Tracks Overview

Monday, June 2, 2014

Track ABCDE - Hazard Recognition/Awareness
Leader(s): Pat Daigle
Co-Leader(s): Erin Fulweber
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Effective Hazard Recognition: A Systematic Thought Process »
Speaker(s): Michael Fleming
The primary reason why incidents occur is that the hazards associated with a job are not fully recognized, understood, or perceived as a risk. Effective hazard recognition begins by systematically identifying and evaluating energy sources associated with each job step. This presentation will explore the thought process that helps workers effectively recognize and communicate hazards.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Effective Stop Work and Redirection of Unsafe Operations »
Speaker(s): Mike Allen
People speaking up when they see unsafe behavior remains the most effective and dynamic barrier to prevent incidents. Creating a culture where people are skilled at speaking up and determining the true reason(s) behind unsafe behavior reduces risk in the moment and provides feedback for organizational improvement.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Energy Isolation Process Integrated Into Permit to Work »
Speaker(s): Paul Holden
The use of Energy Isolation Procedures (EIPs) are common throughout the refinery and petrochemical industries. However, not all companies are realizing the “full” value of this critical process. The Energy Isolation Process utilized by the Rubicon site at its Geismar, LA location is integrated into an electronic work permit process, is fully "lock-out, tag-out" (LOTO) compliant, and is configurable to a wide range of operations. These measures have been able to quantitatively show an increase in effectiveness and a significant reduction in LOTO related non-compliances. All energy sources and all equipment can be accommodated in this simple to use yet comprehensive system.
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 The Look Down Generation's Impact on Safety and Health »
Speaker(s): Gerry Luther, COHST, CIE
Over the past five to ten years, there have been significant developments in electronic communication among all generation groups, from Baby Boomer to Gen Z. Communication is shifting from face-to-face and voice-to-voice to texting, emailing, and online networking. The art of effective messaging and the value of face-to-face communication is being lost, and all of this has an impact on safety and health.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Institutional Risk »
Speaker(s): William Ingram
The use of behavioral science, technology, and predictive analysis is enabling today’s safety professional to analyze and focus their efforts to not only reduce frequency and severity, but to also eliminate loss causes before an event occurs. However, even with these advances we continue to see loss events that highlight the challenge of protecting people, property, and a company’s reputation. As industries drive for zero injuries or losses; the challenge facing many safety professionals is “Institutional Risk." What are the risks that you and your company have chosen to accept? This presentation will examine the concept of willing or unknown acceptance of risk using examples to highlight the concept. The attendees will then have an opportunity to review a three stage framework that provides a practical and adaptable method to analyze where they are on the Institutional Risk continuum.
Track ABCDE - 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 LOTO Safety, Part 1: Personal Tragedy »
Speaker(s): Kina Repp
In this presentation, Kina Repp will use her experience to raise awareness about workplace hazards and the importance of making safe choices. Kina speaks to Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing companies, workforces, organizations, and conferences about the importance of safety procedures and the use of lockout tag products, building a personal and corporate safety consciousness, and the power of attitude. Through poignancy and humor, Kina’s message impacts, resonates and inspires people to consider safety as a personal and corporate responsibility.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 LOTO Safety, Part 2: A Systematic Look at Lockout »
Speaker(s): Waylen Pape
OSHA 1910.147 standard tell you what you need to accomplish Control Hazardous Energy, but it does not tell you how to best accomplish this task. Each facility is unique in size, scope, layout, and the hazards involved in performing maintenance. Master Lock Sales Manager Waylen Pape reviews the OSHA standard for Lockout-Tagout, highlights commonly found deficiencies in the application of LOTO devices, and recommends best practices across all industries and facility types. Most importantly, Waylen explains the importance of LOTO system size limitations, system design criteria, and the importance of unique identification for LOTO hardware.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 The Safety Side Effect: Things Supervisors Do That, Coincidentally, Improve Safety »
Speaker(s): Mike Allen
Why is it that those supervisors whose safety records are the best also usually perform better across the board? It turns out that good supervisors create a “safety side effect.” Operational safety is a natural byproduct of a supervisory style referred to as “facilitative-relational leadership,” which enhances supervisor-subordinate relationships and general employee competency. Employees who work for a facilitative-relational leader are more likely to talk with each other about safety, more likely to stop others when they see something unsafe, and also more open to being stopped when acting unsafely. This presentation addresses the four most critical supervisory characteristics that lead to the “safety side effect” - the ability to communicate effectively, hold self and others accountable, enable success in others, and motivate others.
