Tracks Overview

Monday, June 1, 2015

Track ABCDE - A: Managing Turnarounds and Expansions
Leader(s): Erin Fulweber
Co-Leader(s): Mac McMurrey
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 We Is the Key: 2 Principles in Creating Safety »
Speaker(s): Mark A. Hernandez, CHST, Multiply Leadership
In this session, Hernandez will draw from his extensive training experience coupled with his passion for safety excellence in order to create an environment that fosters growth and high performance. Created during the OSHA’s National Fall Campaign, this presentation was created to emphasize three components: Plan, Provide, and Train. We Is the Key focuses on Plan & Provide, delivered with high energy and in a way that will engage and inspire all attendees to come up to a new level of Safety Excellence. Be prepared to be informed, challenged, and inspired to a new level of safety excellence.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Pros, Cons, Myths, and Misinformation associated with PFP and Aerial Work Platforms: Part One »
Speaker(s): Gary Riley, NES Rentals
The pros, cons, myths, and misinformation associated with personal fall protection (PFP) and aerial work platforms.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 The Pros, Cons, Myths, and Misinformation associated with PFP and Aerial Work Platforms: Part Two »
Speaker(s): Gary Riley, NES Rentals
Part two of the pros, cons, myths, and misinformation associated with personal fall protection (PFP) and aerial work platforms.
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 Fit for Duty »
Speaker(s): Mike Blundell, Repcon
Are your workers physically capable of performing their assigned task for as long as ten or twelve hours a day, six or seven days a week, and for a month or more? The need for more construction workers continues to increase, yet the workforce continues to dwindle, especially qualified workers. So how do you know if your employees or your contracted employees are physically capable of completing their assigned task, day-in and day-out? What can you do to assure your company and your client that you have a capable workforce? How do you sell such an investment to your boss; is it worth the cost? I have facts and statistics to support the development, implementation and maintenance of a “Fit for Duty” program. So who will be performing your next project or turnaround; a group of unqualified incapable misfits or a qualified “Fit for Duty” workforce?
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Turnaround Safety Preparation »
Speaker(s): Guy Ward, Americas Styrenics
The Americas Styrenics plant in St. James, Louisiana has performed several successful maintenance turnarounds in recent years. This session willl discuss their EHS&S turnaround preparation process for developing contractor engagement, their Pre-Job Safety Checklist with each contractor that comes on-site, worker orientation, hole/fire watch orientation, establishment of a Turnaround Safety Team, process for addressing identified hazardous, and the format for reviewing the previous shift’s safety data with company and contractor personnel. This presentation will describe each aspect of the turnaround preparation process and the tools that are in place to measure performance metrics.
Track ABCDE - B: Focus on Safety
Leader(s): Buster Keasler
Co-Leader(s): Becky Keasler
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 The Next Steps to Zero »
Speaker(s): Jim Spigener, BST
What does it actually take for the leaders in an organization to continue to move the needle? After 25 years of working with leaders at all levels in every type of organization, this presentation will share what separates the best from the rest and what is standing in the way of most companies closing the gap on zero.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Dropped and Falling Object Prevention Program »
Speaker(s): Katy Miller, LyondellBasell
LyondellBasell executed a lengthy debottleneck and mega-turnaround in 2013- 2014. A Dropped Object Prevention Program was created, implemented at the site, and successfully executed during the turnaround. This session details their story of start to finish, focusing on best practice sharing for others planning to implement similar programs.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Is Your Safety Person Any Good? »
Speaker(s): Ed Tyler, Dianal America
Every chemical site in America has someone responsible for safety. How do we know this person is doing what they are supposed to do? What is a safety professional supposed to do? This presentation will provide one opinion and welcomes the attendees' input and opinion as well. This is designed to be a fun and thought provoking session where attendees can all learn something.
