2020 EHS Summit - A Virtual Event

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The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit is designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies.

This one-of-a-kind learning and networking conference will focus on uniting manufacturing executives from across the United States. Attendees will focus on best practices in environment, health and safety along with becoming a better leader.

This Summit promises to provide high-level safety professionals with implementable ideas they can take back to their facilities to improve their operations and achieve world-class safety.


The EHS Summit team is currently curating the agenda for this year's event. Please check back for updates!



11:00 AM     Kickoff

Troy Nix, Executive Director

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11:30 AM     Ignite Speakers

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12:00 PM     Limits on how OSHA can cite employers for General Duty Clause violations using industry consensus standards (ANSI, NFPA, etc.) in a COVID world

Nelva Smith and Bill Wahoff

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12:00 PM     Critical Incident Stress Management

Kimble Richardson

When an event, or series of events, is dramatic, sudden, shocking and overwhelms regular abilities to cope, it is called a critical incident. Studies have shown that early psychological intervention prior to and following a critical incident can help employees remain healthy and in service. Sometime talking with a peer who understands your job and work culture can be essential to creating buy-in for participating and healing. Critical Incident Stress Management is a comprehensive, integrated, systematic, and multi-modal system of crisis intervention that can educate preemptively and offer emotional support during or post events.

1:00 PM     Respiratory Protection Program (1/2-day webinar)

Phillip Walker

A half-day webinar designed for anyone working in the rubber and plastics industry needing to protect our built-in life support system- your respiratory system.  Current times have brought respiratory protection in several shapes and forms to the forefront. There are many elements within the OSHA standard that are commonly overlooked.  This is course designed to provide information for immediate practical implementation on the shop floor where the environment may pose hazards to your respiratory system. This course will cover the following topics: how to determine what style of respirator is needed, elements of a written respiratory protection program, how to incorporate other PPE elements, record keeping requirements, and medical requirements.

1:00 PM     Recordkeeping- Work Relatedness

Lisa Neuberger

Recording occupational injuries per OSHA's Part 1904 seems so simple: You need to record all work-related, new injuries that result in one or more of the general recording criteria (i.e., death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment, etc.). But it’s not always easy to determine when a case is work-related, especially during a global pandemic. This presentation will focus on OSHA’s definition of work-relatedness and give you the tools you need to quickly determine when an injury or illness meets that definition.

1:00 PM     Plastic and Rubber Processing and Industrial Stormwater: The basics of what you need to know

Seth Jacobson and Kevin Weaver

This seminar will provide a general overview of the industrial stormwater requirements focusing on specific issues within plastic and rubber processing. If you operate in this industry, there are obligations for the operator and/or owner, we will focus on how to obtain an exemption from the requirements through practical solutions and how to implement a manageable program for when it is a requirement.  For those that need a program, we will share common past management practices for the plastics and rubber industries. Finally, we will highlight future trends and some of the evolution occurring through State variances.

2:00 PM     Peer-to-Peer Networking

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3:00 PM     COVID-19 Risk Assessments and Mitigation Strategies for Manufacturers

David Yount

As essential businesses, manufacturers can reduce the risk of future COVID-19 outbreaks by assessing their current risk and taking actual steps to mitigate these risks. This Webinar will help you identify and manage COVID-19 risks to protect your employees, their families, clientele, and your communities.

3:00 PM     SDS Review – SDS 101

Denese Deeds and Chandra Gioiello

Learn the basics of evaluating and using SDS. This presentation will cover the responsibilities of the SDS recipient, how to use the SDS to improve workplace safety, and giving feedback to suppliers to improve the quality of the SDS received.

4:00 PM     Identifying the Violent Side

Scott Lowry

Workplace violence is a concern of everyone’s.  In these new times, whether it is because of reduction in the workforce, termination of an employee, or recognizing the stressors our employees are experiencing.  it is important to have a violence prevention model in place.  During this presentation, attendees will learn about targeted violence, the targeted violence process and how with an effective prevention program in place, greatly reduce the chances the workplace violence AND create a culture within the organization that will help those struggling with the stresses of life and create a safer working environment. To finish off the presentation, there will be an overview of how important it is to have a pre-planned community response should the unthinkable happen at your facility.

