Checkout Our Latest Newsletter!

 Checkout Our Latest Newsletter!

In this edition, you'll find information about how to apply to become an ABIH board member, how to nominate someone for the ABIH Impact and Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations, and tips for filling out references for CIH candidates.

Reminder – Please make sure you’ve got our updated address information

Reminder - Please make sure you've got our updated address information

In July 2017, the IPEP office moved to the address below. Please make sure you have our updated information on file:

6005 West St. Joseph Highway
Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48917

For questions about applications, dues, or exams, please contact Liz Root at 517-853-5766 or And you can always find us online at and!


Check out our YouTube video!

It explains our credentials and the role of environmental professionals in keeping all of us happier and healthier – Please watch and share!

IPEP/ABIH Joint Announcement

IPEP/ABIH Joint Announcement
January 25, 2016

The governing bodies of The Institute of Professional Environmental Practice® (IPEP®) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) announce a new collaboration in 2016 to bring their respected credentials, the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP)/Environmental Professional In-Training (EPI) and the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), to a wider audience of professionals.

Independent governance of each organization and credential will remain intact, although the organizations will be sharing operations and management services, allowing a greater portion of existing operational resources to be allocated to innovation and outreach. IPEP operations will move from Pittsburgh, PA, to ABIH headquarters in Lansing, MI.

Many environmental professionals are responsible for issues of worker health and safety on the job, and many industrial hygienists must account for the environmental impact of processes inside and outside of facilities in order to provide informed and proper care for workers.  The leadership of both organizations recognized the synergies in their respective practice fields and has resolved to bring that spirit to the operations and outreach of both organizations moving forward, resulting in improved public recognition of credentialed-practitioners and better public protection.

“The industries that challenge themselves to continually develop and build are the ones that ultimately prosper.  Each of our organizations brings different perspectives to the table, and we are committed to building on our strengths together.  We are excited about the start of this collaboration and the possibilities that it opens up for our practitioners to improve the practice of environmental professionals around the world.”
J. Cressend Schonberg, QEP, Chair
The Institute of Professional Environmental Practice
“Our mission is to protect the public by providing high-quality credentials for our practitioners that are meaningful to employers.  While this collaboration is a groundbreaking change for our boards, our practitioners already recognize the opportunities and similarities between our two professions.  Many Certified-Industrial Hygienists® (CIHs) do environmental work, and many Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEPs) hold the CIH® credential.  Our new relationship will help both organizations to grow and thrive, and more importantly, it will enable our practitioners to keep individuals and families healthy and safe in every environment.”
Susan Ripple, CIH, Chair
American Board of Industrial Hygiene

NAEM’s “EHS Career Profiles & Skills for Success”


NAEM's EHS Career Profiles & Skills for Success report is now available.  Visit to download the full report or a copy of the free Executive Summary. Visit our Events Calendar for upcoming webinars from NAEM and more events from all of our Participating Organizations.

Joint Statement from Water Sector Associations Concerning the Flint Water Crisis

WEF and other leading national water and wastewater associations have issued a joint statement concerning the Flint water crisis. Visit to view the full statement.

Oil & Gas Environmental Compliance Conference – Appalachian Basin

Oil & Gas Environmental Compliance Conference – Appalachian Basin


The Oil & Gas Environmental Compliance Conference- Appalachian Basin, organized by the AWMA is to be held in Pittsburgh, PA on May 13-14, 2014. The two-day conference will address multi-media topics such as air quality, water use and treatment, waste disposal, spill protection, local issues, and data management challenges throughout the shale plays in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York. Click here for more information!

Researchers “Drilling for Data” Present Findings at Shale Gas Symposium

Researchers "Drilling for Data" Present Findings at Shale Gas Symposiumdownload

Researchers "Drilling for Data" present findings about the environmental and social effects of a booming gas industry at a shale gas symposium at Duquesne University recently. Read more here!

Product Environmental Performance Standards & Ecolabels for Federal Procurement

Product Environmental Performance Standards & Ecolabels for Federal Procurement

“As the largest purchaser in the world, the U.S. government is working to reduce its environmental footprint” -  In order to do this, EPA is seeking comments on its proposed Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement to help federal purchasers select greener products and meet sustainability purchasing goals. A great way to make a business case for sustainability!

Minamata Convention on Mercury to Phase Out Mercury Use in Thirty Years.

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Minamata Convention on Mercury to Phase Out Mercury Use in Thirty Years.

Global action pledged to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds! The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted and opened for signature on 10 October 2013, at a UNEP diplomatic conference in Kumamoto, Japan. 91 countries and the European Union signed the Convention. The Treaty aims to end mercury use within 30 years. To read more, click here!