Kim King

Kim King

Kim is our Marketing Manager.

Bowen EHS is exhibiting at both the AIHce Conference and SAFETY Conference in 2016.  Come by to learn more about our courses or to just say hello! We always enjoy learning about clients' journeys toward EH&S certification.

AIHce 2016 - May 23 - 25 - Booth #935 aihce2016.org 

SAFETY 2015 - June 26 - 28 - Booth #2720 safety.asse.org

The BCSP reports more than 6,000 BCSP certifications were achieved by SH&E practitioners in 2015. Along with an increase in certifications, applications submitted to the BCSP also peaked.  Their new Certification Management System (CMS) was very busy as well with 20,000 new profiles created.

We are proud to be a part of the process for those achieving the ASP and CSP certifications and continually review and improve our review courses to reflect the BCSP's changes to the certification exams.  Our top priority is our client's success!

Congratulations to all the new certificants!

More details are provided in the full 2015 BCSP Annual Report.

May 3, 2016

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment is considered the initial and periodical step in the risk management process. An EH&S professional performing a risk assessment will determine the quantitative or qualitative value of risk in relation to a concrete situation and a recognized threat. During this webinar, we will discuss the benefits, key requirements, and practice methods of a successful risk assessment.

Join us LIVE on July 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET.

We will explore common motivating factors that contribute to unethical decision making within the EHS professions and discuss ethical expectations from organizations such as the BCSP and ABIH. Additionally, we will explore what is at risk, not only as a professional but how unethical decisions and actions may affect areas of one's personal life. Finally, the session will provide common actions one may take when faced with a decision that may be ethically questionable.

Join us LIVE on June 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET.

Many state that the CIH certification is the most prestigious certification in the EH&S industry. You may or may not believe this statement. To better understand the value of the CIH certification and what it has meant to their careers and personal development, The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® has been collecting stories from Certified Industrial Hygienists. CIHs from around the world have submitted their experiences to the ABIH® and many of their stories can be read online at the ABIH® website.

Their accounts include the following excerpts:

  • To all professionals in the Industrial Hygiene field, I am very glad that I pursued and achieved my Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) credential as it has opened several doors for me. Firstly, I am recognized and respected by my peers and senior project managers as a highly competent professional in the field of industrial hygiene with the capability to manage and sign off on important industrial hygiene projects. Further it has helped me stamp my authority as the go-to person for all industrial hygiene project work undertaken by my company. Secondly, the CIH credential has also enhanced my ability to shoulder more responsibility in managing and authorizing important projects that place the environment quality and human health at risk.

  • I am really glad that I have my CIH because I’ve finally accomplished one of my ultimate career goals. My journey started 17 years ago in the United States Air Force in the field of Industrial Hygiene. In that time I became certified as an Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), earned a B.S in Environmental Science and Policy, and then an MSPH in Industrial Hygiene. While those degrees and certification were great I still felt incomplete. I knew that fulfillment would not come until I became certified. In early 2012, I set out to obtain the CIH certification. I studied on and off for almost 9 months and in November 2012 my dream became a reality.

  • My CIH has opened doors that I never dreamed when I was sitting at Old Dominion University asking Ed, the program chair, “What is an Industrial Hygienist?” Without my CIH, I would have never experienced living and working all over the US. My employers would never have sent me to represent them in Europe, Asia and South America. I have seen things that most Americans never have and never will all due to my certification. When I look back on the some of the most controversial issues I have been involved with, I am completely confident that were I not recognized as a competent professional, I would never have been at the table at all. My certification made it possible.

  • It certainly didn’t hurt that I received a 30% pay raise almost overnight when I became certified almost 28 years ago, but much more importantly I found a life’s calling that I truly love. I am a CIH and that means something special to me.

To read the full stories and those submitted by other CIHs, please visit: www.abih.org/real_stories

To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit www.ABIH.org.

Read the full press release here:  http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=202605

You set your exam date. You studied, took the self-assessment exam, not once but twice, and quizzed yourself with all of the exam prep questions you could find.

Now exam day is only a week away. Yikes!

To reduce stress and anxiety, it’s best to know what to expect on exam day. That way you can concentrate on the task at hand knowing you are fully prepared.

