CRMA Environment, Health & Safety Summit
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Chattanooga Convention Center
8:00am – 4:30pm
3 Keynote Presentations | 16 Breakout Sessions
In its 7 year history, the annual Environment, Health & Safety Summit has attracted participants from all across the Tri-State area. It brings together professionals who are engaged in creating and applying new methods to address and resolve environmental issues in various fields.
Each presenter has intimate knowledge in the subjects they will be presenting, and the format allows for participants to choose the various topics that are important to them in their work environment.
TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management Training Initiatives
presented by: Janet Dutto, TDEC Division of Solid Waste Management
The Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) continues to upgrade and improve our service to our customers Statewide. This includes training our staff in the technical areas required to achieve consistent compliance inspections, enforcement, and permitting support. In the past year, the Division of Solid Waste Management has launched additional training offerings to the private sector and regulated community. The presentation provides an overview of all the training courses, certifications, and workshops currently offered by the Division. Particular focus is given to highlighting the new training courses being made available to the regulated communities in the areas of:
– Solid Waste Inspections (Statewide Uniform Inspection Training – SUIT)
– Hazardous Waste Inspections (Hazardous Waste Inspector Training – HWIT)
– Sampling and Analysis Training (SAT)
Complaint or Compliant? How to Keep the Regulatory Agencies Off Your Back & Your Neighbors Happy
presented by: Daniel Chuquin & Donovan Grimwood, Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
It’s often challenging to keep regulatory agencies off your back and though smaller businesses tend to float around undetected, eventually someone will knock on your door. Environmental regulations exist to protect your health, your neighbors’ health, and the water, air, and soil that feeds and supports us. The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) helps small business understand regualtions and provides them with free and confidential guidance to become compliant. This session will provide an overview of the SBEAP program, a discussion of two common Federal rules that affect manufacturers, updates on TN Air Pollution Control permitting, examples of previous assistance provided, and a brief discussion on best practices and environmental sustainability.
Tennessee Green Star Partnership (TGSP) & Pollution Prevention (P2)
presented by: Caleb Powell, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) provides a number of sustainability programs for the business sector. Two of these programs are the Tennessee Green Star Partnership (TGSP) and our Pollution Prevention (P2) initiatives, which provide resources for Tennessee’s manufacturers to help reduce water and energy usage and waste generation. The presentation will cover TDEC’s business oriented sustainability programs and services.
TGSP recognizes Tennessee manufacturers that are committed to sustainability and that exhibit continuous improvement throughout their entire operation. Sharing successes, networking, and best management practices are just a few of the opportunities TGSP offers to its members. The program is partially funded through an EPA Pollution Prevention Grant designed to assist with the implementation of pollution prevention technical assistance services and/or training for manufacturers. The grant also supports projects that utilize pollution prevention techniques to reduce and/or eliminate pollution from air, water and/or land. TGSP’s objectives promote the health and well-being of all Tennesseans and help stimulate economic development through avoided operational costs, supporting the Governor’s priorities. This public/private partnership has resulted in many positive environmental outcomes including significant CO2e emissions reductions through waste diversion and increased energy efficiency, supporting TDEC’s priorities.
How Green is Your City? Chattanooga, Nashville and Other Case Studies
presented by:G. Dodd Galbreath, Founding Director and Associate Professor, Lipscomb University, Institute for Sustainable Practice, College of Leadership and Public Service
Chattanooga and Nashville have long sought to become the greenest cities in Tennessee and the Southeast. But, what really is a sustainable city? The presentation will review key distinctives of a sustainable city and provide examples of other cities whose metrics provide a clearer cut measure from which to compare Nashville’s and Chattanooga’s sustainability performance and where they can improve. The presentation will specifically address energy, buildings, natural and human infrastructure, waste, food, transportation, and social and economic opportunity. The presentation will also address professional and educational pathways to influence and benefit from sustainability in your practice area and in your community. These distinctives and concepts will be cross linked to traditional environmental health and safety and emerging concerns for community resilience and climate adaptation.
