The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) plans to introduce a new industrial hygiene certification in 2001 for those professionals who have IH responsibilities, but do not qualify for the Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH) designation.
This will include EHS professionals who do not practice IH a majority of their total work time as well as those who primarily function in a single IH rubric area such as air pollution and ergonomics, and do not meet the CIH requirement for broad-scope IH work experience.
The basic qualifications will include:
- A bachelor's degree with at least 30 semester hours of science and math,
- IH college or PDC courses covering fundamentals, measurements, controls and toxicology.
- four years of post-bachelor, professional-level industrial hygiene experience (at least 25 percent IH activities), and
- successful completion of a written exam.
The certification will be designed to demonstrate the applicant's competence in applying the fundamentals of industrial hygiene knowledge and skills, according to ABIH.
As with the CIH certification, a five year recertification requirement will be built into the process and an application for third party accreditation through the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) will be submitted.
For more details on the certification go to ABIH's Web site at www.abih.org.