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
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Cooling Water Intake Structures Rule for Existing Facilities »
Speaker(s): Lial Tischler, Tischler/Kocurek
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted final regulations for cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at existing and Phase 1 facilities in July 2014. The final rule changes NPDES permit application requirements and establishes technology requirements for CWIS at 40 CFR 125 Subpart J. The rule became effective on October 11, 2014. This presentation will discuss the principal requirements of the final rule and their implications to existing facilities that have intake structures that are subject to the rule. The rule has a broad definition of CWIS that are subject to the best technology available (BTA) requirements for minimizing impingement and entrainment of aquatic organisms. Any existing facility with a design flow of greater than 2 million gallons/day (MGD) that used 25% or more of its intake water for cooling is subject to BTA. The final BTA requirements are extensive and potentially onerous including, for larger facilities, extensive long-term monitoring of impingement and entrainment. Plants that use closed-circuit recirculating cooling systems (i.e., cooling tower) are defined as having BTA for both impingement and entrainment, but will still have significant permit application requirements and some monitoring requirements. The requirements of the final rule, which will be implemented through NPDES discharge permit conditions, will impact all existing industrial facilities that remove surface water from Waters of the U.S. for cooling.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Sustainable Waste Minimization Program »
Speaker(s): Catriona V. Smith, CH2M HILL
Do you want to leverage your Waste Minimization Plan to really save money by engaging employee ideas to reduce water usage, waste disposal costs and identify other recycling options? This presentation will look at an alternative way of developing a multimedia waste minimization program that looks across media within your organization, takes advantage of a bottom-up approach and will ultimately provide a waste minimization program that will not just be a document on the shelf, but can be implemented with buy-in from all staff levels. We will discuss benchmarking against your industry peers and developing an incentive program to encourage participation and follow-through with ideas tracking and recognition.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Whole Effluent Toxicity Challengs »
Speaker(s): Sherman Hampton, ExxonMobil
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Texas Water Development Board Updates »
Speaker(s): Carlos Rubinstein, Texas Water Development Board
In 2013, the Texas Legislature and voters created the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). Two billion dollars was then transferred from the Rainy Day Fund into SWIFT, a loan program that will provide affordable financing for communities to develop water projects in the state water plan. These projects will help prepare the state for growth and help address the effects of drought on water supplies. Since SWIFT’s creation, the TWDB has been implementing the legislation and developing the fund’s framework. On February 3, 2015, TWDB received the first funding applications for SWIFT. The TWDB anticipates closing the loans on the prioritized projects by the end of 2015. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is a water science, planning, and financing agency.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Understanding and Navigating the TRRP Program »
Speaker(s): James Burgess, Sage Environmental Consulting
The standards established by the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) are used by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and other Texas regulators to determine response action requirements (cleanup requirements) for remediation sites. The TRRP Rule (30 TAC 350) and conforming rule changes were originally published in the Texas Register and became effective in September 1999. The subjects that are covered are so assorted that the TCEQ has now published twenty-six TRRP guidance documents with additional memorandum, and identified nine additional topics that warrant guidance, thus far unpublished. Please join us as we review the TRRP related topics of: • Determining which releases are subject to TRRP • Spills, Emergency Response • TRRP Guidance and Forms • PCL Tables • APARs • Remediation • Laboratory Accreditation Program
Track ABCDE - B: Safety Under the Hat
Leader(s): Pat Daigle
Co-Leader(s): Kathy Cameron
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 3 STEPS TO SHIFT YOUR SAFETY CULTURE »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
Culture plays a critical role in organizations’ safety performance, yet most of us have a hard time explaining in practical terms what culture is. This is one of the reasons why so many organizations struggle to change their safety culture. This talk starts by explaining safety culture in very practical terms, and then draws from research to provide a clear approach for positively changing the culture within an organization. Common “culture-change pitfalls” are discussed, and then three simple steps are provided, which leaders from the front line to the board room can use to shape their organizations’ safety cultures.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Safety Affects More Than Just You »
Speaker(s): Bill Shaw
How many safety incidents affect just one person? Safety incidents normally have a ripple affect from the person having the incident, to co-workers, to the employee's family. This presentation will explore how to define accountability for employees. Attendees will also see ways to get employees to take ownership of their own safety.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Why It Makes Sense to Tolerate Risk »
Speaker(s): Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group
Some employees are regrettably willing to take risks, as though they believe that they cannot be injured. This talk explores the role that “salience” plays in people’s decisions to take risks. Those things that are more obvious and significant from one person’s point of view are said to be more salient, and therefore play a greater role in determining the person’s behavior. After exploring some of the surprisingly salient factors behind employees’ decisions to act unsafely, attendees of this talk will be in a better position to address the challenge of risk tolerance in their organizations. Attendees will also leave this talk with an understanding of why they sometimes tolerate risk that they should not, equipping them to be more mindful and safer on the job.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Getting to Great »
Speaker(s): Edu Araujo, Orion Engineered Carbons
What are the steps to implementing a top tier, globally recognized EHS Strategy? Find out one company’s approach to identify what is important for the organization, how they identified focus areas using employee engagement, industry best practices and statistical analysis. Also how they are approaching the implementation and execution of the strategy, the selection of supporting systems, communication, techniques and metrics. You will hear from a nationally recognized EHS leader on his journey to create world class EHS processes to deliver top quartile results in the chemical industry.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Open »