Effective Safety & Health Programs with Behavioral Based Safety
presented by: Laura Hall, Roadtec
As the safety culture at Roadtec has significantly changed since 2018, the company has sustained a 0.0 Incident Rate, comparing to the previoud IR of 2.97. The presentation will focus on successful Safety and Health Programs by using Behaviors Based Safety techniques and ways to make Safety and Health fun and engaging. These techniques and ideas are effective in getting your employees involved, interested and caring about Safety and Health.
Environmental Enforcement in the Trump Era-2019
presented by: J. Wayne Cropp, Baker Donelson
This presentation will focus on the major trends and recent developments in environmental enforcement at the federal and state level. It begins with an overview of the impact of the current administration on environmental agency enforcement initiatives, includes a discussion on US EPA and TDEC priorities, and moves to a focus on enforcement programs covering air, water and hazardous wastes. The presentation will cover the big issues and trends driving enforcement in the current regulatory environment, including:
– global issues driving enforcement
– compliance assurance verses enforcement
– emerging issues
– technology developments
– citizen activism
Vapor Intrusion: An Unseen Risk
presented by: Chelsea Williams, K.S. Ware & Associates
Historical records and previous environmental assessment reports indicated a release of chlorinated VOCs occurred from subsurface chemical lines resulted in TCE-impacted groundwater partially below a large industrial facility. Areas within this facility contained a metal cleaning and plating operation, solvent degreasing facility, a demineralizer area, a welding lab, and a paint-spray booth. All effluents associated with these operations were transferred to underground chemical sewer lines for disposal. Although these areas were deactivated, underground chemical lines were abandoned, and there were subsequently no additional inputs to the system, the method used for abandonment is unknown. To determine risk to human health at the facility, an investigation of the ambient air, indoor air, and sub-slab soil gas was conducted. TCE and its degradation products, (DCE, and Vinyl Chloride) were detected in several locations under the building, and two locations exceeded the State soil gas standards for industrial or commercial use. Based upon these results, confirmatory samples were collected and remediation was implemented. Through vapor intrusion sampling, risk assessment, and mitigation, the facility was able to protect its workers from an otherwise unseen risk.
Maximizing the Industrial Hygiene Consultant Visit
presented by:Larry McDermott, CIH Safety & Security Manager, Wacker Polysilicon
The purpose of this presentation is to provide methods and techniques to maximize the effects of an industrial hygiene consultant visit to a site which has limited industrial hygiene experience or support. Many sites utilize industrial hygiene services provided by workman’s compensation carriers or state industry assistance groups. These visits often have limited prior planning or coordination and result in limited data or inconclusive results. This presentation will present site safety or production management methods to better prepare for these limited visits. Topics to be discussed include:
– Reasons and regulatory requirements for performing industrial hygiene assessments
– Performing exposure assessments
– Defining what a Similar Exposure Group (SEG) is and the basic of developing a SEG for a work place
– Assisting the visiting IH in developing a monitoring plan and potential pitfalls in not having enough coordination
– Alternative sampling methods that a smaller employer can implement with limited IH support
OSHA Hot Topics & Workplace Safety
presented by:Michael Mallen, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
Workplaces and manufacturing facilities are ever-evolving, as are OSHA’s regulations and interpretations. This presentation will focus on OSHA regulatory changes and a practical conversation on how to proactively recognize and manage workplace hazards.
It Depends: How to Create Policies the Employees will Actually Follow
presented by: Joseph Stokes, M.Ed., Peak Performance Inc.
There is never an “always”, it is “it depends”. Using this thought process added to lessons learned in leadership and LEAN will create safety, environmental and standard work policies that employees “own” and take price in while following.
presented by: Sam Taylor, Marion Environmental Inc.
In this session, Mr. Taylor will share his knowledge from over 12 years of experience in hazardous material, environmental and industrial industries. Throughout his career, Mr. Taylor has responded to numerous hazardous material releases for industries such as oil, gas, chemical, energy and rail. In addition, he has responded to numerous hazardous releases for state and federal agencies. Mr. Taylor has a proven track record of hazardous analysis and mitigation, emergency response, project safety audits, regulatory interpretation and compliance, incident investigation and reporting, air monitoring protocols, and all phases of HSE planning and training.