Who we are

The Pennsylvania Capital Area Chapter of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers was created in 1997 by a group of CHMM professionals looking to fill the void in the Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York counties and surrounding areas. The chapter sought to provide a forum for hazardous materials managers in the Capital area, and building a relationship with the Delaware, Philadelphia and Three Rivers Chapters.

The Chapter attempts to accommodate all members through the rotation of scheduled meetings in the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York areas.

The current membership encompasses a wide range of professionals in government, consulting, higher education, and manufacturing disciplines, with the desire to expand.

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Concepts and Philosophy of Hazardous Materials Management.

 

  • Hazardous Materials Management is the application of engineering and managerial technology to identify, evaluate and eliminate or reduce risks involving conditions and practices related to hazardous materials over their total life cycles, including ultimate disposal.
  • Hazardous materials safety is best achieved using a multi-disciplinary approach utilizing engineering, environmental and health sciences, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.
  • Hazardous situations and accidents that reflect weakness and failure in the managerial control systems can be predicted by utilizing a systematic approach involving hazard identification, accident analysis, scientific accident reconstruction and program evaluation.
  • The hazardous materials manager serves as a catalyst by identifying hazards that contribute to accidents, bringing to bear those elements of the management system having the responsibility and resources for corrective action
  • Through certification of hazardous materials management, a “common body of knowledge” related to hazardous materials control is organized, providing the hazardous materials professional with universally applicable principles and practices relating to product stewardship, occupational health, environmental protection, safety and securit