Thursday

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Track ABCDE - Environmental Regulators, Lawyers and Consultants - Oh MY!
Leader(s): Kristy Stewart
Co-Leader(s): Shawn Smith
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Enforcement from Those in the Know Part I »
Speaker(s): Bryan Sinclair, Cheryl Sonnier Nolan
What’s on the minds of our state and federal environmental enforcement agents? Come hear from the sources as we chat with Mr. Brian Sinclair (TCEQ), and Ms. Cheryl Nolan (LDEQ) about where the states are placing their focus in Part I of this series.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Enforcement from Those in the Know Part II »
Speaker(s): Bryan Sinclair, Cheryl Sonnier Nolan, John Blevins
In Part II of this series, attendees will follow up with Mr. John Blevins, EPA Region 6 Director of Compliance Assurance and Enforcement, for a look at enforcement from the federal level. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session with our regulator guests for attendees to interact directly with the experts.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Implementing Sustainable Water Management Strategies »
Speaker(s): Karen Budgell, EIT
This presentation will discuss a case study on the use of a sustainability decision support analysis tool that’s applied to evaluate the social, economic, environmental and technical aspects of various water treatment technologies. The case study will demonstrate the process for comparative analysis of water treatment technologies, stakeholder engagement, environmental and social offset evaluations and process optimization to address stakeholder concerns. While the case study will focus on the aspect of water treatment, a brief discussion will be included on the application of the tool to other aspects of water management in the oil and gas industry.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: John Grubbs, President, Grubbs Consulting, Inc. (GCI) Paul Balmert, Balmert Consulting Scott Whitelaw, VP EHS&S, Texas United Corporation John Bresland, Former Chairman of the US Chemical Safety Board
1:30 to 2:20 Sampling Documentation and Custody Transfer Procedures to Meet Requirements Under the TNI Laboratory Accreditation Standard »
Speaker(s): Nan Thomey
Laboratory Accreditation Standards require the environmental laboratory to examine and document numerous items related to sample condition and identification of testing to be performed. This documentation is an essential element pertinent to the legal defensibility of analytical data. Exceptions to requirements must be noted with the report of results. This presentation will identify the most common problems observed and present potential solutions.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Green Crimes: An Overview of Environmental Crimes in Louisiana »
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Nolan
What are the technical and legal aspects of environmental criminal investigation and prosecution? Actual cases will be presented from initial complaint, through prosecution and sentencing. In this presentation, attendees will see real-life examples of how LDEQ-CID investigates and prosecutes criminals who profit from polluting or cutting corners.
Track ABCDE - Managing Safety
Leader(s): Darrell Davis
Co-Leader(s): Jeff Boivin
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 A Change Model for Enhancing Safety Leadership and Organizational Performance »
Speaker(s): Jim Spigener
This talk will focus on safety leadership as it pertains to psychological and physical safety. It will also cover the attributes and behaviors of excellent leaders present a change model for enhancing safety leadership, safety performance, and culture.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Art of Communication: The Key to Success »
Speaker(s): Vicki Irvine
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.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Business Impact of Injuries »
Speaker(s): Warren Hubler
The business impact presentation is a collection of (5) case studies submitted from a large drilling contractor, small drilling contractor, O&G EHS service provider for remote operations and NIOSH. The case studies looks at the direct and indirect costs of injuries, mishaps and fatalities and encourages participants to determine how much in sales they must generate to offset the costs of injuries and deaths.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: John Grubbs, President, Grubbs Consulting, Inc. (GCI) Paul Balmert, Balmert Consulting Scott Whitelaw, VP EHS&S, Texas United Corporation John Bresland, Former Chairman of the US Chemical Safety Board
1:30 to 2:20 OSHA Updates »
Speaker(s): Mark A. Hernandez, CHST
Attendees will receive an update covering the following areas: 1) Enforcement: inspection update and new enforcement programs and initiatives, 2) Regulatory: what are the new proposed regulations that are coming, 3) Executive Order 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety & Security, and 4) OSHA Resource information. Attendees will be informed, inspired, and challenged to a new level of safety excellence.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Effective Employee Safety Teams »
Speaker(s): Axiall Safety Team
Safety Teams are an integral part of any work safety culture. This presentation will focus on the safety teams at the Axiall Plaquemine Facility. The presentation will include initial team creation, training, management commitment, team struggles and successes. Emphasis will be on the impact of these teams on injury prevention and hazard recognition. Our speakers will be Lawrence Pierce, Darryl Dozier and Chase Dantin.
