Welcome to the Environmental, Health, & Safety Seminar

The Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) in collaboration with the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA)'s EHS Seminar provides a great opportunity to enhance your regulatory knowledge, learn from best practices, network with industry peers, and hear from experts.

Featuring over 100 sessions produced by and for established safety professionals, this valuable opportunity is available to you in the heart of the Gulf Coast, Galveston Texas. Whether you are an operator, engineer, or manager, you will learn and be challenged with the information you hear. Come and join us in June at the Moody Gardens Convention Center and discover the strength of coming together.

Keynote Speakers

Monday Keynote Speaker - Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council

Nelson Balido is one of the leading authorities on our U.S. borders for trade, travel, energy and security issues.  He is the principal at Balido and Associates, Inc. and founder of the Border Commerce and Security Council and the Energy Council of the Americas. Prior to assuming his current role he was the President of the Border Trade Alliance; Nelson was a presidential pick to lead the private sector division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency where he earned Secretary’s Award for Excellence and also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council appointed by Secretary Michael Chertoff, where he was awarded the department’s highest civilian award – the Outstanding Public Service Medal.

He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors at the local, state, and federal levels.  For years, Nelson has worked closely with the governments of U.S., Canada, and Mexico at every level by advocating on behalf of policy initiatives designed to improve border affairs, trade and security relations, and cultural understanding.  In 2014, Nelson was re-appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Industry Trade Advisory Council by United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce.

Governments, companies, and media outlets seek his council for his extensive outside-the-beltway relations and real-world international border experience.

Tuesday Keynote Speaker - Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Robert Emery is Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Bob has over 30 years of experience in health & safety and holds masters degrees in health physics and environmental sciences, and a doctorate in occupational health. Bob holds the unique distinction of being the only person to hold national board certification in all of the seven main areas of health & safety:

  • health physics [Certified Health Physicist, CHP]
  • occupational safety [Certified Safety Professional, CSP]
  • industrial hygiene [Certified Industrial Hygienist, CIH]
  • biological safety [Registered Biosafety Professional, RBP]
  • hazardous materials management [Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, CHMM]
  • security management [Certified Protection Professional, CPP]
  • risk management [Associate in Risk Management, ARM]

Bob is the author of many peer-reviewed articles on practical health and safety topics and makes frequent presentations on such issues at the local and national level.

Thursday Keynote Speaker - Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator

Ron Curry was appointed as US EPA Region 6 Regional Administrator in September 2012. As Regional Administrator, Curry directs federal environmental programs for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 Tribes. He oversees an annual budget of $471 M and 778 employees located in Dallas, Houston, El Paso and other field assignments.

Curry worked with the University of New Mexico on the development of their Energy/Water/Environment Nexus Studies program. Prior to that, he spent eight years serving in former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s administration as cabinet secretary of the Environment Department and Natural Resource Trustee. In the position as secretary, he oversaw the regulation of the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories and the implementation of standards to protect the air, water and land of New Mexico. He also led the Governor’s initiative to join the Western Climate Initiative and lead the climate change implementation state team in New Mexico. He developed the Environmental Justice Executive Order signed in November 2005 by Governor Richardson. As trustee, he successfully negotiated a $13 million ground water consent decree in 2010.

Continuing Education

American Board of Industrial Hygiene certificate maintenance credit – 16 hours

Board of Certified Safety Professionals – 2 Continuing Education Units

Texas Board of Professional Engineers – over 15 Professional Development Hours

Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists – potential of over 5 Professional Development Hours

Prospective State Bar Continuing Legal Education


To present an annual Environmental, Health and Safety seminar that provides knowledge to foster personal growth of the attendees and the performance of their organizations, while enhancing the image of the chemical industry.

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