News | January 23, 2008

Healthcare Environmental Manager Certification Program Offers Spring Course Dates

January 24, 2008 - Threats of influenza pandemic, bioterrorism and natural disasters add up to a demanding job for environmental health, safety and security (EHS&S) managers, and these professionals must also protect workers and patients from everyday hazards, so the ECRI Institute’s Center for Healthcare Environmental Management (CHEM) announces upcoming dates for its Healthcare Environmental Manager (HEM) certification course.

This certification program is dedicated exclusively to EHS&S professionals in the healthcare industry. It is being offered March 10-14, at Sutter Health University in Sacramento, CA, and June 2-6, 2008, at ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

The week-long class covers compliance with standards from CDC, EPA, OSHA, and NRC, as well as emergency preparedness, infection control, and best practices for reducing the risk of staff and patient injury and loss of property. It also addresses Joint Commission requirements.

Upon passing the examination, students are certified as Healthcare Environmental Managers and may use the professional designation HEM. This earned certification is recognized nationwide by hospitals, health systems, insurance providers, consultants, professional organizations, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Indian Health Service, and others.

The 2008 HEM certification courses have been approved for continuing education credits by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, among other organizations. In addition, attendees who successfully complete the course may be eligible for acceptance of continuing education credits by the association, board, or university/college of the attendee’s choice.

CHEM is a national professional organization dedicated to improving patient and worker safety through research, education, and certification in the disciplines that define healthcare environmental health, safety, and security. CHEM is sponsored by ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care.

The cost of the certification program is $1,745. Contact CHEM for information about group registration discounts. Fees cover the five-day course, breakfast and lunch, the exam, study materials, and a free subscription to the CHEM Weekly e-News service.

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