Chapter 4777: PRACTICE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY OR INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE

4777.01 Practice of occupational safety or industrial hygiene definitions.

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) "Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist" or " 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.

Cite as R.C. § 4777.01

Effective Date: 09-24-1999; 06-30-2006

4777.02 Unauthorized use of titles.

No person shall assume or use the title or designation "Certified Industrial Hygienist," "Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist," "Certified Safety Professional," or "Associate Safety Professional," or any of the abbreviations "CIH," " 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.

Cite as R.C. § 4777.02

Effective Date: 09-24-1999; 2006 HB82 06-30-2006

4777.03 Requirements to use titles.

(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 " Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist" or the abbreviation " 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.

Cite as R.C. § 4777.03

Effective Date: 09-24-1999; 06-30-2006

4777.04 Exceptions.

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, 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.

Cite as R.C. § 4777.04

Effective Date: 09-24-1999; 06-30-2006

4777.99 Penalty.

Whoever violates section 4777.02 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

Cite as R.C. § 4777.99

Effective Date: 09-24-1999