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 Adding Value to Safety Meetings »
Speaker(s): Bridget Morales
Tired of the same old boring safety meetings? In this high energy session, attendees will discover new ways to look at old safety topics. This is a hands-on approach to teaching safety that will help add value to meetings and help crews walk away talking about what they’ve learned. Safety information is vital to a facility’s people, and it doesn’t have to be boring. Join Bridget Morales as she explores just how fun and exciting safety can be.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Managing the Generation Gap »
Speaker(s): Steve Derbyshire
In this presentation, attendees will understand how to manage the generation gap within their own workforce and learn how to approach each of their employees in a different light. This presentation will review the traits and differences between the generations we work with every day. This is where the Pearl Harbor Veterans meet the play station junkies, and yes, they are both on your jobsite! Now, how will you manage them?
Track ABCDE - Emerging Trends
Leader(s): Deborah Gerstner-Wolf
Co-Leader(s): Kathy Williams
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 HUAA: When Learning is not Enough »
Speaker(s): Mike Bearrow
As a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and blowout, Bhopal, and Piper Alpha, we have the PSM standard and SEMS rule. 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 learnings 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).
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Reducing the Frequency and Lowering the Severity of Human Error: Optimize Performance »
Speaker(s): Tom Harvey
People are not perfect, and even the best make mistakes. Organizational factors and values greatly affect performance and human errors. Optimize Performance is a proven strategy that is brilliantly simple, yet profoundly impactful. Recognize the “traps” that create error-likely situations and learn how to apply well-defined “tools” to prevent errors.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Evolution of ICE: Industrial Combustion Engine Technology »
Speaker(s): Steve Carlisle
Industrial Combustion Engine (ICE) technology continues to provide the Petrochemical industry with revolutionary green solutions to the industry’s environmental mandates required by each state. ICE technology is designed to reduce the risk to the environment and employees during the process at a cost effective rate and shorter durations. These services range from the early conception of just soil remediation units, to degassing USTs and ASTs, pipelines, fixed equipment, vacuum trucks, and desorption of carbon to today’s units. This Pro-Green service process allows for co-generation of the spent vapors by destroying and converting the energy to provide auxiliary power to the site or resale back to the grid. Come learn how this technology has changed over the years, opening up many new applications and possibilities.
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 Process Safety Management Awareness »
Speaker(s): Ronald Harper, Jr.
By applying wireless monitoring systems, a facility can heighten process and safety measures around all aspects of its operations. Because wireless transmitters are intrinsically safe, they can be using in hazardous locations, and no permits are required for installation. By attending this presentation, you’ll take home unique ideas for improving your process, safety, increasing productivity, and reducing costs.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 New Trends and Technology in Equipment for Excavation Safety »
Speaker(s): Mike Ross
Efficiency Production offers an in-depth presentation that covers current and emerging trends for excavation safety in urban, residential, and congested environments. This presentation will explore options and requirements for excavation safety, including OSHA standards, as well as specific new techniques, technology, and safety equipment available to general and sub- contractors.
Track ABCDE - 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): Daniel Slaton
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 Refreshing Basic Elements of Other Homeland Security Regulatory Programs »
Speaker(s): Daniel Slaton
This presentation will review the basic elements of other homeland security regulatory programs that can affect facility operations, including the Department of Transportation’s HM-232 Security Program, the Transportation Security Administration’s Freight Rail Security Rule, and Pipeline Security.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 How Safe Are We and Are We Making Progress Since 9/11? »
Speaker(s): Darin R. Dillon,CPP
In this session, we will discuss what has been happening within facilities since 9/11, and share examples of positive changes and technologies implemented for risk reduction, threat mitigation, and enhancing productivity.
