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
Mr. Hernandez draws from his extensive training experience coupled with his passion for safety excellence in order to create an environment that fosters growth and High Performance. This speech was created during the OSHA’s National Fall Campaign emphasizing on 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. This presentation has been delivered to over 5,000 workers with tremendous feedback. 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, & Misinformation associated with PFP and Aerial Work Platforms »
Speaker(s): Gary Riley, NES Rentals
The pros, cons, myths & misinformation associated with PFP and arial work platforms
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 The Pros, Cons, Myths, & Misinformation associated with PFP and Aerial Work Platforms »
Speaker(s): Gary Riley, NES Rentals
The pros, cons, myths & misinformation associated with PFP and arial 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 - St. James Plant in St. James, Louisiana has performed several successful maintenance turnarounds in recent years. There are several elements used to measure the success of a turnaround that include cost, schedule and EHS&S performance. We attribute our “Environmental, Health, Safety & Security (EHS&S) preparation” as a key factor to meeting our turnaround EHS&S performance metrics. The overall maintenance turnaround planning process allows for the establishing of metrics and developing tools to employ to meet the stated metrics. The EHS&S portion of the planning process includes contractor engagement, the use of real time self-audits, safety meetings, safety observations, and the publishing of safety statistics before every shift of work during the turnaround. We will discuss our EHS&S turnaround preparation process for developing contractor engagement, 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. “There’s Always Time To Do It Right”.
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 Open »
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Open »
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Open »
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
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).
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 Randy's Story: How An Accident Impacts More Than Just You »
Speaker(s): Randy Royall
Renown Safety Speaker, Randy Royall, shares personal testimony of going from having so much to almost losing it all. Randy will have you on the edge of your seats, crying laughing and inspired.Remember, Everything You Do IMPACTS Somebody!
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):
In this session we talk about 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 in an open format. The discussion will center on the security challenges for the Texas Petrochemical Industry.
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, including TWIC. An update 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 LaPorte'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 the opportunities realized that 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. Jerry supported the mission from his station at the Manned Spacecraft Center. He, and the mission operations team, experienced incidents during that July of 1969 that very well might have ended tragically. For the first time, he 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.” Jerry will recount from his experience as an electrical engineer in charge of the Apollo Spacecraft Warning Systems, nearly a half century ago, five threats which nearly ended the lives of those first men from planet Earth to walk on the Moon.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 In Harm's Way »
Speaker(s): Mike Broadribb, BakerRisk
Incidents that occur at one facility often provide opportunities to strengthen management systems at other facilities. Sharing the technical lessons learned from incidents is ethically right and vital to improving process safety performance across the industry. Most incident case studies are presented by a third party who was not directly involved in the incident. As such, the presentations may lack the human element and other insights that can only be properly appreciated and articulated by someone directly involved in the incident. In his early career the author 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, the author 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. The pipe rupture occurred on a 52-inch long component of the 4-sidecut 8-inch line which had thinned due to sulfidation corrosion to a thickness as small as 0.026 inch, roughly the thickness to two business cards. 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. Approximately two minutes after the release, the flammable portion of the vapor cloud ignited. 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 rule has a broad definition of CWIS that are subject to the best technology available (BTA) requirements for minimizing impingement and entrainment of aquatic organisms. Any existing facility with a design flow of greater than 2 million gallons/day (MGD) that used 25% or more of its intake water for cooling is subject to BTA. The final BTA requirements are extensive and potentially onerous including, for larger facilities, extensive long-term monitoring of impingement and entrainment. Plants that use closed-circuit recirculating cooling systems (i.e., cooling tower) are defined as having BTA for both impingement and entrainment, but will still have significant permit application requirements and some monitoring requirements. 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 U.S. for cooling.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Sustainable Waste Minimization Program »
Speaker(s): Catriona V. Smith, CH2M HILL
Do you want 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? This presentation will look at an alternative way of developing a multimedia waste minimization program that looks across media within your organization, takes advantage of a bottom-up approach and will ultimately provide a waste minimization program that will not just be a document on the shelf, but can be implemented with buy-in from all staff levels. We will discuss benchmarking against your industry peers and developing an incentive program to encourage participation and follow-through with ideas tracking and recognition.
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. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is a water science, planning, and financing agency.
