You’ve learned some special skills while serving our country. As you consider your options after the service, now is the time to consider a private certification that respects your skills and sends a strong signal to private sector employers about the skills you have and how those skills translate into civilian life.IHMM participates in the military service branch’s Credential Online [COOL] program to help you. Check these DoD sites for your branch and how we can work with you to make the very most of your transition to civilian life. Visit these sites for more information that benefits You. You earned it.
If you require any assistance from IHMM please contact James E. Drosdak [USAF] at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
IHMM Credential Recertification – Earning CMPs Made Easy and Inexpensive
By creating the Hazardous Materials Society, IHMM has made it easier to find courses certificants can take to earn CMPs toward recertification. We’ve also worked with education and training program vendors to add inexpensive or even free courses as well.
Certificants may choose to simply click on the CMPs button. Or, if you want to narrow your search by cost, you can adjust the slider to show you courses within a certain price range. Then click SUBMIT, and courses with CMPs within the price range you set will appear.
CDC Reverses Guidance on COVID-19 Airborne Transmission
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday abruptly reverted to its previous guidance about how coronavirus is transmitted, removing language about airborne transmission it had posted just days earlier.
IHMM’s Collaboration platform provides CHMM’s the opportunity to become mentors to Student CHMMs. IHMM’s Student CHMM pilot program involves students from Columbia Southern University, where we already have 50 applicants, as well as Kennesaw State University that is kicking off their participation in the pilot program this fall.
Mentors may decide how many mentees they are willing to work with, for how long, and how they wish to be engaged. Mentors decide how many hours per week or month they can commit to becoming mentors.
This is a unique opportunity for CHMMs to work with students still in school and advise them on their courses of study as well as plan for their future as they graduate and look for opportunities in the job market toward a path to one day becoming a CHMM themselves.
Once in the CHMM Community look for the Mentor Match part of the toolbar, click on it and see the drop-down menu. Read the simple instructions, then click on Enroll as a Mentor. Student CHMMs have the same menu in their Student CHMM Community where they enroll as a mentee. Students select the areas of mentoring they are looking for and when matched with the CHMM’s areas of expertise – the match is made!
CSU and KSU are both promoting the IHMM Student CHMM pilot program to their students. Once we have more experience in running this pilot as well as with the exam the students take, we will be able to go back to the IHMM Board next March and discuss how we expand the Student CHMM program to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and elsewhere around the world.
Kryterion Testing Centers
As of September 15, 2020, IHMM had 547 applicants for examinations, some of which may now use in-person Kryterion testing centers, and some avail themselves of remotely proctored testing. IHMM has seen the largest increase in applications for credentials in the last decade. This has been accomplished, thus far, without the specific outreach to targeted groups that we are designing now for the CDGP and CHMP. To date, 60% of the in-person Kryterion Centers have re-opened.
On September 11, 2020, OFCCP released its Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL). The list identifies 2,250 supply and service contractor establishments and 200 construction contractor establishments selected for compliance evaluations. Note that the list merely notifies contractors that they will be audited in the future, which gives them time to prepare.
Contractors are advised to review the CSAL (available here) to see if they have been selected for an audit. If they have been selected, contractors should begin preparing for the type of audit for which they have been selected, and consult with counsel as necessary. One great way to start the process is to review Guy Brenner’s recent presentation entitled “You are on the CSAL – Now What?”, delivered at the NILG’s 2020 annual conference. The presentation is available here.
A Guide for Employers Considering A Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policy (US)
As if 2020 hasn’t already presented more than its fair share of challenges, flu season is now rapidly approaching. Combined with the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, employers are more concerned than ever before with ensuring that their employees stay healthy and productive. As a result, many employers are weighing the pros and cons of encouraging, facilitating or even requiring that their employees be vaccinated for the flu as a way to protect their workforce against the spread of yet another contagious respiratory infection during the fall and winter months. [Patton Boggs]
New Handbook Helps SMEs Create Safe and Healthy Workplaces
Health and safety at work not only saves lives, it is essential to effective business performance. ISO 45001 is the first and only International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) management, a result of agreed good practice from around the world. A new handbook has just been published to help small organizations get the most out of it.
Decent work is safe work, says the International Labour Organization, and few would disagree. Yet still, some 2.78 million people die from occupational-related accidents or diseases every year. Add to those hundreds of millions of non-fatal accidents and health conditions and it is clear that the cost to society and the economy is significant.
ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, aims to improve those statistics by providing an agreed framework to reduce workplace risks, enhance health, increase safety and promote well-being at work.
A new handbook, published jointly by ISO and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, provides additional guidance specifically to small organizations on the implementation of ISO 45001.
Prepared by the group of experts who developed the standard, ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational health and safety management systems – A practical guide for small organizations gives an overview of the requirements of ISO 45001 and outlines ways in which small organizations can establish an OH&S management system, taking into account their particular challenges and needs.
The benefits of such a system are many, including reduced risk of work-related ill-health and injury, greater protection for people who work with or for the organization, a more positive company culture, and an improved reputation amongst clients, suppliers and the community.
ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational health and safety management systems – A practical guide for small organizations can be purchased from your national ISO member or the ISO Store. IHMM is a member of ASSP and participates in the development of this important document.
NCB: A Comprehensive Holistic Approach to Enhance Safety and Address the Carriage of Undeclared, Misdeclared and Other Non-Complaint Dangerous Goods
The International Vessel Operators Dangerous Goods Association (IVODGA) and National Cargo Bureau (NCB) will be co-hosting a virtual meeting on October 6, 2020 at 10:00am (ET) with IVODGA members, shippers, regulators and other industry experts to discuss the recently released NCB White Paper titled: A Comprehensive Holistic Approach to Enhance Safety and Address the Carriage of Undeclared, Misdeclared and Other Non-Complaint Dangerous Goods.
NCB will kick off the meeting with a presentation of their white paper, led by Ian J. Lennard (NCB President). The discussion will then include panelists from various industry sectors. Each panelist, listed below, will provide their perspective on the paper, including any issues or concerns specific to their role in the transport of dangerous goods.
Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management, Maersk A/S – HQ (representing IVODGA)
John Hillin, Chief, Safety and Security Operations Sector NY, US Coast Guard
Sean M. Dalton, CPCU, AMIM, Head of Marine Underwriting NA, RD-Specialty Lines-Ocean Marine, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
Please take some time to read through the White Paper and submit any questions or comments that you may have to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
HMS Affinity Programs
Hazardous Materials Society has a series of affinity programs designed to save you money and make your lives a bit easier. Please go to https://hazmatsociety.org/affinity-programs/ where you may click on any of the programs below and get more information about HMS Affinity Programs.
A Collaborative Culture
There are 219 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> https://community.ihmm.org/home
HMS Education and Training
Hazardous Materials Society now has 14,190 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/
COVID-19: Sampling Approaches for Healthy Buildings – Free Webinar
Golder’s EHS Professionals will discuss the various sampling approaches to keeping your buildings healthy in the midst of COVID-19.
Speakers: Adelmarie Bones, Senior Industrial Hygienist Dave Ayriss, Senior Occupational Hygienist and Associate Jason McGonigle, EHS Senior Practice Leader and Principal Moderator – Andreas Wagner, Principal and Practice Leader
Learning Objectives: • Types of sampling available – what is out there, what are the approaches? • Advantages and disadvantages of each sampling technique • How to interpret the data • Limitations of each sampling approach • Other approaches to consider
National Safety Council’s Virtual Green Cross for Safety Awards
With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday and subsequent activity surrounding her replacement on the Supreme Court, all efforts to construct the 4th iteration of COVID-19 relief legislation ended. At this writing it is doubtful that Congress will consider any further legislation until after the new Congress sits next January.
Senate and House leaders are still debating whether to extend federal spending at fiscal 2020 levels until this December or February 2021. House Democratic leaders have argued that pushing the final funding decisions until next February makes more sense, given the looming presidential election and changes in the White House staffing regardless which party wins. At present, the Congressional leadership has less than 10 days to fashion a spending package that allows the federal government to operate on October 1, 2020.
DOL Revises FFCRA Regs. Several weeks ago, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated key provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) implementing regulations. While there is still time for the DOL to appeal the decision, the agency issued a new temporary rule on September 16, 2020, in order to address the ongoing uncertainty created by the court’s decision. As explained in greater detail by Burton D. Garland, Jr. and Charles L. Thompson, IV, the revised rule reaffirms some portions of the original rule (e.g., paid leave is available only where the employer has work available for the employee) while modifying other portions of the rule (e.g., the definition of “health care provider” has been limited).
House Dems Seek NLRB Joint-Employer Rule Documents. As the federal government and business groups evaluate their next steps after a federal court in New York struck down the DOL’s joint-employer rule, Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week continued their scrutiny of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) handling of the joint-employer issue. In a press release responding to a subpoena from House Democrats, the Board stated that it has “historically denied disclosure of [these] types of internal documents” because “disclosure of these pre-decisional documents would discourage agency employees from providing candid advice and undermine the internal deliberations of the Board.” Whatever the legal outcome, it is clear that the joint-employer issue will continue to remain a major policy issue in Washington, D.C.
NLRB Contract Bar Comment Extension. Speaking of the NLRB, the Board this week extended the time for the public to submit amicus briefs on whether it should amend its “contract bar” doctrine, which prohibits representation elections during the life of a collective bargaining agreement for up to three years. Amicus briefs are now due by October 7, 2020.
Federal Contractor Update. Federal contractors may want to be aware of two items that recently issued from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP):
On September 11, 2020, OFCCP published a Corporate Scheduling Announcement List of federal contractors and subcontractors that have been selected for compliance evaluations. For more details, and to see if you have made the list, check out Scott Kelly’s article here.
On September 14, 2020, OFCCP, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, filed an information collection request seeking “authorization for an annual Affirmative Action Program [AAP] online certification process for federal contractors and for a secure method for federal contractors to submit AAPs electronically to OFCCP when they are scheduled for a compliance evaluation.” Written comments are due by November 13, 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/