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 Open »
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Open »
Track ABCDE - C: Emerging Trends
Leader(s): Kathy Williams
Co-Leader(s): Gus Garcia
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Fall Protection for Tools: Dropped Object Awareness and Solutions »
Speaker(s): Mark Caldwell, Python Safety
Year after year, dropped objects continue to be one of the largest causes of injury - and death - in the workplace. This spirited presentation will begin with a discussion of this complex issue from an "awareness" perspective and end with a demonstration of practical approaches organizations are employing today to securing and transporting tools and objects used while working at height.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Human Error: Controlling Its Potential and Managing Its Consequences »
Speaker(s): Tom Harvey, Optimize Performance
Optimize Performance reduces the frequency and lowers the consequences of human error. Organizational values greatly affect performance error potential. Optimize Performance is a proven strategy. Learn how you can recognize and mitigate error traps, perceive and manage risks accurately, and protect yourself and your family with 10 powerful OP Tools!
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 When Learning is Not Enough »
Speaker(s): Mike Bearrow, OSyS Rolls-Royce
We have the PSM standard and SEMS rule As a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and blowout, as well as Bhopal and Piper Alpha. This helps ensure companies, at a minimum, document incidents of consequence. Most organizations take this further and conduct root cause analysis, document lessons learned, and create corrective action. Even if there are lessons learned and collected at a local level, large companies struggle to spread lessons across the organization. Even when they share in a passive manner, organizational value is not always realized. When sharing is not enough to ensure we don’t repeat missteps organizationally, you need a process like HUAA (Heard, Understood, Acknowledged and Actioned).
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 Non-Entry Tank Cleaning Technology »
Speaker(s): Steve Carlisle, FSI
As today’s rapidly changing technology advances we see major improvements in many areas of storage tank cleaning. These type of non-entry projects have become safer, easier, and a more cost efficient choice when assessing one's long term tank cleaning challenges verses the current manned entry using fresh air.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Emerging Trend in Heat Exchanger Cleaning Improves Safety and Reduces Waste Water »
Speaker(s): Jason Wilburn, Conco Services Corporation
Heat exchanger cleaning has long been performed utilizing high pressure water at variable pressures up to 40,000 psi. While popular, water consumption and safety have been compromised as this method generates large volumes of wastewater and has caused serious injury including death. An emerging trend already considered to be a best practice in some of the world’s renowned industrial plants focuses on mechanical tube cleaners as propelled by low-pressure water consuming far less water and no injuries. This presentation introduces new technology to improve safety and minimize wastewater in the field of heat exchanger cleaning.
Track ABCDE - D: Security
Leader(s): Larry Hensley
Co-Leader(s): Edward Flynn
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Security Regulatory Update »
Speaker(s): Steve Roberts, Roberts Law Group, PLLC
This presentation will provide a brief update regarding chemical facility security programs, including the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), and the Executive Order on “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security."
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 CFAT Update »
Speaker(s):
This session will discuss what to expect from an authorization inspection, including best practices and lessons learned from previous inspection.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Active Shooter, The Threat at Your Gate »
Speaker(s): Ann Ratliff, Department of Homeland Security
This presentation will focus on the threat to facilities from Active Shooter incidents. Through a review of case studies, the session will discuss the need for emergency responder and facility coordination, interoperability capabilities, communications protocols, best practices, and integration of local assets. The session will also describe the resources available for Active Shooter Preparedness and the day-long community workshops that DHS conducts aimed at fostering communication between facilities and their local emergency response teams in response to an active shooter event
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 Panel Discussion Security Challenges in the State of Texas »
Speaker(s): Nelson H. Balido, APR, Balido and Associates, Inc
This session features three top experts in the security field discussing the security challenges for the Texas petrochemical industry in an open format.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Personnel Surety 2015 »
Speaker(s): John Durkay, Industrial Safety Training Council
An update on MTSA and Coast Guard personnel surety requirements, as well as updates on CFATS personnel surety requirements, particularly HB 4007 changes and the recurrent vetting RBPS 12 (iv) requirements.
