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Alan Call-Frank Imperatore - Advanced Labpacking

For the past 6 years Alan Call has been the Environmental Compliance Coordinator for the US EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Research Triangle Park, NC.  In this position he is responsible for the overall environmental compliance for the facility to include air permits, wastewater permits, hazardous and radioactive waste management and operation of the facility’s RCRA permitted TSD. Prior to coming to the EPA, Alan was the hazardous waste facility manager at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences from 2004-2006 and the Manager of Chemical and Radioactive Waste Programs at Duke University from 1995-2004. Alan has a degree in Industrial & Environmental Health Management from Ferris State University and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

April Case - The $250K Lab Cleanout: A Case Study on Excessive Chemical Hoarding and Lessons Learned

Several years ago, a Chemistry professor on the UT Campus retired from research after working at the university for more than 40 years. This professor specialized in chlorine chemical research, and he NEVER disposed of old chemicals during his 40 year tenure.  This resulted in a massive lab cleanout project, costing over $125,000.00 for chemical waste disposal and an additional $125,000 for radioactive waste disposal. There were more than 125 lecture size gas cylinders (most rusty beyond recognition) as well as dozens of labpack containers. Our EHS department learned some valuable lessons on preventing waste “hoarding”. We are now taking more proactive steps to ensure that labs clean out legacy waste on a consistent basis so that this incident does not happen again.

April Case, CHMM, CSP has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Environmental Health and has worked over 15 years in the hazardous waste industry.  She has several years of experience working for a TSDF, as well as hazardous waste management experience in the DOE world and in the consulting field. She is currently the Environmental Coordinator at University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she oversees hazardous waste management on campus.

Alfredo Chandia - EPA’s Subpart K at Brigham Young University
The new Academic Laboratory Standard (Subpart K) was passed in 2008 and was developed to fit into the unique academic environment found in Colleges and Universities.  In this presentation we will have a general review of Subpart K, discuss the required elements of the Laboratory Management Plan and the regulatory benefits of operating under this rule from our perspective.  Brigham Young University is opting into Subpart K in 2013 (after more than a year of preparations) and has already seen many benefits in our Regulated Waste Program.

Alfredo has been the RCRA Disposal Manager for Brigham Young University since September 2010.  Alfredo has a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences from Minnesota State University - Mankato and he is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.  His work experience prior to BYU includes working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the US DOE Hanford Site as well as working for the Benton-Franklin Health District in Washington State.

Jeff Christensen - Lab Packing 101

This workshop will outline starting a lab pack self pack program from scratch.  Topics will include:  Container Identification, Segregation/Waste Determination, Inventorying, Secondary Containment, Absorbents, DOT Containers, Resources and Disposal Vendor Relations.  A table top exercise will pack the workshop into one container.

Jeff Christensen, CET, CHMM.  Jeff has been the Hazardous Waste Supervisor for the University of Arizona since 1991.  Prior to that he worked for an environmental management company in Tucson for four years.  He has a BS in Political Science and a MSS in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from Utah State University.  He is living proof that a chemistry degree isn’t necessary to manage a hazardous waste program.

Gene Christenson - The Unbearable Lightness of Being Empty

Robert Clay - EHS Training via Learning Management Systems (LMS) at a Small University

John Conover - How to Become and Ensure You Are an SQG: Waste Minimization and Chemical Management

Brenda Coolbaugh - Chemical Cleanouts

Brenda Coolbaugh graduated with her AS in Math Science from Corning Community College in 1997 and her BS in Pharmaceutics from the University of Buffalo in 1999.  From 1999-2004 she worked at an Environmental testing laboratory as a Lab Tech and then in Sales/Customer Service.  She entered Cornell’s Environmental Health and Safety department in 2004 and has held positions as a Safety and Health Consultant, Lab Safety Specialist, interim CHO and currently is the Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer.  She has served three terms in the Chemung County Emergency Management Council and holds certifications as a CHO and CHMM.

Kyle Dagestad-Sean Whalen - The Ahura First Defender: Aquisition and Application in the Academic Environment

Bill Diesslin-Sean Whalen - RCRA Boot Camp

Sean has worked for ISU – EH&S since the Big 12 was the Big 8, Ronald Reagan’s hair was black, and RCRA was chiseled on stone tablets.  That doesn’t automatically qualify him as an expert, but he does at least have some stories of the good-old-days.