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 Updates on the Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group »
Speaker(s): Scott Elliott
Last year, President Obama signed Executive Order 13650 which tasked a multi-agency working group with increasing coordination on chemical facility safety and security issues. This presentation will provide an update on the group’s activities and discuss the potential impact its recommendations may have on your facility.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Creating a Collaborative Security Approach Between Local Industry and Law »
Speaker(s): Matthew Hagner, Regius C. Guillory, PSP
This session will focus on the creation, structure, benefits, and challenges of the Orange Facility Security Committee (OFSC). The OFSC is made up of Facility Security Officers, local DHS, FBI, Sheriff, Coast Guard, and law enforcement agencies, and meets on a monthly bases to share information and develop security strategies. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the committee and to share information about similar groups in their area.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Track ABCDE - Waste Not Want Not & Water, Water Everywhere…How to Manage your Waste and Water Issues
Leader(s): Sherman Hampton
Co-Leader(s): Sandra Nichols
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Water Quality Permitting for Industrial Reuse »
Speaker(s): Phyllis Frank
With water supply a critical topic for our state and the nation, many organizations are looking at water reuse for addressing water supply needs. Depending upon the reuse project and the source of the reuse water, a water quality permit may be needed. This talk will address when a permit is required and when it is not. When the permit is required, the permitting mechanism will vary depending upon the source of the wastewater tapped for reuse.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Inspection of Non-Steel Oil Storage Tanks »
Speaker(s): Herb Clark
The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations require that an SPCC plan establish procedures for the inspection and testing of oil storage tanks and containers. The inspection standards typically used are Steel Tank Institute (STI) SP-001 and American Petroleum Institute Standard 653 (API 653), both applicable to steel tanks. However, the SPCC regulations do not limit the inspection requirement to steel tanks. Many facilities also store oil in fiberglass and plastic tanks. This presentation will discuss the inspection of non-steel oil storage tanks.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Chemicals in the Environment .... Below the Ground »
Speaker(s): James Burgess, P.G.
Various properties that make chemicals useful to us as products make what happens in the ground just as variable. Properties of the local ground itself often make the tasks even more challenging. How do you make the right decisions and take the right actions when chemicals are released into the ground? What happens when chemicals have been in the ground for some time? Once we understand, we can make educated and proper responses to bring resolution and closure to chemical releases that are below the ground.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 How to Drive Your Sustainability Program through Your Supply Chain »
Speaker(s): Victor Belenchia
Companies with internal environmental risk programs now want to do business with safe, ethical companies that share the same environmental integrity. This hands-on session will use examples and survey data to demonstrate how suppliers can be evaluated and held to standards that conform with your environmental stewardship programs.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Water Quality Standards Clarification Rule and Antidegradation »
Speaker(s): Lial Tischler
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations on September 4, 2013 to “clarify” its water quality standards rule (40 CFR Part 130). The proposed clarifications will impact state water quality standards rules and especially those dealing with antidegradation policy. This presentation will discuss the principal requirements of the proposed rule and its implications to state water quality standards and their implementation in NPDES permits. The proposed “clarifications” relate to water quality standards provisions for designated uses, variances from water quality standards, compliance schedules, antidegradation policies, triennial review of state water quality standards and Administrator’s determinations related to water quality standards rules. Several of the proposed clarifications will give states additional tools to implement water quality standards in ways that will better account for site-specific conditions. The proposed rule also would require states to implement antidegradation requirements more rigorously and transparently, which will make increases in pollutant loads by point sources more difficult to obtain. This presentation will review antidegradation requirements that states are supposed to adopt and implement in their NPDES programs.
Track ABCDE - Safety Under the Hat
Leader(s): Steve Reed
Co-Leader(s): Kathy Cameron
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Safety: It's a People Business »
Speaker(s): Joel N. Tietjens, CSP, CSHM
An effective safety management process includes such components as management and employee responsibilities, implementation, hazard identification and correction, risk assessment, incident reporting, and investigation. But there's one critical piece that seems to always be lacking: how most out of the people. This presentation will examine traits of some organizations that are successful in not only meeting their customers’ needs, but in having a workforce that truly commits and produces to make safety happen.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Strategic Targets for Excellent Performance in Safety: How to Take Your Program to the Next Level »
Speaker(s): Terry Mathis
Safety professionals and executives in charge of safety often overload their own programs. STEPS (Strategic Targets for Excellent Performance in Safety) is a methodology for focusing efforts, ensuring continuous improvement, and keeping an eye on the big picture of safety performance and culture. This approach explores how to attain a number of strategic advantages, including how to identify, prioritize, and solve safety problems at the organizational, behavioral, conditional, and cultural levels, and how STEPS can help you solve safety problems and continuously improve your organization's record.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Got Culture? »
Speaker(s): Sean Benoit, CSP
As safety professionals, we are always looking to provide an environment that allows managers, supervisors, and employees to look out for each other and communicate safety concerns up and down the chain of command. During this presentation we will take a look at some of the more interesting definitions of safety culture that we have all seen, discussing how safety cultures have either been defined or lack definition. We will also discuss best practices that can be used in order to define, build, and continually tweak the safety culture we are looking to build as an organization.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Electrical Safety Myths and Misconceptions »
Speaker(s): Jim White
This presentation discusses common misconceptions and myths workers may have about various electrical safety-related topics, including shock, arc flash, and NFPA 70E. People have a tendency to believe "tribal knowledge" when it comes to electrical safety. These supposed "facts" are passed down from one person to another within shops, much like primitive societies would do. Even though the audience at the at this seminar may be well-educated, they may be surprised as to how many of these myths are taken to be truth in the field. What is your "electrical IQ"?
