Judith A. Foster, CIH, CSP

Judith A. Foster, CIH, CSP

"My CIH credential has open doors that were not even conceivable or imaginable to me. When I began working I knew nothing about industrial hygiene. I didn’t even know what industrial hygiene was. It was due to my allergies to animals that I had to find a new job. I ended up replacing someone that was retiring from the world of ih. That was just the beginning. I pretty much have learned on the job and did a lot of self-teaching. I quickly moved up from a technician to a practicing hygienist. I knew that I need to obtain my CIH if I wanted the full responsibility of a hygienist. I stayed up many late hours after putting my son to bed, as a single parent, to study for the exam. I passed it on the first try! I was SO excited to see Judith Foster CIH on the outside of the envelope! I did it! The doors were now open. I was able to be a hygienist for laboratory type areas at a major company. Obtaining my CIH has afforded me opportunities of a lifetime to fulfill the reward of helping others. My self-confidence has grown over the years due to the fact that I have done this on my own. I have earned the respect of management & co-workers where I have worked. I go home knowing that I have made a difference and have helped people to have a healthy & safe working environment.

My CIH certification has also led me to attain my CSP credential. It was scary to do this since I had not practiced safety at all. Again, I was able to achieve the CSP initials after my name, the first try.

Due to my CIH and CSP credentials, I have been privileged to have served as a committee chair for the AIHA Personal Protective Equipment volunteer committee. I was the first woman for that particular committee to help us receive Outstanding Committee for the Year award when I served as the chair and again as the past-chair. The AIHA Press ""Chemical Protective Equipment"" book was updated and re-published during that time frame on the committee.

Now I am working at a private college. I am looked upon as an expert in resolving health & safety related issues and concerns across the campus. I am currently passing on my knowledge/experience to students in the BS/MS EH&S program here at the college I work for. It has been very rewarding. I go home at the end of each day very fulfilled. Isn’t that what a job should be to us?"