Caoimhin P Connell 
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Re: “'We are taking it at face value'

Hello Jaime –

On the surface, the suggestion might make sense. Unfortunately, we find that the vast majority of fabricated and falsified documentation and the most incompetent work regarding methlabs is coming from Certified Industrial Hygienists.

When I initially testified before the State of Colorado on the promulgation of the Regulations, the State of Colorado Board of Health succinctly reflected the current state of ABIH Certification, when it went on record telling the Stakeholder group that if we included a provision whereby only a Certified Industrial Hygienist could perform the work, the Board of Health would automatically reject the proposed regulation, because, the board stated “Being a Certified Industrial Hygienist is no longer a statement of proficiency in Industrial Hygiene.”

In California, an Industrial Hygienist with a PhD in Industrial Hygiene, and another PhD in Toxicology and a Master’s in Chemistry with 35 years Industrial Hygiene experience, who has performed 500 methlab assessments, and has assisted police for 25 years in methlabs is NOT permitted to assess a methlab. But, a kid, who has never seen a methlab, has no training in methlabs, and has never collected a sample in his life, but who is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (albeit certified in “Sound and Noise”) is magically allowed to perform the work. Now, who would you rather have doing your house? The CIH, or the competent Industrial Hygienist? There is a myth about what it means to be a “Certified Industrial Hygienist.” Fortunately, Colorado managed to avoid that pitfall!.

Caoimhín P. Connell
Forensic Industrial Hygienist

Posted by Caoimhin P Connell on 04/17/2012 at 7:40 AM

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