Founded in 1976, CHCM credential holders come from a variety of organizational and industry backgrounds. CHCM is the oldest certification that focuses on using management techniques to help protect people, resources, and environment. The application of hazard control principles can help eliminate and control unsafe and hazardous conditions.  Managers, leaders, and supervisors must deal with unsafe behaviors and workplace hazards detrimental to people, property, and the environment.  CHCM candidates should have experience in management, human relations, communicative skills, and analytical abilities. Candidates should also have a working knowledge of compliance and consensus standards in their areas of expertise along with hazard control techniques and processes to make a difference in the organizations in which they serve. CHCM credential holders serve in a variety of organizational settings including but not limited construction, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, oil and gas, healthcare, education, and government. Earning the CHCM credential signifies a commitment to upgrading the professions of safety, health, and hazard control.

CHCM Exam blueprint

Domains 100-150 items
1. Safety Management35%
2. Hazard Control Principles41%
3. Compliance Standards24%

Domain 1 — Safety Management (35%)

IBFCSM exams 100-150 multiple choice items. Exam results permit the assessment to determine a candidate’s minimum competency for certification. The blueprint reflects specifications published in the JTA Technical Report. Percentages reflect proportion of test items in each domain. Candidates use recall, recognition, comprehension, and application to answer items related to professional practice.

Domain 1 Topics

1.1 Identify accident prevention concepts and principles

1.2 Identify accident prevention models

1.3 Given a scenario identify accident causal factor

1.4 Identify principles related to analyzing complex systems

1.5 Identify communication & coordination concepts

1.6 Identify emergency management concepts

1.7 Given a scenario identify employee safety issues and challenges

1.8 Given a scenario identify human factors issues impacting safety

1.9 Identify importance of personal safety involvement

1.10 Identify the principles of information security

1.11 Identify reason organization should Invest in safety

1.12 Given a scenario identify operational safety issues

1.13 Given a scenario identify key organizational safety management issues

1.14 Identify the components and elements of organizational change

1.15 Identify organization culture & climate issues

1.16 Identify organizational structure elements impact safety

1.17 Identify important reasons to support performance improvement

1.18 Identify critical safety policies & procedures

1.19 Given a scenario identify the key elements of proactive safety

1.20 Identify the importance of product safety evaluations

1.21 Identify the roles that risk management plays safety

1.22 Identify the importance of making good safety decisions

1.23 Identify the roles that safety design plays in preventing losses

1.24 Identify key safety duties of management, supervisors, and employees

1.25 Given a scenario identify key elements of effective safety education

1.26 Given a scenario identify safety priorities

1.27 Given a scenario identify issues impacting safety inspections

1.28 Identify elements related to safety leadership

1.29 Identify basic safety priorities for all organizations

1.30 Identify and compare differences between policies & directives

1.31 Identify reasons to embrace safety costs & benefits

1.32 Identify reasons to use system safety methodologies

Domain 2 –Hazard Control (41%)

Domain 2 Topics

2.1 Given a scenario identify or classify accident causal factors

2.2 Identify basic elements included in most accident analysis processes

2.3 Identify accident generation theories

2.4 Identify accident prevention principles and priorities

2.5 Given a scenario identify controls for chemical hazards

2.6 Identify key management concepts related the hazard control

2.7 Identify elements related to increase crime risks

2.8 Identify the steps in critical process safety

2.9 Identify elements related to safety design

2.10 Identify concepts related to executive security

2.11 Given a scenario, identify facility safety hazards and risks

2.12 Identify fire risks and appropriate controls

2.13 Identify key hazard control functions

2.14 Identify critical hazard control responsibilities

2.15 Identify key components of hazard evaluations

2.16 Identify human factors safety issues

2.17 Given a scenario identify hazards & unsafe actions

2.18 Given a scenario what can Improv safe job performance

2.19 Identify indoor contaminants

2.20 Identify key elements of intelligence security

2.21 Given a scenario identify the elements of a job safety analysis

2.22 Identify occupational safety hazard controls

2.23 Identify steps of an operational hazard analysis

2.24 Identify reasons that operational security impacts safety

2.25 Identify the definition of private security

2.26 Identify foundational elements of product safety management

2.27 Identify reasons for emphasizes organizational asset protection

2.28 Identify methods for reducing workplace hazardous exposures

2.29 Identify difference between safety effectiveness and safety program efficiency

2.30 Identify purposes for various safety warnings, signs, & tags

2.31 Given a scenario identify the key security concepts & principles

2.32 Given a scenario identify the key elements of good transportation safety

Domain 3 –Compliance & Standards (24%)

Domain 3 Topics

3.1 Identify the provision of building & fire codes

3.2 Identify codes & standards related to hazard control

3.3 Identify federal safety compliance standards

3.4 Given a scenario identify standards related to controlling known hazards

3.5 Identify key disaster management principles

3.6 Identify emergency response and preparedness issues

3.7 Identify methods used to evaluate hazard severity

3.8 Identify federal compliance requirements

3.9 Given a scenario identify fire & chemical safety issues or controls

3.10 Identify fire safety control, codes & standards

3.11 Identify hazard evaluation standards

3.12 Identify Hazard identification & communication requirements

3.13 Identify hazard substance standards

3.14 Identify hazardous material risks and control

3.15 Identify hazardous waste requirements

3.16 Identify ionizing & non-ionizing radiation hazards

3.17 Identify compliance with major OSHA standards

3.18 Identify requirements for reporting/documenting injuries & illnesses

3.19 Identify common occupational safety hazards

3.20 Identify common occupational health hazards

3.21 Given a scenario identify personal protective equipment needed

3.22 Identify safe storage practices for hazardous materials

3.23 Identify key transportation safety risks

3.24 Identify important voluntary safety standards

Sample CHCM Questions

  1. Which of the following would contribute most to a hazard control manager’s success?

a. Development of working relationships with line supervisors and staff function managers*

b. Providing immediate solutions to all safety related problems when requested

c. Promoting safety as a profit center and enlisting others to help improve the bottom line

d. Correcting hazards without help from other members of the organization.


  1. What best describes the role of an effective hazard control manager?

a. Inspector

b. Analyzer

c. Advisor*

d. Technician


  1. Whatis not a major component of hazard control management?

a. Engineering

b. Compliance*

c. Human Factors

d. Management


  1. Which statement about accidents is true?

a. Accidents can be classified as random events

b. Accidents can sometime have only a single cause

c. Accidents are symptoms of management problems*

CHCM Study Resources

This listing provides a guide of informative references that can help candidates prepare for the examination. Candidates must understand that items can come from a variety of resources that address professional healthcare safety practice. Studying the resources listed does not guarantee that a candidate will pass the examination.


  • CHCM Self Directed Study Guide, TLCS,  Available in downloadable PDF or Print Format. Buy it here!
  • Introduction to Hazard Control Management, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2014, J.T. Tweedy, IBSN: 978-1-4665-5158-9.
  • Healthcare Hazard Control and Safety Management, 3rd Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2014, J.T. Tweedy, ISBN: 978-1-4822-0655-5.
  • NFPA 101-2012, Life Safety Code Handbook, NFPA, Quincy, MA 2011, ISBN: 978-006461807