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 How Leaders Send Mixed Messages About Safety »
Speaker(s): Leonard Schooler
Clear communications by leadership is a fundamental component of excellence in safety. Unfortunately, the best intentions of leaders are often undermined by the mixed messages they unintentionally send. This presentation covers some of the many ways leaders send mixed messages and suggestions on how to avoid this problem.
Track ABCDE - Process Safety
Leader(s): Kim Dejmek
Co-Leader(s): Janet Grezlik
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 SIL Verification: Why Waste Your Time? »
Speaker(s): Charles King
The way we determine and verify the target reliability (Safety Integrity Level) for safety systems is based on poorly understood and tenuous correlations and vaguely defined data of dubious value. The level of effort in these quantification techniques is rarely justified and wastes time, effort, and money.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Process CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) »
Speaker(s): Hootan Tabar
This study provides the application of Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA 2010) in the process industry and shows how large corporations and small plants may benefit from a performance-based safety measurement system. CSA 2010 is a performance-based measurement system developed by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). CSA 2010 evaluates and ranks registered motor carriers based on different safety improvement categories. Consequently, registered companies will be aware of their safety performance comparing to their peers. Process CSA shows how process safety may be improved as a result of implementing a performance-based system.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 An Effective Auditing Program Improves an Entire Safety Program. »
Speaker(s): Madonna Breen
Auditing is one of the 14 elements under the Process Safety Management Standard (PSM). It is a critical element that assesses the effectiveness of an organization's PSM program and analyzes compliance with the PSM standard. Organizations can improve process safety management programs by an effective auditing program. This presentation presents general findings and provides a guide to assessing an organization's PSM program.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Performance-Based Fire and Gas Evaluation »
Speaker(s): Derek Nelson
From the increasing interaction between Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and Fire and Gas Systems (FGS), the argument has arisen that FGS should be treated as SIS, and therefore under the purview of the SIS Design standard ISA 84. Some operating companies have had difficulty when attempting to apply simple techniques (such as Layers of Protection Analysis) to FGS that are commonly applied to traditional SIS. Fortunately, the ISA 84 committee released a technical report (TR7) that provides guidance on the evaluation of FGS effectiveness. The presentation will review the basic principals of the FGS lifecycle and discuss methods operating companies or consultants can apply to help them determine FGS performance requirements that are practical to achieve and consistent with good safety.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Driving Consistency in the Estimation of Severity Levels in PHA Studies. »
Speaker(s): Greg Knight
This presentation outlines a methodology and associated tool developed to estimate the severity level for flash fire, vapour cloud explosion, jet fire, pool fire, and toxic exposure consequences for various hazardous materials. The assessment tool uses the following parameters to assess the severity category and associated inherent risk (prior to the application of safeguards) for a given release: • Material • Leak size • Process pressure • Process temperature • Process confinement and congestion • Process area • Process occupancy • Ignition probability.
