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Associate Safety and Health Manager® [ASHM®]

IHMM’s Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM ®) credential recognizes professionals who are recent Bachelor’s degree graduates with a focus in health and safety-related fields. This credential puts the holder on the fast-track to the CSHM credential. With ASHM® on your resume, you tell employers you’re serious about a career in EHS Management.
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As was announced last March, 2023 by the IHMM Nominating Committee in its solicitation for nominations that ran through July, IHMM will be conducting an election for two [2] seats on its Board of Directors beginning October 2, 2023 and ending on November 3, 2023.

The two seats are [1] At-Large seat, and [1] CSMP seat. Certificants are asked to cast ballots for 1 of the 2 At-Large candidates, and for 1 CSMP candidate.

Below are the candidates for these two seats. Every IHMM certificant in good standing will receive an email ballot with an individually numbered code to cast their ballots beginning on October 2, 2023.
Melissa Hamer, CHMM – At Large seat

Ms. Hamer was elected to a four-year term beginning in 2020 to the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management’s (IHMM) National Board of Directors. She was elected to the IHMM Board’s Executive Committee in December 2020 and serves as the Board Secretary. The IHMM certifies and manages multiple hazardous and dangerous materials and occupational safety and health credentials. She is also a regular speaker on environmental law including PFAS topics, administrative laws and procedures, and on construction and insurance law issues.

Ms. Hamer has been a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) since 2010 as accredited under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, the International Standard for Personnel Certification Programs and The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). She also is an environmental professional, as defined in the ASTM E1527 standard for environmental and real estate due diligence and under the U.S. EPA’s guidance.

Read more about Melissa Hamer, CHMM

Sarath Seneviratne, CHMM – At Large Seat

I care deeply about IHMM’s future. I believe no other candidate brings the wealth of detailed knowledge and specific work experience I have. This insight would be uniquely valuable to the Board. I sincerely hope you will do me the honor of electing me to serve this incredible and worthy mission. My first term serving on the Board of Directors has been educational, inspiring, and hugely motivational to stay involved with IHMM. If elected to a second term. I’d like to faci litate the translation of the IHMM’s mission into concrete ideas and actions.

Read more about Sarath Seneviratne.

Dan Blankfeld, CSHM, CSMP, CPPS – CSMP Seat

Dan Blankfeld, CSHM, CSMP, CPPS, is Vice President of Safety, GIC Madison / CBG Building Company of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dan has served on two IHMM committees as Chair, Professional Standards, and Microcredential. Dan served previously on the ISHM board of directors as vice chair. He also serves on the NFPA 241 Committee, and previously chaired the DC metro ABC Safety Committee, the DCMSA Safety Committee, served on the Montgomery County (MD) Volunteer Fire Rescue Association Board of Directors and is an active professional member of the ASSP.

Dan also currently serves as the Deputy Fire Chief of the Bethesda Fire Department.

Read more about Dan Blankfeld

First Student ASHM Becomes ASHM – Certificant Spotlight

IHMM is pleased to announce that its first Student Associate Safety and Health Manager [ST/ASHM] has become an Associate Safety and Health Manager.

IHMM’s Student Associate Safety & Health Manager (ST/ASHM ®) credential recognizes students who wish to demonstrate their development of knowledge and skills in safety and health management in the workplace while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degree. Now we have a certificant who started as a Student ASHM and has become a full ASHM.

IHMM is pleased to dedicate this Certificant Spotlight to Jeff Martin, ASHM.

I am a low voltage electrician in a company I am passionate about, we are changing the face of communication one step at a time, bring the world into the next generation, but the road to getting here was long and interesting.

At the age of 18, directly after high school, I enlisted in the Marine Corps to be a helicopter mechanic, and that job took me to many different countries around the world and taught me so many different skills. I stayed with that job for more than 20 years, to the point where my family had to let me know that they were tired of moving, so I began the process of obtaining my college education.

I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while maintaining my day job as a mechanic and Ground Safety Officer for my command. I fell in love with the safety job and began working with the school to switch my major from Aviation Mechanics to Safety Management. Along the way to obtaining my Safety Management degree, I obtained my A.S. in Aeronautics and began the process of retiring from the Marine Corps.

Read more about Jeff

University of Maryland Global Campus Joins Student CHMM Program

The IHMM Student CHMM Committee, chaired by Meg Rose Olsen, CHMM, CIT, is pleased to announce that the University of Maryland Global Campus, has joined the Student CHMM program.

We welcome the University of Maryland Global Campus to the growing number of colleges and universities that support the Student CHMM program by encouraging their students to pursue IHMM’s Student CHMM credential while engaged in their undergraduate or graduate studies. The Student CHMM program is backed by IHMM’s Scholarship Program that annually makes $32,000 available to eligible Student CHMMs and Student ASHMs.

The Student CHMM Committee oversees the future development of and engagement with the Student CHMM including, but not limited to; changes in the Student CHMM handbook, the Student CHMM examination, and item bank, soliciting new colleges and universities to participate in the Student CHMM program, and Student CHMM community in Collaboration and its Mentor Match program. The Student CHMM webpage is found here.

IHMM Organizing Broader Government Affairs Activities – Call for Volunteers

In strategic planning on August 17, 2023 IHMM created a strategic imperative to create a broader government affairs operation on behalf of, and with the assistance of, IHMM’s certificants.

On August 29, 2023 IHMM’s Executive Director made a presentation of this strategic imperative to the AHMP annual conference. Here is what IHMM intends to organize over the next few months:

  • Federal Government  – Regulatory. We need a group of people watching Federal regulatory developments to advise when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in the agencies.
  • Federal Government – Congress. We need a group of people watching legislation to advise us when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in Congress.
  • State Governments  – Regulatory. We need a group of people watching state regulatory developments to advise when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in the agencies.
  • State Governments – Legislatures. We need a group of people watching legislation to advise us when taking action can be helpful and raise our visibility in state legislatures.
If you want to make a difference in the recognition of your credentials and build on the successful record we have achieved thus far – we need you to volunteer. Please see > https://ihmm.org/join-the-government-affairs-committee/  and get involved with government affairs. You can volunteer for one, two, three or all four of the segments of the committee’s work. That’s up to you!
The full presentation may be viewed here.

A Collaborative Culture

There are 1,052 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. Do you have a problem you need to solve and want the opinions of your colleagues? This is where we come together to help each other.

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.

