Professional Development Seminars

These four- to eight-hour sessions offer an in-depth look at the presented topics and are preconference experiences. You must register in advance to attend these sessions. 

July 6 Seminars

July 6, 1–5 p.m.
Fundamentals of Risk Assessment
Kalpana Rengarajan, Emory University
This course will discuss how to identify hazards, biological or chemical, and review the points of exposure to these hazards. Based on this what would be the probability and impact of these hazards and how can these risks be mitigated. Participants will learn how to perform simple risk assessments.

July 6, 1–5 p.m.
Writing Standard Operating Procedures
David Breeding, Texas A&M University
Standard operating procedures (SOP) are an effective and efficient method of providing quality and consistent guidance to employees within an organization. A SOP is a set of instructions or steps someone follows to complete a job safely, with no adverse impact on the environment, which meets compliance and quality standards in a way that maximizes operational requirements. Clearly written, SOPs are a critical tool for safely and successfully completing any project or task. Effective SOPs are not only a regulatory requirement, but also make good business sense.

July 6, 1–5 p.m.
Let's Design an All-Hazards Tabletop

Dennis Terpin, University of Illinois at Chicago
A well-designed and executed exercise allows you to identify planning and procedural deficiencies; test recently changed procedures or plans; clarify roles and responsibilities; assess if existing resources are adequate; validate training; and improve coordination between your university and outside organizations. This session will discuss how to design tabletop exercises, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned during group activities.


July 7 Seminars

July 7, 8 a.m.–Noon
Bowtie Risk Analysis for the EHS Professional
Ken Smith, University of California; Brent Cooley, University of California
This course will teach the participants the basics of the bowtie risk analysis method. A bowtie is a diagram that visualizes the risk you are dealing with in just one, easy-to-understand picture. The diagram is shaped like a bowtie, creating a clear differentiation between proactive and reactive risk management. In this course, participants will work in small groups to understand the basic components of a bowtie methodology: hazards, top events, threats, consequences, barriers, and escalation factors.

July 7, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Application of Fire Codes to Laboratories 
John DeLaHunt, University of Texas–San Antonio 
This session offers 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 session 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 session will also include a conversation on current events and future changes to fire codes applied to laboratories.

July 7, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
ES-101: Environmental Boot Camp 
Courtney Kerr, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Steve Nelson, Auburn University; Scott Thomaston, Emory University 
This environmental boot camp is a survey-level introduction to nine major topics and two areas of special interest: reading regulations; Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; and underground storage tanks. 

July 7, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Industrial Hygiene 101 
W. Robert Newberry, Clemson University 
Industrial hygiene is the art and science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace exposures that may cause workers' injury or illness. This session will cover the foundations of industrial hygiene, including the origins and history; toxicology, regulations, and occupational exposure limits; industrial hygiene instrumentation; and exposure assessment for air contaminants, chemical hazards, biological hazards, physical hazards, ergonomic hazards, and risk assessment. 

July 7, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Lab Safety 201 
Lab Safety Community of Practice 
This session is intended to develop and improve participant’s knowledge of a comprehensive laboratory safety program. The class is framed as the life cycle of the lab. The early lab life will address how a lab starts and gets running, identifying what requirements are needed and establishing safe operating practices. The middle lab life will focus on the continuous growth of a lab, which comes with the need to maintain safe operating conditions and manage change appropriately. Finally, the end life addresses how to properly decommission spaces and address concerns of departing personnel. 

July 7, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Working Safely with Nanotechnology in Research 
David Breeding, Texas A&M University 
Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly 1–100 nanometers, where unique phenomena occur. Encompassing science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter. The physical, chemical, and biological properties of materials differ in fundamental and valuable ways from the properties of bulk matter, with unique hazards. Nanotechnology research and development is directed toward creating improved materials to exploit these properties. EHS professionals will learn to develop effective strategies to reduce risk.

July 7, 1–5 p.m.
ACS Educational Lab Safety Resources
Ralph Stuart, Keene State College
Lab safety education goes beyond regulatory training compliance to support the development of good lab safety habits over time. This workshop will identify key educational chemical safety objectives for lab workers and resources which support those resources. 