Track ABCDE - Emergency Response
Leader(s): Richard Bass
Co-Leader(s): Tim Mann
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Symphony of Coordination: How Industry and the Medical Community Work Together to Save Lives »
Speaker(s): Debra Bauer
The Texas City disaster of 1947 was the deadliest industrial accident in US history. Mainland Medical Center, built in response to this incident, sits in the shadow of major industry facilities. The communication between industry, first responders, and the hospital recently saved a contractors life, surpassing gold standards of care. This presentation will explore how engagement and communication between the medical and industrial communities benefits the health and safety for all.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Recruiting and Retaining Emergency Responders »
Speaker(s): Gordon Lohmeyer
In today’s world, we are faced with an aging workforce, people moving from company to company, and the very real potential that we will be left short in filling critical emergency response roles. This presentation will explore various options to recruit and retain emergency responders along with planning for the future, as well as examining how to staff fire brigades, train employees, and get buy-in from those that will ensure that a company is prepared.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Public-Private Partnerships: How and Why do They Work so Well in La Porte »
Speaker(s): Jeff Suggs
Communication before, during, and after an incident is paramount in getting your message out to the public on “big deal day." Fostering those relationships and processes before that day arrives is on the forefront of the minds of government and industry in La Porte, Texas. Following this lead, other communities and industrial partners in the region have benefitted from this same mindset. Find out how this is happening and making a positive difference along the upper Galveston Bay.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Where Should We Be in 2014: Confined Space Rescue »
Speaker(s): David Owens
Although the goal is to educate and train emergency responders on the use of various systems, questions arise concerning conventional verses traditional. This presentation will break down all of the options' capabilities and limitations as they pertain to confined space rescue.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 The Acute Burn Injury »
Speaker(s): Jamie Heffernan
14% of burns reported to the National Registry occur in the workplace. In burn injuries, the first 24 hours are the most critical to survival and recovery. Burn injuries can be very distracting, and although these injuries are considered a trauma, the treatment differs greatly from other traumatic injuries.
Track ABCDE - Employee Health
Leader(s): Bob Brennecke
Co-Leader(s): Amanda Baxter
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 API RP-755 Fatigue Management Standard: Current Industry Status and Lessons Learned »
Speaker(s): William G. Sirois
According to the Chemical Safety Board investigation of the March 2005 BP Texas City incident, “…extended working period clearly has the potential to contribute to a lack of attentiveness, and slowness to identify and respond to process upsets.” This presentation will review lessons learned in fatigue management, and the current industry status in implement API’s comprehensive Fatigue Risk Management System.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Strategies for Correcting Health and Safety Misinformation: A Case Study »
Speaker(s): Dr. Robert Emery
Public apprehension persists concerning certain workplace and environmental hazards. The challenge is how we communicate with and educate the public so that important decisions can be made based on facts rather than emotion. This presentation will explore the science behind effective risk communication and how it is not about manipulating people, but giving the facts a fighting chance.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 BASF’s Global Health Initiatives »
Speaker(s): Dr. Patrick Conner
This presentation will review BASF global employee health initiatives, including hearing protection, skin protection, wellness, and back injury prevention.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Shift-Work Sleep Disorder »
Speaker(s): Reeba Mathew, M.D.
Shift-work sleep disorder is a type of Circadian Rhythm sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty sleeping or excessive sleepiness that occurs when work hours are scheduled during the usual sleep period. 20% of the North-American workforce is involved in shift work, and this disorder is most commonly reported with night and early morning shifts. Consequences include impaired performance at work, reduced alertness with safety implications, and psycho-social consequences. This presentation will explore a multimodal strategic treatment approach that includes re-aligning the circadian rhythm with the schedule, and implementation of several measures that help improve work and sleep environments.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Combat Drug Use With Innovative Detection Technologies »
Speaker(s): Richard Clay
Drug use is a moving target. Cutting-edge technologies are now being used to combat the shift in drug use today. From prescription to synthetic drugs to the resurgence of older drugs, this discussion will address these trends and how to go about facing these issues. The workforce today is much smarter than before and drug users have found ways to work the “system” – putting owners and contractor companies at risk. However, employers are getting smarter too and are choosing to implement drug testing programs that include non-evasive hair tests which are able to determine not only their employee’s use drug and alcohol use, but also the degree of use. Innovative technology IS available, including a device that determines fitness for duty in as little as 10 seconds. This informative presentation will take a look at the various tools and services that are available to address these challenges, which will in turn result in a safer workplace.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Track ABCDE - Breathe Deep - 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 Understanding the Role of Tanks in Emissions and Regulatory Management »