Access to COLLABORATION is through the same username/password you use to access your MYIHMM account. Having a problem? Contact Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected]


Beltway Buzz – Ogletree Deakins

Funding Update: Shutdown Looms. How—and when—the federal government will be funded after September 30, 2023, continued to be the main focus of our elected members of Congress this week. Of course, attention is now primarily trained on the U.S. House of Representatives, as for the second consecutive week, House Republicans were forced to scuttle their plans to vote on short-term government funding legislation. Legislative stalemates can change quickly on Capitol Hill, but as of now, it is likely that the federal government will shut down, beginning October 1, 2023.

How Will a Federal Government Shutdown Impact Employers? We know from experience that any federal government shutdown will have a significant impact on employers.

  • Mandatory v. Discretionary Spending. It is important to remember that the debate swirling in Washington, D.C., is focused on discretionary government spending, not mandatory spending. The former is controlled through the annual appropriations process, while the latter is governed by separate laws. This means that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans programs will not be impacted by a shutdown.
  • Economic Impact. According to a Congressional Budget Office report, the last federal government shutdown—which lasted from December 22, 2018, to January 25, 2019—resulted in $11 billion loss in economic output.
  • Federal Contractors. Federal contractors should expect delays when dealing with their contracting agencies, as many agencies will be operating with skeleton crews. For this reason, contractors may find it difficult to access agency facilities or systems. Contractors themselves may have to consider furloughs, as well, if work is delayed or stopped.
  • Federal Agencies. Federal labor and employment agency activities will likely be curtailed, as non-excepted government employees (colloquially sometimes referred to as “nonessential” employees) may be furloughed. The Office of Management and Budget requires agencies to develop contingency plans detailing how they will operate in the event of a shutdown, but even the White House’s landing page for these plans is out of date or lacks working links. The Buzz will have more information on this next week as agencies update their plans in preparation for a shutdown.

For more information on how a federal government shutdown could affect immigration-related benefits, please join us for our upcoming webinar, Immigration Consequences of a Possible Federal Government Shutdown, which will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT. The speakers, James J. Plunkett and Caroline Tang will examine potential impacts, particularly those related to the disruption of certain immigration services, and provide key takeaways for companies that employ foreign nationals. Please register here.

EEOC Releases Strategic Enforcement Plan. On September 21, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2024–2028. The strategic enforcement plan (SEP) is intended “to focus and coordinate the agency’s work over a multiple fiscal-year (FY) period to have a sustained impact with regard to advancing equal employment opportunity.” The SEP’s subject matter priorities include the following:

  • “Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring.” The EEOC will focus on the use of artificial intelligence in hiring and recruiting “where such systems intentionally exclude or adversely impact protected groups.” The Commission will also focus on attempts to steer or channel workers into specific jobs based on protected traits.
  • “Protecting Vulnerable Workers and Persons from Underserved Communities from Employment Discrimination.” The Commission will focus on “policies and practices that impact particularly vulnerable workers and persons from underserved communities,” which include, but are not limited to, migrant workers, individuals with intellectual or mental health disabilities, LGBTQI+ workers, low-wage workers, and survivors of gender-based violence.
  • “Addressing Selected Emerging and Developing Issues.” This includes “[t]echnology-related employment discrimination” enforcement of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, as well as attention to “[discrimination influenced by or arising as backlash in response to local, national, or global events, including discriminatory bias arising as a result of recurring historical prejudices.”
  • “Advancing Equal Pay for All Workers.” The EEOC will investigate employer practices “such as pay secrecy policies, discouraging or prohibiting workers from asking about pay or sharing their pay with coworkers, and reliance on past salary history or applicants’ salary expectations to set pay.”
  • “Preserving Access to the Legal System.” The EEOC will scrutinize arbitration provisions, as well as “overly broad waivers, releases, non-disclosure agreements, or non-disparagement agreements.”
  • “Preventing and Remedying Systemic Harassment.” According to the SEP, the “EEOC will continue to focus on strong enforcement with appropriate monetary relief and targeted equitable relief to prevent future harassment.”

Foxx Presses Su on EBSA Enforcement. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chair Virginia Foxx (R-NC) continues to scrutinize Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su’s management of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This week, she sent a letter to Su noting that, according to stakeholders, “EBSA is failing to conduct its enforcement in a timely manner, creating unacceptable burdens for retirement plan sponsors and negatively impacting retirement savers, retirees, and their families.” In addition to lengthy investigations,

Plan sponsors also report there often appears to be no direction or purpose to the investigations, and they are trapped in investigations that lack an objective, an enforced progress schedule, or an endpoint. There seems to be no limit on the amount of document requests, interviews, and questions an investigator may ask. The result is increased compliance costs, which harm those participating in employer-sponsored retirement programs.

Chair Foxx requests “[a]n explanation of any timeframes or internal guidance imposed on the timeliness of conducting and closing out investigations,” as well as “[a]n explanation of the specific steps taken to close all persisting investigations and the consequences to investigators, their supervisors, and EBSA management if investigations are allowed to languish beyond efficient timeframes.” The letter follows on the heels of recent letters from Chair Foxx to Su challenging the DOL’s rulemaking practices and interpretation of reportable persuader activity.

Dress for Success. This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pulled on a thread that threatens to unravel the entire U.S. Senate: he instructed the sergeant at arms to refrain from enforcing the Senate’s “business attire” dress code. Senator Schumer’s move is likely tailored to accommodate Senator John Fetterman (D-PA), who has a more casual approach to work wear. But because the buttoned-up dress code is woven into the fabric of the Senate’s traditions, this won’t be a seamless transition. In fact, behind clothed doors, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is already circulating a resolution to return to the traditional dress code. Only time will tell if Senator Manchin can stitch together the necessary votes.

U.S. DOT Invests Nearly $15 Million to Improve Pipeline Safety 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced it is awarding $14.8 million in grants to fund projects and activities to improve pipeline safety. These grants will support important pipeline safety training and educational programs, as well as the advancement of pipeline safety technologies. Recipients include state pipeline safety programs; state One-Call and damage prevention centers; community and non-profit organizations; and six universities.

“To ensure the safety of the world’s largest pipeline system—we need every level of government and the non-profit sector working to mitigate risk,” said PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown. “These grants will provide states, non-profits, first responders and academic institutions with the resources necessary to better protect the public.”  

Read more >> https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/grants/pipeline/ops-grants-overview

Congress Scrambles To Avoid Shutdown, Groups Weigh High Court’s New Term

House Republicans have just days to decide whether EPA and other agencies will have to shut down at the start of fiscal year 2024, which begins Oct. 1. Legal experts will discuss the Supreme Court’s upcoming 2023 term, where the justices are slated to hear several cases that could have a significant impact on EPA and other agencies.

