Our Mission

The EWC-ACHMM has been formed to provide association activities for CHMM Members and Associates in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington.

The Chapter is dedicated to the development of professionals involved with all aspects of hazardous materials management. Individuals involved in the Chapter have jobs in diverse areas such as environmental compliance, waste management, asbestos management, safety, industrial hygiene, education, project management, analytical services, quality assurance, and engineering.

The mission of the Chapter is to provide a balanced program for Certified Hazardous Materials Managers in the following four areas:

  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Regulatory Compliance and Policy
  • Science and Technology
  • Materials Handling, Emergency Response, and Remediation

Our Objectives:

  • To develop professional recognition for Certified Hazardous Material Managers.
  • To provide, promote, and encourage continuing education for maintaining certification status and to document related training as recognized by the Chapter.
  • To provide a forum for information exchange among peers in order to promote qualified environmental decision making.
  • To broaden our scope and understanding of prudent hazardous materials management, in the interest of protecting human health and the environment.
  • To increase the transfer of knowledge and experience with new technologies, government regulations, and community awareness relating to hazardous materials management.
  • To sponsor training programs and other educational opportunities to assist interested professionals in becoming Certified Hazardous Materials Managers.
  • To promote public awareness of Environmental and Hazardous Materials Management issues.

CHMM Code of Ethics

The CHMM Code of Ethics sets forth the ethical principles to be observed by the Certified Hazardous Materials Managers. CHMMs shall, in their professional activities, sustain and advance the integrity and honor of the practice of hazardous materials management by adherence to this Code of Ethics. CHMMs who violate any provision of the Code of Ethics will be subject to disciplinary action by a peer review panel, which may result in suspension or revocation of the credential.

  1. A CHMM shall practice in a manner consistent with all Applicable laws and regulations; shall demonstrate integrity, honesty, and fairness in all activities; and shall strive for excellence in all matters of ethical conduct. The designations "Certified Hazardous Materials Manager" and "CHMM" may not be used by anyone for any purpose that is untruthful, misleading, or in violation of any law or government regulation. A CHMM must approach other individuals with the requisite balance of knowledge, skill, experience, and professionalism in the conduct of all professional activities, and in a manner free of bias with regard to religion, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, or disability.

  2. A CHMM's primary responsibility is to protect the public and the environment. All actions taken on behalf of a client or employer must be consistent with the primary responsibility. The interests of individual clients and the employers must be secondary to protecting public health and safety, national security, and the environment.

  3. A CHMM shall act with integrity in any relationship that involves an employer or client. A CHMM has an obligation to disclose fully to an affected employer or client any conflicts of interest resulting from business affiliations or personal interests, and to maintain the security and confidentiality of an employer or a client's confidential information.

  4. A CHMM shall represent his or her qualifications honestly and shall function only within his or her area and level of competence. A CHMM is expected to judge objectively his or her level of competence, and to function within that level of personal confidence and professional expertise. When a CHMM is expected by a client or employer to function outside of his or her area or level of competence, the CHMM must seek appropriate expertise, or suggest that the client or employer find a qualified person.

  5. A CHMM shall behave with professional decorum and restraint, and shall not exhibit conduct that rings discredit to the CHMM Program. The CHMM is a professional and must conduct himself or herself accordingly.

  6. A CHMM shall comply with and uphold all policies, procedures, guidelines, and requirements of IHMM; shall use the designations of "CHMM" and "Certified Hazardous Materials Manager" only as authorized by IHMM; shall acknowledge that the certificate and marks are the property of IHMM; and shall return the certificate and discontinue use of the designation and marks when required to do so by IHMM. THE CHMM shall accept responsibility for maintaining the credential through recertification, shall remain current in the field, and shall continuously uphold the Code of Ethics.

Chapter By-Laws

Chapter By-Laws (pdf)