Why Use a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)?

Posted by mpolkabla On February - 4 - 2016

Talking with a client recently regarding a microbial (mold) assessment of her residence, I was asked a very good question…  “Why should I hire a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) perform the assessment and what level of expertise do I get for having a CIH versus a non-CIH certified professional do the work?” OK…  “Fair enough I state!!!”  Let me answer that question “frankly”…The simplest answer is that contracting with a Certified Industrial Hygienist establishes the highest level of professional expertise and verified technical background employed for her project and on most environmental health and safety projects.  Then, I continue… when a CIH performs any professional work, this work is based on an extremely deep technical foundation with advanced professional college education, training, certification, and ongoing maintenance requirements which are all performed under a stringent Professional Code of Ethics and Moral Conduct established by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (www.abih.org).  As the Senior Certified Industrial Hygienist with BioMax Environmental, Inc., I then explained that I (Michael A. Polkabla) have over twenty years experience as a CIH with degrees from the University of California Santa Barbara in BioChemistry/Molecular Biology, and Aquatic Biology.  I then worked for a minimum of five years under the supervision of a CIH as an industrial hygienist (much like an “intern”) so as to qualify to take my certification exams, which I did in Washington DC some twenty years ago.  These exams were two full days of testing at that time and the passing rate was roughly 10% passing back then.  Hence, I was extremely pleased (and also relieved) to say that I passed my exams on my very go around (which was also rare) and have been certified in the Core and Comprehensive Practices of Industrial Hygiene under Certification number CP7104 ever since.  I say “ever since” since certified as Industrial Hygienists are required (amongst many other requirements) to actively work in their field and attend a great deal of technical courses and accrue continued education units on an annual basis so as to maintain these certifications.  Let me clearly state, that these exams were the most “professionally grueling” exams that I have ever taken and I strongly believe in the high standard of professional ability that all CIH’s have demonstrated to achieve and maintain such professional certification.   I believe strongly in my profession and intend to do everything I can to not only maintain my professional certification, but to further develop my technical knowledge and capabilities in all fields of worker and environmental health and safety protection.  Now back to the original question…   Why use a CIH ???…  that is why!get-attachment-4.aspx