"IH is splintering into two roles — the generalist who will be a manager/executive overseeing multiple projects, sites and hazards, and the specialists who will know everything about one or two hazards, such as IAQ, asbestos, ergo," so says a veteran industrial hygienist working for the U.S. Navy.

Training for IH generalists is certainly gearing up. A three-day workshop on getting the Certified Safety Professional credential will be held during IH's big event, the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo, May 21-26 in Anaheim.

Also at the AIHce is a workshop titled, "Risk Management Meets Industrial Hygiene."

Earlier this month, AIHA and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) local chapters in Washington, D.C., teamed to present "Current Developments in Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Environment."

In April, AIHA offers a telephone and Web-based seminar on "Creating Breakthroughs for Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence."

Meanwhile, specialists still have plenty to choose from to continue along more focused career tracks. Recent courses from AIHA cover "Building Science: Understanding and Controlling Moisture in Buildings," "Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene," "Toxicology," "Applied Ergonomics," and "Toxicological and Occupational Medicine Perspective on Molds and Mycotoxins: Update and Implications for IH."