Track ABCDE - E: Industrial Incidents and Lessons Learned
Leader(s): Steve Ferrer
Co-Leader(s): Kim Dejmek
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 City of La Porte's Response and Lessons Learned from November 15th DuPont Incident »
Speaker(s): Jeff Suggs, City of La Porte
Establishing relationships early is a crucial element in response to an incident for the company and community. This presentation will explain how well those relationships worked for this tragic incident and how the opportunities realized can make a future response more solid.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Near Tragedies of the Apollo 11 First Manned Lunar Landing »
Speaker(s): Jerry Woodfill, NASA
Most have viewed Neil Armstrong’s lunar landing as routine compared to the near tragic Apollo 13 rescue. Yet, Jerry Woodfill, Apollo 11’s Spacecraft Alarm System Engineer wholly disagrees. Supporting the mission from his station at the Manned Spacecraft Center during that July of 1969, Jerry and the mission operations team experienced incidents that very well might have ended tragically. For the first time, Woodfill will explain how President Nixon nearly had to broadcast the prepared condolence message to the world from the Whitehouse: ”Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon… in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace… They will be mourned by the people of the world… For every human who looks up at the moon… will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.”
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 In Harm's Way »
Speaker(s): Mike Broadribb, BakerRisk
In his early career, Mike Broadribb was involved in two major incidents while managing the day-to-day operation of refinery process units. This presentation describes both incidents; the first involving two major fires, and the second where several employees collapsed from exposure to sour gas. In both incidents Broadribb found himself too close for comfort and could easily have become a casualty himself. The presentation will raise awareness of lessons learned relating to a number of elements of process safety and human factors.
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 Identifying Gaps in Implementing Safety-Critical Recommendations »
Speaker(s): Steve Cutchen, US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
On August 6, 2012, the Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Refinery in Richmond, California experienced a catastrophic rupture of the #4 sidecut piping in the #4 Crude Unit. At the time of the incident, light gas oil was flowing through the 8-inch line at a rate of approximately 10,800 barrels per day and at a temperature of 640°F. The resulting vapor cloud engulfed 19 Chevron employees. The leak also resulted in a large plume of vapor and a large cloud of unknown and unquantified particulates, which traveled across the surrounding community. In the ten years prior to the incident, a small number of Chevron personnel with knowledge and understanding of sulfidation corrosion made recommendations to increase inspections or upgrade the material of construction in the 4-sidecut piping. Their recommendations were not effectively implemented. This presentation will discuss the subtle gaps in decision-making and recommendations handling that resulted in the lack of implementation. Do these types of weaknesses exist at your site?
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Briefing from ICS-CERT: the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team »
Speaker(s): Neil Hershfield, Department of Homeland Security – Cyber Team
This session will provide an overview of ICS-CERT (Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team) as a program, covering its mission, responsibilities, products, and services. In addition, the presentation will also discuss several cyber incidents within recent years, ICS-CERT’s response, and the latest threats to industrial control systems.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Track ABCDE - A: How to Manage your Waste and Water Issues
Leader(s): Sherman Hampton, ExxonMobil
Co-Leader(s): Sandra Nichols
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Cooling Water Intake Structures Rule for Existing Facilities »
Speaker(s): Lial Tischler, Tischler/Kocurek
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted final regulations for cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at existing and Phase 1 facilities in July 2014. The final rule changes NPDES permit application requirements and establishes technology requirements for CWIS at 40 CFR 125 Subpart J. The rule became effective on October 11, 2014. This presentation will discuss the principal requirements of the final rule and their implications to existing facilities that have intake structures that are subject to the rule. The requirements of the final rule, which will be implemented through NPDES discharge permit conditions, will impact all existing industrial facilities that remove surface water from waters of the US for cooling.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 2014 Definition of Solid Waste Revisions and Developing a Sustainable Waste Minimization Program »
Speaker(s): Catriona V. Smith, CH2M HILL