Thursday November 12

11:00 AM     Freeze Frame: Focus on Health & Safety- What to if OSHA's Top 10 Most Violated Citations happens to you?

Corey Briggs

Our highly energized, interactive seminar takes attendees through a tour of a fictitious worst workplace using photographs of various hazards, risks, and compliance issues. We draw on decades of experience conducting audits and inspections of diverse industries to create a high impact training session. Our facilitators discuss and test seminar participants on issues identified in the photos presented and are challenged to rank the severity, review various regulations that may apply, and share ideas regarding corrective action. Instructors and seminar participants are encouraged to share case histories that support the selected photos.

11:00 AM     Sources of Organizational Waste

Dan Walker

Wasted time, energy, and effort can be a significant drain on organizational resources. This presentation will outline the most common sources of waste in a company. I will also introduce the audience to several practical methods that can help managers eliminate waste in their organization.

12:00 PM     COOP and COVID-19: How to plan for continuity of operations during a global pandemic

Matthew McCrystal

During normal operations during blue sky days, continuity of operations planning (COOP) is important to ensure your business is ready to overcome adversity. In today’s world, during a global pandemic where the challenges of COOP are compounded, continuity planning is even more important and focuses on a new series of considerations. Considering the challenge of social distancing, many of us are still required to physically sustain a work environment, while others are teleworking out of office. Communications, information technology, new cyber security threats, and our “normal” threats and hazards must all be considered. This presentation will provide an overview of what COOP is, why it’s important, how to evaluate risk, and how to make effective changes to your plan to ensure that you and your team are available to safely continue your operations.

12:00 PM     Ignite Sessions

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1:00 PM     Intro to Environmental Regulations

Mikhail Yakhnitskiy

EPA penalties are costly for companies who don't comply with environmental regulations. Make sure you're in the know when it comes to hot environmental topics like: Stormwater permits, focusing on best management practices (BMPs); Stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP); Spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plan (SPCC); Hazardous/universal waste; Used oil; What to do if you come across contaminated soil; and What to do if you have a spill.

1:00 PM     Confined Spaces are Dangerous Places: How to Enter Safely

Barbara Knecht and Brooke Thompson

Confined spaces are dangerous places containing safety and health hazards. Implementation of confined space entry procedures is essential to entering and conducting work in confined spaces safely. This presentation will identify the components of a successful confined space entry program.

2:00 PM     Learn How to Comply with Combustible Dust Standards

Adam Haroz

Conversion Technology Inc. is a family-run environmental and safety consulting firm with experience helping clients nationwide. Since our founding in 1986, we have gained extensive knowledge and experience assisting a wide array of general industries in effectively obtaining and maintaining environmental, health, and safety compliance. We endeavor to provide individual attention to our clients, to guide them through the regulatory mazes, and to address any EHS concerns with a personal touch. We make it our goal to provide all clients with strategies that reduce liability and comply with regulatory requirements, at a minimum cost, with real-world solutions. We consider all of our clients part of the CTI family.

2:00 PM     Circular Economy by Utilizing Waste Stream

Erick Sharp

Learn more about alternative options for rubber waste streams. We will discuss methods in which scrap rubber is converted back into functional material, what waste streams qualify, how to reintegrate the waste stream and what environmental benefits it provides to your company.

3:00 PM     SDS Review – SDS 201

Denese Deeds and Chandra Gioiello

This presentation will be a more in-depth discussion of various aspects of SDS including international SDS standards, how to get better SDS using external tools, converting received SDS into internal labeling, and non-SDS HazCom issues.

4:00 PM     Peer-to-Peer Networking

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Member Pricing

  • MEMBERS: $174
  • Member Company-wide pricing: $700

Non-Member Pricing

  • MEMBERS: $212
  • Non-member company-wide pricing: $848


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