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


DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University


DailyCE 1106: Coronavirus Facts: Understanding the CoronavirusColumbia Southern University


DailyCE 1107: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Strategies for EmployeesColumbia Southern University


DailyCE 1108: Coronavirus Prevention: Strategies for ManagersColumbia Southern University


DailyCE 1109: Coronavirus Prevention & Control: Train the TrainerColumbia Southern University


DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates


DailyWebinar DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates


DailyOnsite DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates


DailyOnline DOT Bulk Railcar TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 2021 Refresher (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec


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


Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec


DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen


DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar TDG 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


DailyDefensive Driver Training CourseHazmat School


DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School


October 11-15, 202140 Hour HAZWOPER Training ClassSafety Compliance Management           San Ramon, CA
October 12-14, 2021DOT PHMSA HMIT Basic WorkshopRay Davis          Athens, GA
October 14-15, 202116 Hour HAZWOPER Training ClassSafety Compliance Management

San Ramon, CA

October 18-21, 2021Transportation of Hazardous MaterialsTransportation Safety Institute


October 19, 2021Health Hazards of Chromated Cooper Arsenate Used in Treated WoodBowen EHS


October 22, 2021 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher ClassSafety Compliance Management

San Ramon, CA

October 26-28, 2021DOT PHMSA HMIT Basic Workshop Ray Davis

Savannah, GA

November 2-4, 2021DOT PHMSA HMIT Advanced Workshop  Ray Davis

Savannah, GA

November 2-5, 2021Environmental Regulatory BootcampOSE Training Group

San Diego, CA

November 8-10, 2021Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] Exam PrepSPAN


November 9-10, 2021CHMM Prep ClassPTP Consulting


November 9-11, 2021DOT PHMSA HMIT Basic WorkshopRay Davis

McMinnville, TN

November 16-19, 2021DOT PHMSA HMIT Basic WorkshopRay Davis

Orlando, FL

Nov 30-Dec 2, 2021DOT PHMSA HMIT Basic WorkshopRay Davis

Morganton, NC

Feb 7 – Mar 30, 2022CHMM Online Review – Exam Prep CourseBowen EHS



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