February 3, 2021

AIHA Registry Programs LLC and Society for Chemical Hazard Communications Committed to the Safety Data Sheets Registry Program

Susan Marchese, Managing Director,
Communications & Marketing, AIHA
(202) 256-8986 (Eastern Time)

Feb. 03, 2021 (Falls Church, Va.)— AIHA Registry Programs LLC has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AIHA and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). Through this joint agreement, all parties pledge to maintain the safety data sheets (SDS) registry program for chemical hazard communication and environment health professionals. The SDS and Label Authoring Registry program helps qualified individuals who demonstrate proficiency under the requirements of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) standard become credentialed Safety Data Sheet Registered Professionals (SDSRPTM).

"The partnership with SCHC and AIHA has been very successful," said Angela Oler, the director of operations for AIHA Registry Programs. "The work of our credentialed SDS professionals is vital to the chemical hazard communication industry and our aim is to ensure they get recognized for their specialized skills and abilities."

The agreement allows the organizations to cooperatively maintain the technical framework, or Body of Knowledge (BoK), that supports the SDS Registry, assemble subject matter expert teams to build and validate new test forms, and exchange materials related to the SDS Registry.

“We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with AIHA and AIHA Registry Programs,” said Beth Dederick, SCHC vice president and chair of the SCHC Alliance Committee. “Since the delivery of the first exam in 2012, the SDS and Label Authoring Registry program has provided the only credential that recognizes those chemical hazard communication and environmental health professionals who specialize in authoring safety data sheets (SDS) and labels.”

The agreement will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2025, unless otherwise extended.

About AIHA

AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive education programs, and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and competency standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed across the public and private sectors as well as to the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.

About AIHA Registry Programs, LLC

The first registry program was established in 1986 within the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Laboratory Quality Assurance Programs to recognize the competency of fiber-counting analysts. In 2009, the AIHA Registry Programs LLC was formed, to separate credentialing from AIHA's membership and education activities to better ensure impartiality. AIHA Registry Programs promote the recognition of individuals who have demonstrated competency in a specialized area of industrial/occupational hygiene practice. AIHA Registry Programs encourage individuals to keep their skills and knowledge current by demonstrating competency through recurring assessments. More information is available at www.aiha.org/registries/.

About SCHC

The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) is a professional society committed to serving chemical hazard communication professionals and to promoting knowledge and awareness in all areas of chemical hazard communication. Areas covered include worker safety, domestic and international regulatory compliance, toxicology and other chemical and physical hazards, environmental toxicology, risk analysis, etc. Members are professionals who represent industrial, consumer, and specialty chemical companies, pharmaceutical firms, manufacturers, distributors and importers, government agencies, universities, and consultants. For more information, please visit https://www.schc.org/.