Cleaning & Restoration Breaking News

ABIH Signs Alliance Agreement with OSHA

LANSING, MI, March 14, 2008 – When it comes to protecting the health and safety of American workers, nothing is more important than having highly qualified people leading health and safety programs.

That’s why the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) has formed an Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that creates a partnership to promote the value of professional certification and enhance the expertise of health and safety professionals.

“Protecting the health and safety of workers is not only the responsible thing to do, it’s also a proven success factor in today’s business,” says ABIH Chair Scott E. Merkle, Chief of the Health and Safety Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. “Through this alliance, OSHA further recognizes the value of the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation that ABIH offers and commits, along with the other alliance partners, to enhance professional education, raise operational expertise and promote the value of certification.”

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists (CCHEST) are also partners in the Alliance. An implementation team, involving all Alliance partners, will soon be developing a strategy and action plan for reaching employers, employees and health and safety professionals and educating them about the value of enhanced expertise and professional certification.

  “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with our Alliance partners and reach many more employers and employees in addition to health and safety professionals who are candidates for certification,” Merkle adds. “The need for qualified industrial hygienists has never been greater. This type of outreach is critical to keeping workers in America safe and healthy and our profession strong.”

Earning the CIH designation requires a BA or BS degree with 60 semester hours in undergraduate or graduate level courses in science, math, engineering, and science-based technology, with at least 15 of those hours at the upper (junior, senior, or graduate) level. Candidates must also have four years of broad-based professional industrial hygiene experience, take continuing education courses in industrial hygiene fundamentals, measurements, controls, and toxicology, and pass a rigorous examination.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

Podcasts

Yes, it's only February now - several weeks or months before the thaw depending on where you live - and hopefully this winter has been a profitable one for your business during the historical slow season. But now's also the time to start planning for the busy season - spring - so that you can hit the ground running. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun shares tips and tricks on how to make this spring your most profitable yet.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

CoverImage

2015 March

The March ICS issue features content on cleaning services, green chemistry, encapsulation, terrazzo floors, educating clients and new products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
View Results Poll Archive

THE ICS STORE

FinalCover.gif
The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

More Products

ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.png

TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view