Tracks Overview

Monday, June 6, 2016

Track ABCDE - A: Industrial Incidents and Lessons Learned
Leader(s): Kim Dejmek, BakerRisk
Co-Leader(s): Steve Ferrer, ProSys
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 CIMA’s History and Lessons Learned Over 60 Years »
Speaker(s): Mark Turvey, Lubrizol
Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA) is the largest organized industrial mutual aid system in the world, providing emergency response support to over 100 members in the Houston Ship Channel area since 1955. Learn about how this great organization responds to incidents and how it has grown over the years to provide the best service possible to its members.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Lessons Learned from Multiple Small-Equipment Failures and Near-Misses for Pressure Equipment »
Speaker(s): Daniel J. Benac, BakerRisk, Don Ketchum, BakerRisk
"API RP 585: Pressure Equipment Integrity Incident Investigations" provides a specific focus and recommendation on investigating pressure equipment failures that are precursors and near-misses to potential incidents that could have significant impact on safety and operations. This talk will present multiple pressure equipment small-equipment failure examples and case histories, and the lessons learned from these precursors and near-misses to help prevent major incidents.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 How Complete Lessons Learned Develop from an Accident »
Speaker(s): Mark Galley, ThinkReliability
There’s a consistent theme with accidents: multiple causes came together in a particular way to produce the incident. Breaking an accident down into its causes pinpoints specific lessons for mitigating risk in future incidents. This presentation will provide a complete case study from the incident investigation through lessons learned.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Roby Plemons, Accident Survivor and Safety Motivational Speaker TBA TBA TBA
1:30 to 2:20 Criminalization of Process Safety Incidents »
Speaker(s): Kevin Collins, Bracewell
The Department of Justice is urging U.S. attorneys to pursue worker-endangerment violations as crimes by combining safety-related incidents with other traditional crimes such as false statements or environmental violations. This presentation, by a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, will describe the trends and identify steps your company can take to mitigate a criminal investigation of process-safety-related incidents.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Small Incident Investigation »
Speaker(s): Mike Munsil, PSRG
Small incident investigations are most commonly performed in-house, and although they can provide big payoffs, they also tend to be poorly executed. This presentation focuses on investigating small incidents, what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and tips and techniques that can lead to big results.
Track ABCDE - B: Partnering for Safety
Leader(s): Erin Fulweber, Mahaffey Fabric Structures
Co-Leader(s): Mac McMurrey, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 OSHA's New Permit Required for Confined Space Rescue »
Speaker(s): Pat Furr, Roco Rescue
This presentation covers the differences between the general industry and construction industry regulations for permit required confined space operations. In addition to discussing some new definitions, and in particular the addition of some new roles and responsibilities, this presentation will explore the need for clear coordination/communication between the various contractor entities.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Best Practices in Project and Turnaround Safety »
Speaker(s): Jeff Gates, Chevron Phillips
To deliver projects and turnarounds with world class safety performance, doing the “same thing and expecting a different outcome” requires a new methodology. From implementation to execution, this presentation describes the various programs applied at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Cedar Bayou facility.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Business Management and Safety Culture: Friends or Foes? »
Speaker(s): Henry Smahlik, CSP, CIH, Hagemeyer North America
The latest safety buzzword is "safety culture." This presentation will discuss the interactivity between business management and safety culture. How do you know you have a safety culture? What does business management know about safety? And how do they interact?
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Roby Plemons, Accident Survivor and Safety Motivational Speaker TBA TBA TBA
1:30 to 2:20 Partners in the "Process" »
Speaker(s): Rickey Meyer, Zachry
This presentation will examine the partnerships that develop between host or customer employees and maintenance contractors while working in the process areas of the many facilities in which we perform work. These partnerships are built and strengthened through input and feedback while working in scenarios related to tasks such as line & equipment opening, confined space, safe work permitting, hot work and other such critical work.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Don’t Dig Your Own Grave! »
Speaker(s): Bruce Mathis, Dayton Lease and Pipeline Services
This presentation will re-energize the excavation competent person, inform the project planners, and remind the project sponsors of the real and present dangers of excavations. There are proven and compliant means of addressing each of these hazards. This presentation will explore obstacles we face in protecting trench and excavation workers in constructing and maintaining our industries vast network of pipelines we rely upon as the safest, most dependable and primary means of transport for our feedstocks, products, and the energy we utilize to produce them.
Track ABCDE - C: Emerging Trends
Leader(s): Gus Garcia, Ascend Performance Materials
Co-Leader(s): Kathy Williams, SimplexGrinnell
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Petroleum Refining Industry Spending Trends: USA & Canada »
Speaker(s): Chris Paschall, Industrial Info
The petroleum refining industry recently experienced profits margins not seen since 2007 due to falling crude oil prices and robust gasoline demand. Over the past years, refiners made investments in revamps to process cheaper crude produced in the US plus increase yields of distillate, but with an ever changing global market and increased volatility, where will the capital spending be focused within the refinery complex over the next 2 to 5 years? How will healthy profit margins influence turnaround spending? Gain insight on the answers to these and other important questions that will shift and shape the spending direction of the petroleum refining industry.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Chemical Processing Industry Spending Trends: USA & Canada »
Speaker(s): Trey Hamblet, Industrial Info
The chemical processing industry (CP) has witnessed capital and maintenance investments reaching all-time highs over the past three years. Many of those investments are still in the construction phase now and are expected to reach completion over the next 18 to 24 months. In response to commodity prices that fell sharply during the last half of 2015, which segments of the chemical industry will continue to expand and grow? How much of the proposed methanol, ammonia, and other key building block chemicals will be approved and built in the coming year? Gain insight on the answers to these and other important questions that will ultimately dictate whether the CPI continues on in an expansion mode or begins to slow.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 A Different Approach To Behavior Safety Programs »
Speaker(s): Timothy Wallace, United Safety
This presentation discusses the elements of behavior and types of behavior to evaluate and design proper behavioral safety programs. It also addresses issues like adoption, generalization, lack of empowerment, punishment, normalization of deviance, outdated training methods and poor or inconsistent communication in current behavioral safety programs and proposes an alternative method: Social Marketing.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Roby Plemons, Accident Survivor and Safety Motivational Speaker TBA TBA TBA
1:30 to 2:20 Emerging Trends in the Chemical Industry: an American Chemistry Council Perspective on the Chemical Value Chain »
Speaker(s): Kevin Mulvaney, American Chemistry Council
The push for greater “transparency” for chemical products has resulted in challenges, questions, and concerns impacting the value chain. Chemical evaluation frameworks exist to assist customers and end users but their application and interpretation can be improved. Standards setting bodies are involved with development of tools and standards which are not always risk based . This topic will address how the Business of Chemistry is proactively engaging on these issues.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Emerging Trends in the Chemical Industry: an American Chemistry Council Perspective on Policy, Advocacy and Responsible Care »
Speaker(s): David Sandidge, American Chemistry Council, Michael Power, American Chemistry Council
1. State and Federal Policy, Regulation and Advocacy – Michael Power. 2016 will be a very important year in shaping the future of the country and industry. Hear the latest perspectives on state / federal policy as well as highlights of emerging trends on the national and regional level associated with the Business of Chemistry. Individual legislative and regulatory topic areas include chemicals, energy, plastics, waste to energy, and facility security. Also learn about grassroots advocacy opportunities and activities and the new Impact Chemistry initiative. 2. Responsible Care Performance, Programs and Systems – David Sandidge. As the Responsible Care initiative moves past the quarter century mark, it continues to evolve to meet the needs of the chemical industry and to remain a leading voluntary EHS&S management and performance improvement system. This update will provide the latest information on the state of Responsible Care and help identify opportunities for integration with EHS plans in your organization.
