Professional Development Seminars

Below are the abstracts and location information for the Professional Development Seminars.

Friday, July 25, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Biosafety Training
Meagan Fitzpatrick and Kalpana Rengarajan, Emory University
Corsica, Third Floor
This course is designed to teach the principles of biosafety for those new to the field. In the first half of the class, the presenters will provide a general overview. In the second half, previously taught biosafety principlese will be applied to conduct risk assessment exercises, as well as discuss biosafety program management and biorisk management.

High-Impact Exercises Set the Stage for Success
Wayne Maines, University of Maine
Sardinia, Terrace Level
This workshop is about making interesting, practical and realistic tabletop exercises using new media and instructional design. Your Crisis Management Teams and Emergency Operation Centers will have their eyes wide open when you present your product at home and you will have the tools to test their skills. At the end of the workshop you will walk away with a tabletop exercise designed for specifically your institution. We will focus on the developing a template; importing new media, and teaching techniques for presenting a high quality and interactive tabletop exercise.

Lab Safety 101 
Presented by the Lab Safety Community of Practice
Toulon, Terrace Level
This session is presented by the Lab Safety Community of Practice. It includes basic information on chemical hygiene, lab safety, training, and risk assessment. Lab Safety 101 is designed for those new to lab safety programs. This is general overview information that would be the basics for anyone at any level in lab safety.

A Practical, Risk-Based EHS Operating Strategy
John Burnham, Oregon Health and Science University
St. Tropez, Terrace Level
Allocation of limited resources over the broad range of university EHS programs has become an increasingly challenging process. Developed over the past 24 years, the 3R's Strategy provides a scalable university EHS operating strategy that focuses on the comprehensive concept of institutional risk as a tool to assist this resource allocation process. This practical strategy draws on the inherent interrelationship between risk, regulations, and relationships to prioritize limited resources, justify/communicate priorities and minimize institutional risk.


Friday, July 25, 1–5 p.m.

Managing Old Buildings
Edwin Jean, Emory University
Capri, Third Floor
Institutions that have buildings with historical significance pose interesting challenges to the EHS professional. If you are the person on your campus managing these older buildings, you will find this session beneficial. This session will provide an overview of the challenges and strategies to keep you compliant and satisfy your customers. This session will walk participants through the processes Emory University uses to manage asbestos, lead, mold, indoor air quality, PCBs and other hazardous materials. Learn from our successes and failures to better manage your older buildings.

Mindful Health and Safety Research Program
Jessica Drew de Paz, University of California–Irvine
San Remo, Terrace Level
The presenters will explore the University of California’s cutting-edge Mindful Health and Safety research program. Mindfulness, defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally,” has garnered tremendous research support in medicine and psychology. This seminar will give an overview of mindfulness benefits and share a study examining whether mindfulness reduces stress, injuries, errors, and organizational costs. Participants will engage in experiential practices from the Mindful Health and Safety curriculum and debrief as a group.


Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m.–Noon

Environmental Compliance 101
Presented by the Environmental Community of Practice
San Remo, Terrace Level
This PDS is designed to provide a basic survey of the EPA's regulations as applicable to colleges and universities. Participants will be introduced to applicable 40 CFR subchapters and basic requirements for each subchapter, emphasizing the importance of determining regulatory applicability and documentation. The topics of environmental stewardship, integration of sustainability, and regulatory compliance will be addressed. 

Fire Code 101: Models, Codes, and their Application
John DeLaHunt, University of Texas–San Antonio
Corfu, Third Floor
Fire codes have a long history of reflecting the lessons of tragedy and represent the collected wisdom of thousands of professionals. This seminar will provide attendees with the history of the model codes, provide insight into application, and create an opportunity for delving into the details of fire code compliance. This seminar will cover the model fire codes, as well as codes and standards pertaining to fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agent systems, and fire extinguishers.

Introduction to NIH Guidelines and Institutional Biosafety Committees
Kathryn Harris, National Institute of Health
Toulon, Terrace Level
This session will provide an overview of the NIH Guidelines and the roles and responsibilities of Institutional Biosafety Committees. 

Practical Approach to Campus Environmental Management System
Peter Schneider, University of Massachusetts–Boston
Corsica, Third Floor
This interactive seminar will provide practical information on the benefits and limitations of a campus EMS that does not have formal certification. The presenters will review samples of specific policies and procedures and help assess the applicability of an EMS for a campus. The tools provided will help with an implementation plan.


Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Conducting a Zurich Hazard Analysis
Edwin Jean, Emory University
Sardinia, Terrace Level
University EHS professionals are presented with unique challenges when conducting hazard analysis for various processes on college campuses. There are many different hazard analysis methods from which to choose. This session will focus on using the Zurich Hazard Analysis (ZHA) to assist in prioritizing hazards. Upon successful completion of this session, participants will be able to conduct a ZHA on common processes found throughout college campuses. 

Electrical Safety in Research and Facilities

Jim Gilson, University of California–Berkeley
Capri, Third Floor
This seminar will explore electrical safety as it applies to research, experiments, teaching in labs, and facilities maintenance. Many types of equipment have potentially life-threatening electrical hazards created by the facility or research equipment design, installation, or use. This seminar will explore the basics of electricity and the physiology of what happens when electricity flows through the body, as well as look at specific kinds of research equipment and associated electrical hazards and controls and discuss how to apply NFPA70e in the research lab and facilities.

