Healthcare Environmental Manager Training and Certification (HEM)

Make crucial environmental healthcare decisions with certification from the internationally recognized healthcare workforce safety and security program

ECRI's Center for Healthcare Environmental Management (CHEM) certifies safety and security professionals so they can stay up-to-date on the evolving healthcare environment. You can attain HEM certification in-person or through our self-paced online program.

Courses cover best practices in the following areas: Safety from a system perspective, Occupational safety, Accident investigation, Hazard vulnerability analysis, Emergency management, Infection prevention, 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 HEM certification

The HEM certification course is currently being offered online and can be completed at your own pace. The course is comprised of 21 modules, and can be accessed via computer or mobile device. Topics covered include industrial hygiene, toxicology, and infection control.

Module ranges from one to three hours long and are presented via power points with instructor audio, captured from the live classroom presentation. Each presentation is approved for CA state nursing hours; certificates can be printed upon the completion of each course.

HEM certification is earned through a 2.5 hour, 100 question, open-book exam. Upon viewing the presentations and answering questions correctly, participants can then utilize the HEM designation.

The cost of the course is $1595/person.

HEM recertification

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

Host an on-site HEM class

For groups of a minimum of 20 people that are interested in hosting an onsite HEM class, contact us today at for more information.

Once your order is approved, you will receive an email from with instructions on how to complete your membership activation and access ECRI Learning resource. Orders are typically processed in 2-3 business days.

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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