Track ABCDE - D: Focus on Safety
Leader(s): Dan Lehtola, Huntsman
Co-Leader(s): Annie Nguyen, PSRG
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Embracing the Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Sixto Mendez, JGC
JGC’s behavioral based safety and intervention program (BO&I) is believed to be one of the solutions that assisted in the dramatic incident rate reduction of its operations. However, since 2010, the incident frequency has leveled off and became extremely difficult to further reduce to zero. In order to improve its BO&I approach, JGC determined that the IIF program goal, objective, and successes was best suited to address the step change desired for itssafety culture. JGC decided to introduce IIF program to several of our mega projects. This presentation will examine the implementation of JGC’s IIF programs, challenges and how such challenges were resolved, workers' reactions to the culture being developed, and how the dynamic nature of the construction environment was able to be addressed.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Reactive Hazards Management: Lessons Learned from Major Incidents »
Speaker(s): Robert J. Weber, PSRG
The chemical process industry has long suffered from major incidents due to lack of proper understanding of reactive hazards. This presentation will identify different types of reactive hazards through examples of chemicals incidents and analyze how a better understanding of these hazards could have avoided these incidents.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Becoming a World-Class HSE Organization »
Speaker(s): Jack Chosnek, KnowledgeOne
In order to be recognized as a world-class Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) organization, certain elements and resources need to be in place. The most important element is qualified personnel in the development and maintenance of HSE. Knowledge and understanding of all applicable regulations, codes, and standards is essential. These should serve as a basis and starting point and should be interpreted to enhance the company’s HSE and not to narrowly satisfy minimum requirements.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Roby Plemons, Accident Survivor and Safety Motivational Speaker TBA TBA TBA
1:30 to 2:20 Hostile Intruders: Do You Have a Plan? »
Speaker(s): Dan Lehtola, Huntsman
Many worksites fail to recognize the hazards of workplace violence, intruders, and active shooters, and are totally unprepared for these types of events. Damage to human life and property could be eliminated or curtailed if the proper preparations and planning steps are taken. At this presentation, each attendee will be able to walk away with some ideas for improvement and an outline of what can be done to develop a hostile intruder plan for their organization.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Best Practices Are Hidden Within Your Problems »
Speaker(s): Mark Galley, ThinkReliability
A best practice is what's currently known to be effective, yet they evolve. Like a continuous improvement effort there is no end. Best practices may come from industry standards and regulations, but they also result from internal investigations. This paper shows how best practices are found inside of problems.
Track ABCDE - E: Chemical Transportation
Leader(s): Jack McVaugh, Environmental Technology & Management
Co-Leader(s): Annette Colunga, LyondellBasell
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Applying Human Factors Principles to Improve Pipeline Safety »
Speaker(s): Dennis Attwood, Human Factors Application
This paper reports on an international program to develop a “Users’ Guide” to identify and apply Human Factors interventions to reduce the number and severity of pipeline damage incidents. The paper proposes using the interventions in a gap analysis tool that can be used to assess that Human Factors ‘health’ of pipeline systems. Each assessment can be used to recommend unique improvements that will reduce the risk of catastrophic pipeline failures.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Dow Chemical Company's 2025 Sustainability Goals for Transportation Safety & Security »
Speaker(s): Lori S. Pavlish, The Dow Chemical Company
Dow continued its journey of operational excellence in environment, health and safety in 1995 with the introduction of the 2005 EH&S Goals, which continue to be the foundation of our sustainability culture and efforts today. In our 2025 Sustainability Goals, we commit to world-leading operations performance, meeting and exceeding the highest standards in safety as well as energy efficiency and emissions. This presentation will focus on our new Transportation Stewardship Index, which includes elements to drive progress in incident-free performance and leading edge programs to influence logistics and raw material suppliers and risk reduction across the value chain.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Chemical Transportation: Peace of Mind or Headache to Come? »
Speaker(s): David Sandidge, American Chemistry Council
The chemical industry has long recognized the importance of ensuring the safety and security for raw materials intermediates and finished products in the supply chain. To achieve the level of safety to protect people, the environment, and the product, companies in the supply chain need to start long before the shipment leaves the rack or dock. This session will look at the ACC Responsible Care Partner program growth and emerging trends for key sectors within the partner program, and will offer suggestions for engaging your key carriers to drive performance improvements for chemical shipments.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Roby Plemons, Accident Survivor and Safety Motivational Speaker TBA TBA TBA
1:30 to 2:20 Redefining Confined Space Safety »
Speaker(s): Timothy Wallace, United Safety
Challenges in confined space safety can be addressed through technology. A solution combining gas detection, video surveillance, access control, and two-way communication allows operators to see work inside the vessels in real time and communicate directly with personnel. This innovation improves safety, helps watch manpower costs, and improves turnaround efficiency.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Hazardous Area Static Control in the Movement of Flammable Liquids and Combustible Dust »
Speaker(s): Richard Puig, Newson Gale
Terminals manage an array of hazardous and flammable materials, and proper control of static electricity enhances safety and protects people and the environment. This presentation reviews the potential hazards and ways to protect the facility, and offers a review of the most common applications at a terminal, and the equipment available to reduce human error through the use of interlocks to control pumps and valves.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Track ABCDE - A: Safety Under the Hat
Leader(s): Pat Daigle, INEOS
Co-Leader(s): Larry Hensley
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Is Your Safety Program Riding on the S.S. Titanic? »
Speaker(s): Gerry Luther, COHST, CIE, Caliche
This session will look to answer the question raised by the title and explore program failures that had catastrophic failures, before discussing possible methods of prevention.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Methods of Maintaining Mechanical Integrity at a Petrochemical Facility »
Speaker(s): Melanie Brewer, CWI, INEOS Nitriles
A good mechanical integrity program is a key component to a safe and leak-free facility. There are many methods in use today to ensure we are “keeping it in the pipes." This hands-on presentation will focus on the more typical methods seen at refineries and chemical facilities, and will discuss each method’s strengths and weaknesses, along with the safety implications involved in their use.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 An Old Look at New Electrical Safety! »
Speaker(s): Dennis Blowers, CSP, LANXESS Corporation
While the hazards remain the same, what is new in electrical safety? This session will take a brief look at all the New OSHA Electrical Requirements and compare it to what really offers hazards to safety. This presentation will also address the fundamental knowledge of electrical safety and address some of the knowledge gaps.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA Dale Brown, Retired Hall of Fame Basketball Coach for Louisiana State University TBA TBA
1:50 to 2:40 Fatigue Management Program Implementation: Not as Easy as it Sounds »
Speaker(s): Jeff Bonorden, LyondellBasell
This session will explore how companies are implementing fatigue management programs, and discuss the pitfalls and snags that have occurred. This session will also explore what effects these programs have had on safety performance.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Hardwired Inhibitions »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
There is a question that plagues industries, confounds leaders, and underscores the frustration felt by nearly anyone who has investigated an incident: Why do people stand by idly as their coworkers do things that are clearly unsafe? Why do people so reliably say nothing when they know that they should? This presentation will provide an overview of some of the more significant but often overlooked cognitive and social factors that suppress safety interventions (such as “Deference to Authority” and “Zero Risk Bias”) and also provides first steps for overcoming these inhibiting forces.
