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AHMP and IHMM Successfully Collaborate on Certification Threat in Louisiana

Thursday, May 17, 2018  
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AHMP and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) joined forces earlier this month to effectively voice concerns and bring about amendments to proposed legislation in Louisiana (HB 748) that posed a significant threat to voluntary certification programs like the CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP.

The two organizations collaborated with a coalition of nearly two dozen associations and credentialing organizations to convince legislators in the state that the bill had the unintended consequence of restricting individuals holding a voluntary certification from using the term “certified” in their title.  Lawmakers ultimately agreed to significantly amend the bill and remove the certification provision.

Prior to the changes, AHMP President Bruce Donato, CSP, CHMM, CECD, communicated with the bill’s sponsor and members of a Senate committee to explain that, “Prohibiting AHMP members from using the term ‘certified’ penalizes them for obtaining, and adhering to, a higher professional standard.” Donato added that the legislation, as originally written, “not only affects our members who live and work in Louisiana, but also our members who live in other states and travel to Louisiana professionally. Those persons likely would run afoul of HB 748 unintentionally.”

AHMP member and IHMM Chair Bob West, CHMM, echoed Donato’s words when he wrote that, “It is of critical importance to the IHMM and the professionals who have earned—or aspire to earn—our credentials that the right to present truthful qualifications to the public not be infringed. Eliminating the ability of holders of the CHMM, CHMP, and CDGP credentials to identify themselves as ‘certified’ professionals would be highly detrimental to those individuals, their employers and customers, and the general public.”

After the changes desired by AHMP, IHMM and the broader coalition were achieved, AHMP’s Government Affairs Committee Chair Kent Shadley, CHMM, thanked IHMM for involving the Alliance in the effort and expressed his appreciation for the “outstanding work” by everyone involved.

IHMM Executive Director Glenn Fellman agreed, stating that the shared efforts to achieve a common goal “made a big difference.” He added that the work of the two organizations was “very effective, and grassroots work by Louisiana members and certificants was very effective as well.”

After being approved by the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee, the amended bill was adopted by the full Senate on May 16 and referred back to the House chamber for a vote of concurrence.

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