Chemical Division Classes

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10:15 am
Do I Operate a Group H Occupancy?  How Hazardous Materials Use and Storage Impacts Your Facility’s Occupancy Classification (Intermediate) Mike Snyder, Managing Director, DEKRA Process Safety.

The use and storage of hazardous materials in any structure can introduce facilities to several regulatory and permitting requirements. One of the most overlooked requirements is how hazardous materials utilization impacts the Building Code occupancy classification of your facility.

Model building codes in the United States establish strict requirements for hazardous materials through the occupancy classification process. These codes rely on the accurate determination of Group H occupancy designation to ensure proper building features are provided for occupant and facility safety. Building codes don’t require the classification of every hazardous material use as a high-hazard occupancy, but rather apply thresholds that divide any traditional occupancy groups from a Group H occupancy.

This presentation will provide an overview of the model building codes used in the United States and describes a three-step process to ensure accurate classification, including new requirements for occupancy classification based on the use of combustible dust.

11:30 am
Storing Flammable and Combustible Liquids in Containers using NFPA 30 (Intermediate) Mike Marando, Senior Engineer, National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, has provisions for storing flammable and combustible liquids in containers. This presentation will cover the basics of this topic as it relates to the following:

· Application of the Maximum Allowable Quantity (MAQ) of flammable and combustible liquids within a given Control Area.
·Acceptable containers per NFPA 30.
·Navigating NFPA 30 to select appropriate automatic sprinkler design criteria for different storage arrangements.
·Recent potential changes to the code regarding liquid storage and fire protection inside liquid storage areas.

1:45 pm
Environmental and Ammonia Regulation Updates (RMP, EPCRA, CERCLA) (Basic) Monika Chrzaszcz, US EPA, Region 5.

What are the Clean Air Act 112(r), Risk Management Program regulation updates, what is required under EPCRA/CERCLA reporting and are there any updates, and some additional information on ammonia regulations and how they apply to small businesses.

3:15 pm
Pollution Emergency Alerting System – Reporting PEAS – The why, when, and how (Basic) Dana Bradt, PEAS Reporting, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).

The speaker will provide an overview of the Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) administered by EGLE. In addition, the presentation will give guidance of the why, when, and how of reporting a spill/ release or other environmental emergency in the State of Michigan.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 am
Big Hazards in Little Labs (Basic) Jeff Foisel, RD EHS Delivery Leader, Dow.

Laboratories are often perceived as low risk in the overall picture of safety. Unfortunately, this can lead to a blind spot that puts lab workers at risk. The nature of lab work can cover everything from routine testing in support of a manufacturing operation to research labs developing new chemicals and processes to students just learning about chemistry and equipment. The variety of hazards and experience levels necessitates a strong safety culture as well as tools and approaches tailored for the lab specific mission.

This presentation will focus on the tools and approaches for general hazard recognition and control. Also, there will be specific content related to the hazards of working with flammable materials, heating, and pressures. The specific content on the controls will include PPE and lab-specific engineering controls – both ventilation and equipment design.

Participants will both understand an approach and be able to use basic tools to aid in recognizing and evaluating laboratory risks.

10:15 am
Managing Change – tips, tricks, and lessons (Basic) Jean M. Cronin, retired Sr. Product Line Engineer, Cabot Corporation; Julia Heider, Process Safety Technology Leader, DuPont; and William Wittke, Process Safety Engineer, Hemlock Semiconductor.

Managing change is key to safe operations of facilities using chemicals. Learn tips, tricks, and lessons ranging from what changes to manage, implementing electronic management systems, closing the loop on changes, and more. Case studies will be included as well.

11:30 am
Local Emergency Planning Committees:  Focus and Functions (Intermediate) Brenna Ross, SARA Title III Planner, Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) must develop emergency response plans and review them annually and provide information about chemicals in the community to residents. Plans are often developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation. This session will cover LEPC responsibilities and the cohesiveness needed to have a successful LEPC that uses a whole community approach to planning.

1:45 pm
Don’t Row Your Boat to an Island (Basic) Sam Strahl, Health and Safety Leader, AECOM.

Attendees will gain a perspective from a Safety Professional who has viewed safety from many angles, and from that, learned engaging tactics and skills to garner respect and response from their colleagues.  Ultimately, the goal is to learn to create a cohesive and participant-rich safety culture in the workplace.

  • Chair:  Sarah Eck, PE, CCPSC, DEKRA Process Safety
  • Vice-Chair:  Brad Blanchard, COSS
  • Division:
  • Heather Chapman, Paradigm Safety
  • Jean Cronin, Cabot Corporation (retired)
  • Ashley Getchell, DuPont
  • Whitney Kelly, DuPont
  • Frank Manley, DuPont Safety & Construction-Performance Building Solutions
  • Alyssa McGibbon, D&K Ventures
Future Meeting Dates

April 13-14, 2021, Virtual Conference
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI
April 18-19, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
April 16-17, 2024, Grand Rapids, MI


Contact us to find out how you can get involved!