1. Certification is a mark of prestige.
2. Certification is a significant personal and professional accomplishment.
3. Certification can advance your career.
4. Certified OHNs earn significantly more.
5. Employers regard certification as a mark of quality and rely on certification when making employment decisions.

The certified OHN provides knowledgeable management of occupational injuries and illnesses and facilitates early return to work processes.

7. The certified OHN can reduce the employer's legal exposure through management of regulatory requirements such as OSHA, FMLA, ADA, DOT, HIPAA, etc.
8. Certification enhances your disease management and health promotion skills.
9. Certified OHNs make a positive impact on the employer's financial bottom line.
10. Certification augments competence and on-the-job productivity.






Use the hyperlink for Information on how to become an ABOHN Sponsor


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3/20/2014 - Lorain, Ohio - Catholic Health Partners' Mercy network in Lorain, Ohio is seeking a licensed RN to provide comprehensive administrative and clinical support for all Employee Health and safety-related functions. The CHP Employee Nurse Coordinator directs and supervises the work of the Integrated Disability/Absence Management Specialist and provides input regarding annual performance evaluation, performance improvement and employment status. For additional information click here.



Become Certified

Who We Are and What We Do

The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) is an independent nursing specialty certification board. We have over 12,000 active certified nurses working today.

ABOHN was founded in 1972 as an independent not-for-profit organization to set professional standards and conduct occupational health nursing specialty certification. ABOHN is the sole certifying body for occupational health nurses in the United States and awards four credentials: Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN), Certified Occupational Health Nurse - Specialist (COHN-S), Case Management (CM), and Safety Management (SM).

ABOHN has certified approximately 16,000 and currently has 5, 200 active certificants.

We use predetermined standards of nursing practice to validate an individual registered nurse's qualifications, knowledge and practice in specific areas of occupational health nursing.

****  PRESS RELEASE ****


Hinsdale, IL --- October 12, 2012.  The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (ABOHN) is proud to announce in cooperation with our testing administrator and research coordinator Applied Measurement Professionals, the release of the 2011 Practice Analysis Report. 


The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) is the sole provider of certification in the specialty of occupational health nursing in the United States.  ABOHN must ensure their certification examinations validly reflect the scope of current occupational health nursing practice by periodically conducting a practice analysis.  This report presents the findings of this research study. 


The primary purpose of this practice analysis was to confirm the knowledge, skills and activities currently required for the proficient practice of occupational health nursing as reflected by the tasks performed.   A valid and reliable survey instrument was developed by a practice analysis committee of subject matter experts. 


The survey contained 20 demographic questions and 136 nursing task statements.  An email invitation to participate in the web-based survey containing a link to the survey instrument was then distributed to 8,720 occupational health nurses in the United States and Canada.  After reducing the survey sample for undeliverable emails and addresses (n=2401), 6,319 surveys remained.  Respondents returned 2,594 surveys for a total response rate of 38.1%. Decision rules were developed to determine which tasks were appropriate for inclusion in the examinations.  The revised examination blueprints are used to refine the ABOHN certification examinations.


Since its inception in 1972, ABOHN has awarded the Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN), Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S), Case Management (CM) and Safety Management (SM) credentials to more than 12,000 Occupational Health Nurses. 


Full access to the 2011 Practice Analysis Report can be found through the hyperlink.






Accredited by
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies
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Member of
Brian Verrall
Peggy Manuszak, RN, MS, FAAOHN, COHN-S/CM 
is the current Chair of the ABOHN Board

Presenting the newest members of the
ABOHN Board of Directors 
from left to right:

Denise Knoblauch, Jennylynn Balmer and

Mark Sebastian.











Occupational Health Nursing Week

April 19-25, 2014


Occurring annually in April, OHN Week recognizes and celebrates members of the occupational and environmental heath nursing profession. ABOHN is proud to support all of the OHN's who are

"Leading the Way

for Health & Safety"




AAOHN 2014

National Conference

Dallas, Texas

May 5-8, 2014


"Occupational Health Nursing Across Borders: Practice, Protection and Productivity."


To learn more: Click here




AAOHN 2014

Global Summit

Dallas, Texas

May 4-5, 2014


"Occupational health professionals from more than 10 countries will present educational sessions on practice challenges, current research and successful projects."


To learn more: Click here




2014 American
Occupational Health Conference


April 27-30 in San Antonio at a special ABOHN rate!


Click here for more information!


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FSAOHN 2014 Conference

September 11-12-2014

Marriott Orlando, Florida





Candidate Experience

Video Now Available


We know that committing to becoming certified can be stressful. Our testing provider, Applied Management Professionals (AMP) has released a video which gives detailed information on scheduling instructions and what to expect on test day. This great resource was designed to help better prepare AMP testing candidates during the process.


Please go here to view the video.






Requirements for the COHN and
COHN-S credentials are:


1. Current active RN license.


2. 3000 hours as and OHN during the previous 5 years.


3. 50 continuing education contact hours directly related to OH.


The Case Management (CM) credential requires an additional 10 continuing education contact hours directly related to OH Case Management.


The Safety Management (SM) credential requires an additiona

50 continuing education contact hours directly related to OH Safety Management.


You can find more information and the downloadable application or the online application under the Recertification Tab.






The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is developing the Occupational Health and Safety Network (OHSN).


OHSN Allows you to benchmark

the safety of your own facility.


Helps you target prevention and intervention strategies to decrease work-related injuries


Creates a community of leaders to share workplace solutions


Helps you track your own data to meet OSHA and Joint Commission requirements


Integrates with your current data collection process to minimize effort


To learn more...Visit: www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ohsn/




How can you get involved with OHSN?

Start preparing to be an early adopter of OHSN by beginning to adapt your current injury data collection processes to conform to the OHSN data standards  available at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ohsn/.  

Please feel free to contact the following with
questions or comments:

Ahmed Gomaa MD, ScD, MSPH, Medical Officer (AGomaa@cdc.gov)

Sara Luckhaupt MD, MPH, Medical Officer (SLuckhaupt@cdc.gov)

OHSN Team (NIOSHOHSN@cdc.gov)

Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations & Field Studies
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention





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