March 16, 2020

A New Certification Program for Industrial Hygiene Chemists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. FLL-20-0316-01

CONTACT:

Susan Marchese
smarchese@aiha.org

(703) 846-0742

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (March 16, 2020)--The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), AIHA Registry Programs, and the National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC) announced the launch of a joint program for the certification of industrial hygiene chemists and analysts. The new certification program is called the AIHA-NRCC Industrial Hygiene Chemist Certification.

The organizations developed this program after recognizing the benefits of certification for chemists and analysts in laboratories that focus on analyzing industrial hygiene samples.

AIHA Registry Programs provided the startup fund for the development of the AIHA-NRCC Industrial Hygiene Chemist Certification, while NRCC planned, developed, and will administer the certification program. AIHA provided subject matter expertise in the form of volunteers from the Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee to create and maintain the program, and is supporting the certification program with educational opportunities at both the beginner and intermediate levels for those looking to become certified IH Chemists.

“We are excited to be part of making this long-awaited certification a reality. We strongly believe that it will provide an opportunity for chemists and analysts who focus on industrial hygiene to be recognized for their specific expertise,” said Angela Oler, Director of Operations for AIHA Registry Programs.

“The opportunity to partner with AIHA on this program was ideal, as NRCC is continuously evaluating potential professional certification ideas and AIHA had the expertise we were looking for on this program. As a CLIA approved Certification Board for Laboratory Directors of High Complexity Testing, NRCC connects chemists in a variety of fields with licensing opportunities and enhanced employment prospects. This program is a natural extension of our mission,” said Russ Phifer, Executive Director of NRCC.

Candidates of the AIHA-NRCC Industrial Hygiene Chemist Certification must meet at least one of the following combined education and experience requirements:

• Associate’s degree with at least 16 semester hours of chemistry or other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board, and a minimum of 3 years of employment experience relevant to industrial hygiene chemistry.

• Bachelor’s degree with at least 16 semester hours of chemistry and other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board, and a minimum of 2 years of employment experience relevant to industrial hygiene chemistry.

• American Chemical Society-certified bachelor’s degree with at least 16 semester hours of chemistry and other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board, and a minimum of 1 year of employment experience relevant to industrial hygiene chemistry.

• Master’s or doctorate degree with at least the equivalence of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry and other natural science courses from an institution acceptable to the Board, and a minimum of 1 year of employment experience relevant to industrial hygiene chemistry.

For more information, please visit NRCC’s website.

About AIHA

Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, or impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. AIHA provides comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards. More than half of AIHA’s nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors.

About AIHA Registry Programs

AIHA Registry Programs was established in 1986 to advance the profession of industrial hygiene and to recognize an individual’s knowledge and skills in specific areas of industrial or environmental health and safety practice.

About NRCC

The National Registry in Clinical Chemistry was organized in 1967 to certify clinical chemists and clinical chemistry technologists. In 1999, the NRCC Board of Directors changed the organization’s name to National Registry of Certified Chemists to reflect additional certification programs for chemists in other professional fields.