SB 482 - Labor,Indus. Relations - protection of title of industrial hygienist

First Reader Summary

A bill to amend Title 34 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to labor and industrial relations, so as to provide for the protection of the title of industrial hygienist; to provide for related matters.

Henson, Steve (55th)
Status Summary HC: IndR SC: CAFF LA: 02/10/98 H - Read 2nd Time
Page Numbers - 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5
Code Sections - 34-15-1/ 34-15-2/ 34-15-3/ 34-15-4/ 34-15-5
Senate Action House
1/26/98 Read 1st time 2/9/98
2/3/98 Favorably Reported
2/4/98 Read 2nd Time 2/10/98
2/6/98 Read 3rd Time
2/6/98 Passed/Adopted

SB 482 98                                          LC 26 0502 
 
      SENATE BILL 482 
 
      By:  Senator Henson of the 55th 
 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  1- 1  To amend Title 34 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, 
  1- 2  relating to labor and industrial relations, so as to provide 
  1- 3  for the protection of the title of industrial hygienist; to 
  1- 4  provide for related matters; to provide for an effective 
  1- 5  date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 
 
  1- 6       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1- 7                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1- 8  Title 34 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating 
  1- 9  to labor and industrial relations, is amended by adding 
  1-10  after Chapter 14 thereof a new Chapter 15 to read as 
  1-11  follows: 
 
 
 
  1-12    34-15-1. 
 
  1-13    This chapter does not apply to the following: 
 
  1-14      (1) A person employed as an apprentice under the 
  1-15      supervision of an industrial hygienist, an industrial 
  1-16      hygienist in training, or a certified industrial 
  1-17      hygienist; 
 
  1-18      (2) A student of industrial hygiene who is engaged in 
  1-19      supervised activities related to industrial hygiene; 
 
  1-20      (3) A person who is engaged in activities permitted 
  1-21      under the person's license, if the person does not 
  1-22      represent to the public that the person is an industrial 
  1-23      hygienist, an industrial hygienist in training, or a 
  1-24      certified industrial hygienist; 
 
  1-25      (4) An individual practicing within the scope of meaning 
  1-26      of industrial hygiene, if the person does not do the 
  1-27      following: 
 
  1-28        (A) Use any of the following titles: 
 
  1-29          (i) Industrial hygienist; 
 
 
 
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  2- 1          (ii) Industrial hygienist in training; or 
 
  2- 2          (iii) Certified industrial hygienist; 
 
  2- 3        (B) Use any of the following sets of initials: 
 
  2- 4          (i) IH; 
 
  2- 5          (ii) IHIT; 
 
  2- 6          (iii) CIH; or 
 
  2- 7        (C) Represent to the public that the person is: 
 
  2- 8          (i) An industrial hygienist; 
 
  2- 9          (ii) An industrial hygienist in training; or 
 
  2-10          (iii) A certified industrial hygienist. 
 
  2-11    34-15-2. 
 
  2-12    As used in this chapter, the term: 
 
  2-13        (1)(A) 'Accredited college or university' means a 
  2-14        college or university that is accredited by one of the 
  2-15        following regional accrediting agencies: 
 
  2-16          (i) Middle States Association of Colleges and 
  2-17          Schools; 
 
  2-18          (ii) New England Association of Colleges and 
  2-19          Schools; 
 
  2-20          (iii) North Central Association of Colleges and 
  2-21          Schools; 
 
  2-22          (iv) Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools; 
 
  2-23          (v) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; or 
 
  2-24          (vi) Western Association of Colleges and Schools. 
 
  2-25        (B) A college or university located outside the United 
  2-26        States is considered an accredited college or 
  2-27        university if the college or university is accredited 
  2-28        within the jurisdiction of the college or university 
  2-29        by an accrediting agency having accreditation 
  2-30        standards that are at least equal to the accreditation 
  2-31        standards of the accrediting agencies listed in 
  2-32        subparagraph (A) of this paragraph. 
 
  2-33      (2) 'Board' means the American Board of Industrial 
  2-34      Hygiene, a nonprofit corporation established to improve 
  2-35      the practice and educational standards of the profession 
 
 
 
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  3- 1      of industrial hygiene by certifying individuals who meet 
  3- 2      its education, experience, and examination requirements. 
 
  3- 3      (3) 'Certified industrial hygienist' or '(CIH)' means a 
  3- 4      person who has received the designation certified 
  3- 5      industrial hygienist from the American Board of 
  3- 6      Industrial Hygiene and whose certification has not 
  3- 7      lapsed or been revoked. 
 
