From: Melissa Charlton-Smith <charltonsmith**At_Symbol_Here**WVWC.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] inquiry about "CHO-type" career path
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:48:45 -0500
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All the suggestions thus far are great. We have another option here at WVWC we have a CH&S program that is specifically for educating someone as a CHO. If she already has a BS she could just take the CHO coursework, which is about 17 credits. She'd be certified by WVWC and could take the CHO exam from NRCC. It's an option. If she's interested I can send her the coursework info.


Mel Charlton-Smith

Chemistry Lab Coordinator, CHO-NRCC

Coordinator of BS-CHS program, Lecturer

WVWC - Chemistry Dept.


59 College Ave

Buckhannon, WV 26201



From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of David C.. Finster
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3:10 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] inquiry about "CHO-type" career path

CHAS folks,

One of the joys of being a teacher is hearing from a former student who is making their way in the world. I was recently contacted by a 2010 Wittenberg graduate with the following query:

I am currently working as a Lab Manager at a small company. Working here I have come to realize I like the knowing, researching, and implementing the safety measures in the lab, and that I would like to do more of that. I am thinking that I would like to pursue a career in the safety field as an Industrial Hygienist and/or a Chemical Hygiene Officer. I know that to be an Industrial Hygienist or a Chemical Hygiene Officer one needs to be certified and the steps for that are laid out in multiple places, but I'm having some issues finding information on how I could start down this path. Is it a re-education, or a few classes I can take while working, getting lucky and finding the right job? I have also seen some references to an apprentice program, but I'm not sure if it is real or not or required. So my real question, can you please advise on the appropriate education and steps I would need to explore to become an Industrial Hygienist or Chemical Hygiene Officer?

I'd be happy to collect responses from the group and forward them to her.

Thanks, in advance.


David C. Finster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
Wittenberg University

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