The handling and management of hazardous materials and the transport of dangerous goods
are governed by model regulations published by the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Transportation, committees of the United Nations as well as a network of state, national and international organizations. Professionals need the competency to use, interpret, and implement the regulations to properly handle, transport, and store the materials to ensure the safety of the public. Each individual professional at times in their careers are assessed on their knowledge of regulations though study, experience and training. Credentials validate assessments of knowledge, skills, and abilities and provide the acknowledgment that an individual has the competency to perform the functions of the profession.
IHMM credentials – Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), and Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP) – meet ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, the International Standard for Personnel Certification Programs. The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) also accredit CHMM and CHMP. CHMMs and CHMPs have knowledge of a whole umbrella of environmental management areas such as: risk assessment, proper storage and handling, transportation, pollution prevention, waste stream management, impacts on environment, waste minimization, sustainability, emergency response, and remediation just to name a few. CDGPs are professionals who have the knowledge and skills appropriate for dealing with the transportation and security of hazardous materials/dangerous goods.