Track ABCDE - B: Employee Health
Leader(s): Amanda Baxter, BIC Alliance
Co-Leader(s): Crystal Cedro, Hunter Buildings
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Practicing Safety Professionals’ Knowledge, Involvement, and Competencies Associated with Implementation of Workplace Wellness »
Speaker(s): Jennifer Laine, UTHealth
This presentation summarizes a survey of safety professionals and how the NIOSH Total Worker Health program is impacting their work environment. It will discuss safety professionals’ knowledge, involvement, and competency associated with the implementation of workplace wellness programs.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Occupational Burn Injuries »
Speaker(s): Dr. Thomas Hysler, MD, MPH, Houston Area Safety Council
Work-related burn injuries are extremely common. Knowing how to identify, classify, and when and where to seek medical care is critical in providing a good outcome for the injured employee. The discussion will focus on providing quality care to your employees while striving to maintain your safety record.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Strategies for Keeping Your Employee Health Program on Course in a Sea of Constant Change »
Speaker(s): Dr. Robert Emery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Texas School of Public Health recently conducted a straw poll of approximately fifty seasoned safety professionals, and the results were astonishing: 80% had reported to the person they current report to for a period of less than 5 years, and 25% for less than 1 year! These striking results underscore the adage that “change is constant". But change management is not something that is discussed in traditional employee health academic programs. Although change is constant, the underlying data that drives safety and health programs doesn’t change. This presentation will discuss the dilemma of constant change, and provide some tips on the personal management of change and various alternative means of communicating to the ever-changing new environment.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA Dale Brown, Retired Hall of Fame Basketball Coach for Louisiana State University TBA TBA
1:50 to 2:40 Getting the Best Out of Your Diverse Workforce: 2016 »
Speaker(s): Karen Walding, Whitaker Technical
Diversity in the work force is at an all time high, but you don't motivate Baby Boomers the same way you do Millennials. How can you provide reward and motivation? This session will provide insight into methodology and creating blended programs.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 4 Steps to Fatigue Risk Management »
Speaker(s): Dr. Lori Guasta, Predictive Safety
It is estimated that employee fatigue is the primary cause of 30% of all industrial accidents including fatalities, and is estimated to be a major contributor in as high as 60% of all accidents in 24/7 operations involving shiftwork and off shift call outs. Effective fatigue management programs are needed to address human behavior through education and training. At the same time, there has long been a need to predict fatigue risk and address the risk prior to the worker falling asleep, which requires predictive fatigue risk management. This presentation will review the approaches to fatigue risk management, including education, testing, detection, schedule adjustment, and monitoring.
Track ABCDE - C: Water and Waste Updates
Leader(s): Nancy Ross, Ascend Performance Materials
Co-Leader(s): Laura Burnett, Noltex
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 TCEQ Water Quality Division: Wastewater Permitting Regulatory Updates »
Speaker(s): David Galindo, TCEQ
This presentation will provide updates on Texas Water Quality topics, such as applicability and implementation of 316(b) cooling water entrainment and impingement rules, the approach for the thermal discharge project, resolution of reasonable potential analysis for whole effluent toxicity testing, and revisions to the 2017 Implementation Plan.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 RCRA Update: Proposed Revisions to the HW Generator Rules »
Speaker(s): Catriona V. Smith, TRC Solutions
This presentation will provide an update on the proposed changes to the RCRA HW Generator rules, as well as practical advice on what those changes will mean to daily operations. We will cover proposed labelling and contingency plan revisions, discuss new closure requirements, and offer some real-life examples to help with planning.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Securing an Adequate Water Supply in the Face of Competing Demands »
Speaker(s): Hughbert Collier, Collier Consulting
Severe droughts, population increases, and industrial expansion are resulting in competing demands for adequate water supplies. This presentation will examine three alternatives for securing additional water sources: development of fresh and brackish groundwater resources, and aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) of excess surface water. Technical and regulatory considerations for each of the three alternatives will also be addressed.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA Dale Brown, Retired Hall of Fame Basketball Coach for Louisiana State University TBA TBA
1:50 to 2:40 Hazardous Waste Injection and Sustainability »
Speaker(s): Frank Marine, Texas Molecular
Sustainability is much more than environmental stewardship alone. The presentation will cover the “Triple Bottom Line” of sustainability and some principles, ideas, and strategies of how to reap “profits” on the Triple Bottom Line. The use of captive or commercial hazardous waste injection wells can be used to make their business more sustainable.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Understanding and Navigating the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) »
Speaker(s): James Burgess, Sage Environmental Consulting
The standards established by TRRP are used by the 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 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 and emergency response, TRRP guidance and forms, PCL tables, APARs, and remediation.