Shutdown Countdown

With the House and Senate still far apart on FY2024 spending legislation, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is starting to prepare for a government shutdown. “One week prior to the expiration of appropriations bills, regardless of whether the enactment of appropriations appears imminent, OMB will communicate with agency senior officials to remind agencies of their responsibilities to review and update orderly shutdown plans, and will share a draft communication template to notify employees of the status of appropriations,” according to a circular first reported by CNN. The circular comes as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continues to struggle to win support from a majority of his own caucus for a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government operating for a few weeks, which would have given lawmakers and the White House additional time to work out a longer-term appropriations agreement. Some senators are now suggesting that they may approve a CR and send that to the House for its consideration. One industry official is expecting several months of such uncertainty and doubts that EPA will receive its request for increased funding for the TSCA program.

Supreme Court

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is holding a Sept. 25 public webinar where leading environmental law scholars will discuss key cases the Supreme Court is slated to review — or will consider reviewing — in its upcoming term, which starts next month. Panelists will offer an overview of key rulings and takeaways from the court’s last term, such as its landmark Sackett ruling that narrowed the reach of the Clean Water Act. The webinar will then turn to cases that have been granted review or are likely to be considered by the justices in the upcoming term, including a review of Chevron deference and the constitutionality of administrative law judges.

Law firm Barnes & Thornburg on Sept. 28 is also slated to hold the first webinar in its two-part series providing a review of Supreme Court key decisions and upcoming cases. This first webinar will recap rulings made by the high court in the most recent term.

Congressional Hearings

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is holding a Sept. 27 hearing with EPA Administrator Michael Regan on science and technology at the agency.

House Energy and Commerce’s environment panel also hosts a Sept. 27 hearing on reauthorizing EPA’s brownfields program.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is set to hold a Sept. 28 hearing examining solutions to address beverage container waste. The hearing, planned by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), chair of the EPW Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight, will look at exploring ways to improve the domestic collection of single-use beverage containers.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment is holding a Sept. 28 hearing on Clean Water Infrastructure Financing, with plans to hear state and local perspectives, and learn about recent developments as well.


Comments are due Sept. 29 on the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) phase 2 National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) proposal, which includes provisions codifying several streamlining measures that Congress included in debt-ceiling legislation as well as several new mitigation, assessment and other mandates.


The Ecological Restoration Business Association (ERBA) is hosting its 2023 Policy Conference on Sept. 27-29, which will include discussions on topics including policy developments and opportunities in the Biden administration via the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA, the Supreme Court’s Sackett v. EPA ruling and EPA’s subsequent “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, Corps regulatory program and infrastructure law investments, stream restoration findings and solutions, and other key issues.

Title 42

The National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering (NASEM) is holding its third meeting on EPA’s Use of the Title 42 Special Hiring Authority on Sept. 26-27, where the committee will hear from EPA’s Office of Research and Development regarding the previous and current implementation of the Title 42 hiring authority, placing an emphasis on hiring and recruiting procedures. Most of the meeting is closed, with one open session on Sept. 26.

PFAS Updates

EPA’s PFAS Council Manager Matt Klasen will join Jeffrey Dawson, senior science adviser in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, state regulators, private-sector scientists and attorneys at a Sept. 27 Chemical Watch conference to discuss regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the United States and Europe, PFAS alternatives and lessons learned from recent litigation.

Environmental Justice

The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) is hosting a Sept. 26 meeting to discuss topics including workgroup activities, proposed recommendations for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council (IAC), CEQ briefings, and a new formal charge for WHEJAC. A public comment period relevant to current WHEJAC charges will also be considered at the meeting.

Title VI

Responses are due Sept. 29 in Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s (R) high-profile suit that charges EPA lacks authority under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to pursue disparate impact-related discrimination claims, a Biden administration priority. Most recently in the suit, Louisiana v. EPA, the agency called on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to dismiss the case for a number of reasons, including because EPA has closed the complaints that prompted the lawsuit.

Coal Ash

EPA is holding a Sept. 27 online public hearing on its proposal to deny Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s application to allow Alabama to operate a coal combustion residuals (CCR) state permit program in lieu of the federal CCR program.

EPA’s response brief in the suit Electric Energy Inc., et al., v. EPA, et al., is due Sept. 29, which sets the stage for the agency’s first response in the industry litigation challenging EPA’s interpretation of its 2015 coal ash rule, as seen in its basis for proposing to deny a series of coal ash facilities’ requests to extend their deadlines for closure in January 2022.

Renewable Waste Management

EPA is set to hold a Sept. 27 webinar on Renewable Waste Management: Solar Panel Recycling, which will provide an overview on the outlook for solar panel use and the associated waste and showcase EPA’s Solar Photovoltaic Waste Elimination Tool.

EPA Advisors

EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee is holding a virtual meeting Sept. 29 where panelists will discuss recommendations on communicating risks of PFAS in drinking water, land use and electrifying transportation in small communities, environmental justice and other topics.

EPA’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC) is holding a Sept. 28 virtual meeting, which advises EPA on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.


OurEnergyPolicy and BP America are holding a Sept. 29 event to discuss methane policy and regulation. Tomás Carbonell, EPA deputy assistant administrator for stationary sources, will provide opening remarks. Other speakers include Carrie Jenks, of Harvard University’s Environmental and Energy Law Program; Environmental Defense Fund’s Jon Goldstein; and BP’s Isabel Mogstad.

Air Quality

Comments are due Sept. 29 on EPA’s proposal to expand air toxics rules for integrated iron and steel plants, including emissions limits for previously unregulated pollutants, new limits for unregulated emission points, tougher standards for unplanned “fugitive” emissions and also a first-time fenceline air monitoring mandate that industry has warned against.

–Inside EPA

EPA Plan For Newly Listed Air Toxics Eyes Limited Regulatory Expansion

EPA’s just-proposed framework for how to regulate newly listed hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) will potentially expand the number of air toxics regulations to which facilities are subjected, along with their permitting burdens, but falls short of environmentalists’ demands for more-sweeping regulation as a direct result of any new listing.

In a proposal quietly signed by EPA Administrator Michael Regan Sept. 6, and scheduled to be published in the Federal Register Sept. 13, EPA aims to establish a new regulatory framework for what happens when the agency lists a new substance as a HAP subject to air law regulation.

Read the proposal here.

EPA will take public comment on the proposal for 60 days once the proposal is published in the Register.

The plan avoids some immediate expansion of regulatory obligations for plants emitting a newly listed HAP, but also provides for plants to become “major sources” by virtue of their emissions of the new substance, bringing new regulatory and permitting obligations under various national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAPs).

