CIH Exam – Tectonic EHS Your One Stop Resource For EHS Test Prep Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:40:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CIH Exam Online Review Sessions Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:10:06 +0000 Tectonic’s unique online review sessions combine the convenience of recorded lectures with the support of a live instructor that will review key concepts and answer questions.  Prepare yourself for success on test day, while keeping the flexibility to study where and when you want.

This 10 week course will cover the key concepts you need to understand to pass the ABIH Certified Industrial Hygiene exam (CIH).

  • Toxicology
  • Noise
  • Air Sampling and Instrumentation
  • Work Environments and Industrial Processes
  • Ventilation
  • Thermal Hazards
  • Biohazards
  • Radiation
  • IH Program Management
  • CIH Test Taking Strategy (Test for Success)

Students will be provided a recorded lecture with practice questions each Friday to study on their own.  A live online session will be held each Thursday night to review key concepts from the material and answer questions.  Students will also be able to email questions throughout the week to the Tectonic Support Lab and get a response within 24-hours.

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Making the leap! Fri, 06 Sep 2013 04:35:10 +0000 Everyone comes into the field of Occupational Health and Safety a different way.  Some study a related major in college, some start in an operations position and find they enjoy working in safety, and some even just get “voluntold” that they will be filling a safety role.  So what is the difference between someone that does safety work when needed, and a committed Safety Professional?  What does it take to make the leap to becoming a real Safety Professional?  There are many answers to this question but the 4 key elements below will make a major difference in your safety career.

1. Passion for the work.  Perhaps the most important attribute every safety professional needs is to be passionate about safety and protecting people.  Taking time to realize that injury rates and safety statistics represent real people that were hurt.  This can be a sobering experience.  This realization can also lead to becoming a more serious safety professionals.  Why do most of us do safety?  It is because we care about people and we want everyone to go home safe everyday.

2. Training and Education.  Passion is important but it will only get you so far.  The world of safety is becoming more complex everyday and to be successful in this field it is essential that you get the proper training or education.  Trainings can come in many formats and levels, ranging from a company provided computer based training to a week long course focused on health and safety.  It is important that the training you receive is applicable to your work and that it will make you more effective.  Don’t just sign up for a course because it has the word “safety” in the title.  Take the time to research the course and make sure it will be a valuable experience.  In addition to initial trainings, it is just as important to periodically attend refresher courses.  This is especially true if you do not regularly work in all facets of safety.  Conferences are a great place to look for continuing education courses and keep yourself up-to-date with the latest in safety.

Some individuals may choose to pursue a college degree or certificate in safety.  This can be a great way to deepen your understanding and open doors to future opportunities!  Again make sure any program you are considering is well structured and that it will really add value to your career.  There are some well known full-time programs in safety related subjects such as Safety Sciences, Industrial Hygiene, and Safety Engineering.  If you plan to continue working full-time while in school, there are also some online programs available.

3. Certifications.  A professional certification tells employers (and clients) that you are serious about your career and about health and safety.  The Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) are the most well recognized certifications in Occupational Health and Safety.  To obtain either certification you will need to pass a comprehensive exam.  These exams are very challenging and they will require you to study and prepare yourself.  Through exam preparation you will stretch and grow as a safety professional.       

4. Industry Knowledge. Good industry knowledge is just as important as a strong background in safety.  To be a successful safety professional you must understand the processes found in your industry and be able to recognize potential hazards.  This will make it easier to communicate with operations and to remove, or control, potential hazards as needed.  You should take time to work with your operations group and learn your industry.  For consultants, this can be difficult if you work in many different industries.  However, a consultant that can speak industry lingo and explain processes will be valued far more than a consultant that has a difficult time relating to operations.

Fall Comprehensive CIH Prep Course! Sun, 25 Aug 2013 06:25:55 +0000 Our comprehensive CIH prep course will provide you with an in depth review of the concepts tested on the ABIH Certified Industrial Hygiene Exam.   Course is designed to accommodate working professionals and students in any location with all courses being taught entirely online.  Recorded lectures are posted weekly and students can email the Tectonic Tutor desk anytime for specific questions or additional clarification and will receive an answer within 24 hours.  Total course duration is 8 weeks.