This presentation will discuss the recently proposed changes to the definition of solid waste as it relates to hazardous secondary materials recycling, reviewing the rule changes and what these mean to daily operations, record keeping, reporting, and emergency planning for facilities who currently or plan to recycle hazardous secondary materials either on-site or off-site with a commercial recycler. This session will also explore ways to leverage your waste minimization plan to really save money by engaging employee ideas to reduce water usage, waste disposal costs, and identify other recycling options.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Whole Effluent Toxicity Challengs »
Speaker(s): Sherman Hampton, ExxonMobil
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Texas Water Development Board Updates »
Speaker(s): Carlos Rubinstein, Texas Water Development Board
In 2013, the Texas Legislature and voters created the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). Two billion dollars was then transferred from the Rainy Day Fund into SWIFT, a loan program that will provide affordable financing for communities to develop water projects in the state water plan. These projects will help prepare the state for growth and help address the effects of drought on water supplies. Since SWIFT’s creation, the TWDB has been implementing the legislation and developing the fund’s framework. On February 3, 2015, TWDB received the first funding applications for SWIFT. The TWDB anticipates closing the loans on the prioritized projects by the end of 2015.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Understanding and Navigating the TRRP Program »
Speaker(s): James Burgess, Sage Environmental Consulting
The standards established by the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) are used by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and other Texas regulators to determine response action requirements (cleanup requirements) for remediation sites. The subjects that are covered are so assorted that the TCEQ has now published twenty-six TRRP guidance documents with additional memorandum, and identified nine additional topics that warrant guidance, thus far unpublished. This session will review the TRRP related topics including determining which releases are subject to TRRP; Spills, Emergency Response; TRRP Guidance and Forms; PCL Tables; APARs; Remediation; and Laboratory Accreditation Program
Track ABCDE - B: Safety Under the Hat
Leader(s): Pat Daigle
Co-Leader(s): Kathy Cameron
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Three Steps to Shift your Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
Culture plays a critical role in the safety performance of organizations, yet most of us have a hard time explaining in practical terms what culture is. This is one of the reasons why so many organizations struggle to change their safety culture. This session will begin by explaining safety culture in very practical terms, and then will draw from research to provide a clear approach for positively changing the culture within an organization. Common “culture-change pitfalls” will be discussed, and then three simple steps will be provided, which leaders from the front line to the board room can use to shape their organizations’ safety cultures.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Safety Affects More Than Just You »
Speaker(s): Bill Shaw
How many safety incidents affect just one person? Safety incidents normally have a ripple affect from the person having the incident, to co-workers, to the employee's family. This presentation will explore how to define accountability for employees. Attendees will also see ways to get employees to take ownership of their own safety.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Why It Makes Sense to Tolerate Risk »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
Some employees are regrettably willing to take risks, as though they believe that they cannot be injured. After exploring some of the surprisingly salient factors behind employees’ decisions to act unsafely, attendees of this talk will be in a better position to address the challenge of risk tolerance in their organizations. Attendees will also leave this talk with an understanding of why they sometimes tolerate risk that they should not, equipping them to be more mindful and safer on the job.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Getting to Great »
Speaker(s): Edu Araujo, Orion Engineered Carbons
What are the steps to implementing a top tier, globally recognized EHS Strategy? Find out one company’s approach to identify what is important for the organization, and how they identified focus areas using employee engagement, industry best practices, and statistical analysis. This session will also explore how they are approaching the implementation and execution of the strategy, the selection of supporting systems, communication, techniques, and metrics.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 It Can Happen »
Speaker(s): Roby Plemons
How long does an explosion last? What happens in an instant can last for a lifetime. Hear the story of an event that occurred March 27, 2000, when a tank containing an unstable chemical exploded. Four workers suffered third-degree burns on 40 percent to 50 percent of their bodies and endured years of physical and mental pain. Listen to the impact it had on the life of one man, his family, and his co-workers.
