A bill filed in the Florida House on Tuesday would codify requirements for use of professional abbreviations by those handling dangerous goods and hazardous materials.
Additionally, it would impose stricter penalties for those misrepresenting their credentials, via the Florida Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act.
House Bill 415, filed by Jacksonville Republican Clay Yarborough, stipulates that anyone billed as a “certified dangerous goods professional,” “certified hazardous materials manager,” or “certified hazardous materials practitioner,” or using the abbreviations thereof, must accurately disclose his or her credentials.
And those credentials, asserts the Yarborough bill, must be officially from the “Institute of Hazardous Materials Management or another institution that issues such certificates.”
The bill, in addition to ensuring that those handling hazardous and dangerous goods are actually credentialed and certified to do so, also protects veterans, Rep. Yarborough said.
“Increasingly, the holders of these certifications are Veterans returning from the Middle East. We should ensure there is accountability if an individual misrepresents that they hold these certifications. As the certifications become more known and popular, there have been instances of individuals falsely asserting they hold the certifications. This legislation has been passed in 19 other states,” Yarborough noted.