CSHEMA Annual Conference – Austin, Texas, July 22–28

Professional Development Seminars

Preconference professional development seminars are designed for in-depth learning in an intimate setting. Four- and eight-hour sessions provide a variety of topics to choose from for an immersive weekend before the conference kicks off!

Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Lab Safety 201
Presented by the Lab Safety Community of Practice

This course is intended to develop and improve participants knowledge about lab safety practices. Participants will learn about increasing lab safety knowledge and developing a comprehensive lab safety program.

Biosafety Training
Kalpana Rengarajan, Emory University

Will provide a general “Biosafety” overview. Emphasis will be towards understanding the different Biosafety levels and Risk Group classifications. Topics include: biohazard exposure, control measures, disinfection, spill clean-up, medical surveillance, laboratory acquired infections, and shipping infectious materials. Relevant regulatory requirements will also be discussed as well as basic principles of biosafety, conducting risk assessment exercises, and biosafety program management and biorisk management.

Application of Fire Codes to Laboratories
John DeLaHunt, University of Texas San Antonio

An in-depth look at fire codes and standards, how they apply to laboratories, and how campus fire safety and laboratory safety staff can use code to prevent fire, injuries, and property damage. This seminar will take a deep dive on storage requirements in the model codes and how those requirements apply to new and existing construction. There will be emphasis on pre-incident planning and strategies for involving the local fire department in the campus lab safety program. This seminar will include a conversation on current events and future changes to fire codes applied to laboratories.

Industrial Hygiene 101
Presented by the Industrial Hygiene Community of Practice

Industrial hygiene is the art and science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace exposures that may cause workers’ injury or illness. In Industrial Hygiene 101, presenters will cover the foundations of industrial hygiene, including a brief look at the origins and history of the field; an overview of toxicology; regulations and occupational exposure limits; industrial hygiene instrumentation; exposure assessment for air contaminants; chemical hazards; biological hazards; physical hazards; and ergonomic hazards risk assessment.

Techniques for Improving Support for your EHS Program
Bruce Brown, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Robert Emery, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A recurrent challenge for safety professionals is the ability to garner necessary program resources. The basis for this difficulty is that on a good day in the world of safety, “nothing happens,” so upper management may not fully appreciate or understand all of the effort that went into making “nothing happen." Environmental Health and Safety professionals in particular experience difficulty in this regard because many in the profession have received intensive training in the sciences, but little or no training in the area of program management. This course will focus on some key management techniques that can be used within EHS programs to help improve stakeholder understanding of the program and its activities, which in turn can result in the provision of necessary programmatic resources. Numerous real world examples of successful applications of the techniques discussed will be displayed for review and discussion. Ample time will be provided throughout the course for participant inquiries.


Saturday, July 23, 1–5 p.m.


A Practical Approach to Implementing an EMS
Peter Schneider, University of Massachusetts Boston and Dan Winograd, Woodard and Curran

This interactive seminar will provide practical information on the benefits and limitation of a campus EMS that does not have formal certification. We will review samples of your specific policies and procedures and help you assess the applicability of an EMS for your campus. We will provide tools and help with an implementation plan should you decide to pursue developing or expanding an EMS.


Sunday, July 24, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Conducting an Effective Theatre Safety Inspection
Brent Cooley, University of California and William Reynolds, Yale University

Almost every campus has a theater, but not every EHS professional is comfortable or experienced in conducting theater safety inspections. Similar to research laboratories, theaters have specialized design features and equipment integral to operational safety and the activities that occur in them. As part of this session, participants will learn theater safety inspection procedures and gain a better understanding of facility design features by conducting a hands-on review of the equipment and systems present in a theater.

Maximizing Microsoft Excel and Access
Erich Fruchtnicht and Leslie Lutz, Texas A&M Health Sciences and James Crandall, Weill Cornell Medical College

Almost every safety professional has access to the Microsoft Office Suite on their work computer. Microsoft Excel and Access are among the most powerful tools available for data management and analysis. Unlocking the full power of these tools can be easily achieved with a little exposure to Worksheet functions such as IF/THEN logic expressions, Visual Basic code in custom macros, and Access Wizards.