After each lecture, a recorded copy will be available to you in case you miss a class or would like to review the material. The Ethics portion of this course meets the 2-hour ABIH ethics training requirement.  Course content is developed and taught by Certified Industrial Hygienists.

You can either choose to sign up for the course package, which includes access to the course, Datachem CIH Exam Prep software, and a copy of the “Passing the First Time” ebook, or sign up for just the online course itself.


Week Lecture Topic
1 Lecture 1 Introduction
Lecture 2 Toxicology
2 Lecture 3 Air Sampling and Instrumentation
3 Lecture 4 Work Environments and Industrial Processes
Lecture 5 Thermal Hazards
4 Lecture 6 Ventilation
5 Lecture 7 Biohazards
Lecture 8 Noise
6 Lecture 9 Radiation
Lecture 10 Ergonomics
7 Lecture 11 Epidemiology
8 Lecture 12 IH Program Management
Lecture 13 CIH Test Taking Strategy
What is a Certified Industrial Hygienist? Mon, 27 May 2013 22:36:22 +0000 Ask the average person on the street what a “Certified Industrial Hygienist” is and you will likely get a blank stare followed by some comment about big toothbrushes. The truth is, most people have no idea what a CIH is let alone what they do. As an industrial hygienist, you have an opportunity to educate people everyday about the profession and help everyone realize the important role you play in ensuring workplace health and safety. If you are not sure yourself how to summarize the profession in a way that is easy for others to understand, the information below may be helpful.

Industrial Hygienist can be thought of as “exposure scientists” that focus on protecting the health of employees in the workplace. Industrial Hygienist evaluate both physical and chemical exposures that may have a negative impact on employees. When most individuals walk into an industrial facility they might notice that it is loud or that there is a “funny” odor in the air. It is the role of the industrial hygienist to determine how loud it really is, and what effect that might have on employees, or to identify the chemical causing the odor and evaluate if it is hazardous. Industrial Hygienist play an important role in most major industries, private consulting firms, healthcare institutions, and even state and federal governments.

So what does it mean to be “certified”? The designation of CIH is the highest level a mastery an Industrial Hygienist can receive. To obtain the CIH designation, an individual must meet several professional criteria including a minimum number of years experience and education. Prior to receiving a CIH, an individual must prove their technical competency by also passing a difficult comprehensive examination known as the CIH exam. The CIH exam is prepared and given by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, or ABIH. Many people may “say” that they are an Industrial Hygienist, but it is the CIH certification that sets the professionals apart!

So what is a “Certified Industrial Hygienist”? It is a technical professional that has proven their competency and is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of employees in the workplace. It is also a very rewarding career that is high in demand!

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Is Datachem CSP and CIH Prep Effective for Exam Preparation? Thu, 09 May 2013 03:01:35 +0000 Most professionals preparing to take the CIH, CSP or ASP exam have heard of Datachem and their exam preparation software.  The company has been around for many years and they have a good reputation. Still with a price of $299 for the ASP software and $399 for the CSP and CIH programs, many individuals wonder if it is cost.  (There is also an ASP/CSP combo program available for $598).

I can personally attest to the value of the Datachem software because I used it while preparing for my own exams.  The DataChem programs are easy to use and contains thousands of questions that are very similar to what you will see on the actual exam.  You can take full practice tests or just review specific categories.  The program also allows users to mark questions for further study and provides answers with detailed explanations to each question.  The Datachem software is a great product and definitely worth the costs.  Another great feature of the software is that you can print off questions from the practice tests for study.

During my own exam preparation, I liked to take a practice test and then go back and review the answers and explanations for any questions I missed.  I would then print off all of these questions and explanations and review throughout my week.  The software will pull these questions out for you fairly easily; however, I found the easiest way to print them was to copy and paste each question I wanted to review into one word document.  I would then print and save a copy of the document for review.  This is a great way to focus on your weaknesses and not spend too much time on the areas you have already mastered.

Datachem provides enough questions that you will never reach a point that you have the questions memorized or run out of material.  In addition to great study material, the practice tests help you get used to sitting at a computer and answering questions for long periods of time; this is an important part of prepping for exam day.  I fully recommend using the DataChem software in your preparations for the exam.

