Lori Gualandri, CIH

Lori Gualandri, CIH

"I am really glad that I have my CIH because it stands for excellence in the Health, Safety and Environment world. Holding a CIH gets respect as the certification is recognized as an achievement that is tough to obtain. Personally, it means a great deal to me because I know how hard I worked to get it while I was working full time, raising my family and coaching the kids soccer teams. I will confess to feeling pride in my accomplishment, especially when colleagues note how difficult of an exam it is. Now, I may whine every certification cycle as I gather my records and pull together all of the documentation to re-certify but when I look at the frame on the wall I know it’s all worth it.

My CIH has opened doors that I never dreamed when I was sitting at Old Dominion University asking Ed, the program chair, “What is an Industrial Hygienist?” Without my CIH, I would have never experienced living and working all over the US. My employers would never have sent me to represent them in Europe, Asia and South America. I have seen things that most Americans never have and never will all due to my certification. When I look back on the some of the most controversial issues I have been involved with, I am completely confident that were I not recognized as a competent professional, I would never have been at the table at all. My certification made it possible.

Most importantly, I could not have made a difference to the workers I bring under my wing and hold dear. While some have called me a zealot for my passion in protecting workers, I know it’s the weight of a profession and a certification that demands my best efforts. To those who cry zealot, I say a hearty thank you. To any whom I have failed, I beg forgiveness. To all of the other Certified Industrial Hygienists, I bow my head in respect to you and your efforts as well. Be comforted knowing we make a difference in this world. "