I would like to greet everyone to a very happy new year! On behalf of the entire Institute of Hazardous Materials Management organization, I am wishing you all the best as we begin another year of challenges, victories, lessons and changes in the year ahead.
In this newsletter I am happy to share with you all the activities the IHMM does on behalf of its certificants. Also, I would like to update all of you on two significant activities we accomplished this year which we first alerted you to at the AHMP conference last August.
The IHMM Board of Directors (BOD) meets four times a year and at our June 2011 meeting we engaged in a strategic planning session in order to develop a multi year strategic plan that we can link to a yearly work plan and, very importantly, a plan that can be linked to our annual operating budget. We reviewed this plan again in September and then approved a strategic plan, 2012 work plan and 2012 budget at the 9 December meeting of the BOD. I have the BOD, our Financial Committee and Executive Office staff to thank for all the hard work over these six months. What this means for you as certificates is a well reviewed and realistic work plan and budget that enables us to maintain our accreditations from American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards, continues to promote our current credentials and enables us to expand our services.
This year the BOD successfully negotiated a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association (DGTA) regarding certifications of dangerous goods professionals and trainers. This MOA makes it possible for people working in the dangerous goods field to enhance and promote their work by obtaining a credentialed certification as either a Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP) or a Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer (CDGT). The BOD executed and signed this agreement in November and IHMM is now developing documentation for expansion of scope application as part of its current credential offerings accredited by the ANSI under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. Please look to future newsletters and our website for updates on these credential roll-outs.
None of this could have happened without our certificant leaders commitment and hard work. To all our certificant volunteers, I would like to extend my sincere thank you to everyone who has dedicated their work to excellence, and has helped IHMM to develop professional credentials and to administer and promote credible certification programs.
To everyone in the IHMM family – I would like to once again wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.