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.