|Your IH Courses
||You’ll need to document that you’ve completed 180 academic contact hours or 240 continuing education contact hours of specific industrial hygiene courses using the IH Coursework Form. At least half of the courses must cover the broad subjects of industrial hygiene.
||Fundamentals courses are likely to address recognizing hazards/stressors found in the work environment. This includes chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors. Acceptable toxicology courses cover the essential aspects of toxicology with an emphasis on humans. Topics covered likely include dose response relationships; absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of toxic substances in the body; biotransformation; organ systems; chemical carcinogenesis and mutagenesis. Measurement courses and control (engineering, substitution, administrative, PPE) courses will address the same four broad stressor categories.
||The remaining coursework may be in industrial hygiene subjects that are narrower in scope such as asbestos, lead, mold, or confined space entry. Regulatory refresher courses can only be counted once.
|Using combinations of Academic and Education Courses
||Academic courses, continuing education courses or a combination of both can be submitted. One semester hour equals 15 academic contact hours or 20 continuing education contact hours. One quarter hour equals 10 academic contact hours or 13 continuing education contact hours. One CEU equals 10 continuing education contact hours. The courses can be classroom or distance learning (online courses, webinars, home study, etc.). For documentation of continuing education contact hours, copies of certificates need to be sent with the application. If the number of contact hours or CEUs is not on the certificate, an agenda must be included.
||New applicants are required to document that they have completed at least two contact hours of coursework in Ethics. This will count as part of the current Industrial Hygiene coursework requirement. Credit for ethics is capped at five contact hours. Acceptable ethics courses includes: business conflicts, workplace relationships, technical judgment that compromises the values of an organization, integrity, professional conduct, confidentiality of sensitive information, conflict of interest and intellectual property rights/plagiarism.