Track ABCDE - 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 Chemical Process Safety Regulation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow »
Speaker(s): John Bresland
This presentation will discuss the history of chemical process safety legislation and regulation, from the years before the passage of the 1990 Clean Air Act up to the present. Has it been successful? Do changes need to be made? What are the opinions of the audience? This is not a call for new regulations, but an open discussion on what works well and what does not work.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Hazards of High Pressure Systems »
Speaker(s): Quentin Baker
This presentation will highlight the hazards of high pressure systems including airblast, water jet, and fragments. High pressure systems pose hazards due to the energy of the fluid in the system. A research program has identified, demonstrated, and quantified the hazards for systems with pressures up to 30,000 psi, both hydrostatic and pneumatic. The program also explored temperature effects by testing at ambient and elevated temperature.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Executive Order 13650: Will It Lead to OSHA and EPA Using Their General Duty Clauses to Enforce Inherently Safer Technologies? »
Speaker(s): Robert C. Gombar, Sr., Esq.
Although prompted by recent chemical incidents, such as the West Fertilizer incident in April 2013, which highlighted coordination, coverage, and enforcement issues, the President’s Executive Order (EO) 13650 also contains an entire section essentially promoting the use of Inherently Safer Technologies (IST). EPA’s General Duty Clause is patterned after OSHA’s General Duty Clause, so both are used to address “recognized hazards.” This presentation will explore whether the similarity of industry best practices and recognized hazards might lead OSHA and EPA to use their respective General Duty Clauses to enforce IST.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: John Grubbs, President, Grubbs Consulting, Inc. (GCI) Paul Balmert, Balmert Consulting Scott Whitelaw, VP EHS&S, Texas United Corporation John Bresland, Former Chairman of the US Chemical Safety Board
1:30 to 2:20 Facility Siting of Tents and Other Flexible Structures Under API RP 756 »
Speaker(s): Raymond Bennett
The API Recommended Practice (RP) 756, "Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant Tents", addresses the siting of tents and other flexible structures. The RP includes a normative annex that addresses the minimum requirements for the dynamic analyses of tents and other flexible structures. This presentation will discuss the provisions of the RP, the bases for the provisions, and the testing performed in support of the RP.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Updates on Potential Changes to the Process Safety Management Standard »
Speaker(s): Scott Elliott
Chemical safety laws, and the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard in particular, have recently been under intense scrutiny. Several groups, such as the Chemical Safety Board and the Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group, have called for potentially sweeping change to process safety regulation. In response, OSHA issued a Request for Information (RFI) late last year to formally begin exploring potential changes to the PSM standard. This presentation will discuss the proposed changes identified in the RFI and provide an update on the status of efforts to revise the PSM standard.
Track ABCDE - Award Winning Best Practices
Leader(s): Bill Shaw
Co-Leader(s): Sheryl Kuhfeldt
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Houston Business Roundtable Safety Excellence »
Speaker(s): Amanda Allred
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 The Psychology of Safety Through Best Practices »
Speaker(s): Doris Smith , Nick Vastakis
Letting the employees be a part of the safety policies and decisions enables them to embrace ownership of the safety culture. By doing so, employees will ensure new hires and all staff participate in these best Practices. Making safety the employees’ idea is a winner!