Speaker(s): Sarah Sajedi
This presentation will be a discussion of the role of tanks in the chemical and refining industry’s emissions management, and the impact of tanks on state and federal regulations. Topics will include how tanks affect alternate operating scenarios, data collection best practices, compliance with PBRs and Title V, and the calculations for emissions accounting.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 A New Way to Manage Your Environmental Programs »
Speaker(s): Brian K. Whitley, Vernon Hartfield
Have you had trouble organizing your department's environmental records? All too often in the environmental practice, we spend too much time looking for compliance documents as opposed to the review and QA of them. This presentation will explore a way to organize documentation across multiple EHS disciplines (Tanks, LDAR, BWON, Waste, and even Safety) using office tools that everyone has at their disposal. Facilities that have adopted this paperless management system have reduced wasted time by hundreds of hours a year.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Flare Operations Panel »
Speaker(s): Danielle Nesvacil
In light of recent flare studies and EPA enforcement activities, this panel will focus on potential ways to improve flare operations using the existing site resources with a perspective on some of the engineering challenges. Additionally, implementation of a Flare Consent Decree at Marathon Petroleum Company's refineries will be discussed, including the marquee issues of flare over-steaming and waste gas minimization. Moderated by Danielle Nesvacil, other panelists will include Steve Smith, Ruth Cade and Russell Wozniak. Lessons learned with regard to other regulatory programs such as emissions inventory and permitting will also be included.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Greenhouse Gas Permitting in Texas »
Speaker(s): Christina Wisdom
The presentation will focus on the latest in greenhouse gas regulation in Texas, including a summary of the pending greenhouse gas litigation and the transition of the greenhouse gas permitting program from EPA to TCEQ. The presentation will also focus on the new GHG permitting process at TCEQ and will provide insight on what permit applicants need to know. This will be a very timely presentation.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Looking Beyond the Burden: Optimizing an EPA GHG MRR Reporting System »
Speaker(s): Leslie Wong
The “new” EPA Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting requirements for oil and gas facilities (40 CFR 98, Subpart W) are no longer new: the industry is midway through its fourth year of data collection for the program and just submitted its third report. However, constant changes to the applicable rules and continuing problems with the online reporting process have kept most in the industry in “triage” mode for compliance purposes as if it were still a new program. This presentation will look at the EPA GHG MRR’s history to date, its relationship to broader administration greenhouse gas and climate change management plans, how the oil and gas industry can streamline data collection and reporting and how the oil and gas industry can find a higher purpose for this data other than compliance with one federal rule.
Track ABCDE - 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 The Hidden Risks of Hazardous Material Transportation »
Speaker(s): Tom Bray
Implementation of ‘Best Practices’: Ensuring & Mitigating Risk, Before, During & After Hazardous Material Movements. This presentation will focus on the current industry best practices for the transportation of Hazardous Materials, including, pre/post trip inspections, regular site inspections, standard operating protocols, cargo securement and post-event countermeasures. Have you ever asked yourself - What is our liability with a third party carrier? And - How do we mitigate risk when things go wrong? If so, then you won’t want to miss this engaging presentation by Tom Bray.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Cargo Tank Risk Management Committee »
Speaker(s): Lori S. Pavlish
This presentation will explore the efforts of the Cargo Tank Risk Management Committee (CTRMC), which is made up of leading industry professionals with the sole task to proactively enhance cargo tank safety. The CTRMC recognizes the goal of the industry is to reduce falls at the wide variety of facilities and situations where workers perform various duties while on top of cargo tanks. The CTRMC’s members are from every aspect of the industry, from cargo tank trailer manufacturers, truck carriers, worker's compensation insurance providers, shippers, consignees, to tank cleaning facilities. For more information visit their website: http//www.cargotanksafety.org.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 This Is Not Your Grandpas Tank Barge »
Speaker(s): Dave Riches
This presentation will focus on how the inland tank barge industry has evolved over time to improve safety on the inland waterways. Included will be a review of how crew training, vessel construction, and other elements have impacted the safety of workers, the environment and the public.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Enhancing Safety In Our Aging Pipeline Systems »
Speaker(s): William (Bill) Lowry, P.E.
