IHMM In-Person or Remotely Proctored Exams

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, 2020.

About 65% 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 ktunstall@ihmm.org for the CHMM, CHMP, or CDGP exams or Kaylene Cagle at kcagle@ihmm.org for the CSHM or CSMP exams.

Tuesday, September 21, 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 | info@ihmm.org

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.

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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.

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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.

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 durant.chelsea@epa.gov. Do not respond directly to npdes_news@epa.gov, 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 goss.heather@epa.gov 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.

Speakers

  • 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 goss.heather@epa.gov. Do not respond directly to this message, as this inbox is not monitored.

IHMM Certified Hazardous Materials Specialist [CHMS] Committee

The IHMM Certified Hazardous Materials Specialist Committee [CHMS] 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.

IHMM CSMP Scheme Committee

The IHMM CSMP 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.

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 

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 Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner [CHMP]

The IHMM is in its third month of promoting the CHMP credential to more than 6,000 college and university hazmat professionals. This program features June Brock-Carroll, CHMP and IHMM Board Member and Treasurer. https://ihmm.org/chmp/


Companies and Government Agencies That Recognize the IHMM CDGP

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

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IHMM and HMS

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 for 2021 LIVE

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.

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.

INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS, PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, AND LABORATORIES.

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 503 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 jdrosdak@ihmm.org 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 CONFERENCES FOR 2021

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.

IHMM GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Beltway Buzz – Ogletree & Deakins

Congressional Update. Various committees in the U.S. House of Representatives continued to work this week on their respective portions of the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” reconciliation bill—proposed legislation that would include significant spending on programs related to education, childcare, healthcare, and paid leave, among other things. Here is the latest.

  • Timing. The House would like to vote on the $1 trillion “hard infrastructure” bill (legislation that includes investments in traditional public works projects as well as broadband expansion) that the U.S. Senate passed by September 27, 2021. It is unlikely that the reconciliation package will be done by that time, and it is not yet clear how this state of play might affect each bill’s prospects. Moreover, the clock is ticking on two other massive matters for the federal government. Funding for the federal government expires on September 30, 2021, and the maximum amount of money that the government may borrow (sometimes referred to as the “debt limit” or “debt ceiling”) will likely reach its limit sometime in October 2021. Keeping these four legislative plates spinning will be a tough task for Congress, and funding and debt issues could influence the timing and outcome of both the “hard infrastructure” and “human infrastructure” bills.
  • Immigration included? This week, the House Committee on the Judiciary completed the markup of its portion of the reconciliation legislative package. The bill includes language that would provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency for certain undocumented immigrants who were 18 years of age or younger when they entered the United States, certain essential critical infrastructure workers, and recipients of temporary protected status. The draft legislation also provides for the recapture of unused family-sponsored visas and employment-based visas. As with the Protecting the Right to Organize Act provisions contained in the House Committee on Education and Labor’s portion of the reconciliation package, these immigration proposals’ legislative viability in the current session—specifically, whether they will be included in any final piece of reconciliation legislation—will largely depend upon decisions of the Senate parliamentarian.
  • Union member tax breaks. The House Committee on Ways and Means released its draft of the tax provisions of the reconciliation bill. Included is a provision (section 138514 of subtitle I) that would allow union members to take an above-the-line deduction for dues paid to labor unions up to $250 (but the text does not appear to allow non-members a similar deduction when paying compulsory fees as a condition of employment). By reducing the costs of union membership, the provision is likely intended to make it easier for unions to organize.

NLRB GC Makes Recommendations for Settlement Agreements. As promised in her memorandum of remedies that regional attorneys should seek from the Board, on September 15, 2021, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a follow-up memorandum setting forth the “types of remedies that Regions should seek in their informal and formal settlement agreements.” Examples include “award[s] of consequential damages to make employees whole for economic losses,” beyond the remedies of back pay and benefits, such as compensation to reimburse interest or late fees incurred on credit cards, penalties resulting from early withdrawals from retirement accounts, costs associated with moving, medical expenses, the costs of obtaining new health insurance, and legal expenses. The memo encourages the inclusion of language in settlement agreements that provides for front pay, “expedited issuance of Board Orders,” letters of apology, sponsorship of work authorizations for affected immigrant workers, or expanded distribution of the notice to employees.

DOL Tips Rule Coming. On September 8, 2021, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completed its review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulatory proposal to codify the so-called “80/20” rule for employees earning tips. The review was completed in just 16 days after the close of the public comment period. OIRA’s action means that the DOL could issue a final rule imminently.

USCIS to Require COVID-19 Vaccination for Green Card Applicants. On September 14, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective October 1, 2021, applicants for lawful permanent residence (i.e., green card applicants) “subject to the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19” prior to their required medical examinations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added COVID-19 to a list of diseases including the measles, mumps, rubella, and polio against which vaccination is required for green card applicants. USCIS may grant a blanket waiver if an applicant is not age appropriate (e.g., less than 12 years of age) or has contraindications that increase the risk of a serious adverse reaction, or if the vaccine is not routinely available where the civil surgeon practices. The policy change at USCIS follows updated guidance from the CDC.

“A Republic, if You Can Keep It.” Today, September 17, 2021, is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The date celebrates the anniversary of the day in 1787 when 39 founding fathers signed their names to the U.S. Constitution. A few tidbits about the signing:

  • Forty-two delegates attended most of the meetings during the Constitutional Convention, but three delegates—Edmund Randolph and George Mason of Virginia and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts (namesake of the often-mispronounced “gerrymander”)—did not sign the document due to its initial lack of a bill of rights.
  • Six signatories had also signed the Declaration of Independence: George Clymer (Pennsylvania), Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania), Robert Morris (Pennsylvania), George Read (Delaware), Roger Sherman (Connecticut), and James Wilson (Pennsylvania).
  • George Washington and James Madison were the only signatories to become president. (Thomas Jefferson was in France and John Adams was in Great Britain during the Convention.)

The U.S. Constitution is 234 years old.


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.

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 memserv@ihmm.org and see how you can benefit from a relationship with IHMM and HMS.

IHMM EVENTS CALENDAR

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

Online

DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University

Online

DailyCE 1106: Coronavirus Facts: Understanding the CoronavirusColumbia Southern University

Online

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

Online

DailyCE 1108: Coronavirus Prevention: Strategies for ManagersColumbia Southern University

Online

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

Online

DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyWebinar IATA Dangerous Goods Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyWebinar DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyOnsite DOT Bulk Tank Truck Training Compliance Associates

Online

DailyOnline DOT Bulk Railcar TrainingCompliance Associates

Online

DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 2021 Refresher (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety

Online

DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec

Online

DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec

Online

Daily8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyDOT Hazmat Employee with Packaging Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyRCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Online Training Course Hazmat School

Online

DailyOSHA Asbestos Awareness TrainingHazmat School

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