Thursday

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Track ABCDE - A: Environmental Compliance – Multimedia Edition
Leader(s): Laura Burnett
Co-Leader(s): Betsy Farkas
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Texas and Louisiana State Enforcement Update »
Speaker(s): D. Chance McNeely, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Ramiro Garcia, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Representatives of Texas, Louisiana, and Region 6 EPA will provide a thorough and informational state enforcement update.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Federal Enforcement Update »
Speaker(s): John Blevins, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 6
Representatives of Texas, Louisiana, and Region 6 EPA will provide a thorough and informational federal enforcement update.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Audit Privilege in Texas »
Speaker(s): Jess McAngus, Spirit Environmental, Joseph Guida, Guida Slavich & Flores
In this joint presentation, both the legal and technical sides of conducting an audit will be covered. The legal portion of the presentation will cover the basics of the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act and some practical considerations and issues for the regulated community in undertaking an audit pursuant to the Act. The technical portion of presentation will cover the practical side of the audit, including the scope of the audit, how to prepare for the audit, how to perform an audit, what to say in the audit report, and how to effectively work with consul to ensure the audit works. The importance of follow-up and implementing corrective actions promptly will also be discussed.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:30 to 2:20 Environmental Justice »
Speaker(s): Arturo Blanco, Director of Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, EPA Region 6
In response to concerns about injustice, President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 12898 (EO 12898) in 1994 to address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations. EO 12898 requires federal agencies to achieve environmental justice as part of their mission and to develop an Interagency Working Group (IWG) with EPA as the lead agency to work collaboratively to this end. Plan EJ 2014 is turning Administrator Gina McCarthy’s theme “Making a Visible Difference in Communities across the Country” into a roadmap to advance EJ and integrating EJ into EPA’s programs, policies and activities. The Environmental Justice presentation will discuss the role of the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs in EPA Region 6 work activities.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Incident Documentation through Photographic Evidence »
Speaker(s): Rudy Portillo Jr., Texas Gas Service
This is a presentation of documentation through photography of an incident for your company, employee/non-employee injury or fatality, third party damages, or any situation that may be part of a litigation scenario.
Track ABCDE - B: Managing Safety
Leader(s): Jeff Boivin
Co-Leader(s): Darrell Davis
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 The Art of Communication: the Key to Success »
Speaker(s): Vickie Irvine, Total Development Partners
It has been said that communication is the “make or break” of any relationship. Most relationships, personal and professional, succeed based on how well the parties involved communicate their ideas, opinions, needs and desires to each other. This presentation will help participants recognize components and barriers to successful communication and understand the importance of listening skills, body language, and perception versus intent.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Practice: We're Talking About Practice! »
Speaker(s): John Garlington, Chris Williamson and Eddie Craft, Axiall Corp
This presentation, by members of the Axiall Plaquemine Safety Involvement Team, will demonstrate how their employee driven safety team was created, grew, and has branched out to other company sites, promoting effective safety practices, employee buy-in and overall safety culture.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Managing Behavioral Tolerance »
Speaker(s): Rickey Meyer, Zachry
Managing behavioral tolerance is a module which focuses on field safety employees and front line supervisors. It takes us into the many employee performance indicators that are targeted by all typical workplace leadership. These indicators are be broken down by the frequency they are reviewed and the various tolerance levels supervision obtains towards them. Visual illustrations will demonstrate when front line supervision shifts a low tolerance to a performance indicator. The likelihood of occurrence diminishes when this technique is applied.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:30 to 2:20 Effective Training Techniques »
Speaker(s): Mark A. Hernandez, CHST, Multiply Leadership
This session will cover various methods that can be used to deliver effective training techniques. We will have fun with an exercise and cover different training methodologies: Blooms Taxonomy, ANSI Z 490.1, and two ASSE Professional Safety magazines articles. Each attendee will gain an appreciation of how integral the “Master / Maestro” concept is as well as obtain the 3 step process for creating a compelling story for fostering awareness and training that sticks.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Video Awareness: Best Practice »
Speaker(s): Jeremy Miller, Performance Contractors
This presentation will show attendees how they can easily shoot their own videos on site, and use Sharepoint to manage them.