Lab Safety 201
Presented by the Lab Safety Community of Practice
St. Tropez, Terrace Level
The Lab Safety Community of Practice presents Lab Safety 201. This session deepens the review and understanding of lab safety and lab safety program management. This session is for the lab safety professional with some experience or who is moving into lab safety management roles. Participants will deepen their understanding of the OSHA Lab Standard, training, design, and discuss some more complex issues associated with lab safety.


Saturday, July 26, 1–5 p.m.

Advanced Topics in Fire Code: Application to Labs
John DeLaHunt, University of Texas–San Antonio
Corfu, Third Floor
Fire codes represent the aggregated wisdom of loss. Both model fire codes (International Code Council and National Fire Protection Agency) contain provisions that affect hazardous materials storage, handling, and use. This seminar will explore the application of fire codes in laboratories in detail. The conversation will include provisions of both fire codes applicable to hazard classes and will provide attendees with hands-on experience applying the International Fire Code, NFPA 1, and NFPA 45 to laboratories. 

Effective Building Plans and Specifications Review
Anthony Yuen, University of California–Berkeley
Toulon, Terrace Level
Whether you are an EHS professional, risk manager, or facility planner, this interactive, hands-on training shows how you can effectively review construction documents and provide expertise where it counts. Participants, utilizing a simplified set of drawings and specifications for a laboratory building, will learn the fundamentals of reading construction drawings and specifications. The instructor will help participants focus on their area of expertise to identify issues,and how to most effectively communicate feedback as a statutory requirement or a best practice recommendation.

Investigating and Eliminating Mold Growth
Douglas Rice, Colorado State University
San Remo, Terrace Level
Mold growth can be a multi-million dollar impact to your campus budget due to lost time, worker’s compensation claims, and remediation costs. With the skills to perform a rapid investigation, you can prevent the escalation of growth as well as building -elated illness claims. Training a team to perform small remediations will eliminate expensive contractor costs.


Sunday, July 27, 8 a.m.–Noon

EHS Management of Temporary Structure Events
James Gibbs, Arizona State University
St. Tropez, Terrace Level
This course is designed for all levels of personnel involved with special events and the installation or use of temporary structures, such as tents, canopies, stages, temporary stage props, generators, electrical distribution, barricades, interactive games or rides, and other concerns related to temporary events that occur indoors and outdoors. 

Environmental Remediation in the University
Mary Beth Koza, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Toulon, Terrace Level
This seminar will provide a framework and tools for EHS directors, project managers, and other staff for understanding the complex, multi-stage environmental investigation and remediation process in the college/university setting. Examples and case studies from representative investigations and remediation projects will be utilized to illustrate key concepts and aspects of the process. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn key aspects of the environmental investigation and remediation process using interactive, hands-on exercises.

Fundamentals of Machine Guarding
Alayna Parker, University of California–Berkeley
Cannes, Third Floor
This session covers the basic safeguarding requirements for all machines; the hazardous parts, motions, and actions that contribute to machine hazards; the various types of machine guards, devices, and controls; and complementary safeguarding and risk reduction methods. This session will also include applicable ANSI and OSHA standards and regulations, options for retrofitting older machines (manufacturer vs. aftermarket guards), how to conduct a hazard assessment, and explore the unique needs for safeguarding machines in academic/student shops. 

Growing Leadership Skills Using Achieving Styles
Jay Brakensiek, Claremont University
Capri, Third Floor
The Achieving Styles are nine interaction styles used. Most people use only a few main styles, and each person has stronger and weaker styles. But each Achieving Style has strengths and weaknesses and knowing when and when not to use these is key to success. This session will increase your awareness of the Achieving Styles and how you can increase your less strong styles. You will recognize style use in others and begin to evaluate interaction dynamics. This will make you a more versatile and stronger leader.

Lab Safety 301
Presented by the Lab Safety Community of Practice
Crystal C, Terrace Level
This session is designed to delve deeper into lab safety and into other safety programs that impact lab safety programs. Participants will dig into some of the more complicated areas of lab safety as well as review other safety programs and how they impact lab safety (ergonomics, fire safety, etc). 

Laser Safety 201
Rodrick Esaw, Emory University
Corfu, Third Floor
This course is designed to provide information and guidance for individuals who have been designated to oversee laser safety at research institutions. The information provided will focus on the safe use of Class 3B and Class 4 lasers in the research laboratory setting. There will be an overview of basic laser safety principles; however, more emphasis will be placed on laser hazards, hazard assessments, control measures, and laser safety program management. 

RCRA for Colleges and Universities
Kim Richard Siljestrom, Emory University
San Remo, Terrace Level
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations are complex and challenging to apply to an academic setting. This course will provide a basic overview of pertinent RCRA regulations as applied to colleges and universities of all sizes. It will also include more advanced elements to satisfy the training requirements for small and large quantity generators and universal waste handlers. A certificate will be awarded to all attendees. 

Writing Emergency Operation Plans Using the New Federal Guidelines
Mark Bagby, Washington University in St. Louis
Sardinia, Terrace Level
New guidelines for improving the quality of emergency plans for institutions of higher education have been developed by collaborating Federal Agencies (DHS, CDC, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, FBI, and FEMA). By using these guidelines, an institution in better able to develop their emergency operations plans. Following these guidelines will help institutions to withstand the scrutiny of audits of compliance with Clery and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.



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