Super Octane Training Solutions: Delivering Unforgettable Training
Chris Johnston, Emory University

Traditional EHS instruction often takes the form of a one-way conversation between a presenter and audience, and this approach usually meets expectations and mandated minimum requirements. However, opportunities exist outside of this convention that can significantly increase learner engagement and long-term behavioral results. This interactive eight-hour Professional Development Seminar will provide practical knowledge, simple tools, and references to low-cost resources to empower safety professionals to increase training outcomes.


Sunday, July 24, 8 a.m.–Noon

Lab Safety 301
Presented by the Lab Safety Community of Practice

Lab Safety 301 is an interactive and engaging session designed to help integrate the necessary elements of lab safety into a cohesive program, while also considering some of the more challenging questions we face.

Essential Elements of a Fire and Life Safety Program
John Fellers, Texas A&M Health Sciences

New to the fire and life safety field? Want to learn what others are doing to implement a complete fire and life safety program on campus? Then you'll want to attend this interactive session on the essential elements of a fire and life safety program where we will walk through each of the three E's of fire and life safety: Education, Engineering, and Enforcement. Come ready to learn and have a little fun while your at it.

Having a Voice: EHS Marketing and Outreach Education
John Covely, University of North Carolina and Amy Orders, North Carolina State University

EHS marketing, branding, and outreach education can function synergistically and increase your message across an institution. With sound understanding of marketing theory and brand development, you can leverage your institutional resources for increased collaboration and program attendance. Once you have their attention, employing novel outreach education and training techniques will engage the learners past the pause of required training. Novel training is employing smart technologies in problem based learning, case studies, and reflection on action and lessons learned.

Connective Leadership: Growing Leadership Skills
Jay Brakensiek, Claremont University Consortium

The L-BL Achieving Styles™are nine behavioral styles used by individual to achieve. Most people use only a few main styles, and each person has stronger and weaker styles. However, 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.


Sunday, July 24, 12:30–4:30 p.m.


Institutional Biosafety Committee Management
Kalpana Rengarajan, Emory University

The course will discuss the requirements under the NIH Guidelines for Experiments Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) for protocol review and IBC management. It will also provide effective management strategies. Students will learn how to conduct a gap analysis on existing programs and use the gap analysis tool to set up new programs.

Chemical Safety Expectations in Teaching Laboratories
Ralph Stuwart, Keene State College

The chemistry laboratory curriculum includes research style laboratory work in addition to traditional “cookbook” procedures. To support this trend, laboratory safety practices must also evolve away from a focus on safety rules to teaching lab safety through risk assessment and hazard management. This workshop will discuss the cultural context of lab safety; review emerging hazard assessment and control banding methods; and address how these tools can be used to meet NFPA requirements for a documented hazard risk assessment in instructional laboratories.

Holistic Compliance for Safety Professionals
Marcy Huey, University of Alabama, Amy Orders, North Carolina State University, and David Rainer, North Carolina State University

There seems to be a paradigm shift in compliance programs from being independently driven by departments to more of a collective of compliance activities. The larger picture of institutional compliance is impacted by the risks that EHS staff balance, but is also part of a larger, evolving compliance picture. Academic compliance and regulatory obligations are moving towards streamlining, with one collective point of information and oversight, assurance, and integration. This session will explore this movement and give some ideas on how to leverage that to strengthen the role of EHS on campus.

Safety at Small Colleges and Universities 101
Presented by the Small College and Universities Community of Practice

This session is targeted to safety professionals working in one- to three-person EHS departments and is presented by the Small Colleges and Universities Community of Practice. Ideas for effective organization, managing compliance, creative budgeting, and building relationships around the college or university will be offered from the small college and university perspective and experience. This course is a general overview of topics and current best practices designed for those new to one-person safety shops or anyone looking for a basic refresher and new ideas.

Environmental Compliance 101
Presented by the Environmental and Sustainability Community of Practice

The nationwide Environmental Protection Agency Peer Audit effort has resulted in more attention to the need for seamless and robust environmental regulatory compliance in post-secondary educational institutions. This enhanced regulatory consciousness coupled with the recent campus sustainability efforts has increased awareness of environmental issues among campus administrators about how the institution will be impacted. This PDS is designed to provide a basic survey of U.S. regulations as they apply to colleges and universities. It will introduce participants 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. Each state and counties within each state have different regulatory nuances; however, there are consistent regulatory obligations of which all schools should be aware. Recent regulations and enforcement trends will also be discussed. Persons attending this PDS will be presented a basic awareness of 40 CFR subchapters as they relate to environmental compliance in an academic environment.

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