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The Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary defines an ethic as "rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad." As Industrial Hygienists, we are held to a "Code of Ethics" put forth by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). However, what you may feel is morally wrong may be perfectly fine with the IH sitting next to you. How do we determine if something is ethically wrong? First, you need a good understanding of what is expected of you and the goal of this webinar is to give you that foundation. We will explore the ABIH's "Code of Ethics", discuss the reasons for unethical behavior, and review how to avoid ethical pitfalls.
Many of us look forward to the beginning of a new year. We set new goals and are refreshed and motivated to start over with a clean slate. We look at last year’s goals, mark off ones we accomplished and wonder why we failed at others.
Search the internet and you will find several sources stating five to ten tips on how to set goals.
Most of the lists include the following steps:
1. Write down your goals.
2. Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound).
3. Plan the smaller steps it will take to reach your goal.
4. Display your goals to see them every day.
5. Prioritize your goals.
6. Find a support system.
As I look at the New Year’s resolutions I set in 2016, I am disappointed in myself. Of the seven goals I set, I accomplished one. Yes one. Others were partially completed, some I almost achieved, and others weren’t even touched. After reading the above statements, I now realize maybe these sources really know what they’re talking about.
I wrote down my goals and they were specific, measurable, and attainable. However, I noticed the goals I failed to achieve didn’t have a time stamp on them nor did I plan smaller steps to reach those goals.
The step that would have really helped me, but is probably the hardest to do for most, is finding a support system. It may depend on what you are trying to accomplish. It might be easier to find a running buddy than someone to quiz you on the health effects of cotton dust. Sometimes embarrassment might impede your decision to find a support system. Asking for help can be hard to do.
If an EHS certification is one of your goals this year, we at Bowen EHS hope finding a support system doesn’t prove to be difficult for you. We are here to do just that - be your support system. We truly believe you are most successful when connected to a supportive, professional community.
From forums in the Bowen EHS® Member Center to live interactive online courses, our goal is to be available to you when you need us. However, we aren’t the only ones here for you. Other professionals working toward the same goal are also members and can be your cheerleaders, sounding boards, and advisors.
Our goal is to help you achieve success on your EH&S certification exam (short of taking the exam for you).
We are here to listen. Whether it’s about exam day jitters, a specific topic that is stressful to you, or about your exam experience.
We are here to find solutions. We will spend time with you to understand your needs and help you move toward a solution that works for you.
We are here to plan. Our EHS exam prep specialists are available to help you develop your exam prep strategy. Everyone learns differently, and we can help you determine the best method for you.
After almost 14 years of providing review courses for health and safety certification exams, we continually strive to be a better support system for our clients.
Please reach out to us via phone, email, or chat. Our client support team is ready to connect with you and help you accomplish your goals.
Join us for the second webinar in our two-part series discussing the changes made to the CSP Exam Blueprint. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals announced October 31st as the release date of the new CSP9 Exam Blueprint. Part one provided an overview of the blueprint changes. Part two will go into more detail about the new subjects and domains found on the updated blueprint. We will cover Ethics, Research Methodology, Data Retention, Business Continuity/Contingency Plans, Leading/Lagging Performance Indicators, Life Safety, Transportation of Hazardous Materials, Epidemiology, and discuss the domains to concentrate on.
This webinar is perfect for those who started preparing for the CSP exam, but will not purchase or sit for the exam until October 31st or later.
I get it. We all do. You feel run down with the stresses of everyday life. You don't have time for one more thing that's going to take up hours in your day. But when was the last time you did something just for YOU? Have you made yourself a priority lately? That's hard, isn't it? We find it easier to give to other people than we do to ourselves. Here's a gift to yourself you should really consider, though, because the payoffs are big: an EH&S certification.
Big payoffs, you say?
Good. I'm happy to see you're listening.
Yes, big payoffs.