Track ABCDE - C: Process Safety
Leader(s): James R. Thompson, ABS Consulting
Co-Leader(s): Parfait Miakatsindila
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Open »
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Process Safety from a Contractors Perspective »
Speaker(s): Roy Dalby, Zachry
Zachry has long been a recognized leader in Safety within the Industries in which we work. With much of our attention on Personnel Safety in the past, we realized that although we were compliant in the areas of Process Safety, it was an area that may not have been as well understood by our employees and sometimes may have been thought to be more of the responsibility of plant personnel. To further our commitment to the Safety of our employees and the facilities in which we work, we have heightened our focus to raise awareness regarding Process Safety. This presentation will highlight or progress and the key initiatives that are driving our improvement in Process Safety.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Guidelines for PSM Implementation »
Speaker(s): James R. Thompson, ABS Consulting
This presentation will summarize the content of "Guidelines for PSM Implementation, Second Edition," a new CCPS book that will be published this summer. We will discuss (1) determining PSM system implementation and peformance, (2) preparing for PSM change, and (3) integrating PSM with Business Management Systems. Examples of how sites/companies can (1) implement a new PSM system, (2) add new elements to an existing PSM system, and (3) improve existing PSM elements will be shared.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Application of API 756 and Comparison with API 753 »
Speaker(s): Mark Whitney
API 756 provides guidance on siting tents for explosion, fire, and toxic hazards. API 756 utilizes the Zoning Approach in API 753 (Zones 1, 2, and 3 for portable buildings), which are distance-based separation tied to congested volume. The differences in the application of these zones for tents are discussed.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Open »
Track ABCDE - D: Emergency Response
Leader(s): Richard Bass
Co-Leader(s): Tim Mann
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Initial On-scene Commander – What You Must Know »
Speaker(s): Gordon Lohmeyer, CFPS, TEEX
On July 17, 1990 OSHA published a proposed standard - Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals. It is my firm belief PSM changed the frequency of large-scale incidents in a most positive way, but at the same time, these large-scale incidents is where many industrial responders gained a great deal of experience. In today world, the Initial On-Scene Commander, or the first person arriving on the scene, most likely will not be the most qualified, experienced or capable person for the job. What can we do to ensure this person has the necessary skills to positively shape our response? The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in corporation with numerous leaders in the Industrial emergency response field has developed a program to address the perceived need to have competent and qualified Initial On-scene Commanders. TEEX has chosen to utilize state-of-the-art software to help in the educational process of these individuals. It is our goal to provide skill sets to the response community so they will be able to lead the initial incident response utilizing tactics and strategies needed to slow the expansion of a complex industrial incident.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 TX TF1 Response to West, TX Ammonium Nitrate Explosion »
Speaker(s): Danny Snell, Texas Task Force One Urban Search & Rescue
On April 17, 2013 an early evening fire at a local fertilizer plant would forever change the lives of the citizens of West, TX. Texas Task Force 1 responded to perform search and rescue operations at the blast site and affected neighborhood. Hear the first-hand story from one of the Task Force Leaders tasked with this operation.
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Confined Space Rescue-Are we meeting the minimum standard of training and/are we setting a standard of competency? »
Speaker(s): David Owens, Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems
Will be looking into OSHA 1910.146. Breaking it down to evaluate what we are doing in the Industrial world of Rescue. Discussing building a Team, Pre-plans and execution of rescue with competency.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 I’ll call it! Too many (trained) folks are going down! »
Speaker(s): David Owens, Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems
OSHA 1910.120. What do we actually get out of this standard. We will be breaking down the 5 steps to secure success. How these steps fit into what we do daily in our facilities. How to bridge Training-Emergency response plans-Procedures-When the alarm goes off.
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 How to Prepare for the Three Phases of an Incident »
Speaker(s): Seth Brooks, INVISTA
The Emergency Planning/Response Presentation focuses on helping attendees prepare for the three phases of an incident (1.) Preparing for an Incident, (2.) How to handle the issues which come up during an incident, (3.) What to think about to address issues after an incident. While many of us think we know we are very well prepared, there is always an opportunity to hone our skills in this arena. It is so important because none of us wants to have “The Incident”, however if you have it you want to be certain you have the right tools in place to help you through it. The presenters of this session bring over 60 years of combined experience in Safety, Health and Emergency Response and will provide you with food for thought and ideas you should consider to address all three phases of an incident.
Track ABCDE - E: Employee Health
Leader(s): Bob Brennecke
Co-Leader(s): Amanda Baxter
7:00 to 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 to 9:20 Ethical Decision-Making Tools for Enhancing Organizational Safety Culture »
Speaker(s): Dr. Robert Emery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Safety culture, good or bad, is the sum product of many individual ethical decisions, yet the notion of ethical safety decision-making is not often discussed. This presentation will describe ethical dilemmas safety professionals and others can encounter, and how the decisions that are made can impact an organization’s overall safety culture. A set of ethical decision-making tools will be presented, along with a suggested path forward for actually improving safety culture within an organization.
9:20 to 9:50 Break
9:50 to 10:40 Open »
10:40 to 11:10 Break
11:10 to 12:00 Reducing OSHA Recordability by Standardizing Pre-placement exams »
Speaker(s): Thomas Hysler, MD, MPH
With both an aging workforce and an epidemic of chronic disease and pre-existing injuries, more attention needs to be focused on identifying risks that could lead to injury and OSHA recordability. This discussion will look at the steps needed to identify these potential risks, the recommended pre-employment and return-to-work examinations, as well as tips to navigate through frivolous recordable injuries.
12:00 to 1:50 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Dr. Bob Emery, Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Lunch with Exhibitors Ron Curry, US EPA Region 6 Administrator
1:50 to 2:40 Screening Tool for Musculoskeletal Injuries and Illnesses »
Speaker(s): Tim King, Syngenta
2:40 to 3:10 Break
3:10 to 4:00 Energy Drinks and Fatigue »
Speaker(s): Robert Manuel