Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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