I'm not going to lie to you. Getting your certification might mean giving up watching Dancing with the Stars or Monday night football for a while. You may have to sacrifice some time with family and friends. All good things take an investment of some kind. Hard work is worth it in the end, though. Here are just a few of the many payoffs in obtaining your EH&S certification:
- You get to stretch your money further: Did you know that a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) professional certification can bring you on average $20,000 more than if you were in the industry but didn't have the certification? $20,000 is a whole lotta money! You'll be able to get off your Ramen noodle diet for once and for all—unless you actually like Ramen noodles, in which case you might be interested in Simply Ramen: A Complete Course for Preparing Ramen Noodles at Home, available at Amazon. The cookbook pairs exceptionally well with long nights of studying.
- You become part of the gold standard: If you're like me, you enjoyed getting gold stars on your 4th grade homework papers. Remember those? It meant you were it! You'd nailed your homework, and you were being recognized for it. I kind of miss those gold stars, but the next best thing is being part of a network that sets itself as the gold standard. The main certifying bodies for environmental, health, and safety include The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) (bcsp.org), The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) (abih.org), and The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) (ihmm.org). You're being certified by the best. Bowen EHS is proud to be a part of this professional community.
- You set yourself up as a leader: You're not satisfied with the status quo, and that's why you're thinking about getting your EH&S certification in the first place. You want more out of life. Everybody can walk over a bar that's set low, but where's the challenge in that? You want the high bar. You're a leader and a changemaker.
- You get R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha sang about it, and it's something all of us want. With certification, you get the recognition and respect of your peers, your employers, and the public. Certification means something. You set a goal, and you achieved it. Peers will look up to you, employers will want to hire you, and the public will look to you as an expert in your field. What's not to love about all that?
- You're able to share your passion with other likeminded professionals: When you make that decision to pursue certification, you're taking the first step toward sharing your passion for your career with others. You become part of a network of professionals who are working toward the same goals: to better themselves and to make the world a safer place. Bowen EHS is here to help you close the final link in the chain that connects you with others who share your ideas.
You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by becoming certified. So whether you're at the idea stage of just thinking about certification or you're knee-deep in coursework, we're glad you're here. You'll soon see the payoffs I mentioned and be able to add more of your own. Do it for yourself. You deserve it.
At Bowen EHS, we believe our clients are most successful when connected to a supportive learning community. One of the major components to this success is great customer care and service. Many of the compliments we receive from clients specifically mention the entire team and not just our instructors.
A great wise man named Henry Ford, once said
“The only foundation of real business is service.”
Expenses for businesses are on the rise and good business minds look for ways to reduce the bottom line. A lot of businesses see customer service as an easy way to cut costs. They automate everything and possibly hire a single customer service representative to handle everything. Yes, that saves some costs but it can also be a BIG turnoff for the customers. At Bowen EHS, we know that customer service is integral to continued goodwill from our clients. Here’s how we do it:
How many of you when trying to get support from a particular company put a call through to their customer service number, reach the automated voice, and sigh because you know that you’ll have to go on an unplanned and unpleasant journey to navigate your way through their customer service system? We know just how frustrating that can be and we completely eliminate this experience at Bowen EHS. When you call us, there’s a live person on the line ready to answer your questions and help you with whatever it is you need. No long hours spent listening to a bot advertise offers to you when all you need is a solution.
Calls received by us are always answered by our client support specialists during business hours. As much as we would love to always have our live support specialists answer your calls 24-7, we do let them go home. Our goal is to return your call as soon as possible. We strive to return calls the same day, however if it’s after hours when you leave a message, we will return your call first thing the next morning. When courses are starting, we schedule an employee to be available after hours to help you connect to class or troubleshoot a technical problem.
We also know many of you study on the weekends and may have a quick question. We decided it would be beneficial for all of our clients to receive a response as quickly as possible so we incorporated a weekend “on-call” schedule. Each weekend, one of our employees is responsible for responding to all client inquiries.
The same way we follow the words of Henry Ford on our general customer service values, we also believe connected learning environments lead to greater success.
We believe support shouldn’t end because a client purchased a course. We continue offering support until the client passes their exam or just doesn’t need us any longer.