Track ABCDE - C: Process Safety
Leader(s): James R. Thompson, ABS Consulting
Co-Leader(s): Parfait Miakatsindila
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Open »
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Process Safety from a Contractors Perspective »
Speaker(s): Roy Dalby, Zachry
Zachry placed much of their attention on personnel safety in the past, but eventually realized that although they were compliant in the areas of process safety, it was an area that may not have been as well understood by their employees and sometimes may have been thought to be more of the responsibility of plant personnel. To further their commitment to the safety of their employees and the facilities in which they work, they heightened their focus to raise awareness regarding process safety. This presentation will highlight or progress and the key initiatives that are driving their improvement in process safety.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Guidelines for PSM Implementation »
Speaker(s): James R. Thompson, ABS Consulting
This presentation will summarize the content of "Guidelines for PSM Implementation, Second Edition," a new CCPS book that will be published this summer. This session will discuss determining PSM system implementation and peformance, preparing for PSM change, and integrating PSM with Business Management Systems. Examples of how sites/companies can implement a new PSM system, add new elements to an existing PSM system, and improve existing PSM elements will be shared.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Application of API 756 and Comparison with API 753 »
Speaker(s): Mark Whitney
API 756 provides guidance on siting tents for explosion, fire, and toxic hazards. API 756 utilizes the Zoning Approach in API 753 (Zones 1, 2, and 3 for portable buildings), which are distance-based separation tied to congested volume. The differences in the application of these zones for tents will also be discussed.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Open »
Track ABCDE - D: Emergency Response
Leader(s): Richard Bass
Co-Leader(s): Tim Mann
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Initial Onscene Commander: What You Must Know »
Speaker(s): Gordon Lohmeyer, CFPS, TEEX
What can we do to ensure that an Initial On-Scene Commander, or the first person arriving on the scene of an incident, has the necessary skills to positively shape their response? The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), in corporation with numerous leaders in the Industrial emergency response field, has developed a program to address the perceived need to have competent and qualified Initial On-scene Commanders. This session will explore their goal to provide skillsets to the response community so they will be able to lead the initial incident response utilizing tactics and strategies needed to slow the expansion of a complex industrial incident.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 TX TF1 Response to the West, Texas Ammonium Nitrate Explosion »
Speaker(s): Danny Snell, Texas Task Force One Urban Search & Rescue
On April 17, 2013 an early evening fire at a local fertilizer plant would forever change the lives of the citizens of West, TX. Texas Task Force 1 responded to perform search and rescue operations at the blast site and affected neighborhood. Hear the first-hand story from one of the Task Force Leaders tasked with this operation.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Confined Space Rescue »
Speaker(s): David Owens, Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems
Are we meeting the minimum standard of training and/are we setting a standard of competency? This session will explore this by looking into OSHA 1910.146, breaking it down to evaluate what we are doing in the industrial world of rescue. This session will also discussing building a team, pre-plans, and the execution of rescue with competency.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 I’ll Call It! Too Many (Trained) Folks are Going Down! »
Speaker(s): David Owens, Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems
What do we actually get out of the OSHA 1910.120 standard? This session will breaking down the 5 steps to secure success, as well as how these steps fit into what we do daily in our facilities, and how to bridge training with emergency response plans, procedures, and when the alarm goes off.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 How to Prepare for the Three Phases of an Incident »
Speaker(s): Seth Brooks, INVISTA
This Emergency Planning/Response Presentation focuses on helping attendees prepare for the three phases of an incident: preparing for an Incident, how to handle the issues which come up during an incident, what to think about to address issues after an incident. While many of us think we know we are very well prepared, there is always an opportunity to hone our skills in this arena. The presenters of this session bring over 60 years of combined experience in safety, health and emergency response and will provide attendees with food for thought, and ideas they should consider to address all three phases of an incident.
