A new credential for emergency professionals

Emergency Management Alert, March 24, 2009

There’s a new credential that disaster response and emergency management (EM) professionals in healthcare settings can add to their names.

The Board of Certified Hazard Control Management (BCHCM), the nonprofit organization founded in1987, has now added the Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) designation.

The board issued the first credentials on January 31, 2009 to more than 50 qualified candidates, according to a press release. Candidates come from a variety of healthcare backgrounds, the group said, including EM, nursing, administration, risk management, safety, emergency medicine, and facility management.

The organization developed the new credential to recognize the need for qualified disaster response and EM professionals in healthcare settings and organizations. CHEP professionals can help lead the way by developing realistic EM and action response plans and understand the importance of coordinating all phases of healthcare emergency with community officials and other outside agencies, including state and federal entities, BCHCM said. You can find more information about the CHEP credential, at the group’s Web site.

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