  3- 8      (4) 'Education' means: 
 
  3- 9        (A) A baccalaureate or graduate degree from an 
  3-10        accredited college or university in: 
 
  3-11          (i) Industrial hygiene; 
 
  3-12          (ii) Biology; 
 
  3-13          (iii) Chemistry; 
 
  3-14          (iv) Engineering; 
 
  3-15          (v) Physics; or 
 
  3-16          (vi) A closely related physical or biological 
  3-17          science; or 
 
  3-18        (B) A baccalaureate or graduate degree from an 
  3-19        accredited college or university that has at least 60 
  3-20        credit hours in undergraduate or graduate level 
  3-21        courses of which at least 15 credit hours must be in 
  3-22        junior or higher level courses in the following: 
 
  3-23          (i) Science; 
 
  3-24          (ii) Mathematics; 
 
  3-25          (iii) Engineering; or 
 
  3-26          (iv) Technology. 
 
  3-27        If the degree is heavily comprised of only one of 
  3-28        these subject matter areas, the board may accept the 
  3-29        degree under this definition only if the applicant has 
  3-30        taken or has completed related additional science 
  3-31        courses from an accredited college or university. 
 
  3-32      (5) 'Experience' means the completion of professional 
  3-33      level work sufficient to provide competence in the 
  3-34      following: 
 
  3-35        (A) The anticipation and recognition of workplace 
  3-36        environmental factors and stresses, including 
  3-37        chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic 
 
 
 
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  4- 1        stresses, and the understanding of their effect on 
  4- 2        people and their well-being; 
 
  4- 3        (B) The evaluation, through observation, sampling, 
  4- 4        testing, and with the use of quantified measurement 
  4- 5        techniques, of the magnitude of workplace 
  4- 6        environmental factors and stresses; or 
 
  4- 7        (C) The prescription of methods for prevention, 
  4- 8        elimination, control, or reduction of environmental 
  4- 9        factors and stresses and their effects. Methods 
  4-10        include the following: 
 
  4-11          (i) Engineering; 
 
  4-12          (ii) Administrative control; 
 
  4-13          (iii) Personnel protective equipment; or 
 
  4-14          (iv) Training. 
 
  4-15      (6) 'Industrial hygiene' means the science and practice 
  4-16      of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and 
  4-17      controlling the environmental factors and stresses 
  4-18      arising in or from the workplace that may cause 
  4-19      sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant 
  4-20      discomfort among workers and the general community. 
 
  4-21      (7) 'Industrial hygienist' or '(IH)' means a person who 
  4-22      has the education and experience to practice industrial 
  4-23      hygiene. 
 
  4-24      (8) 'Industrial hygienist in training' or '(IHIT)' means 
  4-25      a person who has received the designation industrial 
  4-26      hygienist in training from the American Board of 
  4-27      Industrial Hygiene and whose certification has not 
  4-28      lapsed or been revoked. 
 
  4-29    34-15-3. 
 
  4-30    (a) A person may not use the title industrial hygienist, 
  4-31    use the initials IH, or represent to the public that the 
  4-32    person is an industrial hygienist, unless the person is an 
  4-33    industrial hygienist as defined in this chapter. 
 
  4-34    (b) A person may not use the title industrial hygienist in 
  4-35    training, use the initials IHIT, or represent to the 
  4-36    public that the person is an industrial hygienist in 
  4-37    training, unless the person is an industrial hygienist in 
  4-38    training as defined in this chapter. 
 
 
 
 
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  5- 1    (c) A person may not use the title certified industrial 
  5- 2    hygienist, use the initials CIH, or represent to the 
  5- 3    public that the person is a certified industrial 
  5- 4    hygienist, unless the person is a certified industrial 
  5- 5    hygienist as defined in this chapter. 
 
  5- 6    (d) A person may not use a title that incorporates the 
  5- 7    words industrial hygiene or a variation of the words 
  5- 8    industrial hygiene unless the person meets the 
  5- 9    requirements of: 
 
  5-10      (1) An industrial hygienist; 
 
  5-11      (2) An industrial hygienist in training; or 
 
  5-12      (3) A certified industrial hygienist, 
 
  5-13    as defined in this chapter. 
 
  5-14    34-15-4. 
 
  5-15    A political subdivision may not, by rule or otherwise, 
  5-16    restrict the practice of industrial hygiene by an 
  5-17    individual who complies with this chapter unless the 
  5-18    political subdivision entity is authorized by statute to 
  5-19    regulate a specific activity that includes the practice of 
  5-20    industrial hygiene. 
 
  5-21    34-15-5. 
 
  5-22    A person who violates this chapter shall be guilty of a 
  5-23    misdemeanor." 
 
  5-24                           SECTION 2. 
 
  5-25  This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the 
  5-26  Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval. 
 
  5-27                           SECTION 3. 
 
  5-28  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  5-29  repealed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98

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