Track ABCDE - C: PSM Emerging Trends
Leader(s): Phil Cuevas
Co-Leader(s): Kim Dejmek
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Hollow Ball Valves in Process Service »
Speaker(s): Quentin Baker, Baker Engineering & Risk Consultants
Failure of a ball valve led to a sudden jetting release from an oil well that subsequently ignited. Investigation of the valve failure revealed that valve construction was of marginal quality and the ball was hollow. The ball itself failed from well pressure. The investigation also found that valve manufacturers are currently transitioning to hollow balls in ball valves, which may be contrary to manufacturers' literature indicating solid balls. This presentation will explore this trend, which raises concerns for strength and durability of ball valves in chemical processing operations.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 RAGAGEP: Changes and Competing Considerations »
Speaker(s): Robert C. Gombar, Sr., Esq., Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants
At present, OSHA does not have an “official” definition for RAGAGEP in the PSM Standard, and neither does EPA in the RMP Rule. In its RFI concerning potential changes to the PSM Standard, OSHA asked for information regarding two possible changes involving RAGAGEP: (1) amending the PSM Standard to require evaluation of updates to applicable RAGAGEP; and (2) clarifying the PSM Standard by adding a definition for RAGAGEP. In its subsequent RFI concerning possible changes to the RMP Rule, EPA requested information essentially concerning the same potential changes involving RAGAGEP. Comments filed in response to both RFIs highlight the competing legal and practical considerations facing the agencies regarding the possible changes involving RAGAGEP, and this presentation will examine these considerations in light of the potential impact RAGAGEP changes could have on industry.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Minimum Requirements for Relief Systems Documentation »
Speaker(s): Dustin Smith, Smith & Burgess
Facilities that are covered by the OSHA Process Safety Management Standard (29 CFR 1910.119) are required to document "information pertaining to the equipment in the process" including "relief system design and design basis." So for the relief devices in a facility, what exactly is required? The aforementioned requirements are taken directly from the PSM Standard but are incredibly vague. This presentation takes clarifications from OSHA and industry sources to provide some clarification to users as to what information is needed to ensure a safe process and minimize citations.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:30 to 2:20 Incidents that Define Safe Automation »
Speaker(s): Angela Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions
Since 1992, loss events in the process industry have occurred that brought renewed effort in defining the requirements for safe automation on a global scale. To emphasize the importance of safe automation, this presentation will discuss case studies of previous incidents, including a brief description of the incident and the major lessons to be learned. This presentation does not make any attempt to replicate these previous lessons learned, but instead focuses on the contribution of inadequate design, installation, testing, maintenance, and operation of the process control and safety systems.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Moving the Needle on Process Safety »
Speaker(s): Shanahan Mondal, CVR Energy
Over the past three years, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) Advancing Process Safety (APS) Programs have collected and analyzed a variety of data points from the following APS sources, ANSI API RP 754, Process Safety Metrics for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries, submissions from the AFPM Event Sharing Database, and aggregate results from API Process Safety Site Assessments program. This presentation will describe the methods for collecting and analyzing data, sharing the results and developing tangible materials based on those observed results to help raise process safety awareness and performance improvements throughout industries.
