ROCKVILLE, Maryland (22 September 2015) – The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) is pleased to announce that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has granted IHMM continued accreditation under the International Standard Conformity Assessment, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons (ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024), for another year. After a review of IHMM’s 2015 annual on-site audit report, the Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) at their 14 September 2015 meeting officially moved to continue IHMM’s accreditation. All IHMM credentials – Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner and Certified Dangerous Goods Professional – are ANSI accredited.
“ANSI accreditation offers the CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP credentials the recognition of an independent global validation as hazardous materials professionals,” said Allison A. King, Chair of the IHMM Board of Directors. “IHMM conforms to the highest independent, third party accreditation standard available in the scientific and global communities for the delivery of competency exams. We congratulate IHMM for maintaining its policies and procedures that continue to comply with ANSI’s requirements.”
ANSI’s accreditation program for personnel certification bodies is based on the international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. In addition to an annual comprehensive review of a paper application, ANSI assessors conduct an on-site assessment every other year to validate information provided by each certifying body. ANSI accreditation validates IHMM credentials’ global reach and recognition.
About the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management
For over thirty years the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1984, has been protecting the environment and the public’s health, safety, and security through the administration of credentials recognizing professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, expertise, and excellence in the management of hazardous materials and dangerous goods transport.
Over 16,000 homeland security, environmental protection, engineering, health sciences, transportation, and public safety professionals have earned IHMM’s accredited Certified Hazardous Materials Manager credential. IHMM also administers the Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner and the Certified Dangerous Goods Professional credentials.
- Written by Super User
- Created: 24 September 2015
- Last Updated: 24 September 2015
As many of you know, NEOCHMM needs to have an election this November to elect a new President, Vice-President and Board of Directors. Please review the list of positions below and consider running for an elected position. The President’s two year term is up and is not allowed to run again so the group really needs the support of all of its members. If you have any questions about this commitment, don’t hesitate to contact any of the current or past Board Members.
Article V. Officers
1.The elective officers of the Chapter shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and immediate past president.
2.The five officers, and three at large board members shall form the Executive Committee, and shall act as the Board of Directors.
3.All officers must be CHMM’s residing in Ohio. At large board members must be voting members of the Chapter.
4.The duties of the officers shall be:
1.President shall preside over Chapter Meetings and interface with other chapters, the Academy of Hazardous Materials Management and other environmental organizations.
2.Vice President shall preside over Chapter meetings in the absence of the President and act as the program director for Chapter meetings. Vice President is expected to run for President at the conclusion of his term
3.Immediate Past-President shall be responsible for recruiting members in the Chapter and assisting the Board in promoting the Chapters objectives.
4.Secretary shall be responsible for documenting Chapter meetings, maintaining and updating Chapter records and documenting Chapter sponsored training.
5.Treasurer shall be responsible for documenting membership in the Chapter, maintaining the Chapter’s financial records and interfacing with government regulators to maintain the Chapter’s non-profit status
- Written by Frank Calovini, CHMM
- Created: 21 September 2015
- Last Updated: 21 September 2015
On Thursday, August 13, 2015, a small, but curious, group from NEOCHMM, toured Cleveland’s Baldwin Water Treatment Plant. This is the first such tour of any Water Treatment Plant by NEOCHMM and we would like to thank Frank Petrik, CHMM for setting up the tour for us.
We were warmly greeted by Tom Loren, Assistant Plant Manager. Tom is in charge of day-to-day operations at the plant. Moreover, he is a passionate advocate for consumer confidence in Cleveland’s ability to supply clean and safe drinking water. Tom provided us with a history of the facility, an understanding of the treatment process and a tour of the facilities.
The history of the Baldwin Treatment Plant tracks the growth of Cleveland. It also tracks the need for and growth of the Environmental Protection, Health and Safety Field. Indeed, Garrett Morgan, developed one of the first gas masks used to rescue workers trapped by gas in the intake tunnels that brought water from Lake Erie on shore to the water treatment plants.
Touring the Baldwin plant, with its rich building materials and ornate architectural features, leaves the impression of drinking water being treated with class. The treatment process involves:
- basic screening
- addition of potassium permanganate
- pre-chlorination as necessary
- addition of alum and powered activated carbon in rapid mix chambers
- gravity filtration
- hypochlorite disinfection
- 130 Million Gallon finished water underground reservoir storage
- Post processing of return flows and sludges
In the early 2000’s, the plant underwent massive modernization, all while maintaining the architectural and historical features of the facility. The end result is that just two licensed operators per shift can now provide basic daily operations for a facility that produces and average of 71 MGD of potable water.
NEOCHMM thanks Frank, Tom and all the Cleveland Water employees for a tour of this facility and for producing safe drinking water for the Cleveland area.
- Written by Mark Baumgardner, CHMM
- Created: 17 August 2015
- Last Updated: 18 August 2015
As a new Board member to the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, from time to time, I would like to offer a Board Member’s perspective of what is happening at IHMM.
Many often only think about IHMM when it is time to recertify. Note that IHMM offers a newsletter, IHMM Today, so take some time to review that on a semi-annual basis for the latest official news from IHMM.
Recently, you should have received a request by e-mail to update you information in the new MyIHMM certificant database. Keeping this information current will allow to IHMM to serve you better. The new and improved MyIHMM will allow you to more easily complete a recertification application and help the staff to expeditiously approve it. Many of the supporting documents can now be uploaded electronically and the amount of paper is kept to a minimum. This saves a considerable amount of staff resources and time. The same processes will apply for new applicants. More importantly, as the database is updated, the staff will be able to use it to better offer Products and Services to segments of the membership on a timely basis.
If you attend the AHMP National Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ this September, be sure and stop by the IHMM Booth in the Exhibitors’ Hall. There you will be able to find out more about IHMM’s initiatives to streamline its operations and will be able to interact one-on-one with many of our staff. It will be nice to place a face with a name.
Finally, if you know of a candidate that would qualify as a Fellow of the Institute, nominations will be accepted in the third quarter of the year. Check out the website for details.
- Written by Mark Baumgardner, CHMM
- Created: 30 June 2015
- Last Updated: 30 June 2015