 July 7, 1–5 p.m.
Risk Management for Novel Microscopes
Meghan Seltzer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Jennifer Goodnight, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Modern fluorescent microscopes push the boundaries of physics, chemistry, and biology. In this course, the presenter will discuss the importance of advances in microscopy and how modern microscopes differ from traditional ones. As these systems become commercially available, safety professionals will need to understand the unique features of these microscopes and the integrated risk assessment approach needed to mitigate their hazards. This course will discuss laser safety basics and considerations for biological and other hazards (e.g., electrical, chemical, physical) associated with imaging techniques.


July 8 Seminars

July 8, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Beyond Periscope Depth: Active Learning in Safety 
Amy Orders, North Carolina State University 
Still using just presentations in class? Safety training gains more traction when participants feel engaged. Using active learning strategies, this course will demonstrate use of social media in classes, use of learning games and tools to make class more engaged, and how to prepare interactive situations for participants to get out of the chair. In this team-taught course, participants will design several activities, work in small groups, learn to use different social media tools, and receive ready-to-use tools to share with others on campus.

July 8, 8 a.m.–Noon
Managing Makerspace Hazards: Training and Oversight
Daniel Herrick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Michael Labosky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; James Gilson, University of California–Berkeley
Makerspaces allow relatively inexperienced users access to complex tools and a wide variety of substrates to fabricate almost anything. Some of the tools (such as 3D printers, laser cutters, waterjets) present unique EHS issues in both facilitation and use which must be anticipated, evaluated, and controlled. Presenters will discuss appropriate infrastructure design and user recognition and control of hazards associated with these tools. There will be ample time for discussion and participant questions and comments.

July 8, 8 a.m.–Noon
Rigging Safety Program for Performing Arts
Tracy Stark, University of California
The magic of theater relies on several complex systems to mystify the audience. Many of these involve hanging and lifting people and scenery. This is commonly known in theater as rigging. While rigging can at times be simple, it can also be dangerous. It is critical to use the correct hardware in the the correct way to avoid serious accidents and damage. The presenter will share a template to help campus EHS, theater staff, faculty develop a written program to prevent unsafe rigging situations. Basic rigging concepts and hardware will be discussed.

July 8, 8 a.m.–Noon
Strategies for Resolving IAQ Problems
Dennis Elmore, University of Missouri
Indoor air quality (IAQ) complaints can challenge even experienced investigators. It’s not enough to focus on potential air pollutants. An investigator also must consider building sciences, mechanical systems, group dynamics, and psychology. This session will examine the issues that create and/or exacerbate IAQ problems. You will learn about pollutants, pathways, and receptors and the important roles they play in IAQ. The presenter will describe the hard skills required to conduct an effective investigation and the soft skills that are often critical to bring an issue to resolution. 7/8/18 8a-Noon

July 8, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
Radiation Safety for the Rest of Us 
Scott Jaqua, Portland State University; Erich Fruchtnicht, Texas A&M University 
Institutions with non-health physicists responsible for radiation safety must meet the same requirements as those with health physicists. In this seminar, learn the basics of a radiation safety program and how it can be applied in any research institution. Applicable to current and prospective radiation safety officers, as well as EHS managers wanting more information about this area. This seminar is meant as an introduction or refresher on the science that governs radiation safety professionals. 

July 8, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
Contemporary Topics Affecting Campus EHS Programs 
Robert Emery, University of Texas–Houston 
Campus EHS programs operate at the intersection of a variety of professional disciplines, so changes that affect the field can arise from a variety of areas. This professional development course is designed to address a series of contemporary issues that currently confront campus EHS program operations based on feedback from hundreds of previous participants in the week-long EHS Academy, held annually. Topics will range from EHS program measures and metrics that matter to anticipating and adapting to change within your organization. 

July 8, 1–4:30 p.m.
Defining the Role of the Chemical Hygiene Officer
Dennis Terpin, University of Illinois at Chicago
The chemical hygiene officer has the responsibility as defined in the OSHA Laboratory Standard to implement the Chemical Hygiene Plan, thus ensuring compliance with the regulatory requirements and maintaining a safe work environment. This program exceeds the mandatory training requirements under OSHA (1910.1450(f)(4)(i)), Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.

July 8, 1–4:30 p.m.
Fostering Safety Culture in Higher Education
Amy Haberman, University of Florida; Ralph Stuart, Keene State College
This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges for EHS professionals in addressing safety culture issues in the higher education environment. The format of this seminar will be a one-hour review of the research, followed by examples of safety culture programs used by specific campuses. This will be followed by open discussion to help participants identify which ideas are most likely to be successfully implemented on their campus. 

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