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2019 Hurricane Season Begins and is a Reminder to Industry and Institutions to have an Emergency Preparedness Plan in Place

The Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®) recognizes the unique capabilities of CIHs and QEPs to help prevent, mitigate, and respond to natural disasters and other unforeseen events.

Lansing, MI – WEBWIRE

It is critical that organizations and businesses have a plan and people in place who are trained to handle natural disasters.

The official start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1st and continues through November 30th. It follows a 2018 season which was the third year in a row of above-average seasons with 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. Damage from last year has been estimated at almost $50 billion, significantly less than the historic $280 billion in damage caused in 2017.
This past December the Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) extended range forecast for North Atlantic hurricane activity was released and anticipates a 2019 season with slightly below-normal activity. 12 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes are anticipated for the year.
“After three years of above-average hurricane activity, a break in the cycle would be great news for individuals, communities, and businesses at risk of hurricane damage,” said Dirk Yamamoto, PhD, CIH® and Chair of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing®. “Even if there is a slight dip in activity, people still need to be prepared and plan ahead. It is critical that organizations and businesses have a plan and people in place who are trained to handle natural disasters. The industrial hygiene community and Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) in particular, are well-versed in identifying, preventing, and responding to these types of situations. This is 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 Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEP®) and their broad understanding of environmental issues can also be instrumental when preparing for, or responding to, a hurricane or other type of natural disaster.”
To learn more about the Certified Industrial Hygienist® credential, visit or to locate a CIH® to perform industrial hygiene services, please email a request to .  For information about the Qualified Environmental Professional® credential or Environmental Professional In-Training® (EPI®) designation, visit or email .  Please call (517) 321-2638 for questions about BGC® or its credentials and designations.
About the Board for Global EHS Credentialing ®
Since 1960, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®), a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. In 2019, ABIH® created a new, high-level organizational umbrella called the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®) to more accurately reflect its enhanced credential offerings, which include the Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®), Qualified Environmental Professional® (QEP®), Environmental Professional In-Training® (EPI®), and a Product Stewardship credential, which is currently in development. Currently, more than 7,600 people around the world hold the CIH® credential, QEP® credential, or EPI® designation. 

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