130th Ohio General Assembly
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(126th General Assembly)
(Amended House Bill Number 82)



AN ACT
To amend sections 4777.01, 4777.02, 4777.03, and 4777.04 of the Revised Code to change the professional title "Industrial Hygienist in Training" to "Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist" with respect to the practice of industrial hygiene.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1. That sections 4777.01, 4777.02, 4777.03, and 4777.04 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:

Sec. 4777.01.  As used in this chapter:

(A) "The practice of industrial hygiene" means the anticipation, prevention, recognition, evaluation, elimination, and control of environmental, biological, chemical, physical, and ergonomic factors and stresses arising in or from the workplace that may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort among workers or the general public.

(B) "Certified Industrial Hygienist" or "CIH" means a person who meets the requirements of division (A) of section 4777.03 of the Revised Code.

(C) "Industrial Hygienist In Training Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist" or "IHIT CAIH" means a person who meets the requirements of division (B) of section 4777.03 of the Revised Code.

(D) "The practice of occupational safety" means the preservation of human and material resources through the systematic application of education, chemistry, physics, biological, ergonomic, psychological, physiological, and management principles for anticipating, identifying, and evaluating hazardous systems, conditions, and practices in the workplace and developing, implementing, and administering programs to alleviate those hazards.

(E) "Certified Safety Professional" or "CSP" means a person who meets the requirements of division (C) of section 4777.03 of the Revised Code.

(F) "Associate Safety Professional" or "ASP" means a person who meets the requirements of division (D) of section 4777.03 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4777.02.  No person shall assume or use the title or designation "Certified Industrial Hygienist," "Industrial Hygienist In Training Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist," "Certified Safety Professional," or "Associate Safety Professional," or any of the abbreviations "CIH," "IHIT CAIH," "CSP," or "ASP," unless the person has been awarded the title by the American board of industrial hygiene or the board of certified safety professionals as specified in section 4777.03 of the Revised Code.

Sec. 4777.03.  (A) In order to use the title "Certified Industrial Hygienist," or the abbreviation "CIH," a person shall possess a valid, unexpired certification from the American board of industrial hygiene.

(B) In order to use the title "Industrial Hygienist In Training, Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist" or the abbreviation "IHIT CAIH," a person shall possess a valid, unexpired certification from the American board of industrial hygiene.

(C) In order to use the title "Certified Safety Professional," or the abbreviation "CSP," a person shall possess a valid, unexpired certification from the board of certified safety professionals.

(D) In order to use the title "Associate Safety Professional," or the abbreviation "ASP," a person shall possess a valid, unexpired certification from the board of certified safety professionals.

Sec. 4777.04.  The following persons are not prohibited from engaging in the practice of industrial hygiene and the practice of occupational safety:

(A) A person working as an apprentice under the supervision of a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Industrial Hygienist In Training Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, or Associate Safety Professional;

(B) A person engaging in the supervised practice of industrial hygiene or the practice of occupational safety through a course of study in that practice;

(C) A person who holds a certification, registration, or license under another section of the Revised Code if that person does not violate section 4777.02 of the Revised Code;

(D) A person engaging in activities within the scope of the practice of industrial hygiene or the practice of occupational safety who does not meet the requirements specified in section 4777.03 of the Revised Code, including a person who is certified, registered, or licensed by groups, organizations, or certifying bodies other than the American board of industrial hygiene or the board of certified safety professionals, if that person does not violate section 4777.02 of the Revised Code.

SECTION 2. That existing sections 4777.01, 4777.02, 4777.03, and 4777.04 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.

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