Track ABCDE - E: Employee Health
Leader(s): Bob Brennecke
Co-Leader(s): Amanda Baxter
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Ethical Decision-Making Tools for Enhancing Organizational Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Dr. Robert Emery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Safety culture, good or bad, is the sum product of many individual ethical decisions, yet the notion of ethical safety decision-making is not often discussed. This presentation will describe ethical dilemmas safety professionals and others can encounter, and how the decisions that are made can impact an organization’s overall safety culture. A set of ethical decision-making tools will be presented, along with a suggested path forward for actually improving safety culture within an organization.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Open »
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Reducing OSHA Recordability by Standardizing Pre-placement exams »
Speaker(s): Thomas Hysler, MD, MPH
With both an aging workforce and an epidemic of chronic disease and pre-existing injuries, more attention needs to be focused on identifying risks that could lead to injury and OSHA recordability. This discussion will look at the steps needed to identify these potential risks, the recommended pre-employment and return-to-work examinations, as well as tips to navigate through frivolous recordable injuries.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Screening Tool for Musculoskeletal Injuries and Illnesses »
Speaker(s): Tim King, Syngenta
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Energy Drinks and Fatigue »
Speaker(s): Robert Manuel

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Track ABCDE - A: Air Updates
Leader(s): Leslie Ray
Co-Leader(s): Carey Pugh
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker:
Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Boiler MACT Initial Compliance... The Clock is Ticking »
Speaker(s): Jose Orcini, Trinity Consultants
The January 31, 2016 deadline for initial compliance of USEPA’S Boiler MACT (40 CFR 63, Subpart DDDDD), is quickly approaching. This presentation will cover topics related to initial and long term compliance requirements under 40 CFR 63, Subpart DDDDD including: planning, testing, energy assessments, audits, tune-up execution, and record keeping.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Ozone Standard Revision: Permitting and Compliance Implications »
Speaker(s): Matthew Kuryla, Baker Botts
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a new ozone standard in the range of 65-70 ppb, and a new, separate secondary ozone standard. This presentation will review the timeline of potential changes in PSD and minor source air permitting, the role of ozone air quality modeling in permitting, potential new roles of offsets in permitting, and longer term control strategy implications.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Flare Monitoring Panel »
Speaker(s): Danielle Nesvacil, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Herman Holm, Sage Environmental Consulting, Scott Swiggard, Golden Specialty
The EPA proposed refinery sector national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants in 2014. These proposed standards include flare monitoring requirements that could be a potential blueprint for future monitoring regulations for other industries, such as the chemical industry. This panel will discuss the proposed refinery flare monitoring requirements, the potential challenges associated with these requirements, and available monitoring technology.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Air Permitting Update from the Regulators »
Speaker(s): Erin Selvera, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The presentation will cover successes and challenges with the new expedited permitting program; unique aspects and challenges of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) GHG permitting program; the issues and questions companies face when deciding whether to deflex, continue operation under their existing flexible permit, or get a SIP approved flexible permit under the new rules; recent successes and challenges for the Air Pollutant Watch List program, including potential future actions; recent legislation from the 84th legislative session affecting TCEQ permitting; and finally how changes to the ozone standard will likely result in additional ozone non-attainment areas and the resulting effects on permitting in Texas.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Air Permitting in the Trenches »
Speaker(s): Laura LaValle, Beveridge & Diamond, Michael H. Carbon, Environ
This session will cover developments and practical tips for New Source Review (NSR) permitting in Texas and Louisiana, with a comparison of select aspects of those programs. The panelists will address key components of NSR permitting, such as expediting authorization, impacts review (including 1-hour SO2 NAAQS implementation), control technology selection, MSS permitting, GHG permitting. Panelists will also provide insights on corrective action permitting and anticipating/addressing public participation.
Track ABCDE - B: Chemical Transportation EHS
Leader(s): Jack McVaugh
Co-Leader(s): Annette Colunga
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker:
Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Connecting People to Purpose: The Power of Collective Ambition »
Speaker(s): Travis O'Banion, Trimac Transportation / National Tank Services
Collective ambition is how leaders and employees think about why they exist, what they hope to accomplish, how they will collaborate to achieve their ambition, and how their brand promise and commitment to regulatory compliance aligns with their core values. What are successful organizations doing that seems to elude its competition? Why do their teams get up and go to work every day? The focus of this session will be to assist in developing that fundamental sense of purpose, knowing what your work is for, how it benefits others, and what contribution it makes to this world.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Partnering In The Supply Chain To Jointly Identify And Manage Risks »
Speaker(s): Dave P. Gleason, American Chemistry Council
By sharing common EHS principles in both the shipper and the shipper’s key supply chain, partners can create performance excellence and cost/resource optimization for all involved. The Responsible Care and Responsible Care Partner program have now demonstrated success in doing this for practitioners for 20+ years. In this presentation, attendees will understand the mechanisms being used to identify and create excellent EHS practices to address both tactical and strategic issues of mutual interest to both shippers and supply chain providers.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Transportation Stewardship »
Speaker(s): Lori S. Pavlish, The Dow Chemical Company
As an American Chemistry Council Responsible Care® Member, The Dow Chemical Company is committed to maintaining robust programs and work processes to ensure that the logistics service providers (LSP) who transport and store our products understand and share our high standards for product stewardship. This presentation will include an overview of Dow programs in North America which help us identify well qualified LSPs and work together with them to drive continuous improvement in the safe, secure delivery of our products.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Open »
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 DOT Training - The Who, What, When and Especially Why! »
Speaker(s): Tom Bray, J.J. Keller & Associates
DOT hazardous materials training...the who, what, when and especially why! DOT hazardous materials training cannot be a "one-size fits all" program. The training program needs to be modified for each class and type of employee, and it must be unique to your operation. In this session we will look at the DOT training requirements, what they include, who they impact, how they need to be applied at your operation based on what your employees do, and why you should want to do this training.