Track ABCDE - D: Process Safety Implementation & Improvement
Leader(s): James R. Thompson, ABS Consulting
Co-Leader(s): Ray Supak, INEOS USA
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Achieving a World-Class Chemical Industry Training Program: 17 Characteristics »
Speaker(s): Robert Walter, AntiEntropics
All American chemical manufacturers face challenges in hiring new staff and developing their job skills. As more and more baby boomers retire, the problem is becoming even more acute. Our industry’s special process safety and environmental risk management needs make meeting the demand for skilled workers an urgent task. The AEI team and a global client understood this requires helping all employees succeed in their jobs, and determined that a world-class training program exists when an organization consistently displays these seventeen characteristics in its behaviors related to training and procedures.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Proposed Changes to EPA’s RMP Rule: Potential Impacts to Industry and How to Get Ready »
Speaker(s): Steve Arendt, ABS Consulting
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its long-awaited proposed revisions to the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule (40 CFR 68) in the Federal Register (Vol. 81, No. 49) on March 14, 2016. The proposed revisions include several changes to the accident prevention program requirements, including: • Changes to some key regulatory definitions • A requirement for Safer Technology Alternatives Analysis in the process hazard analysis (PHA) for certain Program 3 processes • Enhancements to the emergency preparedness requirements involving field and tabletop exercises • Conduct of root cause analyses using a recognized method during incident investigations • Use of competent, impartial and independent third parties to conduct/submit compliance audits • Increased public availability of chemical hazard information, including holding public meetings after accidents • Changes to RMP data elements and submission A public hearing was held on March 29, 2016 and written comments were due by April 13, 2016 to the RMP rule docket [EPA–HQ–OEM–2015–0725; FRL–9940–94–OLEM]. This presentation will address important aspects of the proposed changes, summarize aspects of the Small Business Review, and summarize testimony from the public meeting and written comments provided to the docket. Potential impacts to industry will be addressed and suggestions on what companies can do to get ready for compliance will be discussed.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Regulatory Trends: RAGAGEP »
Speaker(s): Jessica Wilson, Katten Muchin Rosenman
In recent years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued requests for information relating to potential rulemaking regarding the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard and Risk Management Plan (RMP), respectively, which both seek input on a potential definition of “Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices” (RAGAGEP). Subsequently, OSHA issued a guidance memorandum regarding the scope and meaning of RAGAGEP from the agency’s perspective. Concurrently, California has issued a proposed refinery PSM standard that includes a definition of RAGAGEP, as well as additional requirements associated with this term. This session will review OSHA’s enforcement memorandum, as well as federal and state regulatory developments involving RAGAGEP, including California’s proposed changes to its PSM standard, and potential implications for the regulated community.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA Dale Brown, Retired Hall of Fame Basketball Coach for Louisiana State University TBA TBA
1:50 to 2:40 Lessons Learned from Third Party Process Safety Management Audits »
Speaker(s): Steven Pereira, Professional Safety Associates
OSHA is contemplating revising the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard, 29 CFR 1910.119, to require third party compliance audits. Steven Pereira has facilitated over 50 third party PSM compliance audits and participated in numerous PSM-related incident investigations and assisted clients in addressing OSHA citations. The results of third party audits often uncover issues not previously detected in the facilities’ internal audits. This session will address lessons learned and include examples of issues third party auditors identified that had not been detected by internal auditors.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Case Histories of Chemical Plant Hoses Delivering Grief »
Speaker(s): Roy Sanders
Chemical plant hoses are essential to transfer fluids in most all chemical processing and petroleum refining facilities. They are necessary to purge vessels to wash vessels, to inert systems, to load and unload drums, trucks, rail cars, barges and ships. But hoses and operator inattention or flawed thinking by operations, shipping or maintenance personnel can misdirect flows into the wrong tank, accidentally drain equipment, overpressure/under-pressure equipment and create other severe troubles. Worse yet, poorly-specified. or poorly-maintained hoses can result in hose ruptures creating troubles. British studies established that about 10% of all loss of containment incidents occurred involving a flexible hose.
Track ABCDE - E: Emergency Response
Leader(s): Richard Bass, Kuraray America
Co-Leader(s): Tim Mann, Noltex
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 E-Plan: An Online Database of EPCRA Reports »
Speaker(s): Mathew Marshall, University of Texas at Dallas
E-Plan is an online chemical hazards database with over 50,000 chemical facilities data. This course will review EPCRA Tier 2 reports, how to submit the report, and how to use the report in a emergency response.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Crude by Rail: An Emergency Responder's Guide »
Speaker(s): Gordon Lohmeyer, CFPS, TEEX
This presentation is intended to provide emergency responders with the skills and knowledge to respond to a flammable liquid fire involving rail cars. Topics include: crude oil production, transportation by rail and historic incidents; analyzing a flammable liquid incident involving tank cars; predicting their likely behavior; and planning and implementing a response utilizing various response equipment, as well as determining when and how this equipment should be used
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Crisis Communications: Industrial & Government Relations During a Response »
Speaker(s): Jeff Suggs, CEM, Kuraray America
This discussion will assist in developing a basis for the emergency responder regarding crisis communications. The community wants information quickly, but sometimes it isn’t readily available. How do we communicate effectively before, during, and after an incident?
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA Dale Brown, Retired Hall of Fame Basketball Coach for Louisiana State University TBA TBA
1:50 to 2:40 DHS and Emergency Management »
Speaker(s): Michael Macha, US Department of Homeland Security, Scott Cubbler, US Department of Homeland Security
This presentation will offer Department of Homeland Security information on engagement with the public and private sector for infrastructure protection, information sharing, DHS tools, resources and training available (at no cost), and the One DHS philosophy.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 The Role of the Incident Safety Officer at Process Plant Emergencies »
Speaker(s): Dan Buchanan, MS, CSP, TEM, TEEX
This session will provide an overview of the role of an incident safety officer at process plant emergencies. Special emphasis will be placed on the duties of an incident safety officer during the initial response (reactive phase) of an incident, and preparing for the transition into an operational planning cycle (proactive phase) for multiple operational periods.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Speaker(s): Rixio Medina, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Track ABCDE - A: Leadership
Leader(s): Maria Gallegos, Texas Brine Company
Co-Leader(s): Angie Shaw, LAPCO
7:00 to 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:00 to 8:50 Christa McAuliffe: An Endearing Leader »
Speaker(s): Jerry Woodfill, NASA
2016 is the 30th Anniversary of the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger, January 28, 1986. Unique to that event was the role of teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe. Through altogether fortuitous events, NASA Engineer Jerry Woodfill happened upon videos of Christa practicing the lessons, never performed in space, in NASA’s zero-g aircraft and space shuttle mock-up facility at the Johnson Space Center. Though Jerry never met Christa, his study of Christa’s videos and recreation of the lessons she would have performed led to his admiration of her as an example of leadership and personal qualities all of us can learn from, whether we are men or women. The program will explain why among thousands it was appropriate that Christa McAuliffe be selected as the first teacher in space, as Christa will speak to us through these “forgotten” videos Jerry discovered in NASA’s archives.
