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Hurricane Season Reminds Industry and Institutions to Plan Ahead for Natural Disasters and Emergencies

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) recognizes the unique capabilities of CIHs and QEPs to help prevent, mitigate, and respond to unforeseen events.

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Last year’s experience is a good reminder that disaster and emergency preparedness require serious attention and planning to be able to recover from these types of events.

The official 2018 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1st and runs through November 30th. It follows a historic 2017 season that featured 17 named storms and 10 hurricanes, including 6 major hurricanes. It was tied for the 5th most active season on record and is believed to have resulted in over $280 billion in damages. If these numbers hold true, it would make last year’s hurricane season the costliest on record, beating the previous record season (2005) by about $100 billion.
Earlier this year, Colorado State University’s Meteorology Project pre-season forecast was released. It predicts 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major storms of a Category 3 or higher for this season. If these predictions come true, 2018 will be another active and costly hurricane season.
“Numerous places still have not fully recovered from last year’s devastating hurricane season,” said Jeffrey Miller, CIH® and Chair of ABIH®. “Including parts of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which experienced massive damage or total destruction to infrastructure, countless homes, schools, institutions, and businesses. Last year’s experience is a good reminder that disaster and emergency preparedness require serious attention and planning to be able to recover from these types of events.”
If a major hurricane makes landfall or another type of natural disaster occurs, the resources of public agencies are often quickly overwhelmed. So, it is critical that organizations and businesses have a plan and people in place who are trained to handle such situations. The industrial hygiene community and Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), in particular, are well-versed in identifying, preventing, and responding to many of these situations, due to their unique skill set and ability to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control a wide range of chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic stressors. The expertise of the Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEP®) and their broad understanding of environmental issues can also be instrumental when preparing for, or responding to, a natural disaster.
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®, the Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential, or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit, email , or call (517) 321-2638.  For more inquiries regarding the QEP®, please visit, email , or call (517) 853-5766.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene ®
Since 1960, ABIH®, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH® is the premier credentialing body responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance, and ethics enforcement. Currently, more than 6900 people in 32 countries are certified to use the CIH® credential. ABIH® also administers the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP®) credential for established environmental practitioners and the Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) designation for early-career practitioners.

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