Track ABCDE - C: PSM – Looking to the Future
Leader(s): Sheryl Kuhfeldt
Co-Leader(s): Janet Grezlik
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker:
Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Regulatory Update: Modernizing PSM/RMP and EPA’s RFI and Industry’s Comments to EPA »
Speaker(s): Mark Dreux, Arent Fox
This presentation will updated attendees on the modernization of the OSHA PSM and EPA RMP rules, industry's concerns with OSHA and EPA RFI's, and the anticipated SBREFA process and timeline for amending the rule, and will also provide a preview of regulatory plans that OSHA has for 2015.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Lessons Learned from PSM Auditing and OSHA's Plans for Change »
Speaker(s): Robert J. Weber, PSRG
Auditing is a critical element under the Process Safety Management Standard (PSM) and the EPA's RMP rule that assesses the effectiveness of an organization’s PSM program and analyzes compliance with both PSM and RMP. Compliance can keep you under the radar, but it does not make for an effective auditing program. The methods and findings presented here will assist you and your company in progressing forward and beyond compliance. It will also highlight OSHA's and EPA's plans for change in the near future.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Best Practice MOC and PSSR Process »
Speaker(s): Mike Bearrow, OSyS Rolls-Royce
Management of Change (MOC) and Pre Start-up Safety Review (PSSR) are still the most challenging elements of OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, the EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) rule, and now, the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS). This presentation will discuss how the chemical process industry has defined the MOC and PSSR best management practices and how they should be automated, as well as new best practices associated with mobile capabilities for PSSR and MOCs in the field, better defined evaluation processes, leading and lagging indicators and maybe even predictive technologies that will predict higher risk, and the need for action to reduce imminent problems.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 A Continued Focus: Inherently Safer Technology »
Speaker(s): Ben Patton, Katten Muchin Rosenman
This presentation will focus on the current status of regulatory recommendations regarding Inherently Safer Technology (IST) as well as implications for industry. OSHA and EPA have issued Requests for Information relating to rulemaking on the Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Mangement Program (RMP) regulations, and the EPA's request seeks specific comments on inherently safer technology. Furthermore, the California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA) has proposed a new PSM standard for oil refineries that requires consideration of safer technologies through hierarchy of hazard controls analysis and process hazard analysis, and the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has continued to focus on the use of IST in its incident investigation findings and recommendations.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Bridging Occupational and Process Safety Using Effective Hazard Recognition »
Speaker(s): Michael A. Fleming, Decision Point Associates
The magnitude of harm differs between occupational and process risk, yet the hazards in both originate from the same source – an uncontrolled release of energy. This presentation discussed how developing knowledge of energy bridges the hazard recognition gap for process hazard analysis, operating procedures, and maintenance activities, and provides a common language for communication.