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 TRRP Rule (30 TAC 350) and conforming rule changes were originally published in the Texas Register and became effective in September 1999. 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. Please join us as we review the TRRP related topics of: • Determining which releases are subject to TRRP • Spills, Emergency Response • TRRP Guidance and Forms • PCL Tables • APARs • Remediation • 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 3 STEPS TO SHIFT YOUR SAFETY CULTURE »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
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 talk starts 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. Common “culture-change pitfalls” are discussed, and then three simple steps are 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. This talk explores the role that “salience” plays in people’s decisions to take risks. Those things that are more obvious and significant from one person’s point of view are said to be more salient, and therefore play a greater role in determining the person’s behavior. 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, how they identified focus areas using employee engagement, industry best practices and statistical analysis. Also how they are approaching the implementation and execution of the strategy, the selection of supporting systems, communication, techniques and metrics. You will hear from a nationally recognized EHS leader on his journey to create world class EHS processes to deliver top quartile results in the chemical industry.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Open »
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 has long been a recognized leader in Safety within the Industries in which we work. With much of our attention on Personnel Safety in the past, we realized that although we were compliant in the areas of Process Safety, it was an area that may not have been as well understood by our employees and sometimes may have been thought to be more of the responsibility of plant personnel. To further our commitment to the Safety of our employees and the facilities in which we work, we have heightened our focus to raise awareness regarding Process Safety. This presentation will highlight or progress and the key initiatives that are driving our 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. We will discuss (1) determining PSM system implementation and peformance, (2) preparing for PSM change, and (3) integrating PSM with Business Management Systems. Examples of how sites/companies can (1) implement a new PSM system, (2) add new elements to an existing PSM system, and (3) 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 are 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 On-scene Commander – What You Must Know »
Speaker(s): Gordon Lohmeyer, CFPS, TEEX
On July 17, 1990 OSHA published a proposed standard - Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals. It is my firm belief PSM changed the frequency of large-scale incidents in a most positive way, but at the same time, these large-scale incidents is where many industrial responders gained a great deal of experience. In today world, the Initial On-Scene Commander, or the first person arriving on the scene, most likely will not be the most qualified, experienced or capable person for the job. What can we do to ensure this person has the necessary skills to positively shape our 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. TEEX has chosen to utilize state-of-the-art software to help in the educational process of these individuals. It is our goal to provide skill sets 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 West, TX 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-Are we meeting the minimum standard of training and/are we setting a standard of competency? »
Speaker(s): David Owens, Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems
Will be looking into OSHA 1910.146. Breaking it down to evaluate what we are doing in the Industrial world of Rescue. Discussing building a Team, Pre-plans and 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
OSHA 1910.120. What do we actually get out of this standard. We will be breaking down the 5 steps to secure success. How these steps fit into what we do daily in our facilities. How to bridge Training-Emergency response plans-Procedures-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
The Emergency Planning/Response Presentation focuses on helping attendees prepare for the three phases of an incident (1.) Preparing for an Incident, (2.) How to handle the issues which come up during an incident, (3.) 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. It is so important because none of us wants to have “The Incident”, however if you have it you want to be certain you have the right tools in place to help you through it. The presenters of this session bring over 60 years of combined experience in Safety, Health and Emergency Response and will provide you with food for thought and ideas you 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. In this talk, we 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 TCEQ »
Speaker(s): Erin Selvera, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
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
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
The model is expressed in what is called collective ambition – a summary of 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. With that definition, any work, all work has purpose, if only we as leaders will help people to see it. This includes an employee’s commitment to safety processes and environmental regulatory compliance. Connecting people to their larger sense of purpose in their work is not just good business, it’s simply good.
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
Sharing common EHS principles and practicing similar systems discipline across EHS activities at 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. 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. Learn how non-asset based (3PL) companies operating today in the modern chemical industry supply chain can perform a crucial role in overall EHS performance excellence. See how all shipper distribution and EHS functional personnel can work directly with the various providers in their supply chains to both optimize EHS performance/communications and improve overall reliability in their respective business operations.
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
• Update on the modernization of the OSHA PSM and EPA RMP rules • Industry's concerns with OSHA and EPA RFI's • The anticipated SBREFA process and timeline for amending the rule • 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). Even though the PSM standard has been around since 1992 and the industry has been managing change for several decades, we still can get it wrong, sometimes with disastrous results. The mindful or diligent efforts of many working in concert are necessary to ensure that change is identified, analyzed and executed in a quality way. Just when we get it right on paper and get the workforce up-to-speed, we have employee turnover, neglect and sometimes regulatory change. New actors and a constantly changing script make it hard to manage change efficiently and effectively. This paper discusses how the chemical process industry has defined the MOC and PSSR best management practices and how they should be automated. In addition, this paper will explore 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
A report issued by the Obama Administration's Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group makes specific recommendations affecting nearly every aspect of chemical facility safety and security, and proposes a series of actions including revising the US Occupational Safety and Helth Administration's (OSHA's) Process Safety Management (PSM)standard and the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Risk Mangement Program (RMP). OSHA and EPA have issued Requests for Information relating to rulemaking on the PSM and 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. Finally, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has continued to focus on the use of IST in its incident investigation findings and recommendations. This presentation will focus on the current status of regulatory recommendations regarding IST as well as implications for industry.