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Reading the Leading Indicators in a Behavioral Based Safety Program »
Speaker(s): Steve Derbyshire
Too often we have observation cards sitting dormant in a suggestion box waiting to show us where the next accident is. Is our program just another card that really has no meaning? Maybe we have tons of data collected but do not know what to do with it. How we use our behavioral based program and the tool that get us there can give life to your program. This presentation will explore how to give this process back to a facility's employees and, in turn, how to predict your next incident.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: John Grubbs, President, Grubbs Consulting, Inc. (GCI) Paul Balmert, Balmert Consulting Scott Whitelaw, VP EHS&S, Texas United Corporation John Bresland, Former Chairman of the US Chemical Safety Board
1:30 to 2:20 TNT Best Practices »
Speaker(s): Daniel Erwin
As TNT has grown and changed, we took the opportunity to overhaul and define what we really wanted our safety program to look like. The re-branding of our safety program went hand in hand with the HBR safety award process. We were able to re-define some of the areas we knew would be audited coupled with those we knew needed improvement to create a safety program that we now consider to be a best practice in itself.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 “HEAT” reporting system and Company communications »
Speaker(s): Jacob A. Johanson
Thermon is an industry leader in the specialized field of heat tracing technology. In 2013, Thermon won “Best in Category” for Specialty Contractors at the Houston Business Roundtable Awards Ceremony. Some of the best practices that Thermon will share are their Company Communications - Thermon has a monthly newsletter and “State of the Union” address from the President and CEO. This newsletter highlights Thermon’s safety record and culture moments. One of their training techniques is to recreate incidents in animated videos. This has proved to be a very effective training tool.
Track ABCDE - Plant Managers Hot Topics
Leader(s): Jack McVaugh
Co-Leader(s): Steve Ferrer
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Leadership Is Everyone's Business »
Speaker(s): Steve Skarke
Having a common understanding of what leadership is and a common language to express philosophy is important in inspiring the right behaviors in an organization. The Leadership Challenge has provided that model for those at Kaneka North America, and they are working to expand the knowledge to all areas of the plant. This is their story and it could be yours.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Manufacturing Leadership Expectations and Leadership for Operational Discipline »
Speaker(s): J. Mark Bogle
This presentation will cover two major areas of manufacturing leadership that are essential to achieving excellence in delivering safe, compliant, and reliable operations. The first segment is geared toward fundamentals of manufacturing leadership that are key to enabling success in any key result area, and highlighting the value of utilizing a set of basic leadership expectations to align management teams and provide a framework for accelerating development of new and incumbent leaders towards the overall objective of maximizing employee engagement and self-motivation. The second segment will focus on leadership for operational discipline in a manufacturing environment, discussing the essential elements of a strong operational discipline environment which will lead to improved process safety performance as well as better reliability and productivity performance.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Forget About the Banana: Buy-in - Making the Abstract Tangible and Desirable »
Speaker(s): Tim Autrey
We’ve been chasing safety, efficiency, and productivity for a long time. For those who have had measured success, the question now becomes, “How do we take performance to the next level?” Many have latched onto the concept of “excellence”, seeing this as a mantra for dealing with both human and operational challenges. While the idea of “excellence” is great and it sounds wonderful, how can we take such an abstract concept and transform it into an internalized tangible cause? This presentation, featuring insights from Tim Autrey’s soon-to-be-published book, Forget About the Banana, will feature specific guidance on how to: • Take abstraction and turn it into a tangible cause • Generate heightened ownership of outcomes (the key to engagement and accountability) • Promote a true “one team” approach to the future
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: John Grubbs, President, Grubbs Consulting, Inc. (GCI) Paul Balmert, Balmert Consulting Scott Whitelaw, VP EHS&S, Texas United Corporation John Bresland, Former Chairman of the US Chemical Safety Board
1:30 to 2:20 Plant Managers Roundtable Forum Part One »
Speaker(s): Honn Tudor, J. Mark Bogle, Tom Yura
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.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Plant Managers Roundtable Forum Part Two »
Speaker(s): Honn Tudor, J. Mark Bogle, Tom Yura
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.