Bill Diesslin - Designing and Building a Hazardous Waste Facility

Mr. Diesslin is the Associate Director of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety Iowa State University.  He has twenty four years of experience in environmental, health & safety management.  He is responsible for environmental programs, facility safety and occupational health. Mr. Diesslin has a B.S. in Life Sciences from Winona State University and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University.  He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and has earned an Associate in Risk Management (ARM).  He is a member of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) government relations committee and served as host to the 2002 CUHWC.

Roberta Eiker - DOW Chemical's Lab Safety Collaboration with the University of Minnesota, Penn State University and the University of California at Santa Barbara

Robbie Eiker has been with the University of Minnesota Chemical Waste Program since 2001.  She was initially hired as a Hazardous Waste Technician and earned a promotion to manage/operate our Chemical Safety Day Program [hazardous waste management for educational institutions throughout Minnesota] in 2008.  Robbie does hazard evaluation, packaging, labeling, shipping paperwork and coordinates transportation for the chemical waste from more than 100 colleges and school districts each year.  As part of the Dow "Culture of Safety" effort at Minnesota, Robbie trained and coordinated Chemistry and Chemical Engineering graduate students in a large laboratory clean out effort.

Susan Fiscor - Practical and Inexpensive Waste Management Approaches for a Small University

Kristin Fitzgerald

Frank Imperatore - Designing and Building a Hazardous Waste Facility

Kathleen Ingram - Duke University's Waste Tracking Program

Tom Johnson -
Best Practices for Building a Compliant University Hazardous Materials (HazMat)Transportation Compliance Program

UIC has struggled to find the proper “home” within the department for the HazMat Transportation Compliance Program. The responsibility for this program has shifted several times. At one time three different staff members were giving “training” that did not meet the requirements of DOT or ICAO/IATA. UIC has found it difficult to find staff capable of understanding the complex DOT and ICAO/IATA regulations. When staff was sent to DOT and IATA training courses, they generally forgot the material within a few months because they did not get enough practice shipping hazardous materials to retain the information.
At the majority of Universities, responsibility for HazMat Transportation Compliance resides with the Biological Safety Officer. This was the case at UIC until three years ago, when these responsibilities were shifted from the Biological Safety Officer to myself, the Hazardous Waste Compliance Manager. When I took over the program, most campus units used office staff to accept/ship packages without any training. In addition, when employees did receive training, the content was poor and the material was not retained.
I found that to implement a successful program, the responsibility for Transportation compliance cannot reside only with one person in the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Successful implementation requires partnering with both the Biosafety and Lab Safety groups in the organization.

Thomas L. Johnson has been with the University of Illinois at Chicago in its Environmental Health and Safety Office since 2001.  Thomas started within the Radiation Safety Section as a Health Physicist Technician performing area surveys & radioactive waste disposal for the University, assisting in the decommissioning of a radioactive waste incinerator and smoke stack during that time.  In 2002, he was moved over to the hazardous waste facility to oversee the hazardous waste program.  Since 2009, he began to become tasked with more environmental compliance work, with a focus on air permitting, under the direction of the new Assistant Director for Chemical Safety.   Thomas has created the University’ Hazardous Materials Shipping and Receiving program for the campus along with recreating the entire training program for the hazardous waste facility staff.

Lauren Kelly-Patrick Danville - Emergency Preparation Partnering

Lauren Kelly, Manager, Hazardous Materials Program with Columbia University since April 2006. Environmental Science and Chemistry graduate of East Stroudsburg University with 16 years of chemical waste experience including:  emergency preparedness, emergency response planning and remediation, hazardous waste management, reactive chemical stabilization, regulated medical waste management and radioactive and mixed waste management, disposal and processing.

Bill Leonard - FAA/DOT Inspections

Bill Leonard spent 6 years in the Naval Nuclear Power program before starting his career at Cornell University. He has been there the last 15 years focusing on radioactive waste management. He has also managed the Regulated Medical Waste program and helped grow the campus DOT (Department of Transportation) program for hazardous materials. He currently manages the radioactive waste and DOT program while assisting in the hazardous waste program. Bill has received his CHMP certification, holds a CDL with hazmat endorsement, certified pesticide applicator and member of the campus hazmat team.