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. 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 look the natural progression of events that would normally (but subconsciously) be taken when facing a hazardous situation and presents it (with more than a little humor)into one 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 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? Current stats: Retirement is coming for a large group of the EHS workforce. Lackluster roles in EHS according to millennials. STEM grads at lowest point in history. Women still trail men in salaries/corp level. Changing the perception. Emerging Trends. Individual impact. EHS 2025!
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, investigations, etc. but they also cost your company a partnership mentality. This mentality is necessary for a safety professional to have in order to be effective with his team. To be seen as a partner and collaborator that helps you do the right actions, rather than a policeman trying to catch you 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 view will build a stronger safety culture that will yield positive results in morale and cost as well as lower injury rates. Mr. Rivier has worked all over the world building teams, changing cultures, and teaching employees how to work together to keep one another safe.
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
In this presentation, we 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
Mr. Woodfill presents a compelling auto-biographical program. Using personal accounts of fear, frustration, and failure leading to success, the 45 minute talk combines multimedia clips, live music, historic recreated speeches and humor. These provide motivation and instruction in an entertaining fashion. The diversity of the presentation is designed for encouragement. Special emphasis is on the speaker’s NASA experience as the Apollo Spacecraft Warning System Engineer for the Moon landing and the rescue of Apollo 13. Each mission is compared to individual goals. Mr. Woodfill’s reenactment of President John Kennedy’s Rice Stadium speech serves as a motivational element in the program likening it to our employer’s as well as our personal goals. (Example: “We do this thing not because it is easy, but because it is hard…to bring forth the best of our energies and skills.”) Regardless of our, at times, perceived failure and discouragement, Mr. Woodfill demonstrates the ultimate good coming from perseverance. It is shown how: 1) Initial failure can actually be a catalyst for success. 2) All of us have unique talents that set us apart as “gifted”. 3) 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
TBA
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Essentials for New Leaders »
Speaker(s): J. Mark Bogle, Eastman Chemical Company
1. Lead With a Vision for the Future 2. Expect the Company Core Values 3. Actively Coach Daily 4. Develop Self and Others 5. Establish Clear Expectations 6. Role Model Expected Behaviors
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/Louisana State Enforcement Update »
Speaker(s): Celena Cage, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Ramiro Garcia, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Federal Enforcement Update »
Speaker(s): John Blevins, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 6
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. Speaker 1- Chris Williamson Speaker 2 -Chase Dantin Speaker 3- John Garlington (TCC/ACIT) Title: Practice: We talking about practice ! Abstract: 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 people 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
Effective Training Techniques (abstract) 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, two ASSE Professional Safety magazines articles. Each attendee with have an appreciation of how integral the “Master / Maestro” 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
Video Awareness- A best practice presentation showing how you can easily shoot your 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 trend 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? 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
The process safety management regulation was issued in 1992 to address the prevention or minimization of the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals. In the decade leading up to its promulgation, the process industry suffered significant loss events that caused worldwide attention to become focused on reducing the risk of process safety events. Since 1992, additional loss events have occurred that brought renewed effort in defining the requirements for safe automation on a global scale. Numerous industry standards and practices have been published to address different aspects of instrumentation and controls from basic electrical safety through performance-based standards for alarm management and safety instrumented systems. To emphasize the importance of safe automation, case studies of previous incidents are presented, including a brief description of the incident and the major lessons to be learned. There are typically many contributors to these incidents and some incidents have become synonymous with certain safety issues, e.g., Texas City 2005 related to siting of temporary and permanent structures. This paper 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
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) Advancing Process Safety (APS) Programs were developed to enhance process safety awareness and performance throughout the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries. Over the past three years, AFPM and API have had the opportunity to collect and analyze 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/ HBR Safety Excellance 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 Comunication »
Speaker(s): Kendel Kandler, ICS
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 maintains 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
Munoz Goals - To expand by 30% that means hiring of new employees. With new hires you get employee silence. Whether intentionally or unintentionally. Employees withhold information that might be useful to the organization. People often make decisions about whether to speak up or remain silent. To share or withhold ideas, opinions, and concerns. The problem is that – most new hires choose the safe response of silence. This silence keeps managers from receiving information that is needed to improve Munoz. Munoz Best Practice is the Prevention of the “Low Information Employee” to get the employee 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 jobsite. 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. HBR Award Winning Best Practice
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 JV Standing TSA/Addendum Process »
Speaker(s):
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 They are required!
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 Open »
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 »