This presentation will discuss how we can maintain safety as our facilities and infrastructure age, exploring such issues as materials, construction, operations, and integrity management. Other issues discussed will be what records are necessary and how are the records validated, and what are some things that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is doing to help address these issues.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Pipeline Quantitative Risk Assessments: A Novel Approach to Quantifying Pipeline Risk Over Long Distances and Varied Terrain »
Speaker(s): Jef Rowley, Ph.D., Joshua Bruce-Black
Historically, Quantitative Risk Assessments (QRA's) are performed primarily at petrochemical facilities, leaving vast networks of pipelines overlooked. This presentation will discuss a method for performing a pipeline QRA addressing several levels of detail including how to deal with varied terrain. The results can be effective tools for pipeline operations decision makers in both process safety and business aspects.
Track ABCDE - A PSM Potpourri
Leader(s): James R. Thompson
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 Recent Critical PSM Enforcement Issues and OSHA Regulatory Update »
Speaker(s): Mark Dreux
This presentation will discuss recent legal rulings concerning significant PSM enforcement issues, such as PSV’s and the 3% inlet pressure drop, acceptable interim measures to address deficiencies in process equipment, the appropriate amount time to address PHA recommendations for facility siting, and OSHA’s use of a voluntary audit as a road map to target violations. The presentation will also address several recent regulatory issues such as the proposed electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses, and the major changes for the PSM Standard and OSHA’S Request for Information, highlighting 14 revisions that could fundamentally alter industry practice.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 An Introduction to Integrity Operating Windows »
Speaker(s): A. Boyd McKay, Chad Patschke, CPSA
This presentation will discuss the importance of establishing integrity operating windows (IOWs) to improve mechanical integrity (MI) programs and operational safety. Future inspection and testing activities depend not only on prior equipment condition but also on future operating conditions related to damage mechanisms. A proactive and fundamental understanding of the process operating conditions, and resulting damage mechanisms, is required to provide acceptable confidence in the actual equipment damage state.<!--break--> This presentation will introduce the concepts outlined in the soon-to-be released API Recommended Practice 584, INTEGRITY OPERATING WINDOWS. It will outline the essential elements in identifying, developing, monitoring, and maintaining IOWs as a vital component of a mechanical integrity program. The presentation will provide examples of IOWs and provide an overview on the work process for management of IOWs. The presentation will also provide insight on key principles involved in developing IOWs for equipment types other than fixed equipment.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 OSHA Enforcement Focus: RAGAGEP »
Speaker(s): Ben Patton
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard, employers are required to document compliance of covered process equipment with Recognized And Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP). OSHA has recently brought several high profile enforcement actions against employers under this requirement based on the alleged failure to provide adequate relief protection on certain covered processes. This presentation will focus on the arguments made by OSHA in prosecuting the agency’s citations and the present status of employer appeals, and will also provide practical advice for PSM-covered employers on how to navigate the uncertainty surrounding this issue and other internal and external RAGAGEPs.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Compliant and Business Effective PSM/RMP Audits »
Speaker(s): David B. Williams
Affected companies in the United States conduct compliance audits to meet the requirements of OSHA Process Safety Management regulation and EPA Risk Management Program. This presentation will provide guidance how to make these audits more effective and incorporate the use of metrics to align them with other business critical functions.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Evaluation of Evacuation Fire Hazards »
Speaker(s): Jay Kollin Kenady, CFEI, CFPS, EIT, Mark Whitney
This presentation describes a fire hazard assessment that takes into account site specific conditions that affect the ability to evacuate from an occupied building to a safe location. The assessment addresses line-of-sight blockage between fire locations and the affected buildings, considers radiation shielding for evacuating personnel by large objects (e.g., buildings, process equipment, storage tanks), and calculates thermal dose experienced during the evacuation route to estimate vulnerability.
