Skanda Abeyesekere, MS, CIH, CSP

Skanda Abeyesekere, MS, CIH, CSP

To all professionals in the Industrial Hygiene Field, I am very glad that I pursued and achieved my Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) Credential as it has opened several doors for me. Firstly, I am recognized and respected by my peers and senior project managers as a highly competent professional in the field of industrial hygiene with the capability to manage and sign off on important Industrial hygiene projects. Further it has helped me stamp my authority as the go-to person for all industrial hygiene project work undertaken by my company. Secondly, the CIH credential has also enhanced my ability to shoulder more responsibility in managing and authorizing important projects that place the environment quality and human health at risk. For example, projects involving asbestos, lead based paint, occupational exposure to hazardous contaminants, and hexavalent chromium all require the expertise of an experienced industrial hygienist to perform the field work and sign off on the project. As a result my services are now requested by many professional engineers and occupational safety managers in other organizations as well. The CIH credential has boosted my confidence and tremendously increased my marketability in this industry. Above all, the satisfaction of knowing that the work I authorize and directly manage enables to create a safe and healthy environment for children as well as adults in the work place makes me very proud of my profession and makes it even more gratifying that I chose to obtained this important credential.