Tuesday

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Track ABCDE - A: How to Manage your Waste and Water Issues
Leader(s): Sherman Hampton, ExxonMobil
Co-Leader(s): Sandra Nichols
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Cooling Water Intake Structures Rule for Existing Facilities »
Speaker(s): Lial Tischler, Tischler/Kocurek
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted final regulations for cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at existing and Phase 1 facilities in July 2014. The final rule changes NPDES permit application requirements and establishes technology requirements for CWIS at 40 CFR 125 Subpart J. The rule became effective on October 11, 2014. This presentation will discuss the principal requirements of the final rule and their implications to existing facilities that have intake structures that are subject to the rule. The requirements of the final rule, which will be implemented through NPDES discharge permit conditions, will impact all existing industrial facilities that remove surface water from waters of the US for cooling.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 2014 Definition of Solid Waste Revisions and Developing a Sustainable Waste Minimization Program »
Speaker(s): Catriona V. Smith, CH2M HILL
This presentation will discuss the recently proposed changes to the definition of solid waste as it relates to hazardous secondary materials recycling, reviewing the rule changes and what these mean to daily operations, record keeping, reporting, and emergency planning for facilities who currently or plan to recycle hazardous secondary materials either on-site or off-site with a commercial recycler. This session will also explore ways to leverage your waste minimization plan to really save money by engaging employee ideas to reduce water usage, waste disposal costs, and identify other recycling options.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Whole Effluent Toxicity Effluent Limits – A Case Study »
Speaker(s): Sherman Hampton, ExxonMobil
Based on periodic sublethal failures and therefore a determination of Reasonable Potential (RP), MBPP permit renewal in 2014 was issued with sublethal WET limits that go into effect June 2016. In response to this, MBPP formed a multi-disciplinary team to determine the root cause and develop corrective actions to ensure compliance. Total dissolved solids, clarifier additive, cooling tower corrosion inhibitor, zinc and aluminum were determined to be the potential causes of WET failures. Efforts are underway to implement mitigation for each of the potential causes of WET failures
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Texas Water Development Board Updates »
Speaker(s): Carlos Rubinstein, Texas Water Development Board
In 2013, the Texas Legislature and voters created the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). Two billion dollars was then transferred from the Rainy Day Fund into SWIFT, a loan program that will provide affordable financing for communities to develop water projects in the state water plan. These projects will help prepare the state for growth and help address the effects of drought on water supplies. Since SWIFT’s creation, the TWDB has been implementing the legislation and developing the fund’s framework. On February 3, 2015, TWDB received the first funding applications for SWIFT. The TWDB anticipates closing the loans on the prioritized projects by the end of 2015.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Understanding and Navigating the TRRP Program »
Speaker(s): James Burgess, Sage Environmental Consulting
The standards established by the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) are used by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and other Texas regulators to determine response action requirements (cleanup requirements) for remediation sites. The 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. This session will review the TRRP related topics including determining which releases are subject to TRRP; Spills, Emergency Response; TRRP Guidance and Forms; PCL Tables; APARs; Remediation; and Laboratory Accreditation Program
Track ABCDE - B: Safety Under the Hat
Leader(s): Pat Daigle
Co-Leader(s): Kathy Cameron
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Three Steps to Shift your Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
Culture plays a critical role in the safety performance of organizations, yet most of us have a hard time explaining in practical terms what culture is. This is one of the reasons why so many organizations struggle to change their safety culture. This session will begin by explaining safety culture in very practical terms, and then will draw from research to provide a clear approach for positively changing the culture within an organization. Common “culture-change pitfalls” will be discussed, and then three simple steps will be provided, which leaders from the front line to the board room can use to shape their organizations’ safety cultures.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Safety Affects More Than Just You »
Speaker(s): Bill Shaw
How many safety incidents affect just one person? Safety incidents normally have a ripple affect from the person having the incident, to co-workers, to the employee's family. This presentation will explore how to define accountability for employees. Attendees will also see ways to get employees to take ownership of their own safety.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Why It Makes Sense to Tolerate Risk »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
Some employees are regrettably willing to take risks, as though they believe that they cannot be injured. After exploring some of the surprisingly salient factors behind employees’ decisions to act unsafely, attendees of this talk will be in a better position to address the challenge of risk tolerance in their organizations. Attendees will also leave this talk with an understanding of why they sometimes tolerate risk that they should not, equipping them to be more mindful and safer on the job.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Getting to Great »
Speaker(s): Edu Araujo, Orion Engineered Carbons
What are the steps to implementing a top tier, globally recognized EHS Strategy? Find out one company’s approach to identify what is important for the organization, and how they identified focus areas using employee engagement, industry best practices, and statistical analysis. This session will also explore how they are approaching the implementation and execution of the strategy, the selection of supporting systems, communication, techniques, and metrics.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 It Can Happen »
Speaker(s): Roby Plemons
How long does an explosion last? What happens in an instant can last for a lifetime. Hear the story of an event that occurred March 27, 2000, when a tank containing an unstable chemical exploded. Four workers suffered third-degree burns on 40 percent to 50 percent of their bodies and endured years of physical and mental pain. Listen to the impact it had on the life of one man, his family, and his co-workers.