8:50 to 9:10 Break
9:10 to 10:00 Next-Level Communicator »
Speaker(s): Mark A. Hernandez, CHST, Multiply Leadership
The only thing between you and success is knowing how to connect with others. In this high energy presentation, Mark Hernandez will cover the 4 Pillars of Effective Communication: 1. Learn the meaning and the 4 barriers of communication; 2. Learn how to build rapport; 3. Discuss the components of communication (group exercise); 3. Learn Les Brown's powerful component of a powerful story.
10:00 to 11:30 Break - Trade Show
11:30 to 1:00 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA Colonel Len Waterworth, Executive Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston TBA
1:00 to 1:50 Exceeding Expectations: Your Break from Average »
Speaker(s): Denis Baker, CSP, Flogistix
How do you eliminate competition? By exceeding expectations! But how do you exceed expectations? This presentation will provide you with 10 practical and informative ways to exceed expectations all the time, every time. By exceeding expectations, you will break away from average.
1:50 to 2:10 Break
2:10 to 3:00 Building Leaders to Advance Your Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Norman Guest, CSP, Momentive Performance Materials
Leaders are critical to your organization in the implementation of your EHS management system, incorporating EHS roles/responsibilities into your organization, and engaging employees to create an organizational culture that values safety. A major question for many organizations is “How do we successfully develop our leaders?” This presentation will explore one company’s journey using leadership development to help build a culture with a heart for safety.
3:20 to 4:10 Supervisor Safety Leadership and Competency »
Speaker(s): Rixio Medina, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Supervisors can implement strategies and actions to impact safety performance and bottom line results. Many incidents happen because adequate supervisor safety competency is not available. Exceptional safety performance is a function of the line organization. This session will explore supervisors’ competency to achieve excellence in safety performance and productivity
Speaker(s): Roy Massengale, EnRUD Resources, Inc.
Track ABCDE - B: Air Updates
Leader(s): Carey Pugh, The Lubrizol Corporation
Co-Leader(s): Leslie Ray, Westlake Chemical
7:00 to 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:00 to 8:50 Ozone Update »
Speaker(s): Matthew Kuryla, Baker Botts, Zachary L. Craft, Baker Botts
EPA revised the ozone standard to be more stringent on October 1, 2015. This presentation will give an overview of how the new standard will be implemented in designating nonattainment areas and planning to reach attainment. This session will also address permitting issues and remaining regulatory obligations associated with the past ozone standards.
8:50 to 9:10 Break
9:10 to 10:00 The Complexities of NSR Permitting: A Case Study »
Speaker(s): Dan Dix, All4 Inc.
This presentation will outline a case study involving the complexities involved with a New Source Review (NSR) construction permit application for a project that involved both Non-Attainment New Source Review (NNSR) and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting. The presentation will focus on creative solutions for demonstration compliance with the 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and annual fine particulate (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) through air dispersion modeling and obtaining Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) as a part of NNSR for the precursors of ozone, NOX and VOC which is required projects was in the Ozone Transport Region (OTR) which treats ozone as a non-attainment pollutant.
10:00 to 11:30 Break - Trade Show
11:30 to 1:00 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA Colonel Len Waterworth, Executive Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston TBA
1:00 to 1:50 Flares: Efficiency and Enforcement »
Speaker(s): Inaas Darrat, Trinity Consultants
In August 2012, U.S. EPA announced that Flaring Efficiency was going to be targeted as part of an enforcement initiative. As part of this initiative, US EPA has multiple additional parameters utilized for flare compliance in addition to the requirements contained in 40 CFR 60.18 and 40 CFR 63.11 and has required additional monitoring and other requirements as contained in Consent Decrees and 40 CFR 60, Subpart Ja. While NSPS Ja requirements only apply to petroleum refineries, those requirements do have an effect on the chemical industry. This presentation will cover those parameters, provide examples, cover requirements in Consent Decrees, and NSPS Ja requirements.
1:50 to 2:10 Break
2:10 to 3:00 Flaring Enforcement into Next Generation Flare Rule Making: Flare Management Plans and Beyond »
Speaker(s): Brandon Bass, Environmental Resources Management, Linda Bartlett, Environmental Resources Management
Flaring regulations are catching up with CDs and the EPA initiative to cut HAPs and are extending into other industries beyond refining. Non-refinery operations can learn from the refinery journey, including flare management plans (FMP). Actions taken now can position industries to prepare for coming capital and operating needs.
3:20 to 4:10 Fenceline Monitoring »
Speaker(s): Roy Massengale, EnRUD Resources, Inc.
The Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review (RTR) NSPS final rule was published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2015. Along with some additional emission control requirements, the final rule requires a Fenceline Monitoring Program for Benzene using passive samplers. This presentation summarizes fenceline monitoring requirements and work practice standards in the final rule and discusses EPA Methods 325A and 325B. It will discuss monitoring programs setup from industry, consultant, and laboratory perspectives, point out considerations for setting up passive fenceline monitoring programs at industrial sites, and identify some potential pitfalls associated with program setup and operation.
Speaker(s): Mark Galley, ThinkReliability
Track ABCDE - C: Best Practices
Leader(s): Phil Warren, Olin Blue Cube Operations
Co-Leader(s): Michael Jordan, The Lubrizol Corporation
7:00 to 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:00 to 8:50 Safety Leadership Skills »
Speaker(s): C.J. Beysselance, HazTek Safety Management, Randy Tigert, HazTek Safety Management
This session is designed to educate anyone who supervises or directs others, to be a more effective leader. The overall objective of the course is to deliver workplace safety theory in a practical and easy to understand manner, so that students can immediately implement these new skills as soon as they return to their workplace. Special emphasis will be placed on safety leadership, and established concepts of workplace safety will be explained in a manner that non-safety personnel can understand them and implement them.
8:50 to 9:10 Break
9:10 to 10:00 The Migration to Mobile: The Evolution of EHS Software Tools »
Speaker(s): Chuck Schmermund, Dakota Software
Mobile technology represents the next major advancement in EHS management, but many questions remain as to how, where, and when mobile devices can best be utilized. This session will cover the greatest opportunities for integrating mobile devices into EHS compliance and environmental management programs, including auditing, incident reporting, and geo-tagged task management.