Track ABCDE - Sharing Best Practices
Leader(s): Crystal Cedro
Co-Leader(s): Dan Lehtola
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker:
Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 The Impact of A Mobile Device Strategy On Environmental, Health and Safety »
Speaker(s): Quincey Jones
The rapid pace of technological change through mobile devices, cloud computing, big data dashboards, and social media innovations will continue to transform businesses by creating entirely new industries and operating models. See and experience how our clients are integrating these new technologies into their EHS strategy through the utilization of mobile devices that significantly reduce paper based entries, allows them to input field data once, access field drawing, retrieve documents and manuals instantaneously, and create EHS digital dashboards that contain real time data.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Cintas Safety Journey: Transformational Leadership Skills in Achieving Safety and Health Excellence »
Speaker(s): Dan Braun
Since establishing its Safety Vision in 2007, Cintas has reduced its injury rate by almost 60%. In order to do this, the company changed from a transactional safety mindset of reacting to injuries after they happen to a transformational safety leadership culture dedicated to eliminating the unsafe behaviors that are the cause of all injuries. Come hear Dan Braun, Senior Vice President Value Improvement Initiatives, talk about the Cintas Corporation’s Safety journey and the “Evolution of Safety Engagement Models” that all individuals and companies of all sizes can follow in order to build a culture in which safety becomes a core value.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 How to Publish Your Best Selfie! (Tips on the Caring for Texas Application Process) »
Speaker(s): Lisa LaBean, Steve Skarke
Come learn about best practices in employee engagement and pollution prevention from Lisa LaBean of The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport. Dow’s facility was awarded the Sustained Excellence in Caring for Texas Award in 2012. You will also hear from external judge and CAP member, Bel Sanchez, who will share the importance of putting your best “selfie” forward from a community perspective, and Steve Skarke, Chair of the TCC Outreach Committee, who will talk about some of the other benefits of “Caring for Texas."
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:40 Apps and Web Tools for EHS Management and Auditing »
Speaker(s): Curt Johnson, CPEA
With the widespread use of smart phones and handheld computers comes the question of whether any applications and web tools are actually useful for EHS management. This session will review a number of handy, simple applications and web tools used by the presenter, including demonstrations and identification of materials.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Three Simple Steps to Shift Your Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain
Culture plays a critical role in organizations’ safety performance, 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 presentation will begin by explaining safety culture in very practical terms, and then draws from research to provide a clear approach for positively changing the culture within an organization. Three simple steps will be described, which leaders from the front line to the board room can use to deliberately shape their organization’s safety cultures.
Track ABCDE - Leadership
Leader(s): Maria Gallegos
Co-Leader(s):
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker:
Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 A Message from the President »
Speaker(s): Hector Rivero
Hector Rivero is the President & CEO of the Texas Chemical Council and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas. Rivero will discuss leadership skills that have proven effective in successfully managing a major industry trade association and influencing state legislative and regulatory policy as an advocate for industry.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 F.L.Y. First Lead Yourself »
Speaker(s): Elizabeth McCormick
US. Army Black Hawk Pilot Elizabeth McCormick shares the secrets to her success in life and business while overcoming overwhelming obstacles as a helicopter pilot. Real life experiences are presented with humor and candor, inspiring you to FLY! You will leave knowing how to unlock the key to boosting your confidence, discover the success principle that raises your satisfaction, lead with the three pillars of C.A.N. leadership, and soar to a higher level of success while influencing others to lead.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Wisdom on Leadership: 10 Principles for Success and Mindfulness »
Speaker(s): Christina Wisdom
Christina is the former Vice President and General Counsel of the Texas Chemical Council and is currently building her own law practice at Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP in Austin. Based on her own life experience, she will share her 10 principles for success and mindfulness in her professional and personal life.
12:00 to 1:50 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
1:50 to 2:20 Leadership for Compliance to Commitment : Do You Know What’s in the Gap? »
Speaker(s): Harold L. Horne, Jr.
Mr. Horne, a twenty-five year front line veteran in chemical operations, will reveal the value of investing the “hard work” required to achieve a culture of genuine safety commitment. Sharing impactful personal stories and illustrations in an attempt to clarify what is in the remaining gap between our current level of safety performance and our long-term vision of an injury-free workplace, this presentation is designed and aimed at all leaders - not only those who possess a passion for moving their organizations from Compliance to Commitment, but also those who possess a burning desire to see that “everyone goes home safely every day” throughout their career.
2:20 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Becoming a Transformational Leader: 5 Principles to Increasing Your Leadership Influence »
Speaker(s): Mark A. Hernandez, CHST
How many of you would like to be a better leader? How many of you would like to learn how to increase your leadership influence? In this powerful session, each participant will learn what the Law of the Lid is and the importance of increasing their lid, be provided a tool for each principle to help identify specific areas and steps in order to increase their influence potential, and Five Leadership Principles that will not only increase your leadership influence but transform your life. Be prepared to be inspired, challenged, and transformed.

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.