Going Above and Beyond
There is a story about an animal doctor who wouldn’t give advice to prospective pet owners as he didn’t feel he would gain from it. He thought only customers who purchased a pet from his shop deserved advice and he didn’t need to give away free advice. Unfortunately for him, his thought process led his shop to close a few months after opening due to lack of customers.
We believe continued support outside the services we offer endear us to our clients and potential clients. If we impress you and help you find a solution or better understand the exam process, you will tell a friend, they will tell a friend, and so on and so on.
Our goal is to help you with whatever you need to achieve success on your EH&S certification exam (short of taking the exam for you). When you call, our client support specialists are ready to provide:
- Technical support
- Help with a course enrollment
- Provide Member Center support, or
- Answer questions about the certification exam process.
We are also here to listen. Whether it’s about exam day jitters, a specific topic that is stressful to you, or about your exam experience, we will spend time with you to understand your needs and help you find a solution.
At Bowen EHS, we believe that
- Our client’s success is our success
- Our client’s time is valuable
- Our clients are most successful when connected to a supportive, professional community
Welcome to Bowen EHS
We are dedicated to helping you reach your professional goals. Please reach out to us and our client support team will glady take your call, respond to your email, or chat with you online. We’re here for you.
Many EH&S professionals do not work with radiation on a regular basis. Those outside the academic healthcare setting are not usually exposed to many aspects of radiation safety. This webinar will introduce you to radiation safety in a research and healthcare environment. We will review some basic ionizing radiation safety principles, discuss in detail specific radiation hazards in these environments, and cover common health physics practices in these settings.
Late last year, The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) announced the release of a new Certified Safety Professional (CSP®) exam blueprint expected to be in place by late 2016. This webinar will focus on the new areas and concepts found in the 9 domains of the CSP9 blueprint. We will discuss the major changes and help you develop a plan to prepare for the new exam. UPDATE: The CSP9 blueprint will be released October 31, 2016.
The renewable bio-economy is growing in the US. With growth comes new safety challenges and learning. This webinar briefly introduces five renewable biofuel/power sectors: ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, biogas and biomass pellets. Process overviews, production trends and reported safety incidents are presented along with some takeaways.
We will explore how ethical leaders have a tremendous impact on how people in their organizations behave and what they achieve. Additionally we will discuss the interaction between organizational culture and ethical practice, specifically in the field of occupational health and safety.
With a little over a month left before the August 1st deadline for individuals to submit their completed applications to sit for the Certified Industrial Hygienist® Fall Exam, the staff at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) encourages those interested in pursuing CIH® certification to send their paperwork.
ABIH® is working diligently to ensure that all applications are received and processed for those planning to take the Fall Exam. The exam period runs from October 1st through November 30th, which is the last opportunity in 2016 to take the CIH® Exam. The following information must be received by August 1st to be considered for eligibility to sit for the exam:
- Application forms, detailed description of work experience, and fees
- Official College or University Degree Transcripts (International Degrees may require extra steps), sent directly from the institution to ABIH
- Documentation of two hours of Ethics training
- Academic and Continuing Education Coursework sheet documenting IH-related courses, and Continuing Education documentation (certificates, education and/or employee transcripts, including training duration)
- Professional Reference Questionnaires, sent by references directly to ABIH
Once all the documentation has been received and processed, Applicants will be notified if they are now approved Candidates for the Fall Exam. Candidates are then encouraged to pay the exam fees and begin scheduling their exam appointment through Prometric Testing Centers. Prometric has testing facilities that are available worldwide, but exam slots can fill up fast. This is especially true at the end of the testing window.
“Those looking to advance their careers by pursuing the Certified Industrial Hygienist® certification have just over 4 weeks to get completed applications submitted,” said Susan Ripple, CIH® and Chair of ABIH®. “For those who cannot make the August 1st deadline, the deadline to submit completed applications for the 2017 Spring Exam is February 1st.”
You can read more about the CIH® certification process and application deadlines in the June 29, 2016 ABIH press release.