Here are a few things to keep in mind before heading to the testing center:

  • A day or two before, try a dry run to the testing center. This is great to see how long it will take you to get there and check out the parking situation.  As our managing instructor, Mike Edens remembers, “Many of these testing centers are nestled inside office parks. Even using the directions from the testing center, it was a little tricky to find.  That would have been really frustrating on test day.”
  • Eat a healthy, filling breakfast the morning of the exam. For me, that’s a bacon, egg and cheese English muffin. For you it might be a hearty bowl of oatmeal or a banana and a power bar. Just make sure it’s something that will allow you to concentrate for a few hours until the break.
  • Arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your exam time to make sure you have ample time to check-in and take a few deep breaths before answering the first question.
  • Bring your driver’s license or another form of a government-issued ID and the Examination Authorization Letter.  The testing center will ask to see both items before allowing you into the center.
  • Remember to bring your exam approved calculator and make sure it has a full charge. Some clients state they were allowed to bring in two calculators.  Others report, the testing center had a back-up exam approved calculator you could use if needed. Refer to the certifying body that is administering the exam to confirm you have an approved calculator.
  • Most testing centers provide you with a locker for your personal belongings. You will be able to keep the key and your ID with you during the exam.  However, all other items must be put into the locker. As our Managing Instructor experienced, the “Only things allowed in the exam room are you, your glasses if you need them, and an exam approved calculator.”  Some clients report they were allowed to wear a sweater but a jacket or coat was not allowed.
  • Be prepared to have your id scanned and/or a fingertip scan.  Some centers ask you to turn your pockets completely inside out and may scan you with a metal wand prior to entering the exam room as well.
  • Most EH&S certification exams are now computer-based. The testing center will explain the exam procedures to you and provide you any allowed materials such as a dry erase board or notebook with markers. 
  • Finally, use your time efficiently.  All EH&S certification exams have a time limit and a set number of questions. As of this writing, you have:

                 - 5.0 hours to complete 180 multiple-choice questions for the CIH exam.
                 (optional 30-minute break at the halfway point) – ABIH.org
                 - 5 hours to complete 200 multiple-choice questions for the ASP exam
                 (breaks included) - BCSP.org
                 - 5.5 hours to complete 200 multiple-choice questions for the CSP exam
                 (breaks included) - BCSP.org
                 - 3 hours to complete 140 multiple-choice questions for the CHMM exam
                 IHMM.org
                 - 3 hours to complete 100 multiple-choice questions for the CLSO exam
                 BLS – lasersafety.org

 

Remember, the goal is to pass the exam. No one is expected to have a perfect score. Passing scores vary and can be anywhere from 55% - 70%. There will be questions you are unsure about, skip them and save them for the end. It’s not worth the stress to get caught up on one question. Skip it and move on.

At the end, hit the submit button and know pass or fail, you did your very best to prepare, reduced your anxiety, and knew exactly what to expect on exam day.

Dilution ventilation equations provide us with an effective method for employee exposure modeling when we consider how supply air mixes with and purges a given concentration from a room. This webinar will review the techniques used for simplifying and solving dilution ventilation problems to help you work them confidently and efficiently. This webinar is a 1 hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A.

Ms. McCauley works with Bowen Learning Network instructors and subject matter experts in the development of new course materials and online training content. This involves creating lesson plans and syllabi, developing online presentations via PowerPoint and various web tools, and generating homework assignments to accomplish learning objectives. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Career & Workforce Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology.

February 18, 2016

Pass Rate Survey Process

We are frequently asked about the pass rate for our review courses. This led us to develop a process to determine the pass rate for our exam prep courses.

In order to give our clients an accurate number and to be consistent from course to course, we designed a short survey that is sent out 90 days after the last day of a course to those clients that COMPLETED the course. To receive a Certificate of Completion, clients are required to complete the following list of items within 30 days after the course end date:

  • Listen to each of the 16 lectures (participate live or review recorded lectures).
  • Score 70% or higher on all homework assignments.
  • Score 70% or higher on the Bowen EHS, LLC final exam.

(Clients who do not meet the above completion requirements will receive a certificate of participation.)

90 days after the course end date, we determine the participants who completed all of the above requirements. An email is sent with a link to the survey and a follow-up email is sent a week later to those that may not have had a chance to complete the survey. We then reach out a week later via phone as one last attempt to get participants to complete the survey.

We then tally the results of those who completed the course and responded to our survey. 

We also ask those who did not sit for the exam, “Why?” and how many hours and months they spent preparing.

Finally, the results are posted in a Musing on the Bowen EHS website homepage.

~The Bowen EHS Team

Whether it’s a pesky mouse pulling cheese from a mouse trap or a heroic would-be rescuer following a coworker into the same space that claimed her friend, we all take risks to achieve our end goal; to survive. That means survival for ourselves and survival for all those around us.

Unlike a mouse trap, a confined space’s hazards do not go away after the trap has been tripped. Like a mouse trap, however, entry into some confined spaces can result in the same shortcoming that our pesky friend suffered; a lack of survival. The cheese in a confined space can be a task, a dropped or forgotten tool, a coworker, or the thing that gets cats; curiosity.

In this introductory course, we’ll discuss the basics of confined spaces. We’ll look at what they are and the risks they can carry. On one hand, our pesky friend’s lack of knowledge trumped its core mission; survival. We, on the other hand, are not mice. This webinar is a 1 hour lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A.

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