About Us

PSW-AHMP is a California incorporated nonprofit organization representing the interests of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) in the Pacific Southwest region. PSW-AHMP supports the purposes of AHMP, acknowledges and incorporates by reference the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management Code of Ethics for CHMMs who promote them in the Chapter and throughout the community.

The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), formerly the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, Inc. (ACHMM), is a professional association with a membership of more than 4,000 of the nation's leading experts in environmental issues, worker health & safety and security (risk) management. AHMP is the only national organization devoted to the professional advancement of the hazardous materials management field.

AHMP members are distributed across 56 chapters in 37 states plus the District of Columbia. In 2006, AHMP established its first international chapter in Bangalore, India.

AHMP envisions a world where the natural environment is unburdened by pollution; workers are exposed only to safe and healthful conditions; and hazardous materials are used/transported in a safe, efficient manner.  As it has for more than two decades, AHMP works to advance the field of hazardous materials management to make its vision a reality. Its core purpose is to foster a community of professionals who jointly advocate for public recognition of the value of the Ceritified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) credential and the high professional standard it represents.

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1984. The Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM®) program was launched in June of the same year.  A Board of Directors is charged with the maintenance and furtherance of the CHMM credential program which is central to the IHMM effort.

The CHMM program is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). The CHMM designation remains one of a select few accredited credentials in the environmental profession. CESB's guidelines for accreditation include consideration of:

  • Validity of the certification examination program
  • Fairness of the procedures for determining applicant eligibility
  • Adequacy of requirements for ensuring maintenance and enhancement of professional qualifications (recertification)
  • Professionalism and independence of the certifying body
  • Openness of the program to public scrutiny

As an accredited program (CHMM® meets ASTM Standard Designation E1929-98 for Personnel Certifications), the Institute (certifying body) now plays a significant role in CESB's Board activities, including participation in the review of accreditation applications for other specialty certification programs.

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