Track ABCDE - D: Award Winning Best Practices
Leader(s): Bill Shaw
Co-Leader(s): Jon Atteberry, CSP
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Houston Area Safety Council and the Houston Business Roundtable Safety Excellence Process »
Speaker(s): Amanda Allred, Houston Area Safety Council
Since 1988, the Houston Business Roundtable has been recognizing Greater Houston Area Industrial Contractors for their outstanding safety performance. This award process over the years has brought many of the Owner Companies in the Gulf Coast together with their Contractors in a cooperative effort to improve on-site safety, eliminate accidents, and most importantly, reduce injuries to employees. This year some significant revisions were made to the safety award process to increase recognition and improve the sharing of best practices. Awards Process Nominations Submitted to HBR by Owners/Clients Nominee Submits Safety Documentation and Data Information Evaluated and Contractors Selected for Field Audits Field Audits by Teams of Owners and Contractor Representatives After Audits and by Category, Contractors Identified for Bronze, Silver or Gold Level of Recognition with one “Best in Category” Safety Awards Banquet Recognition Best Practices Seminar The HBR Safety Excellence Award process is a six month long effort and involves, literally, hundreds of volunteers and participants. It begins with a request for nominations, and this award is unique in that contractors must be nominated by their clients, the users of their services and there are no self-nominations. Contractor work sites are nominated where the client had verifiable safety performance data for the past calendar year. Nominated contractors are put into award categories based on the type of work they do and in some cases by company size based on total U.S. work hours reported for the previous year. This makes for a more fair evaluation and allows more companies to be recognized.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Full Circle Communication »
Speaker(s): Kendel Kandler, ICS
In Full Circle Communication, each supervisor is expected to take notes at the monthly supervisor meeting. They are expected to communicate the notes to their employees via safety meeting within 5 days of attending the monthly supervisor meeting. Employees then sign the monthly supervisor meeting notes page. The supervisors maintain a copy and the original is sent to the EH&S department
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Prevention of Silent Low Information Employees »
Speaker(s): David Summers, MEI
With new hires you get employee silence: whether intentionally or unintentionally, employees withholding information that might be useful to the organization. This presentation will explore what goes into the decision about whether to speak up or remain silent, as well as how we can encourage employees to stop being silent and get involved.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:30 to 2:20 90 Day New Employee Training »
Speaker(s): Ramon Mora, Zachry
Our statistics show that 65% of injuries beyond first aid happen in the first 90 days of employment, or the first 90 days on a new job site. Zachry’s 90 Day Program focuses on fully familiarizing the new employee with Zachry processes and approaches – and with our culture, which puts safety first.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 JV Standing TSA/Addendum Process »
Speaker(s): Ray Hilton, JV Industrial
Planning safety into the job minimizes surprises and slow downs, thereby improving productivity. The TSA is the crew’s opportunity to look for and manage hazards associated with their task and their environment.
Track ABCDE - E: Plant Managers Hot Topics
Leader(s): Steve Ferrer
Co-Leader(s): Jack McVaugh
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 New Contract Employees Working in Facilities with No Industrial Background »
Speaker(s): Bruce Mathis
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Best Practices, Process Safety, and Event Learning Processes »
Speaker(s): Ken Martin, DuPont (retired)
When significant incidents happen, we all feel that our organizations do high quality incident investigations and promptly implement the identified recommendations to prevent recurrence. So why do we see similar incidents occurring a few years later? In this presentation we will explore how we learn from both our own incidents and those across the industry and implement changes that will result in long term safe performance.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Fenceline Monitoring: Do You Know What’s Out There? »
Speaker(s): Derek Reese, ExxonMobil
The new regulatory program is the precedent for potential fence line monitoring requirements for chemical manufacturing, being incorporated into different consent decrees by state and federal agencies. Facilities should expect a myriad of requests for their monitoring data on a more frequent basis from a multitude of outside entities. A successful implementation requires a site to have the answers to three very important questions about their fence line: What are your ambient concentrations today? What will they be in 2017? What CAN they be in 2017? This session will cover the fundamentals of the rule requirements, the key salient points of the test method and potential lab analysis issues, and more importantly the lessons learned from recent implementation efforts.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:30 to 2:20 Plant Managers Roundtable Forum Part One »
Speaker(s): Tom Yura, BASF
A continuation of Plant Manager Roundtable Forum Part One. Restricted to facility managers ONLY and moderated by Tom Yura, this session will address key topics of particular interest to plant managers, including important current industry issues and best practices. Robert Berg of ExxonMobil and Ed Flynn of the Louisiana Chemical Association will discuss the Episodic Release Reduction Initiative, and its implementation in Louisiana.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Plant Managers Roundtable Forum Part Two »
Speaker(s): Tom Yura, BASF
A continuation of Plant Manager Roundtable Forum Part One. Restricted to facility managers ONLY and moderated by Tom Yura, this session will address key topics of particular interest to plant managers, including important current industry issues and best practices. This session will begin with a few brief presentations on select topics to initiate discussion.