Environment, Health & Safety Summit

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Chattanooga Convention Center

3 Keynote Presentations
Breakout Sessions Featuring: Air, Water, Waste, and Health & Safety

In its 5 year history, the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association Environment, Health & Safety Summit has attracted participants from all across the regional 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.

Cost to Attend:
CRMA Members – $100
Non-Members – $150
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Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities Available:
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Keynote Presentations:
Miller Industries, 2017 Manufacturers Excellence Environment Awards Recipient
Environmental Panel: Harry McCann, TDEC / Willa Kalaidjian, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC / Will Kelley, Miller Industries
Steve Hawkins, TOSHA Administrator

Breakout Sessions include:
Lessons Learned: The Most Common Issues and Gaps Found in Environmental Compliance Audits (Nikki Chavez, iSi Environmental) – Environmental audits can serve as a useful tool when looking to identify gaps, or even a starting point, for new and existing facilities. In this presentation, Nikki will identify the most common environmental gaps and trouble points she’s observed in the areas of waste, water, air and overall compliance.
Impact of Air Regulatory Changes (Roger Akel, ERM) – This presentation will shed light on regulatory requirements that are being rolled back and new regulatory requirements that are being implemented. The presentation will summarize changes with respect to Greenhouse Gases, the list of Hazardous Air Pollutants, Designation of Non-attainment Areas for the 2015 Ozone Standard, Air Quality Analyses with respect to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration program and the Risk Management Plan program.
Homeland Security Compliance & Your Chemicals of Interest – For manufacturers, complying with Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in 6 CFR Part 27 is not only about regulatory compliance, but also facility security, pollution prevention, and risk management. This presentation illustrates: how the CFATS standards apply to your facility; Homeland Security’s “tierring” methodology for each regulated facility; an overview of the regulations; how to use the online submittal portal; how to create a successful Site Security Plan; the CFATS re-submission schedule; how to prepare for and what to expect from Homeland Security inspections; and the latest CFATS updates.
Environmental Law Update: Environmental Policy in the Trump Administration 2017 (J. Wayne Cropp, Baker Donelson) – Reprising his presentation to the CRMA Environmental Summit one day after the surprising results of the Presidential Election in 2016, Mr. Cropp will address the impact of President Trump’s election on environmental regulation in this country and what the future may hold for corporate America.
Near Miss Reporting & Root Cause Investigations (Matt Tudor, Tennessee American Water Company) – Tennessee American Water has successfully implemented a near miss reporting program that keeps customers and employees safe. Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) capable events are investigated using TapRooT root cause investigation methods. Near miss reporting has increased over 250 percent since its first year in operation.
Focusing on Return on Investment (ROI) to Achieve Environmental Improvements with Food Manufacturers (Albert Tieche, UTCIS) – The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS) recently developed an assessment protocol for identifying and evaluating opportunities for food manufacturers to reduce energy usage, water consumption, and solid waste costs. The assessment team involved engineers, with varying engineering expertise, that gathered and analyzed data, identified opportunities to improve energy efficiency and industrial wastewater treatment, and evaluated each opportunity based on Return on Investment (ROI) criterion. The opportunities, identified in the initial project will result in approximately $500,000 in annual savings with a capital outlay of $1,000,000.
Innovative Approaches for Achieving Nutrient Based NPDES Limits (Jessie Fears, Geosyntec Consultants) – This presentation will provide an overview of watershed management strategies and pollutant trading programs, the current status of water quality regulations and how they impact dischargers in Tennessee, and the details about a lab study conducted by Geosyntec to investigate biofiltration media to be used as an innovative stormwater treatment mechanism for achieving permit compliance.
Another Pair of Eyes & A Fresh Look – Why You Should Focus and Refocus on Safety and Health Compliance (Michael Mallen & Neil Brunetz, Miller & Martin, PLLC) – The presentation will contain descriptions of the fundamental roles of OSHA and related state plan agencies, as well as employer requirements under OSHA standards. More importantly, the presentation will contain a “hot topics” section, which, in 2017, is extremely relevant. OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor have revised multiple regulations including Cooperative EPA and OSHA prosecutions; 8-% increase in OSHA penalties; hazard communication and right-to-know compliance; obligations for recording and for electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses; and obligations under certain whistleblower situations.
“But It Came That Way”: The Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountability of Machine Guarding (Adam Haroz, Conversion Technology, Inc.) – OSHA is getting stricter, both with regulations and enforcement, on machine guarding violations. Despite this move towards greater expectations from industry, there is still a large cultural gap between employers and machine manufacturers on who is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the machinery is guarded. This presentation will explore the gap between employers and machine manufacturers, and shine a light on internal inspections as well as explore different methods for identifying, and therefore abating, machine guarding issues.
An Operational Excellence Approach to Sustainability Improvements (Peter Flaherty, Environmental Resource Management) – Manufacturing companies are under increasing pressure to achieve energy and water resource efficiency improvements; however, facility management is likely frustrated by the traditional solutions that have focused on capital improvements, which often have unfavorable return on investment due to the relatively low unit costs of energy and water. In the alternative, ERM’s Quick Environmental Savings Technique (QUEST) resource efficiency methodology focuses on operational excellence by revealing no and low-cost measures, typically missed by traditional energy and resource efficiency service providers.
Developing and Effective Safety Program (Tim Hoback, EPB) – An effective safety program must have a definite plan of action designed to prevent accidents and occupational diseases in the workplace. Because our organizations differ, a program developed for one organization cannot necessarily be expected to meet the needs of another. This session will discuss the general elements of an effective safety program. This approach should help organizations in developing programs to deal with their specific organizational needs.



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Nov 15 2017


08:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Chattanooga Convention Center

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