Reference Materials - All

Additional study and reference materials recommended by our instructors

Industrial Hygiene Reference & Study Guide

We call this the "Little White Book." It is a short list of facts and information on each industrial hygiene subject. It is great for reviewing information, but it won't help much if you haven't studied the material in another text.

Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice for Design

The basic reference for ventilation. We recommend reading the first five chapters. You can pass the exam without owning this manual, but you will probably want a copy if you stay in the field for any length of time.


Managing Hazardous Materials: A Definitive Text

Whether you are studying for an IHMM certification exam or looking for the industry's premier professional reference, Managing Hazardous Materials is a comprehensive text covering the entire breadth and depth of the hazardous materials industry. Combine this with your practical experience, and you'll have a handle on practically everything you need to know. 


Modern Industrial Hygiene Volumes 1, 2, and 3

The most comprehensive texts available on the current practice of industrial hygiene. Dr. Perkins has done an excellent job of editing the text so that there is minimal or no duplication between the chapters by the various authors. The contributors and reviewers did a fantastic job of presenting the material in a clear and precise manner. The texts present technical information important to the practicing industrial hygienist in a straightforward manner.  

Occupational Safety and Health Guidance Manual for Hazardous Waste Site Activities

This text is available for free at the link below. It provides great information on working at hazardous waste sites and emergency response with hazardous materials.

Professional Organizations - ASP-CSP

Name Description
American Society of Safety Professionals ASSP represents more than 37,000 safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals who work across all industries around the world protecting people, improving business and safeguarding the environment. Through their efforts, ASSP members help employees stay safe, healthy and productive, which delivers positive bottom-line results to employers and helps enhance corporate image.
Board of Certified Safety Professionals BCSP® is the premier certification body providing domestic and international credentialing services to practitioners, technologists, technicians, supervisors, and workers through its recognized excellence, financial strength, continuous improvement, and accredited products and services by offering career advancement paths to those persons in safety, health, and environmental practitioners.

Professional Organizations - CHMM

Name Description
Institute of Hazardous Materials Management The IHMM, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1984, has been protecting the environment and the public's health, safety, and security through the administration of credentials recognizing professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, expertise, and excellence in the management of hazardous materials.
The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals™  The AHMP, formerly the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, Inc. (ACHMM) is a professional association with a membership of more than 3,000 of the nation's leading experts in environmental, health, safety and security management. AHMP is the only national organization devoted to the professional advancement of the hazardous materials management field.

Professional Organizations - CIH

Name Description
Board for Global EHS Credentialing Formally ABIH, BGC is the credentialing body for the CIH certification among other credentialing programs designed to protect human health, safety, and the environment.
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) ACGIH® is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health.
American Industrial Hygiene Association AIHA  is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring OEHS in the workplace and community.

Radiation Protection: A Guide for Scientists and Physicians

A great text on radiation. Good reference book for your library, but probably not the best investment in studying for the exam.

Recognition of Health Hazards in Industry: A Review of Materials and Processes

A great book describing health hazards in a variety of industries. Describes many of the industries where IH really got a strong start. Many of us no longer work in these industries, but there are still questions on the exam based on prevalent exposures in specific businesses. Recommend reading chapters on welding, abrasive blasting, and surface coatings.


Safety and Health for Engineers

This great basic text addresses the fundamentals of safety, legal aspects, hazard recognition and control, and techniques for managing safety decisions.


Safety Management: A Human Approach

This is the first real safety management book that I've read. It is well written, and it is definitely worth reading if you are a safety professional or industrial hygienist. Many of the management theories are discussed in the text. This is an excellent book.


The Cartoon Guide to Statistics

A great guide for statistics. Well written and easy to read. Very helpful for people with difficulty understanding statistical concepts.

The Dose Makes the Poison

A new favorite toxicology text. Written in a clear and understandable style with the general public in mind, this book is an excellent introductory guide to the history, concepts, and practice of toxicology.

The Industrial Environment - Its Evaluation and Control

This is considered to be the original "White Book." It was originally published by NIOSH and has been updated twice by the AIHA.

The Noise Manual

The basic text for noise and hearing protection. It is a good investment for your IH library, but not absolutely necessary for the exam.

The Occupational Environment Its Evaluation, Control and Management

An essential core reference for occupational health and safety practitioners, educators, and students. The newly revised, two-volume, third edition of "The White Book" includes comprehensive information on hazard recognition and evaluation, physical agents, the human environment, controlling the occupational environment, program management, and more.


TLVs and BEIs: Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices

A must-have. Excellent source of information regarding the CIH exam. Our instructors recommend reading it cover to cover. Don't try to memorize TLVs, but you should understand the basis for TLVs. It also provides information on many IH subjects.