Track ABCDE - C: Process Safety
Leader(s): James R. Thompson, ABS Consulting
Co-Leader(s): Parfait Miakatsindila
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Process Safety Regulation in Flux: An Update on Proposals for Change »
Speaker(s): Scott Elliott, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Spurred by recent accidents, process safety regulations have come under intense scrutiny in recent years. This heightened focus has led to calls for change, and has prompted serious consideration of sweeping revisions to process safety regulations at both state and federal levels. OSHA and EPA have issued requests for information regarding potential changes to the PSM and RMP regulations, the state of California has proposed major changes to the management of process safety at refineries, and the CSB has designated PSM modernization as one of its “Most Wanted” safety improvements. The recommendations and proposals from these entities touch on nearly every aspect of existing process safety regulations. This presentation will discuss the background and current status of the changes being considered, and evaluate the impacts of these changes on industry.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Preventing Process Safety Culture Disease in Petrochemical Operations »
Speaker(s): Steve Arendt, ABS Consulting
Investigations of major accidents increasingly find that organizational factors, such as lack of a good safety culture or poor operational discipline, are causal factors. Considering the breadth and complexity of the operations in the petrochemical sector, there is increasing importance for companies to formally evaluate and manage their safety culture. This presentation will illustrate a simple method for companies to use in screening themselves to see if they have the onset of safety culture disease by correlating key performance indicators to culture factors. Such weaknesses represent the current "disease states" for these companies. In several cases, we were able to determine the historical disease pathways, i.e. what was it in the corporate culture that led to degradation over time. This paper will present various safety culture failure modes that companies can take effective preventive measure to guard against. We will summarize the lessons from a number of case study evaluations, characterize common culture degradation patterns among these different companies and provide suggestions for "vaccinating" companies against future process safety culture disease.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Guidelines for PSM Implementation »
Speaker(s): James R. Thompson, ABS Consulting
This presentation will summarize the content of "Guidelines for PSM Implementation, Second Edition," a new CCPS book that will be published this summer. This session will discuss determining PSM system implementation and peformance, preparing for PSM change, and integrating PSM with Business Management Systems. Examples of how sites/companies can implement a new PSM system, add new elements to an existing PSM system, and improve existing PSM elements will be shared.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Application of API 756 and Comparison with API 753 »
Speaker(s): Mark Whitney, ABS Consulting
API 756 provides guidance on siting tents for explosion, fire, and toxic hazards. API 756 utilizes the Zoning Approach in API 753 (Zones 1, 2, and 3 for portable buildings), which are distance-based separation tied to congested volume. The differences in the application of these zones for tents will also be discussed.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Process Safety from a Contractors Perspective »
Speaker(s): Roy Dalby, Zachry
Zachry placed much of their attention on personnel safety in the past, but eventually realized that although they were compliant in the areas of process safety, it was an area that may not have been as well understood by their employees and sometimes may have been thought to be more of the responsibility of plant personnel. To further their commitment to the safety of their employees and the facilities in which they work, they heightened their focus to raise awareness regarding process safety. This presentation will highlight or progress and the key initiatives that are driving their improvement in process safety.