“We reviewed whether a new HAP listing has any impact on NESHAP[s] promulgated before the new HAP was added to the list. . . . EPA concluded that the statute does not support a new HAP being regulated by such a NESHAP unless and until the EPA first evaluates the specific HAP for regulation under [Clean Air Act] section 112 and promulgates standards that include the new HAP,” EPA says.

–Inside EPA
EPA Will Hold Virtual Training On High Throughput Toxicokinetic Modeling In November 2023:

EPA will hold a two-day training on its high throughput toxicokinetic (HTTK) R package as part of its New Approach Methods (NAM) Training Program:

  • Day 1: Presentation and demo: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EST); and
  • Day 2: Expert-led hands-on learning activity: Thursday, November 9, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EST).

EPA’s goal for the two-day training is to familiarize those engaged in chemical exposure assessment, including researchers, regulators, and health and environmental safety professionals, with EPA’s generic and open-source models and data for toxicokinetic, including reverse dosimetry and physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling for internal dose calculation.

EPA Proposes To Amend General Provisions For NESHAP:

On September 13, 2023, EPA proposed to amend the General Provisions for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) to address applicability and compliance issues resulting from the addition of a compound to the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). 88 Fed. Reg. 62711. According to EPA, this action focuses on issues related to newly applicable standards for sources that become major sources solely from the addition of a compound to the CAA HAP list. This action also includes a discussion of the impacts of a newly listed HAP on the federal operating permit program. Comments are due November 13, 2023.

EPA Issues Phase II FOIA Final Rule:

EPA issued on September 14, 2023, its Phase II Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) final rule updating and modernizing EPA’s FOIA regulations. 88 Fed. Reg. 63020. According to EPA’s September 7, 2023, press release, the final rule “promote[s] transparency and accountability, make[s] FOIA more affordable, and expedite[s] access to information to communities potentially experiencing disproportionate and adverse human health or environmental effects.” The final rule establishes a new standard, in addition to the existing “compelling need” standard, for expediting EPA’s response to FOIA requests for records when there is a pressing need to inform a community that is potentially experiencing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects. EPA will also waive fees for such FOIA requests. The final rule removes barriers by raising the threshold for when requesters will be charged fees, benefiting all requesters, as well as making other changes to bring EPA’s fee rates and other regulatory provisions into compliance with the FOIA statute, government wide policy, and relevant case law. Additionally, EPA updated the FOIA fee rates and will no longer charge any fees to a requester if the Agency accumulates less than $250 of chargeable fees. The final rule will be effective November 13, 2023.

National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions Phase 2

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing this “Bipartisan Permitting Reform Implementation Rule” to revise its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including to implement the Fiscal Responsibility Act’s amendments to NEPA. CEQ proposes the revisions to provide for an effective environmental review process that promotes better decision making; ensure full and fair public involvement; provide for an efficient process and regulatory certainty; and provide for sound decision making grounded in science, including consideration of relevant environmental, climate change, and environmental justice effects. CEQ proposes these changes to better align the provisions with CEQ’s extensive experience implementing NEPA; CEQ’s perspective on how NEPA can best inform agency decision making; longstanding Federal agency experience and practice; NEPA’s statutory text and purpose, including making decisions informed by science; and case law interpreting NEPA’s requirements. CEQ invites comments on the proposed revisions.

Comments: CEQ must receive comments by September 29, 2023. Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. docket number CEQ–2023–0003

Creating the Water Workforce of the Future: Webinar Series

Women in Water
September 28, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Register Here

Today’s water workforce is becoming more diverse, with more and more organizations actively seeking to attract and retain women to a variety of challenging careers. Women are providing much needed energy, skills and innovation to help water sector utilities become truly sustainable and provide 21st century water services to their communities. While women are advancing to executive level positions, this webinar will focus on the journey of three women who are making critical contributions through both operator, engineering, and scientific positions. Speakers will provide a brief overview of their current job and address some of the challenges and opportunities they see for women wishing to make water a truly exceptional career. The remainder of the webinar will focus on a conversation between the speakers and the audience, to answer additional questions, and provide other perspectives on ways to attract women into a career in water.

This webinar is part of an ongoing webinar series hosted by EPA, in partnership with leading water sector organizations around the country. More information on this webinar series can be found at 



Virtual Guided Learning

October 12, 2023 – November 16, 2023

The U.S. EPA is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Basic Permit Writers’ Virtual Guided Learning Course starting on October 12, 2023, with afternoon sessions running for five weeks.

The objective of this course is to provide the basic regulatory framework and technical considerations that support the development of wastewater discharge permits required under the NPDES program. The course was designed for permit writers with about six months to one year of experience in the NPDES program, but experienced permit writers wanting a refresher course and other water program staff or interested parties wanting to learn more about the NPDES program also are welcome.

The 5-week course will begin on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Participants should anticipate a time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week and should seek supervisor approval before signing up. The course is scheduled to conclude on November 16th, however a “rain date” of November 21st should be reserved by the participants in case of technical issues.

Each week, participants will have assigned “homework” consisting of NPDES online modules and permit exercises. These modules and exercises will then be discussed in a live virtual classroom setting on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Participants will have the opportunity to join live office hour discussions with instructors and other participants each Tuesday as well. Participants will be expected to complete some pre-course assignments the week of October 9th prior to the course start.

Microsoft Teams will be utilized for the virtual classroom and can be accessed through the desktop application or a web browser. Course materials will be provided electronically on the Microsoft Teams classroom site for download by the participants prior to the start date.

As a foundational course, the training does not address in detail specialized topics such as industrial and municipal stormwater, concentrated animal feeding operations, and pesticide discharges. For more information on these specialized topics, please visit EPA’s NPDES website at www.epa.gov/npdes

Course Schedule and Logistics

We are offering an afternoon session for this course offering. Please see the registration pages for the agendas with dates and times.

There is no cost for the course. Registration is limited and available at:

NPDES Permit Writers’ Course – Virtual Guided Learning October 2023 (PM)

Pipeline Safety Research and Development Forum 2023 – Registration OPEN 8/8-10/20

The mission of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy products and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives. In helping with this advancement, PHMSA Pipeline Safety Research and Development (R&D) Forum is held periodically to generate a national research agenda that identifies technical challenges, fosters solutions to improve pipeline safety and protect the environment, and provides a venue for information exchange among key stakeholders, including the public, states, other federal agencies, industry, and international colleagues. The meeting and forum are open to the public; those who wish to attend must register on the meeting website, including their names and organizational affiliation.

The forum will be held October 31–November 1, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Online preregistration are open on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, and close on Friday, October 20, 2023. The forum will be held in person at the Westin Crystal City Reagan National Airport, 1800 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. There will be a webcast of the opening remarks, including the technical presentations on Day 1.

