APPLICATION FOR REGISTERED INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST (RIH) (SG) OR REGISTERED ASSOCIATE INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST (RAIH) (SG)

Industrial / Occupational hygiene is the science and art devoted to the anticipation, identification, evaluation and control of health hazards arising in or from the workplace. It is one of the key professions in the drive to create a healthier and a safer workplace.

Industrial / Occupational hygienists (IH) are professionals and / or practitioners equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in industrial / occupational hygiene. they play a vital role in safeguarding the health of the working population against workforce health hazards.

In Singapore, occupational / industrial hygiene professionals and practitioners provide a comprehensive industrial hygiene service in managing workplace health hazards, or a more targeted scope of occupational / industrial hygiene work such as noise monitoring and noise control, air monitoring and chemical hazard management.

the Registered Industrial Hygienist, RIH (SG) and Registered Associate Industrial Hygienist, RAIH (SG) Schemes are established by the Occupational & Environmental Health Society (OEHS), Singapore – a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of occupational and environmental health in Singapore. The schemes are administered by the registered Industrial Hygienist Board set up by OEHS.

The RIH (SG) and RAIH (SG) certification schemes provide accreditation for occupational / industrial hygiene professionals or practitioners practicing in Singapore to apply to be a RIH (SG) or RAIH (SG).

Details of the application process and criteria can be found in the appendices below. The closing date for the current application process is 15 April 2018. Any enquiries could be channeled to the following email: oehsrih@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your application.

Thank you.

 

 

Er. Veronica Chow                                                                                                  Ang Boon Tian
President                                                                                                                   Chairman
Occupational & Environmental Health Society (OEHS)                            Registered Industrial Hygienist Board

 

 

Appendix A

 

CRITERIA AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR RIH (SG) AND RAIH (SG) ACCREDITATION

 

Work Experience

  1. Applications should have at least a year of industrial hygiene practice or equivalent in his/her career depending on the type of schemes applied for.
  2. Applicants should currently be practicing in Singapore as an IH or involved in industrial hygiene practice. For applicant who are practicing both within and outside Singapore, he/she should have an office address and residential address based in Singapore.

 

Education / Qualification

  1. He/ she should possess a recognized first degree or post graduate degree in industrial hygiene.
  2. If he/ she does not have a IH degree, then he/she should possess a basic qualification, diploma, or degree in acceptable disciplines e.g. engineering, sciences and recognized education/courses in industrial hygiene as outlined in Figure 1-RaIH (SG) flowchart or Figure 2- RIH (SG) flowchart.

Application Process

  1. The application process comprises two steps (Step A and Step B).

5.1          For RAIH (SG) application

a. Step A Applicants need to fill in the application form and sent it electronically to the following email oehsrih@gmail.com. The last page of the application form should be signed, scanned and emailed together with the application. In addition, an applicant will need to pay a non-refundable administration fee of S$ 150. Applications close on 15 April 2018. All applications received will be reviewed by the RIH (SG) Board. Applicants assessed to have fulfilled the qualifying criteria will be contacted to undergo the second stage of assessment (Step B). Applications that are not completely filled or applicants who are assessed not able to fulfill the qualifying criteria for Step B will be informed of the decision.

b. Step B Depending on the individual qualification, applicants could be requested to either undergo an oral interview (approximately an hour) or both a written examination and oral interview. The administrative fee for this stage of assessment is S$ 200 and is also non-refundable.

It is to be noted that applicants who are successful in their application for the RAIH (SG) accreditation will not be required to pay their accreditation dues for the first three years.

Figure 1 – RAIH (SG) Flowchart

5.2          For RIH (SG) application

a. Step A Applicants need to fill in the application form and send it electronically to the following email oehsrih@gmail.com. The last page of the application should be signed, scanned and emailed together with the application. In addition, an applicant will need to pay a non-refundable administration fee of S$ 150. Applications close on 15 April 2018. All applications received will be reviewed by the RIH Board. Applicants assessed to have fulfilled the qualifying criteria will be contacted to undergo the second stage of assessment (Step B). Applications that are not completely filled or applicants that are assessed not able to fulfill the qualifying criteria for Step B will be informed of the decision.

b. Step B Depending on the individual qualification, applicants could be requested to either undergo an oral interview (approximately an hour) or both a written examination and oral interview. The administrative fee for this stage of assessment is S$ 300 and is also non-refundable.