Track ABCDE - D: Emergency Response
Leader(s): Richard Bass
Co-Leader(s): Tim Mann
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Initial Onscene Commander: What You Must Know »
Speaker(s): Gordon Lohmeyer, CFPS, TEEX
What can we do to ensure that an Initial On-Scene Commander, or the first person arriving on the scene of an incident, has the necessary skills to positively shape their response? The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), in corporation with numerous leaders in the Industrial emergency response field, has developed a program to address the perceived need to have competent and qualified Initial On-scene Commanders. This session will explore their goal to provide skillsets to the response community so they will be able to lead the initial incident response utilizing tactics and strategies needed to slow the expansion of a complex industrial incident.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 TX TF1 Response to the West, Texas Ammonium Nitrate Explosion »
Speaker(s): Danny Snell, Texas Task Force One Urban Search & Rescue
On April 17, 2013 an early evening fire at a local fertilizer plant would forever change the lives of the citizens of West, TX. Texas Task Force 1 responded to perform search and rescue operations at the blast site and affected neighborhood. Hear the first-hand story from one of the Task Force Leaders tasked with this operation.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Confined Space Rescue »
Speaker(s): David Owens, Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems
Are we meeting the minimum standard of training and/are we setting a standard of competency? This session will explore this by looking into OSHA 1910.146, breaking it down to evaluate what we are doing in the industrial world of rescue. This session will also discussing building a team, pre-plans, and the execution of rescue with competency.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 I’ll Call It! Too Many (Trained) Folks are Going Down! »
Speaker(s): David Owens, Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems
What do we actually get out of the OSHA 1910.120 standard? This session will breaking down the 5 steps to secure success, as well as how these steps fit into what we do daily in our facilities, and how to bridge training with emergency response plans, procedures, and when the alarm goes off.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 How to Prepare for the Three Phases of an Incident »
Speaker(s): Seth Brooks, INVISTA
This Emergency Planning/Response Presentation focuses on helping attendees prepare for the three phases of an incident: preparing for an Incident, how to handle the issues which come up during an incident, what to think about to address issues after an incident. While many of us think we know we are very well prepared, there is always an opportunity to hone our skills in this arena. The presenters of this session bring over 60 years of combined experience in safety, health and emergency response and will provide attendees with food for thought, and ideas they should consider to address all three phases of an incident.
Track ABCDE - E: Employee Health
Leader(s): Bob Brennecke
Co-Leader(s): Amanda Baxter
7:30 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Ethical Decision-Making Tools for Enhancing Organizational Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Dr. Robert Emery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Safety culture, good or bad, is the sum product of many individual ethical decisions, yet the notion of ethical safety decision-making is not often discussed. This presentation will describe ethical dilemmas safety professionals and others can encounter, and how the decisions that are made can impact an organization’s overall safety culture. A set of ethical decision-making tools will be presented, along with a suggested path forward for actually improving safety culture within an organization.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 API RP 755 Update »
Speaker(s): Bill Davis, Circadian Technologies
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Reducing OSHA Recordability by Standardizing Pre-Placement Exams »
Speaker(s): Dr. Thomas Hysler, MD, MPH, Houston Area Safety Council
With both an aging workforce and an epidemic of chronic disease and pre-existing injuries, more attention needs to be focused on identifying risks that could lead to injury and OSHA recordability. This discussion will look at the steps needed to identify these potential risks, the recommended pre-employment and return-to-work examinations, as well as tips to navigate through frivolous recordable injuries.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Screening Tool for Musculoskeletal Injuries and Illnesses »
Speaker(s): Tim King, Syngenta, Todd Bartow, Rubicon
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Energy Drinks: Benefit or Hazard in the Workplace? »
Speaker(s): Robert Manuel, Huntsman
A entertaining and interactive discussion about the effects of energy drinks and sleep deprivation on the job, as well as how some companies are reducing fatigue. The session will then discuss the new API 755 standard, which requires days off.