10:00 to 11:30 Break - Trade Show
11:30 to 1:00 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA Colonel Len Waterworth, Executive Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston TBA
1:00 to 1:50 Personal Safety Takes a Team »
Speaker(s): Eddie Rivier, The Dow Chemical Company
More and more we rely on our teams to be able to bring the break-through performance needed in our organizations to be able to meet the tremendous business pressures of safety, cost, and efficiency, and culture differences. We need to develop those teams, their team leaders and back-ups, and the team member themselves to deliver the high performance needed from them to meet their professional and personal needs. This interactive session will help guide you to become a better leader to support those teams and be seen as a value adding supporter.
1:50 to 2:10 Break
2:10 to 3:00 The iSystem: Designed for Injury Reduction When Performing Work »
Speaker(s): Doug Morris, The Dow Chemical Company, Gene Roberts, The Dow Chemical Company
Need a complete system to help your team work safe? These tools are designed to work together and improve safety performance. The iCHAT: The Craft Hazard Assessment Tool is used to identify specific hazards associated with work. The iCard: is a very simple pre-task hazard assessment tool to be used in the field by the worker. The iCan Stop work authority/iIntervene card is won by the worker to help stop an unsafe act and to reinforce the expectation to intervene. The iStartSmart program helps all new at risk workers learn our rules and policies as soon as they start work on site, and the iCare program will help provide feedback on observations made in the field with workers.
3:20 to 4:10 To Err is Human, To Prevent is Process »
Speaker(s): Mark Galley, ThinkReliability
Preventing problems is more about clearly defined tasks than fixing people. People are of paramount importance, which is why the focus should be on tasks. Highly reliable organizations don’t have perfect people, they have highly reliable work processes. This presentation demonstrates how a bias for process improves people’s performance.
Speaker(s): John Champion, The Dow Chemical Company
Track ABCDE - D: PSM
Leader(s): Travis Guthrie, INVISTA
Co-Leader(s): Robert J. Weber, PSRG
7:00 to 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:00 to 8:50 How Structured Training Can Assist in Reducing Human Errors and Contribute to Operator Excellence »
Speaker(s): Vern Wingfield, GP Strategies
Human error has been shown to be a significant contributor in most major accidents. This risk can be managed through a structured operator training program that takes human factors and safety into consideration as part of the design. A well-executed, structured operator training program includes analysis of short and long term goals, design (including identification of training and assessment methods and plan for development and implementation stages), development of the training and assessment tools with an focus on human factors, implementation of the training, and other features that will be explored.
8:50 to 9:10 Break
9:10 to 10:00 Management of Organizational Change »
Speaker(s): Albert Ness, Center of Chemical Process Safety
Business demands, lean manufacturing, acquisitions, and mergers, all tend to lead to reduced staffing and/or a change in job structures. The resulting changes can lead to reduced process safety if not handled properly. The need for Management of Change (MOC) systems is now widely recognized, however, the need for Management of Organizational Change (MOOC) does not always have the same level of recognition. This presentation will explore examples of incidents in which lack of MOOC played a role. Some key concerns related to (MOOC) will be also presented along with a process for managing these changes.
10:00 to 11:30 Break - Trade Show
11:30 to 1:00 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA Colonel Len Waterworth, Executive Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston TBA
1:00 to 1:50 Top 10 Lessons Learned from MOC Implementations »
Speaker(s): Rainer Hoff, Gateway Consulting Group, Inc.
Occasionally in history, various events - audit failures, discontent with the effort required for PSM compliance - triggered the reconsideration of various PSM elements. This often led to redesign and re-implementation of parts of the PSM program, focusing on: "What’s a change?”, and “Who should create an MOC?” Other key focuses have been effective communication of the program, evolutionary approaches vs “big bang” implementations, desire for and barriers to consistency across multiple sites, integrating foreign sites with different regulatory requirements, small sites with minimal requirements, and others.
1:50 to 2:10 Break
2:10 to 3:00 Walk the Line »
Speaker(s): Jerry Forest, Celanese
In 2015, the focused improvement subgroup of the AFPM advancing process safety group targeted a deep dive data analysis that shows a significant number of process safety incidents are caused by operator line-up errors. The program "Walk the Line" addresses these causes with a 4 point strategy: reinforce culture, operational discipline, operational readiness, and interaction with the other areas of APS. Walk the Line discusses how to effectively implement a program that is designed to eliminate operator line-up errors in our industry.
3:20 to 4:10 Reducing Process Safety Events »
Speaker(s): John Champion, The Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Company has dramatically reduced the number of Tier 1 Process Safety events in the last five years. In 2009, the Deer Park site was acquired by Dow and accounted for 30% of the Tier 1 events in the entire corporation. However, in the last two years Deer Park has greatly reduced both Tier 1 and Tier 2 events. This presentation will share some of the elements that have led to the successful reduction in incidents both in the company as a whole, and specifically in Deer Park.
Speaker(s): Camille Peres, Ph. D., Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Track ABCDE - E: Human Factors
Leader(s): Steve Ferrer, ProSys
Co-Leader(s): Shawn Smith, Kuraray America
7:00 to 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:00 to 8:50 Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents »
Speaker(s): Ian Nimmo, UCDS, Steve Maddox, UCDS
In control rooms around the world, the safety of field operators and adjoining neighborhoods is ultimately left to the control room operator who supervises the automation systems and ensures the process plant is returned to a safe state in the event of an abnormal or emergency operation. However, many incidents are caused during the not so-well-thought-out scenarios where a chain reaction, or domino effect, occurs due to small holes in the defenses that align with them and allow the hazard to escape. Why is a trip system intervention required if we employ operators for these very events? We have two words that answer that question, and they are found in numerous situations outside of industry from the Medical field, Aviation, Defense Systems and many others such as car accidents. Those two words are “Human Error.” So we should look at the common failures that lead to human error!
8:50 to 9:10 Break
9:10 to 10:00 Human Performance Grows Behavior-Based Safety »
Speaker(s): Tom Harvey, Optimize Performance
Behavior-Based Safety is a good foundation, but organizations must build and grow. Don’t stay stuck – learn how to advance. In this session, you'll learn how high-reliability organizations successfully use human performance to identify and fix normalized deviation, process failure modes, reduce errors, and build up safety in ways that instill trust and foster learning.
