This situation is where I found myselfseveral years ago....a chemist at a cross-roads...
I started with the ACS course "Howto Become a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer". I sat for theCHO exam through NRCC and passed. Then I looked into broad EHS topics andwent through an OSHA outreach center and obtained the "IndustrialSafety & Health" Certificate - that gave me OSHA 30hr, respiratoryprotection, intro to industrial hygiene, machine guarding & ergonomics.Then I was "asked" to obtain my CIH. I took the exam and failed- I knew nothing!! So after looking at the rubric of my weakest areas Idecided that it would be worth it to get my MSPH in Industrial Hygienefrom Tulane's Distance Learning Program (luckily my company has an awesomeeducation reimbursement program & supported my endeavor). Having thosein-depth classes over the course of a full semester vs 1-wk workshops workedbest for me. Their ventilation course is what saved me & I finallypassed the CIH May of 2013 (3rd time's the charm) and finished my MSPHDecember 2013. I am currently the Industrial Hygiene Chemist & LabManager for a private AIHA Accredited Laboratory.
I would be happy to speak with yourformer student if she would like to know more about how I got here!
Melissa D. Ballard, MSPH, CIH, CHO
Industrial Hygienist / IndustrialHygiene Chemist
Michelin North America
1401 Antioch Church Road
Greenville, SC 29605
From: "David C. Finster"<dfinster**At_Symbol_Here**WITTENBERG.EDU>
Date: 12/31/2014 03:54 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] inquiryabout "CHO-type" career path
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I am currently working as a LabManager at a small company. Working here I have come to realize I likethe 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 liketo pursue a career in the safety field as an Industrial Hygienist and/ora Chemical Hygiene Officer. I know that to be an Industrial Hygienistor a Chemical Hygiene Officer one needs to be certified and the steps forthat are laid out in multiple places, but I'm having some issues findinginformation 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 theright job? I have also seen some references to an apprentice program, butI'm not sure if it is real or not or required. So my real question, canyou please advise on the appropriate education and steps I would need toexplore to become an Industrial Hygienist or Chemical Hygiene Officer?
I'd be happy to collect responses fromthe group and forward them to her.
Thanks, in advance.
David C. Finster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
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