Happy 2016! On behalf of the Board and staff of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), I send our wishes for a new year full of success!
I am honored to serve as IHMM Chair with such a great group of Directors. Here we are at our December meeting where we approved the 2016 budget, heard about our four credentials, followed the work of IHMM committees, and much more. You can contact us anytime; here is the link to our contact information.
Of course, as the IHMM Board Chair, I have an opinion about what I think is best. After 30 years of protecting the public and the environment, IHMM certificants demonstrate the “best” of our profession. I’m so proud of our organization and of our certificants. I’m particularly proud that IHMM continues to grow and improve so that we may serve each of you more efficiently.
We’ve implemented our new certificant database and we’ve included four “how to” articles – look for the MyIHMM logo at our website. IHMM’s Executive Office (EO) has devoted the past 6 months to our database conversion effort and it’s been a challenge. The road has been bumpy as we move into the 21th century and we are most appreciative for your patience during this transition. I have heard about many issues from you about our database functions and want to assure you we take you feedback very seriously. Make no mistake; your Staff is working as fast as they can to solve all individual items/issues. However, I do need your help, so please log on to MyIHMM to confirm your email. Without your current email, important notices will be missed about your credential.
I’m pleased to welcome new director Robin K. Spencer, and will miss our departing director, James J. Spatarella. Articles about their background and service are included in this issue.
We appreciate all our certificants who so generously volunteer their time and talent on the Board, on our committees, and as item writers for our exams and more. Did you make a resolution to give back to your profession this year? The IHMM staff would love to hear from you!
Here’s to another banner year; I predict great things in store for everyone in the IHMM family!
Best Wishes to you and yours,
Allison A. King, CHMM
Chair, IHMM Board of Directors