Track ABCDE - D: Sharing Best Practices
Leader(s): Dan Lehtola
Co-Leader(s): Phil Warren
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker:
Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 The 4-A's To Safety (Accept, Assess, Address, Abort) »
Speaker(s): Keith Sliman, Ford, Bacon & Davis
The 4-A's To Safety provides a new at look the natural progression of events that would normally (but subconsciously) be taken when facing a hazardous situation, and provides an alternative that can consciously be applied to activities at work, home, and at play.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Ugly Truth about Behavior-Based Safety »
Speaker(s): John Grubbs, MBA, RPIH, CSTM, GCI Consulting
Is today's Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) a business, benefit, or bust for safety? Most BBS processes fail or stagnate withing 3 years. Some managers fake the legitimacy and success of BBS to prevent admitting failure. In this session, attendees will confront the brutal reality of the BBS process while determining the simple truth for success. If your organization utilizes BBS, do not miss this opportunity to examine the core components for both success and failure.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 What's the EHS Professional Outlook in 2025? »
Speaker(s): Karen Walding-Zuntych, CPC, Whitaker Technical
What's the EHS Professional outlook in 2025? Retirement is coming for a large group of the EHS workforce. This session will discuss lackluster roles in EHS according to millennials, STEM grads at lowest point in history, women still trailing men in salaries/corp level, as well as emerging trends and individual impact.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Making Personal Safety Personal »
Speaker(s): Eddie Rivier, The Dow Chemical Company
Bad EHS behaviors cost you money in injuries, lost production and investigations, but they also cost your company a partnership mentality. This mentality is necessary for a safety professional, allowing them to be seen as a partner and collaborator that helps their team do the right actions, rather than a policeman trying to catch them doing the wrong ones. Regardless of company size, the safety professional must relate to the employees on a personal level and leaders must be able to see the human cost of injuries. This perspective will build a stronger safety culture that will yield positive results in morale and cost as well as lower injury rates.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Accident Proneness: Fact or Myth »
Speaker(s): Henry Smahlik, CSP, CIH, Hagemeyer North America
This presentation will examine the history of research into accident proneness, and how we can use the information to prevent accidents and injuries in industry.
Track ABCDE - E: Leadership
Leader(s): Maria Gallegos
Co-Leader(s): Hillary Nickerson
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker:
Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Failure is Not an Option: Steps to Success »
Speaker(s): Jerry Woodfill, NASA
As the Apollo Spacecraft Warning System Engineer for the Moon landing and the rescue of Apollo 13, Jerry Woodfill is familiar with discouragement and perceived failure. But in this session he will demonstrate the ultimate good coming from perseverance, discussing how initial failure can actually be a catalyst for success, all of us have unique talents that set us apart as “gifted”, and often what appears as a “set-back” leads to special abilities and opportunities that might never have been discovered but for an unfortunate circumstance.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Anthem »
Speaker(s): Mark A. Hernandez, CHST, Multiply Leadership
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Essentials for New Leaders »
Speaker(s): J. Mark Bogle, Eastman Chemical Company
This session will explore how attendees can lead with a vision for the future, expect the company core values, actively coach daily, develop themselves and others, establish clear expectations, and role model expected behaviors for their team.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:20 Safety is NOT Your Top Priority »
Speaker(s): Tim Autrey, Practicing Perfection Institute
"Safety is our top priority" has become a standard corporate line, and in fact the only "politically correct" thing to say. In reality, safety is NOT your top priority. If it was, you would never engage in any activities involving risk (which means you wouldn't be in business). While such sentiment regarding safety has positive intention, the continual preaching and advertising of this "top priority" position is doing your organization more harm than good. In this session, Tim Autrey will be detailing WHY "top priority" advertising is working against you, and will provide you and your organization with a strategic platform that is sensible, coherent, and far more powerful for advancing your culture of safety.
2:20 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 When Culture Really Matters: Leadership Accountability as Precursor to an OE Culture »
Speaker(s): Rudy Lopez, Katapult Leadership
What do Hazardous Waste Reductions, Scorecards, and “Be Safe” Posters have in common? They are part of the typical EHS landscape, but do people really pay attention? Come learn what it takes to have a culture of operational excellence where everyone is engaged and zero is achievable.

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 Louisana 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
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):
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 Open »
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Open »
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
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): 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.