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Safety; Security; Risk; Quality; TrainingECRI Institute’s Center for Healthcare Environmental Management (CHEM) has been providing this highly regarded course since 1993 to help professionals enhance their knowledge base and professional recognition in healthcare occupational health, safety, and security.

Certified HEMs are an elite international network of top professionals in your field who are committed to staying abreast of the evolving healthcare, safety, and security professions to better ensure patient safety and promote a learning culture.

​ ​Courses Cover Best Practices in the Following Areas

  • ​NEW! Safety from a system perspective
  • Occupational safety
  • Accident investigation
  • System safety management
  • Hazard vulnerability analysis
  •  Emergency management
  • Infection prevention
  • ​Human factors / ergonomics
  • Laboratory safety
  • Security and workplace violence
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Indoor air quality
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Waste management

​Promote Compliance with Key Regulations in these Areas

  • ​Joint Commission
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • ​Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Online Courses

Can’t attend a classroom course? You can attain HEM certification through our self-paced online program. You will receive the same study materials provided to classroom participants. You can study at your own pace and have the option to take courses on certain agenda topics even if certification isn’t your goal.

To be certified online, you must pass the 100-question, multiple-choice test within one year of course registration.

Continuing Education Credits

Each of the individual modules for both the classroom and online versions have been approved for California State Nursing Hours.

HEM Recertification

All certified HEMs are required to complete the recertification process every three years.


Read our frequently asked questions on the resources tab for more information. For questions concerning requirements, contact Jill Rosenfeld,, (610) 825-6000, ext. 5462.

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  • ​I am thankful that an organization finally offered a specific Safety Certification and educational opportunity for those of us in the Healthcare Safety career field.  I found it to be one of the greatest values in education and certification process available in today’s market.

    Eric A. Wagner, HEM, COHC, Sr. Director, Safety and Industrial Hygiene, Geisinger Health System

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Frequently Asked Questions  

Q. What is the cost for the CHEM certification course?

A. The cost for classroom-style course is currently $1,895 for non-members and $1,745 for current ECRI Institute members.

Q. How do I know if I’m an ECRI Institute member?

A. If you are not sure if your institution/company/agency is a current ECRI Institute member, feel free to contact our Circulation Department at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889, or e-mail your inquiry to

Q. Is there a limit to how long a person has to complete the independent/self-study?
A. If you participate in the independent/self-study option, you must complete the examination within one year from the date that you originally registered for the independent/self-study course.

If you do not complete the examination within one year of receiving the study materials, you must petition CHEM for an extension, which includes submitting an administrative fee of $225.

Q. Why do people choose the classroom-style course rather than the independent/self-study option?

A. While each individual’s reason for selecting one option over the other is different, classroom course evaluations consistently show that the vast majority of the attendees not only find the educational experience rewarding, but the networking, classroom interaction, and camaraderie a significant benefit.  

Q. What is they typical daily schedule for the class?

A. The daily class schedule is Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday's schedule ends at 3:00 p.m.

Discount Pricing

Q. Are there discounts for groups that attend the classroom-style course or participate in the independent/self-study?

A. Yes. There will be a 10% discount applied to each of the first three students that sign up from the same institution/company/agency. For discounts for four or more students, please contact Luke Petosa at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5330, or

Payment and Tax Information

Q. What payment methods does CHEM accept? 

A. CHEM currently accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, check, or a purchase order (PO) number (copy required).

Q. How can I get CHEM’s federal tax identification number?

A. CHEM is sponsored by ECRI Institute. ECRI Institute’s federal Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 23-1662091.


Q. When does the registration period close for a particular class?

A. There is no official date on which the registration for a particular class closes. However, if you register for a class within the ten business days before the first day of that scheduled class, you will be assessed an additional $150 administrative fee.

Q. Can I send my registration form in first and then forward the check later?

A. Yes, you may submit your registration form prior to payment. Your registration will be processed once payment is received.

Q. Do I need to send my resume as part of my registration packet?

A. CHEM requires documentation that describes your experience and responsibilities in the field of safety, security, risk management, and/or a healthcare field. A resume and a job description are the documents most often sent to meet this requirement.

Q. How many students register for a typical class?

A. The class size typically ranges between 20-30 students.


Q. What qualifications must I meet to be eligible to seek the HEM certification?

A. CHEM recommends that applicants have a minimum of 12 months experience working in safety, security, risk management, and/or a healthcare field. A college degree in a health and safety, security, or similar discipline is helpful.

Q. How is the testing conducted?

A. The examination is offered online.

Q. What are my options if I fail the examination?

A: You may re-take the examination for an additional administrative fee of $225.

Q. If I take the week-long class, when is the examination held?

A. If you take the week-long course, the CHEM examination is taken on your own time within 30 days after the course is completed. The examination is taken via online testing software on a date of your choosing. If taking the test online poses a problem, please contact Jill Rosenfeld at (610) 825-6000, ext 5462, or at

Q. Do I get continuing education credit for attending the course?

A. The CHEM course typically garners four (4) certificate maintenance points (CMPs) from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Over the years, attendees have also successfully been granted continuing education credits (CEUs) from a number of other national, regional, and/or state organizations and/or academic institutions.

Note: Application for CEUs from agencies other than ABIH must be directed to ECRI Institute’s Education Department and may be subject to a reporting fee. For assistance on application for CEUs, contact Pamela Keating at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5439, or at


Q. If I cancel my registration, what are my options?

A. If you must cancel your registration, you have several options:

Option 1: You may transfer to another course already scheduled during the current or next calendar year, or ask to be notified when additional courses have been scheduled.

Option 2: If you do not wish to transfer to another course, you may:

  1. Transfer your enrollment into the independent/self-study option. You will be refunded the difference between the classroom style course price and the independent/self study price, less a $75 transfer fee; OR
  2. Cancel outright. If the cancellation is made prior to 10 calendar days of the course start date, you will be reimbursed 100% of the original registration fee, minus a $25 administrative fee.

Option 3: Your institution may decide to send someone else to the course, or enroll someone else in the independent/self study option in your place.

Note: If your institution decides to send a replacement person to a course, or enroll them in the independent/self study option, another registration form must be completed and forwarded to ECRI Institute’s Circulation Department.

Q. Do I get a receipt for payment?

A. If you need a receipt of payment, please contact our Circulation Department at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889, or at   

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