10:00 to 11:30 Break - Trade Show
11:30 to 1:00 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA Colonel Len Waterworth, Executive Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston TBA
1:00 to 1:50 Incorporating Human Factors into Health and Safety Audit Programs »
Speaker(s): Craig Doolittle, P.E., TRC Solutions
Companies are revising their health and safety auditing and incident investigation programs to include Human Factors to further advance injury prevention. By incorporating Human Factors into an audit program, the audit fully examines the task, the worker, and company culture to develop a clearer picture on why employees perform errors that lead to workplace injuries. This presentation will focus on a case study where Human Factors have been successfully implemented into a corporate health and safety audit program to focus on why errors were occurring and how to better prevent injuries.
1:50 to 2:10 Break
2:10 to 3:00 Job Role Impact on Safety »
Speaker(s): Dustin Beebe, ProSys
This presentation will review the aspects of decision making that have a big impact on safety in industrial processes. Specifically it will look at key roles such as the control system operator and process engineer, and will cover specific areas such as ability, training, mental and emotional state, physical state, and information sources. With the turnover of personnel and loss of experienced personnel, it is critical to assess job functions and provide the appropriate safe guards to insure safe and reliable process operations. This session will explore the various roles and how to assess gaps that need to be covered.
3:20 to 4:10 Unpacking the Phrase "Human Factors" and What It Means for Safety in Industrial Work Settings »
Speaker(s): Camille Peres, Ph. D., Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Human Factors is a phrase that is used widely now and often be defined differently depending on where the term is being used and who is using it. For many Human Factors professionals, it typically refers to a process that involves considering the constraints and capabilities of the human in the design of the human-work interaction to insure effect, efficient, safe, and (ideally) pleasant experiences. This presentation will present a structure for considering three main aspects of human-work interaction - the task, the person, and the environment - and how these aspects can be considered to assess if there is a “fit” within them.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Track ABCDE - A: Managing Safety
Leader(s): Jeff Boivin, J. J. Keller & Associates
Co-Leader(s): Darrell Davis, Sasol
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 The Art of Communication »
Speaker(s): Vicki Irvine, Flowchem
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 The Eleven Practices That Separate Companies Who Sustain World-Class Safety Performance »
Speaker(s): Jim Spigener, DEKRA Insight
What sets the best safety performers apart? How do they consistently sustain outcomes others struggle to reach? This presentation explores the defining practices that distinguish organizations fluctuating from mediocre to good performance from those that achieve best-in-the-world performance and sustain it regardless of the challenges they face. Gleaned from over 25 years of partnership with some of the best companies and leaders in the world, these eleven practices frame your safety journey and give you the tools you need to reach safety’s summit.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 The GUMBO Recipe for Leadership Success »
Speaker(s): Jennifer Ledet, Ledet Management Consulting
Have you ever felt that some of your team members are just doing the bare minimum to get by? If so, you are not alone! Leaders are expected to do more with less, and inspiring and engaging others is job number one. Your ability to build rapport and relationships has never been more important than in today’s business environment. In this engaging presentation, Jennifer will share her “GUMBO” Recipe for Leadership Success.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA TBA Dan Borné, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association
1:30 to 2:20 Becoming a Transformational Leader: 5 Principles to Increasing Your Leadership Influence »
Speaker(s): Mark A. Hernandez, CHST, Multiply Leadership
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.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Richard Industrial Group’s Supervisor Safety Training Program »
Speaker(s): Cliff Reeves, Richard Industrial Group
Richard Industrial Group’s Supervisor Safety Training Program places immense focus on the front line supervisor’s success in managing safety. This program has recognized a need to do more in terms of training supervisors on their responsibilities, personal accountability, and techniques to better execute safety programs in the field.
Track ABCDE - B: PSM Emerging Trends
Leader(s): Phil Cuevas, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Co-Leader(s): Kim Dejmek, BakerRisk
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Out of Sight, Out of Mind »
Speaker(s): Quentin Baker, BakerRisk
Using incident cases, this session will explore several examples of issues that were physically not visible/apparent, or from an engineering standpoint not recognized. The lack of recognition and understanding of the hazards led to the incidents. The presentation will delve into the need for hazards, safety, and risk studies to make visible the hazards and to educate stakeholders in order to effectively manage risks.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Future of OSHA's PSM Standard: Confusion? Concerns? »
Speaker(s): Robert C. Gombar, Sr., Esq., BakerRisk
Much already exists that will or could impact the future of OSHA's PSM Standard. OSHA issued an RFI concerning potential changes to the PSM Standard. The RFI covers a series of important issues, such as the exemption for atmospheric storage tanks, RAGAGEP, mechanical integrity for safety critical equipment, and requiring third parties for PSM compliance audits. OSHA also has issued a number of "guidance" memoranda, such as the one dealing with RAGAGEP, which have been criticized by Congress. Lawsuits have been filed, and negotiations have taken place to resolve the lawsuits, if possible. This presentation will examine the potential impact that some of these issues may have on the future of the PSM Standard.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Managing Cold Temperature and Brittle Fracture Hazards »
Speaker(s): Daniel J. Benac, BakerRisk
Brittle fractures of pressure vessels can be both catastrophic and costly. This session will provide guidance in avoiding such failures by identifying some of the causes for cold embrittlement hazards and brittle fracture in pressure vessels. Selected examples will help illustrate the main factors that contribute to brittle fracture, through identifying brittle fracture features, and demonstrating the importance of coordination of materials and potential operating condition.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA TBA Dan Borné, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association
1:30 to 2:20 API Process Safety Site Assessment Program: Promoting a Culture of Process Safety »
Speaker(s): Andrew P. Broadbent, API
A collaborative industry effort managed by API, the Process Safety Site Assessment Program, is focused on higher risk process safety activities in petroleum refining and petrochemical facilities. This program primarily involves the assessment of a site’s Process Safety systems by independent and credible third-party teams of industry-qualified process safety expert assessors. Through the use of industry-developed protocols that span over 1,000 questions in total, the site assessments evaluate both the quality of the written programs and the effectiveness of field implementation in eight focus areas: Leadership, Management of Change, Mechanical Integrity, Safe Work Practices, Operating Practices, Facility Siting, Process Hazards Analysis, and HF Alkylation/API RP 751. This presentation will provide an overview of the program and present some the learnings, trends and benchmarking developed from the assessments.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 CCPS Process Safety Metrics: A Global Approach »
Speaker(s): Richard Sarnie, AIChE
The use of global metrics is essential for companies and industries who strive to understand their process safety incidents and to improve performance. These metrics are an important component in the comparison and evaluation of site to site, or unit to unit, performance within a company, and to help determine where focus is needed and resources should be allocated. This presentation will discuss the CCPS metrics tools, and ongoing work towards global metrics.