The full agenda will be updated on the meeting website below. Day 1 will start with technical presentations, followed by five working group breakout sessions. Day 2 will have continued working group sessions, finishing up with brief out presentations from each working group to wrap up the forum.

FRN Link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/08/07/2023-16802/pipeline-safety-pipeline-safety-research-and-development-forum

2023 PMSA R&D Meeting Registration Link and website: https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/meetings/MtgHome.mtg?mtg=166

Crystal City Hotel Link: Book your group rate for Reservation Link for US DOT – 2023 R&D Forum October 30 – November 2, 2023

Professional Certification Coalition

IHMM is a member of the PCC. The PCC monitors state and federal legislative and regulatory activity affecting professional certification on an ongoing basis. The PCC has compiled several “Watchlists” identifying and analyzing provisions in pending legislation at both the state and federal level that, under applicable rules, may still be enacted in the current legislative session.  Depending on the carry-over rules in the relevant legislature, the charts listing current legislation may include bills introduced in a prior year.  In addition, the PCC compiles each year a chart of enacted legislation that affects certification. The charts include hyperlinks to every bill or executive order. Note that the Watchlist and the Enacted Legislation document do not include profession-specific legislation and do not include regulatory initiatives. The charts will be updated as needed based on new developments.

IHMM Credential Recognition

The highest priority of IHMM’s Government Affairs Committee is the recognition of IHMM’s credentials by government. We have made substantial progress in the two years we have undertaken this endeavor, as outlined in detail here > https://ihmm.org/credential-recognition/

In this project we have 45-in-5, increasing the number of states that recognize IHMM credentials.

  • We have already succeeded in 13 states – New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Arkansas, Oklahoma. Ohio, North Dakota, and Georgia. [Red states in the map above]. These are states where IHMM credentials are cited or 40 CFR 312.10 is cited by reference.
  • We have partially succeeded in another 16 states – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. [Orange/Black Stripe states in the map above] These are states where the requirements of an “environmental professional” or QEP are cited that coincide with an IHMM credential so that relatively little work would need to be done to clarify the desired outcome.
  • We have 21 states where no reference to an IHMM credential is made in either statute or regulation, nor is there anything defined in the area of an environmental professional. These states will require legislation or regulatory work. [Yellow states in the map above].

in January 2022 Gene Guilford released the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation that states a private certification that meets or exceeds the requirements of the regulation is an Environmental Professional under the regulation. Here is the crosswalk between the 40 CFR § 312.10 EPA regulation and the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager [CHMM] blueprint. The CHMM meets or exceeds the requirements of an Environmental Professional. 

Here’s what we ask each volunteer to do:

  • Watch legislative and regulatory developments in your state that provide an opportunity for us to create amendments or other interventions
  • Be willing to speak with regulators and legislators in your area about the recognition efforts we craft together

Regulatory Updates

Notice of Public Meetings in 2023 for International Standards on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety will be hosting public forums in advance of four international meetings, to allow the public to give input on current proposals being considered by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) and the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCOE TDG). The international meetings include:

  • The 29th session of the ICAO TDG, scheduled for November 13 to 17, 2023, in Montreal, Canada
  • The 63rd session of the UNSCOE TDG, scheduled for November 27 to December 6, 2023, in Geneva, Switzerland

Each of these public meetings will be held approximately two weeks before the corresponding international meeting. Specific information for each meeting, including date, time, conference call-in number, and details for advance registration will be posted when available on the PHMSA website under “Upcoming Events.” These meetings will be virtual, with hybrid options available as possible, pending public health guidelines.

The Federal Register announcement can be found here.

HM-265A: Modernizing Regulations to Improve Safety and Efficiency

PHMSA is seeking your input to help us improve the HMR!

On July 5, 2023, PHMSA published the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) “HM-265A: Modernizing Regulations to Improve Safety and Efficiency” to the Federal Register. Based on feedback from industry stakeholders, internal PHMSA review, NTSB safety recommendations, and modal safety partners, the ANPRM addresses 46 separate areas where the requirements of the HMR may need to be updated to increase efficiency while improving safety. Topics addressed in the ANPRM include those related to UN Performance Oriented Package testing, tank car safety, hazardous material employee training, and updates to incorporated by reference documents, among others.

The public comment period for this ANPRM ends on October 3, 2023. For questions, please contact Mr. Eamonn Patrick at [email protected].

The Dr. John H Frick Memorial IHMM Scholarship Program

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management is pleased to have created $32,000 in academic scholarships, divided equally between $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student CHMMs, and $16,000 for students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate education in approved schools and who are also Student ASHMs.

IHMM seeks to foster the growth and academic success of students whose courses of education, and participation in one of our Student certifications, will lead to those students becoming fully-certified IHMM credential holders later in their professional lives.

Go to >  https://ihmm.org/scholarship/

IHMM CHMMⓇ 2022 Salary Survey

IHMM is pleased to release its 2022 salary survey for Certified Hazardous Materials ManagersⓇ [CHMMⓇ] across a broad range of position titles in the CHMMⓇ community of practice.

You may download the CHMM survey here.

IHMM CSHMⓇ 2022 Salary Survey

IHMM is pleased to release its 2022 salary survey for Certified Safety and Health Managers Ⓡ [CSHMⓇ] across a broad range of position titles in the CSHMⓇ community of practice.

You may download the CSHM survey here.

IHMM  – 26 Fellows Are Mentors 

IHMM Fellows Committee Chair Atanu Das, CHMM, is leading the effort within the IHMM Collaboration networking platform to engage both 26 IHMM Fellows as Mentors and anyone who seeks some assistance as Mentees.

Given the extraordinary experience Fellows have, this is a unique opportunity for IHMM Fellows to help guide more recent certificants in their professional development activities. This article from ASAE magazine outlines how a mentoring program can become more successful – engagement!

IHMM’s Collaboration platform contains a “Mentor Match” module [see below at right] that allows mentors to signup designating the hours, number of mentees, subject areas, and length of time they wish to mentor – as well as allowing mentees to signup requesting assistance in specified areas. The mentor match module does the rest by matching mentors and mentees.

#1 – Recertification Video
#2 Recertification Video

IHMM Recertification Videos

IHMM is pleased to release two YouTube instructional videos about navigating the IHMM recertification process. These step-by-step videos easily enable IHMM certificants to start and complete a recertification application.

While the full recertification cycle is 5 years, IHMM encourages all certificants to start a recertification application and add certification maintenance points as they are earned to make the final submission quick and easy to accomplish.

