Monona and all,
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (www.abih.org
) is the organization that oversees and manages certification of industrial hygienists and maintenance of the CIH. Information below is from the
website. Near the middle of the info below is a section for providers of events and what a provider needs to consider for participants who may want to claim CEUs or "maintenance points" in IH.
CM Credit for Educational Events
CM credit can be claimed if an educational event:
Is completed during the Diplomate's CM cycle,
Is targeted to the professional level (not technician or technoligist), advancing or enhancing the person=E2=80™s technical knowledge and/or skills,
Has subject matter content that is:
at least one hour of IH or safety related material, or
ethics related (can be any duration).
CM credit is claimed at a rate of 0.167 CM point per each hour of technical content in the CM Areas of IH,
Safety, or IH Ethics. Fractional points are allowed once the one-hour minimum is acheived for IH or Safety events (e.g. 1.5 hours = 0.25 CM point).
Technical Contact Hours
Includes technical portions such as presentations, lectures, break outs, Q&A, exams, event overview, event recaps, and discussions.
Excludes the non-technical portions such as generic welcome speeches, participant introductions, breaks, meals, networking, exhibitor
time, roundtables or discussions with unspecified topics, social tours
Use or claim the technical contact hours as provided by the Sponsor regardless of the actual time it takes to complete the course.. Note that some Sponsors use CEUs (1 CEU = 10 technical contact hours). If the total course hours
are not provided by the Sponsor, caclulate the hours from an agenda or schedule (see note below).
Academic courses receive 15 hours (2.5 CM points) per academic semester credit-hour, or 10 hours (1.67 CM point) if on the academic quarter-hour system.
Claim 3 hours for each half day of attendance, or
Track and claim your actual hours of attendance in the technical sessions.
Note: Claiming the maximum time at a conference usually means that you attended every possible technical session and you did not do any non-technical activity, e.g., breaks, networking, Vendor visits,
awards, social, etc.
As a matter of convenience, most Diplomates use the "3 hours/half day" estimate. As with courses, one (1) hour of technical contact time = 0.167 point.
Calculating the Technical Contact Hours From an Agenda
When calculating the technical contact hours from an agenda or schedule, the time can be;
Estimated, using the avg hours/half day, e.g., 2.5 hours/half day X 6 half days = 15 hours
Rounded down but not up, e.g., 95 minutes = 1.5 hours
Exact, e.g., 75 minutes = 1.25 hours
Claiming CM credit
CM credit is claimed at a rate of 0.167 point per hour (1 CM point = 6 hours) in at least one of the CM Areas (IH,
Safety or IH Ethics
EX: An 8 hour respiratory protection class can be claimed for 1.34 IH points. A 30 minute Code-of-Conduct class can be claimed for 0.08 IH Ethics points.
If an event has technical content in more than one CM Area, the Diplomate may:
Use the one CM Area that is >50% of the technical content, OR
Use each of the CM Areas, assigning the time accordingly
EX: An 8 hour PDC is 75% IH and 25% ethics. This could be claimed as either:
8 IH hours (1.34 CM points) OR
6 IH hours (1 point) and 2 IH Ethics hours (0.33 point)
This section contains:
ABIH =AE Diplomates are required to attend educational events but the Diplomate, not ABIH, will calculate the CM credit for
an event. CM credit claimed by Diplomates is based on technical contact hours of your event. See the CM credit calculation method above to better understand technical vs. non-technical contact hours.
Acceptable events must by IH or safety related, with a duration of at least one hour. Ethics events are also acceptable
and can be any duration.
Prior to 2011, ABIH provided an event review service where we issued CM points and CM Approval Numbers. That service was
discontinued and the use of the CM Approval Numbers is no longer valid or authorized by ABIH. ABIH encourages all Content Owners/Provider to discontinue use of the CM Approval Numbers and CM Point values previously awarded by ABIH.
Today, ABIH Diplomates simply want to know the number of technical contact hours in your event (not the CM points).
1. Suggested Language for Event
Event Providers or Sponsors are not obligated
to communicate the technical contact hours or CEU value (if using the IACET system) for an educational event; however, doing so makes the event more attractive to ABIH Diplomates.
Some suggested language is provided below. ABIH does not require you to use this language. If your language deviates significantly
from what is listed below or you are concerned about the accuracy and clarity, ABIH will be glad to review and provide feedback to you. You will not be obligated to use the ABIH feedback.
One firm rule that ABIH does proactively review and enforce: Event Providers or Sponsors should not imply that ABIH has
approved or endorsed an event, even if the event was previously awarded CM credit by ABIH.
An acceptable certificate of completion for an event typically includes: the event title, Sponsor/Provider name, date(s)
of offering/completion, Participant's name, location (if pertinent) and the technical contact hours or CEU value.
*Note that events previously awarded CM points by ABIH in the area of general "Management" are no longer eligible for
CM credit in the ABIH system.
Advertising an event to ABIH =AE Diplomates can dramatically increase its visibility and maximize the participation rates.
An ABIH list rental allows you to reach thousands of CIHs, or it can be customized to target audiences.
For more information, contact INFOCUS Marketing at:
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu
] On Behalf Of Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7:26 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] New post: CEU credits
I've never bothered with getting a CIH since I've gone my own specialized way since 1977 when I started. So I am unfamiliar with the CEU credits that CIHs have to get every year. Now I'd like to know more.
The reason is I'm teaching a 40 hour course in July at UMass-Amherst on Art Safety. It is designed for serious art students, teachers and EH& S people who need to know more about art materials, processes, special ventilation for art,
etc. The school is working on getting regular CEU credits for people taking the course, but I assume there is something special about AIHA CEUs, right?
I know CIH people have gotten these credits from enduring some of the trainings/presentations I've done at conferences and events, but I never paid any attention to what that was all about.
I'd love to hear from anyone who can tell me if this is a valid idea, know who to talk to about application, etc.
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President: Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012 212-777-0062