Sheila Lockwood - Developing a Compliance Program in a Small Higher Educational Institution

Rob Lowe - SPCC Plans

Kevin Meyers - DOW Chemical's Lab Safety Collaboration with the University of Minnesota, Penn State University and the University of California at Santa Barbara

Alex Moretto -
Dow Chemical's Lab Safety Collaboration with UMN, PSU & UC Santa Barbara

The Dow Chemical Company has initiated partnerships with research universities across the US in an effort to enhance the culture of safety in academia.  Three universities were chosen to spearhead this effort:  The University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Teams consisting of representatives form DOW, as well as faculty, graduate student and post-doctoral researchers from the universities worked together to develop safety initiatives that incorporated the great expertise and high standards of Dow Chemical in the area of lab safety, while being tailored to the needs of each institution.  Representatives from these three institutions will present their unique approaches to implementing these initiatives.  This will be followed by a panel discussion.

Ed Pozniak - Incident Response Review

Jim Reese - Lab Moves: How to Facilitate Changes While Minimizing Risks

The competitive nature of research recently has caused many principle investigators to jump ship, reduce the scale or shut down their operations completely. This has led to multiple challenges in managing the transfer or disposal of the chemicals used in these labs. Most researchers feel the chemicals are their property and do not understand the implications of moving or transferring them to others.  Additionally, the parent institution can be left financially liable for these researchers’ indiscretions. Not to mention the public image issues created by the mishandling of items. This can not only mean the chemicals in question but equipment being moved that uses chemicals in their operation. The University of Virginia’s office of Environmental Health and Safety has developed a program to deal with this. It is a hands on practical approach.  The goals of this program are focused on regulatory compliance and safety.
This presentation discussion will be a brisk pictorial presentation of specific issues and solutions to them. Followed by a rousing discution.

A longtime resident Charlottesville, VA, Jim Reese has been with the University of Virginia since 1993, the last 13 of them with EHS as our Hazardous Waste Operations Manager. Jim has a Bachelors of Science from Ferrum College with some course work at VPI&SU. In addition to his waste operations duties Jim is also the university’s Certified Nutrient Management Planner. 

McKell Sanderson - Preparing BYU's Life Science Building for Demolition

McKell Sanderson graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering.  He is the RCRA Waste Management Specialist at BYU a role he has worked in since 2011.  He took over the Chemical Inventory Program in 2012 as well as the UST program.   He is a CHMM and am currently working towards a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering.

Christina Schmeltzer - Managing Pharmaceutical Wastes in Ambulatory Clinics

Christina Schmelzer has been a Safety and Health Specialist in the Occupational and Environmental Safety Office at Duke University for 3 years.  Prior to that, she worked as an intern for a non-profit in downtown Asheville, working to further various projects involving many of the national forests around the Asheville and Boone areas.  She graduated from Duke in 2008.  Since joining the Environmental Programs division at Duke, she has developed and implemented a number of programs such as the chemical lookup and the pharmacy waste program in the ambulatory clinics.  She is currently working to implement an environmental management compliance system for the university and eventually the hospital.   

Ron Taylor - Internal Environmental Compliance Management: The Process and Tools for Success

Ron Taylor is the Environmental Affairs Compliance Manager at the Universtiy of Kentucky. A Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, he is responsible for an institutional environmental auditing program and assisting in managing the University's Hazardous Waste Management Facility in accordance with the RCRA Part B Permit.  He is also developing and presenting employee awareness and training programs to insure regulatory compliance.  He provides overall environmental services to University operations and including environmental assessments of property, sampling, testing and analysis of environmental media, preparation of applicable registrations and interpretation of environmental regulations and their effect on unit operations.  He serves as Alternate Emergency Coordinator for the University and assists the Environmental Management Director on emergency response incidents and environmental remediation projects. Prior to the University, Ron had a 30 year career in a chemical manufacturing and packaging facility where responsibilities include the development and management of the facility environmental, health, and safety program.

Karen Trimberger - Pharmaceutical Waste Program in a Large University Hospital

Sean Whalen -

Tom Whetstone - Designing and Building a Hazardous Waste Facility

Troy Vannieuwenhoven-Luke Hendricks - Advantages of DOT-Based Segregation for Storage of Waste Chemicals

Luke Hendricks in a Hazardous Waste Specialist at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has a BS in Chemistry and 5 years of experience in lab-packing, transporting chemicals, and hazardous waste disposal.

Troy Vannieuwenhoven is Waste Management Supervisor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During his eight years with the university, he has taken his experience lab packing for Onyx Environmental Services and applied it to chemical transport, storage and disposal for the campus.