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 Jimmy Nguyen at [email protected] and he’ll be happy to help you.

American Society of Safety Professionals

IHMM is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is pleased to bring this important information to all of our certificants.

Online Safety Series Spotlights General Hazards

PARK RIDGE, IL – The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has planned a second installment of its new workplace safety education series called “Stand Up for Standards.” A live two-hour webinar on general industry hazards will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT Sept. 28, helping occupational safety and health professionals minimize on-the-job risks to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

Stand Up for Standards – ANSI/ASSP General Industry Standards Implementation and Impact for OSH Professionals” will provide an overview of four voluntary national consensus standards and discuss best practices for implementation on worksites across various industries. Safety experts Terry Ketchum, Robert Foster, Deena Ibrahim and Wyatt Bradbury of ASSP’s standards committees will share key insights to help safety professionals develop a better understanding of the standards to address significant workplace hazards and exposures.

“Organizations with true safety cultures go beyond complying with OSHA regulations,” said Ketchum, chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z15 standards committee who has more than 35 years of safety and health experience. “They hold their businesses to a higher standard, better protecting workers while reducing claims costs and reputation damage caused by workplace incidents.”

The safety experts will spotlight the following standards:

  • ANSI/ASSP Z15, Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations
  • ANSI/ASSP Z117, Safety Requirements for Entering Confined Spaces
  • ANSI/ASSP Z244, Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods
  • ANSI/ASSP Z490, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session. Attendees will earn 0.2 continuing education units (CEUs) and receive 10 ANSI/ASSP safety standards to help their organizations prevent many hazards.

Voluntary national consensus standards provide the latest expert guidance and fill gaps where federal regulations don’t exist. Companies rely on them to drive improvement, injury prevention and sustainability. Since regulatory requirements are slow to change and often out of date, compliance is not sufficient to protect workers. A standards-based approach to workplace safety also improves productivity and boosts a company’s bottom line.

Safety professionals should register online for this second event of ASSP’s new education series, which features a different standards-related topic every quarter.

American Society of Safety Professionals

IHMM is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is pleased to bring this important information to all of our certificants.


ASSP Webinars

ASSP Standards News

The U.S. TAG to ANSI for ISO TC283 approved ISO 45002 and ISO 45006 as ANSI registered technical reports.

  • ISO/ASSP TR 45002-2023:   Occupational health and safety management systems – General guidelines for the implementation of ISO 45001:2018
  • ISO/ASSP TR 45006-2023:  Occupational health and safety management – Guidelines for organizations on preventing and managing infectious diseases

At this point, the adoption process is complete.  We will conclude limited public review and then move forward with publication of ISO 45002 and ISO 45006 as an ANSI Registered Technical Report[s].



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.

Lion Tech, HMS Training Partner, Adds Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] Webinars

This week Lion Tech has added its Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] webinars to the HMS Daily Training schedule. This two-day workshop provides comprehensive training to offer hazardous materials for transportation in compliance with the US DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The two-day workshop is approved for 12 CM Points toward IHMM re-certification.

Webinars at Lion.com blend the convenience of online learning with the engagement and nowness of live classroom training. This two-day course provides comprehensive training to offer hazardous materials for transportation in compliance with the US DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The webinar is approved for 12 CM Points toward IHMM re-certification.

Professionals who complete this course develop in-depth knowledge needed to assess a hazardous materials transportation situation and:

• Determine what regulations apply to the material.
• Select authorized and compatible packaging.
• Choose and place required labels/markings for transportation.
• Properly fill out shipping papers with required info (in the right order).
• Determine if placards are required for a bulk or non-bulk shipment.
• Carry out reporting, recordkeeping, and training responsibilities, and more.

Check out the Course agenda at Lion.com/IHMM.

2023 Schedule – Limited Sessions Remain

[Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT) — 2 days / 12 hours

  • October 2–3
  • October 30–31
  • November 13–14
  • December 4–5
  • December 18–19

See more at Lion.com/IHMM, including 1-day DOT hazmat training and 1- and 2-day RCRA course delivered via live webinar. Check out all of Lion’s IHMM-approved courses to maintain your certifications and stay on top the latest hazardous materials, hazardous waste, and environmental regulations.

Already confident about the basics of the HMR? Join us for a one-day “Recurrent Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT) Webinar” instead to help meet DOT’s three-year training mandate for “hazmat employees,”—or train online at your own pace.

More at Lion.com/IHMM

Lion Tech, HMS Training Partner, Adds Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] Training

This week Lion Tech has added its Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification [DOT] Training to the HMS Daily Training schedule. This two-day workshop provides comprehensive training to offer hazardous materials for transportation in compliance with the US DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The two-day workshop is approved for 12.50 CM Points toward IHMM re-certification.

DailyHazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT) TrainingLion Tech Online
Sept 13-14, 2023[Los Angeles] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Los Angeles, CA
Sept 20-21, 2023[San Jose, CA] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)San Jose, CA
Oct 4-5, 2023[Chicago, IL] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Chicago, IL
Oct 18-19, 2023[St. Louis, MO] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)St. Louis, MO
Oct 25-26, 2023[Atlanta, GA] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Atlanta, GA
Nov 8-9, 2023[Charlotte, NC] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Charlotte, NC
Dec 4-5, 2023[Houston, TX] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Houston, TX
Dec 6-7, 2023[Philadelphia, PA] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Philadelphia, PA
Dec 13-14, 2023[Hartford, CT] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Hartford, CT
Dec 14-15, 2023[Dallas, TX] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Dallas, TX

CHEMTREC, HMS Training Partner, Adds HAZWOPER Refresher Training

CHEMTREC has added its HAZWOPER 8-hour Refresher Training to the HMS Daily Training schedule. This HAZWOPER 8-hour Refresher Training is designed for individuals who need to refresh their existing 24-hour or 40-hour HAZWOPER certification. This course meets the requirements outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for 8 (eight) hours of annual refresher training for workers involved in the transport, storage, or handling of hazardous materials or hazardous waste.

See the CHEMTREC HAZWOPER 8-hour Refresher Training here!

CHEMTREC, an HMS training partner, has had 8 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee. Thank you CHEMTREC, and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.

DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrecOnline
DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrecOnline
DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training CourseChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for OperationsChemtrecOnline
Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrecOnline
DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrecOnline

AIHA, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

American Industrial Hygiene Association [AIHA] an HMS training partner, has added its first of many courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs in support of IHMM certificants holding the CHMM, CHMP, CSHM, and CSMP credentials. Thank you, AIHA.


Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene


Certificate Program: Use of Direct Reading Instruments


How to Develop Creative Narrative for Better Training and Retention (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)


Electrical Safe Work Practices With Application of NFPA 70E PDC Recording


Is Your Safety Training Good Enough? (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)


All About Leading, Lagging, and Predictive Indicators (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)


Elevating EHS Leading Indicators: From Defining to Designing Webinar Recording


Increasing Risk Awareness and Leveraging Risk Management to Catalyze a Culture of Learning and Health (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)


Emergency Preparedness: Is the Workplace Truly Prepared for Emergencies? (AIHce EXP 2022 OnDemand)


Mitigation Through Decontamination PDC Recording


SDS & Label Authoring Course


Empowering Industrial Hygienists With Systems Thinking for ISO 45001 Webinar Recording


ISO 45001 OHSMS Update and Overview Webinar Recording


Fire and Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries PDC Recording


Decision Making in Managing Risk – Expand Context, Strengthen Skills PDC Recording


Risk Assessment Virtual Conference Recordings (2021): Introduction to Risk Assessment


Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene


Bowen EHS, HMS Training Partner, Adds Courses for IHMM Certificants

Bowen EHS, an HMS training partner, has had 4 courses approved in advance for earning IHMM recertification certification maintenance points. We are pleased to promote these programs as reviewed and approved by the HMS Education and Training Committee, chaired by Diana Lundelius. Thank you Bowen EHS and thank to HMS’ Education and Training Committee.

Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.

DailyEPCRA Tier II ReportingBowen EHSOnline
DailyCHMM Online ReviewBowen EHSOnline
DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHSOnline
DailyAcute Toluene Exposure WebinarBowen EHSOnline

Thank you Bowen EHS for contributing programs enabling IHMM certificants to engage in professional development and earn important CMPs! All three of the new Bowen EHS programs are available online and on demand.

Respiratory Protection Program Management – Susan Harwood Training Grant

University of Texas Medical Branch, William J. Pate, CHMM

This training course is intended to educate participants on the requirements of developing and implementing a compliant Respiratory Protection Program. The focus of this course will be on topics related to preparation for an infectious disease pandemic. At the end of this training the attendee should be able to:
1) Manage an effective respiratory protection program through proficient application of 29 CFR 1910.134
2) Compare potential routes of exposure
3) Identify and implement potential controls (engineering, administrative, and PPE)
4) List the equipment needed to support fit testing
5) Explain the difference between qualitative and quantitative fit testing
6) Discuss the different types of respiratory protection available
7) Demonstrate correct donning/doffing of respiratory protection

This training course is 7.5 hours and participants will receive a certificate of completion that may be suitable for professional certification maintenance (CSP, CIH, CHMM, CHSP, etc.).

This course will provide 7.5 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours. Accreditation statement: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association –  Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002176

This training is available only to employees and employers who are subject to OSHA regulatory requirements.  Grant-funded training is not available to state or local government employees unless they have occupational safety & health responsibilities (e.g. occupational safety and health trainers, program managers, committee members, or employees responisble for abating unsafe and unhealthy working conditions for their organization).  Registration in this course confirms that meet these conditions.  This training will include the opportunity to don, doff, and fit test respiratory protection including N95, half-face, full-face, and powered air-purifying respirators.  Anyone participating in this training and wanting to put on a respirator agrees that they have been medically cleared by their employer to do so in accordance with OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard.

The 8-hour training program is offered at various dates from March through September. For more information and registration for this FREE program go here >> https://www.utmb.edu/ehs/programs/radiation-occupational-safety-program/RPPSHTG2023


Courses are here>  Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/  Under “Find Training,” Search for NPETE>

These workshops are offered with U.S. DOT PHMSA HMIT (Hazardous Materials Instructor Training) Grant support to the National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (National PETE). This training is FREE for employees and federal, state, county, and local government employees involved in DOT HazMat Shipping, Receiving and Handling via Ground, Air, and Vessel Transportation.

The workshop curriculum is in accordance with 49 CFR § 172.704 for General Awareness, Function-Specific, Safety, and Security Awareness training requirements. Class size is limited to 10-15 students with mask/social distancing protocols, so act fast. Minimum of 6 attendees is needed to confirm the class.

Registration: Contact Mr. Raymond Davis, CHMM, IHMM Fellow, NPETE US DOT PHMSA HMIT Grant Project Coordinator/Instructor at [email protected]

Please provide Mr. Davis with the following registration information via email to [email protected]

Your name, Your company, Your company address/city/state/zip, Phone number, and Email

Upon receipt of your registration information, the address of the training location will be provided.

Easily Find Courses to Help You Pass IHMM Credential Exams

A core mission of HMS is education and training. Part of that mission includes assembling the best and most effective courses to assist IHMM applicants in passing their IHMM credential exams.
CDGP® Prep Course
  1. CE-1112: CDGP® Exam Prep – Columbia Southern University – Available On Demand
CHMM® Prep Courses
  1. Oct. 24-25 – CHMM Prep Course – PTP Consulting
  2. Daily – CHMM® Online Review – Bowen
  3. Daily – CHMM® Prep Course – Institute of Safety & Systems Management
  4. Daily –Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM®) Exam Prep – SPAN Exam Prep, Division of ClickSafety
CSHM® Prep Courses
  1. Certified Safety and Health Manager® (CSHM®) Exam Preparation Course – VUBIZ – Available on Demand
CSMP® Prep Courses
  1. Certified Safety Management Practitioner® [CSMP®] Exam Preparation Course – VUBIZ – Available on Demand

IHMM and HMS Tie Exam Preparation Together for Applicants

Every IHMM certification that requires an examination has a section of its website entitled Examination Preparation.

Connected to the Examination Preparation panel is a companion panel that is Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam.

You see the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel from the CHMM site at left.

When you click on the Find a Course to Prepare for the Exam panel it takes the applicant directly to the HMS site where all CHMM prep courses may be found and chosen.

For the 365 CHMM applicants IHMM had on June 27, 2023, all 365 looking for CHMM prep courses could see and choose their favored CHMM exam prep course. If your course is not on the HMS platform, none of the 365 CHMM applicants could find you.

If you want your CHMM prep course on the HMS platform so it can be found by IHMM CHMM applicants, contact Gene Guilford at [email protected]

HMS Makes Finding Courses to Earn CMPs Easy

Every year more than 1,600 IHMM certificants have to recertify their credentials, evidenced their continuing commitment to improvement and learning to elevate their professional credential.

Earning Certification Maintenance Points [CMPs] is illustrated under Recertification of Your Credential, that includes the Recertification Claims Manual – Appendix A, that details all of the ways a certificant may earn CMPs > https://ihmm.org/recertification-claims/

Having mastered that manual, how does an IHMM certificant find courses to earn CMPs?

