IEHA, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, announced its IEHA Sustainability Professional (SP) Credential now requires applicants to demonstrate practical competencies in waste management reduction and process improvement.
The revisions to the IEHA SP Credential now requires applicants to:
“We believe requiring this progressive hands-on effort from our members will do the most to ensure we walk our sustainability talk and truly make a difference,” noted IEHA Executive Director Michael Patterson.
Support from Sustainability and Systems Experts
Experts support IEHA both for its pioneering concept of an SP credential for facility professionals and for the three modules initially developed by IEHA as the basis of the SP Credential.
“Facilities operations personnel can have an enormous influence on the sustainability and human health impacts of their facilities. By choosing low-emitting products for alterations/additions/maintenance, green cleaners for maintenance, and ensuring facilities are operating correctly, personnel can contribute to the long-term sustainability of buildings over time. In these ways, they can improve indoor air quality and support human health and comfort in the buildings they operate,” said Josh Jacobs, director of environmental codes and standards at UL, LLC.
Steve Ashkin, founder and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools & The Ashkin Group, also endorsed the new credential. “IEHA’s new sustainability credential will help their members be even greater contributors to the success of their organizations by helping them operate their facilities more sustainably. Not only will this protect human health and the environment, but it will improve the organization’s reputation and bottom-line,” he said.
Praise for the Modules
“IEHA has developed a thoughtful and rich learning program that can help housekeeping professionals hone their understanding and practice of sustainability. We applaud IEHA for highlighting Green Seal-certified cleaning products as a vital tool in a sustainable housekeeping program,” said Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal.
Bill Bellows, Ph.D., deputy director of The W. Edwards Deming Institute, praised IEHA’s modules. “Dr. Deming stressed the need to develop new knowledge using a systems approach. We are gratified to see IEHA helping its members use techniques such as the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle as part of a Sustainability Management System (SMS). Following these time-tested methods helps ensure progressive success in the vital area of global sustainability,” he said.
Kevin Cahill, executive director of The W. Edwards Deming Institute and grandson of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, concurred with his colleague. “We are excited to collaborate with IEHA in providing new learning opportunities to support efforts in the vital area of global sustainability. This quest for new knowledge and understanding of the Deming leadership philosophy will provide a new lens through which to view systems and guide your PDSAs as part of a successful SMS,” he stated.
To enroll or for more information, visit www.ieha.org.