Track ABCDE - C: Plant Managers Hot Topics
Leader(s): Steve Ferrer, ProSys
Co-Leader(s): Jack McVaugh, Environmental Technology & Management
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 Knowledge Management (KM) »
Speaker(s): Kerr Wall, BASF
Knowledge Management (KM) is defined as the systematic approach of getting the right people the right information at the right time using the right media. This information can then be transformed into actionable information, which creates knowledge. Companies build KM programs to help train and onboard a dynamic workforce, manage knowledge loss from retirees and employees leaving the organization, reduce duplication of effort, and help increase productivity of searching for information. This presentation will explore a KM strategy that focuses on 1) knowledge capture, 2) knowledge transfer, and 3) knowledge sharing, and will discuss the process around building communities of practice for knowledge sharing.
9:20 to 9:30 Break
9:30 to 10:20 Lessons Learned From Recent Incidents and Upcoming Regulatory Initiatives »
Speaker(s): Dr. Sam Mannan, Texas A&M Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
Recent incidents provide a wealth of lessons learned and an important foundation for understanding, identifying, and eliminating root causes, in order to prevent recurrence of these incidents. Root causes are usually deficiencies in safety management systems. In this paper, multiple case histories are analyzed to understand the common similarities between process incidents. The objective of this presentation is to focus on learning common lessons from recent incidents in order to prevent recurrences of similar incidents. In addition, recent incidents have also resulted in various government actions. In response to an Executive Order issued by the president of the United States, different government agencies are developing various legislative initiatives. This presentation will also provide a summary of these initiatives.
10:20 to 10:30 Break
10:30 to 12:00 Human Factors and Industrial Incidents, and How Do You Evaluate Incidents Caused by Human Factors? »
Speaker(s): John Rhodes, Motiva, Steve Thompson, EPA Region 6
Session One: Steve Thompson, Chief of the Air Enforcement Branch for EPA Region 6 will provide an overview of EPA’s Authorities relating to chemical accident prevention, and will share information on frequent areas of noncompliance identified through EPA’s investigations. The presentation will include specific case studies and will include an overview of human factors that have contributed to chemical accidents and accidental releases. Session Two: When faced with an incident involving human factors, the investigator can choose different approaches. This brief presentation explores concepts from a sampling of published literature and how an investigator can begin to apply different perspectives to industrial incidents. Concepts introduced here are suggested as a starting point for further personal study.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA TBA Dan Borné, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association
1:30 to 2:20 Plant Managers Roundtable Forum Part One »
Speaker(s): Tom Yura, BASF
Restricted to facility managers ONLY and moderated by Tom Yura, this session will address key topics of particular interest to plant managers, including important current industry issues and best practices.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Plant Managers Roundtable Forum Part Two »
Speaker(s): Tom Yura, BASF
A continuation of Plant Manager Roundtable Forum Part One. Restricted to facility managers ONLY and moderated by Tom Yura, this session will address key topics of particular interest to plant managers, including important current industry issues and best practices.
Track ABCDE - D: Environmental Compliance
Leader(s): Laura Burnett, Noltex
Co-Leader(s): Tim Mann, Noltex
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 The Anatomy of an Environmental, Health, & Safety Audit »
Speaker(s): Derek Seal, Winstead PC
Since 1995, thousands of entities have evaluated compliance, discovered and disclosed violations, and taken corrective actions under the incentives and protections provided by the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act (Act). Regulated entities should be aware of the anatomy of an audit conducted under the Act, and how the Act has been implemented over the first 20 years in existence.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Successfully Navigating Common Pitfalls in RMP Audits and Inspections »
Speaker(s): Roberto Gasparini, Spirit Environmental; Becky Kirk, Spirit Environmental
This session will prepare you to tackle your next Risk Management Plan audit. First, the presentation will explore considerations for internally-driven self-audits, including deficiencies commonly identified by EPA that can easily be corrected. It will then focus on tasks to accomplish before, during, and after an EPA inspection to make it successful.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Recent Developments in the Mass Emission Cap and Trade Program »
Speaker(s): Shanon DiSorbo, DiSorbo Consulting
This presentation will be an update on the mass emission cap and trade program in Texas and Louisiana. Topics will include recent developments in state and federal regulations and guidance, and recent industry emission controls strategy that affect market price and demand.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA TBA Dan Borné, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association
1:30 to 2:20 Challenges & Updates in LDAR »
Speaker(s): Colin Sheffield, BLOC Environmental Solutions, Deever Bradley, ERM, Rex Moses, LDARtools Inc.
This session will be a panel discussion regarding updates and challenges in leak detection and repair programs.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Disclosing and Responding to the Regulator »
Speaker(s): Laura LaValle, Beveridge & Diamond
Presenter Laura LaValle will conduct an interactive session covering developments in voluntary and mandatory disclosures under Texas, Louisiana, and federal air laws – including strategies for self-audit disclosures, EPA Section 114 request responses, and Title V deviation, emissions event and MACT/NESHAP/NSPS reporting.
Track ABCDE - E: Award Winning Best Practices
Leader(s): Bill Shaw, Evergreen Industrial Services
Co-Leader(s): Brad Bull, Zachry Group
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Ron Curry, EPA Region VI
8:30 to 9:20 The HBR Award Process »
Speaker(s): Amanda Allred, Houston Area Safety Council
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.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 The Team Leader Perspective »
Speaker(s): Mike Fipps, The Dow Chemical Company
Safety audits are conducted by teams of owner and contractor representatives at the Contractor’s work site. Site management and field employees are interviewed to verify that the written safety policies and procedures have been implemented at the work site. This provides an opportunity for team members to see what others are doing to improve safety performance and take the good ideas back to their respective companies and work sites. The audit team leaders with assistance from the Mentors and team members compile the audit scores and determine the level of achievement for each Contractor and identify the Best in each Category.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Short Service Workers Program »
Speaker(s): Sergio Garcia, Evergreen Environmental
This session will examine the services Evergreen Environmental uses to identify short service workers and evaluate their progress.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: TBA TBA TBA Dan Borné, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association
1:30 to 2:20 The Red Key Program »
Speaker(s): Candice Johnson, Axion Logistics, Sharon McDougle, Axion Logistics
As part of the Red Key Program, each employee is issued a red key. The employees carry their keys with them at all times as a symbol of being the key to safety, using the key to intervene when we see an unsafe act. Come explore how the Red Key Program has impacted safety and behavior at Axion Logistics.
2:20 to 2:50 Break
2:50 to 3:40 Humanizing the Project »
Speaker(s): Steve Derbyshire, S&B Engineering and Construction
This session will explore how S&B Engineering and Construction energizes, engages, and promotes positivity within its workforce to provide avenues by which its employees can better themselves, share information, and implement safety and care.