HMS has made that simple and easy.

  1. Go to https://hazmatsociety.org/education-training/
  2. Scroll down until you see a row of buttons…click on the CMPs button

The system will then generate all of the courses on the HMS E&T platform with IHMM CMPs already attached.

The next developments by the HMS E&T committee will refine available courses’ CMPs by individual credential!

HMS Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] Exam Prep

The Columbia Southern University/HMS CDGP prep course is found here on the Hazardous Materials Society [HMS] education and training website > https://hazmatsociety.org/training/ce-1112-cdgp-exam-prep/2022-02-02/

The CSU CDGP exam prep course is delivered entirely online and may be initiated by any CDGP applicant at any time. The CDGP applicant has up to 10 weeks to complete the prep course, though an extension of the 10 weeks may be requested from CSU directly. The CSU CDGP exam prep course contains 8 modules covering the 4 principle texts involved in the CDGP exam, as follows:

  • UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, and
  • International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions (ICAO TI), and
  • International Air Transport Association’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR), and the
  • International Maritime Organization’s Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).

More information on the IHMM Certified Dangerous Goods Professional [CDGP] credential may be found here > https://ihmm.org/cdgp/

Applications for the 2023 HMS Scholarship Awards Now Open

The HMS scholarship award is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students whose academic program and research studies have the potential to address the most serious issues in handling hazardous materials, dangerous goods, environmental issues, health & safety challenges. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in accredited U.S. academic institutions.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS IS December 1, 2023. All submissions and associated materials must be submitted using the online form.

Scholarship Winners Will Be Announced at the HMS Annual Meeting.

For More Information, Visit > https://hazmatsociety.org/scholarship/

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.

RCM&D Professional Liability Insurance

HMS is proud to have partnered with RCM&D to be able to offer an outstanding comprehensive professional liability insurance program to IHMM certificants. Here, you will find information about this important program offering Environmental Consultants and Engineers Professional Liability coverage. This coverage is intended to add protection for loss stemming from actual or alleged negligent acts, errors and omissions in performing professional services.

For more information see > https://hazmatsociety.org/professional-liability-insurance/

Member Benefits of Hazardous Materials Society

99% 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.

As an IHMM certificant, you pay no dues to take advantage of IHMM’s Foundation at HMS. We do appreciate IHMM’s certificants encouraging their companies to contribute.

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.

Sponsored Content

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 2023, virtually as well as in-person as resources allow. Below are some of the conferences IHMM will support in 2023.

Are there conferences you believe IHMM should attend that do not appear here? If so, let us know by sending an email to [email protected]

National Safety Council Congress & Expo

Visit IHMM at Booth 1015 and say hello to IHMM Executive Director Gene Guilford

New Orleans, LA

October 23-25, 2023

FET Annual Conference

Visit IHMM at Booth 5 and say hello to Board Chair Bill Diesslin

Milwaukee Marriott West

October 31-Nov 2, 2023


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. These events are produced independently of IHMM, and their providers have no access to IHMM certification examinations or program information other than that which is publicly available.

DateEventEvent ProducerLocation
DailyCHMM Exam Prep CourseInstitute of Safety & Systems Management


DailyCE 1112- IHMM CDGP Exam Prep (online) Columbia Southern University


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


DailyCE 1105: Maritime Hazardous Materials Inventory Columbia Southern University


DailyDOT NON-Bulk Training Compliance Associates


DailyOSHA 30 Construction (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER Refresher (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 40-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


DailyHAZWOPER 24-Hour All Industries (Online) ClickSafety


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


DailyCHMM Online Review Bowen


DailyOnsite Lithium Battery TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOnsite ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyWebinar ADR TrainingCompliance Associates


DailyOSHA Confined Space Operations TrainingHazmat School


DailyIATA/IMDG Certification TrainingDGI


DailyCSHM Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyCSMP Exam Prep CourseVubiz


DailyGround Transportation for CarriersChemtrec


DailyOSHA Hazard Communications StandardChemtrec


DailyShipping Lithium Batteries and Cells TrainingChemtrec


DailyHazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness Online Training Course Chemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations Chemtrec


Daily49 CFR TrainingChemtrec


DailyIATA Dangerous Goods Online Training for Operations PersonnelChemtrec


DailyOnline 2-Hour OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline Heat Illness Prevention TrainingHazmat School


DailyOnline OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER Training CourseHazmat School


DailyEPCRA Tier II ReportingBowen EHS


DailyEHS Training Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyEmergency Management Self-Paced PDCBowen EHS


DailyBasic Principles of Occupational HygieneAIHA



Certificate Program: Use of Direct Reading Instruments




How to Develop Creative Narrative for Better Training and Retention (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




Electrical Safe Work Practices With Application of NFPA 70E PDC Recording




Is Your Safety Training Good Enough? (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




All About Leading, Lagging, and Predictive Indicators (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




Elevating EHS Leading Indicators: From Defining to Designing Webinar Recording




Increasing Risk Awareness and Leveraging Risk Management to Catalyze a Culture of Learning and Health (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)




Emergency Preparedness: Is the Workplace Truly Prepared for Emergencies? (AIHce EXP 2022 OnDemand)




Mitigation Through Decontamination PDC Recording




SDS & Label Authoring Course




Empowering Industrial Hygienists With Systems Thinking for ISO 45001 Webinar Recording




ISO 45001 OHSMS Update and Overview Webinar Recording




Fire and Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries PDC Recording




Decision Making in Managing Risk – Expand Context, Strengthen Skills PDC Recording




Risk Assessment Virtual Conference Recordings (2021): Introduction to Risk Assessment




Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene




Response Considerations During an Outbreak or Pandemic

FEMA           Online

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness Course

FEMA           Online
Oct 2-3, 2023 [Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)Lion Tech


Oct 4-5, 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Chicago, IL

Oct 18-19, 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

St. Louis, MO

October 24-25, 2023CHMM Prep CoursePTP Consulting

Swedesboro, NJ

Oct 25-26, 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Atlanta, GA

Oct 30-31, 2023 [Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)Lion Tech


Nov 8-9, 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Charlotte, NC

Nov 13-14, 2023 [Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)Lion Tech


Dec 4-5, 2023 [Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)Lion Tech


Dec 4-5, 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Houston, TX

Dec 6-7 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Philadelphia, PA

Dec 13-14 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Hartford, CT

Dec 14-15 2023Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification Training (DOT)Lion Tech

Dallas, TX

Dec 18-19, 2023 [Webinar] Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification (DOT)Lion Tech



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