Our members are distributed across 52 chapters in 37 states plus the District of Columbia. In 2006, AHMP established its first international chapter in Bangalore, India.
AHMP is headquartered at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) campus in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington D.C.
AHMP envisions a world where the natural environment is unburdened by pollution; workers are exposed only to healthy and safe conditions; and hazardous materials are used and transported safely and efficiently. As it has for more than two decades, AHMP works to advance the field of hazardous materials management to make its vision a reality. Its core purpose is to foster a community of professionals and to jointly advocate for the public recognition of the value of the Certified Hazardous Material Manager® (CHMM®) credential and other EHS&S credentials, the standards they represent and the professionals who uphold them.
To be the recognized global leader and resource for hazardous materials professionals.
- To provide value to our members and other stakeholders by focusing on the key goal areas of:
- Advocating for our membership while enhancing government relations and public relations
- Strengthening communications among members and stakeholders
- Strengthening our membership and partnership base
- Improving management and governance operations and strengthening our financial base
- Providing superior educational resources and opportunities
- Serving our membership and chapters by providing new products, services and tools for success.
To achieve its mission, AHMP will work with its chapters, the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) and other professional organizations to link industry, government and academia, establishing its vision for the future.
The History of AHMP and the CHMM Credential
The 1970s and 1980s saw a proliferation of environmental, safety and health laws and the rapid expansion of the hazardous materials management profession.
Given these circumstance, the non-profit credentialing organization Institute for Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) recognized a need for trained and credentialed professionals to be at the forefront of developing strategies and standard practices for properly handling hazardous materials to protect the public and the environment. And thus, the IHMM established the CHMM certification program in 1984. A hazardous materials professional’s CHMM credential signifies to government, employers and the public that he or she is uniquely qualified to properly manage hazardous materials to safeguard the environment and to protect public health, safety and welfare.
In 1995, ACHMM, today known as the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals, was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. Today, through an affiliation agreement, ACHMM and IHMM work together to guarantee the success of individual CHMMs and the CHMM program.
In December 2008, the ACHMM membership voted to change the name of the organization to the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP). The new brand identity comprises the new organizational name; a modern logo; and a tagline: “Global leadership for a sustainable future”.
Today with more than 4,000 members—represented by 56 chapters in 37 states—the membership association is focused on its vision of becoming the recognized global leader and resource for hazardous materials professionals.
Through the “Going Green Initiative,” which is part of the organization’s comprehensive Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety (QEHS) policy, AHMP has established a series of standards and processes that will minimize the environmental impact by the group’s meetings. The plan includes steps conference attendees and AHMP can do to help protect the environment and prevent wasteful practices at AHMP events.
“We as environmental professionals are concerned about the footprint our organization’s meetings leave on the host cities,” said King. “This ‘Going Green Initiative’ will eliminate many negative environmental impacts and greatly minimize others by implementing a series of standards and procedures, many of which are common-sense, easy to put into practice, cost little or nothing to employ, and could save AHMP, our meeting participants and the host hotel money.” The plan touches every aspect of meeting management to include:
- Printed & Other Materials
- Food & Beverage Functions
- Onsite Facilities
- Exhibit Hall/Exhibitors
- Conference Hotels (Sleeping Rooms)
- Educating Attendees & Exhibitors/Recycling Advisors
- Evaluation of Recycling/Waste Prevention Efforts
- Criteria for Future Site Selections
For example, the “Printed & Other Materials” section mandates a series of guidelines that minimize the use of paper and harmful inks; require using recycled paper; printing two-sided documents; and more. To achieve this objective this section calls for the use of electronic communications—advertising and promotion, registration and confirmation processes; recycling name badge holders; and reusing signs when possible. It also calls on sponsors, exhibitors and other groups to use recycled paper; not use fluorescent and glossy papers; and upload electronic copies of meeting materials to the conference Web site or jump drive.
Other prominent features of the initiative (and the appropriate program area) include:
- Helping the host hotel establish food composting (Food & Beverage Functions) and recycling programs (Onsite Facilities) if these are not in place;
- Collecting unused exhibitor giveaway items that have a practical purpose and donating them to local shelters or schools (Exhibit Hall/Exhibitors);
- Helping the host hotel establish a guest-initiated linen and towel change program (Sleeping Rooms) if one is not in place;
- Encouraging meeting participants to be a part of the initiative (Educating Attendees & Exhibitors);
- Monitoring the program and making improvements for future meetings (Evaluation of Recycling/Waste Prevention Efforts); and
- Requiring that convention centers and hotels meet an acceptable rating on a recycling/waste prevention checklist to be considered as a host for a future AHMP event.