It is to be noted that applicants who are successful in their application for the RIH (SG) accreditation will not be required to pay their accreditation dues for the first three years.

c. Generally, applicants with a recognized individual / occupational hygiene degree/diploma or is currently certified with an internationally recognized industrial/occupational hygiene accreditation program (e.g. AIHA’s CIH; BOHS’ COH; AIOH’s COH) will only need to take the oral assessment. (It is however to be recognized that under some exceptional cases, the RIH (SG) Board may require such applicants to undergo a written examination if the Board has relevant justification that such an assessment will be required to evaluate the professional competence of the individual.)

 

Figure 2 – RIH (SG) Flowchart

Oral Examination

  1. Applicants eligible for the oral examination will be informed at least two months in advance for their preparation. They will be required to write a paper or prepare a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate their professional competency during the oral interview. Logistics arrangements will be disclosed to the eligible applicants.

 

Written Examination

  1. Applicants requiring to undergo a written examination as part of competency assessment will be informed at least four months in advance for their preparation. Where required, the RIH (SG) Board will organize a briefing session for such applicants. Applicants will be tested on the various domains of industrial hygiene. Logistics arrangements will be disclosed to the eligible applicants.

Certification of RAIH (SG) or RIH (SG)

  1. Applicants who are successfully certified to be a RAIH (SG) or RIH (SG) will be required to maintain their competency and act professionally as required under the current set of Code of Ethics (Appendix B). Re-certification will be on a three yearly basis and an RAIH (SG) or RIH (SG) will be able to re-certify if he/she fulfills the re-certification criteria. Re-certification will also be assessed and approved by the RIH Board. There will be a re-certification fee and it is currently S$ 200 for RAIH (SG) and S$ 300 for RIH (SG).
  2. It is to be noted that applicants who are successful in their application for the RAIH (SG) or RIH (SG) accreditation will not be required to pay their accreditation dues for the first three years as this is covered on goodwill under the application fee for Step B of the accreditation process.

Others

  1. All applications should reach OEHS Secretariat via email before 15 April 2018. Applicants need not submit dicuments to prove the authenticity of their information at this stage. Applicants successful for Step B of the application process will be notified and required to provide a copy of such documents.
  2. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on or before 30 June 2018.
  3. Any enquiries could be channeled to oehsrih@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Appendix B

 

 

Registered Industrial Hygienist Board, Singapore

Code of Ethics (May 2016)

 

The Registered Industrial Hygienist Board (RIH Board) is a not for profit, professional credentialing body under the auspices of the Occupational and Environmental Health Society, Singapore.

The objective of the Code of Ethics is to promote and maintain a high standard of ethics in the practice of industrial/occupational hygiene and associated activities.

The primary role of the industrial/occupational hygienist is to protect the health and safety of persons at work and community against health hazards arising from workplaces.

The Code applies to the registered Industrial Hygienists within the RIH Board, and to applicants seeking RIH Board certification.

The Associate of Registered Industrial Hygienist; RAIHS (SG) or RIH (SG) shall:

  1. Practice using currently accepted professional standards, principles and methodologies to ensure that the health risk assessments and recommendations are meaningful in protecting the health of the working individuals.
  2. Act responsibly to uphold the integrity of the profession and not compromise professional judgment, including cooperating with professional associations and credentialing organizations concerning ethnics matters and the collection of information related to an ethics matter.
  3. Comply with the legislation, policies and professional standards governing the practice of occupational hygiene and associated activities.
  4. Respect and keep confidential the privacy of personal, business and professional information that arises along the course of practice of occupational hygiene and associated activities.
  5. Avoid situations where personal or business conflicts of interest occur, if present, to declare such interests to the stakeholders.
  6. Maintain working knowledge of current developments in the practice of occupational hygiene and participate in activities that advance and promote industrial/occupational hygiene knowledge.