CIHs Share their Unique Stories about Being Certified Industrial Hygienists
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) administers the internationally recognized Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) program.
I am really glad that I have my CIH because it has helped me to secure a more safe and healthful work place for employees in a wide variety of industries, both manufacturing and construction.
Last spring, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene asked those who have earned the Certified Industrial Hygienist credential to share their stories about how becoming a CIH has benefited their careers. More than 120 CIHs responded with their individual experiences and success stories.
Several of these exceptional stories where shared in the October issue of The ABIH Advisor. Recently, a total of 17 responses by CIHs who shared their unique stories were posted directly to the ABIH website.
They include experiences like the one shared by Brenda Gordon, CIH, Area Director with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). She states, “I am really glad that I have my CIH because it has helped me to secure a more safe and healthful work place for employees in a wide variety of industries, both manufacturing and construction.” She goes to share, “The CIH has also provided me the credibility and the professional respect that I needed to defend contested OSHA cases in court… And finally the CIH has afforded me the opportunity to network with other safety and health professionals with diverse backgrounds and jobs, and to keep abreast of new developments in the field of industrial hygiene. It has given me an extra sense of achievement in my career.”
Erin Sanchez, CIH, wrote, “Becoming certified has also allowed me to be a positive influence to my peers. Now that I’m certified my fellow co-workers are able see that becoming a CIH is an attainable goal.” Lori Gualandri, CIH, posted, “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 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.”
These experiences and others can all be read at www.abih.org/real_stories. Over the coming months, new individual stories will continue to be posted to the website.
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and what being a CIH can do for those in the industrial hygiene profession, please email abih@ABIH.org , visit www.ABIH.org or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement. Currently, more than 6700 people are certified to use the CIH designation.
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