If your resources are limited and you are trying to cut on costs, I would forgo a prep course that can require expensive travel and focus your studies solely on the DataChem software.  It will provide you the greatest overall value.  There are a lot of ways to best utilize the software and go about studying for the exam.  You just need to find what will work for you.

The Right Thing to Do – What is Industrial Hygiene? Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:58:18 +0000 AIHA came out with this video last year and I think it does a really good job of explaining the profession of Industrial Hygiene.

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Certified Safety Professional Exam. Will getting your CSP make a difference? Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:42:44 +0000 Individuals working in the field of Safety can have a variety of titles from Safety Specialist to Safety Engineer.  All of us that work in Safety understand that our role is to ensure the safety and health of those employees that we are responsible for; which is often a daunting task.

So does having your CSP really make a difference?  Having your CSP shows that you have demonstrated competence in the core safety areas.  As you prepare for the CSP exam, you will be required to broaden your safety knowledge and expand your learning.  As you do this, you will gain experience and greater understanding of safety and in turn you will become a better safety professional.

Having a CSP can also be useful to increase your personal credibility as a safety professional.  The CSP designation can be the difference between having your resume passed over and getting a job.  In recent years, the majority of companies looking to hire a safety professional are looking for those individuals that hold the CSP (or ASP) certification.  It seems that there are more companies looking for CSPs than there are CSPs to go around.  This is great news for the serious safety professional!  If you have been thinking about getting your CSP, now is the time to put those thoughts into action.  Tectonic EHS will provide you with the information and resources you need to prepare for and pass the Certified Safety Professional Exam (CSP) or the Associate Safety Professional Exam (ASP).

The test will be a challenge, but it will be worth it!

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Preparation for Occupational Health and Safety Exams Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:06:36 +0000 In today’s competitive job market, nearly everyone is looking for ways to boost their resume or stand out. In the field of occupational health and safety, a professional certification is a great way to do this.

Tectonic EHS is designed for EHS professionals preparing for professional certification.  The site focuses primarily on the CIH, CSP, and ASP exams although this information may be of use to individuals sitting for other exams as well.

As you begin your preparation to sit for any of these exams, you will have a variety of questions from how to best prepare, to what you should expect test format to look like; you may even be looking for recommendations on study material.  Tectonic EHS will provide you with the information and preparation material you are looking for!

If you have made the decision to sit for a professional CIH, CSP, or ASP exam, then you have come to the right site!  If you are still unsure if professional certification is right for you, a few minutes on will help you to see the  many benefits that come with being certified.

What is the CIH Exam? Why take it? Fri, 22 Mar 2013 03:43:53 +0000 The CIH exam stands for the Certified Industrial Hygienist Examination.  It is the highest-level industrial hygiene test that professionals must pass to receive the designation of Certified Industrial Hygienist or CIH.

There are many reasons to consider getting your CIH.  For many individuals, it is the culmination of years of study, and it represents a mastery level understanding of industrial hygiene.  For many others, the CIH designation can be a means to a better job or career advancement, which is especially true for consultants.  Many potential clients may be looking specifically for a “certified” industrial hygienist to complete a project.  This certification can be very valuable to your clients if they are ever involved in a legal proceeding and the company has made decisions based on your work or recommendations.

For industrial hygienists working in fields other than consulting, the CIH designation can provide your company with a valuable internal resource.  Having an in-house CIH can save a company thousands of dollars in consulting costs and can ensure all IH work is reviewed or completed by a board certified industrial hygienist.

The exam is comprised of one hundred questions that cover three general domains and an array of topics from sixteen categories.  Domains covered on the exam include I) Exposure Assessment Principles and Practices, II) Control Selection, Implementation, and Validation and III) Risk Management.  The individual rubric categories tested are:

1)   Air Sampling and Instrumentation

2)   Analytical Chemistry

3)   Basic Science

4)   Biohazards

5)   Biostatistics & Epidemiology

6)   Community Exposure

7)   Engineering Controls/Ventilation

8)   Ergonomics

9)   Health Risk Analysis & Hazard Communication

10)  IH Program Management

11)  Noise

12)  Non-Engineering Controls

13)  Ionizing Radiation & Non-ionizing Radiation

14)  Thermal Stressors

15)  Toxicology

16)  Work Environments & Industrial Processes