Session Descriptions


Monday, July 11, 2022

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Safeguarding Service Animals in Laboratory Environments
D. C. Breeding, PhD | Texas A&M University

Attendees will gain knowledge of the ADA position on trained service animals, and discuss the role and responsibilities for safeguarding and protection of service animals in campus laboratories and other hazardous environments. Participants will discuss best practices and use as "Lessons Learned." Conclusions will be documented for distributions as "Lessons Learned" and "Best Practices" for service animal protection.

Emerging Topics in Field Research Safety
Sara Souza | University of California Berkeley
Miriam Sharp | University of Maryland

The dynamic nature of field environments can present an elevated risk of accidents, but many of these are preventable. Field safety as a program area within most EH&S offices is a relatively recent trend. This session will focus on successful program development, collaboration, and effective training and outreach with perspectives from multiple universities.


Fume Hood Monitoring Optimization: A collaboration between EH&S, facilities, and the academic units
Erica Gonzaga & Cindy Mercado | University of Florida

The goal of this presentation is to help the audience: 1) Identify bottleneck areas in their processes and provide guidance on how to work through their issues in a similar collaborative approach. 2) Understand the challenges of implementing change and how to overcome the challenges for a smooth transition. 3) Understand the importance of building relationships outside of their own department to solve problems. 4) Recognize the importance of collaborative feedback from non-EH&S personnel. 5) Streamline their own fume hood monitoring process.

Crowd Management: What is it and what are the requirements?
Tracy Stark | University of California Riverside

Tracy presents an overview of the various types of fire safety curtains and of fire safety equipment, how they work, what the requirements are for inspections and maintenance according to NFPA and ANIS E standards. Attendees will understand common fire safety equipment. Learn the rules that apply. Learn inspection requirements.


Automation 101: Lessons learned from two years of hybrid working

Amy Orders | North Carolina State University

Participants in this session will be introduced to automation software, virtual collaboration platforms and novel interactive sites developed for safety/business management, remote operations of large athletic events and timely operations associate with COVID.


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Performing Hot Work Procedures in University Settings
Nathaniel Smith

The objective of this offering is to provide clear and concise procedures for managing Hot Work activities with appropriate fire prevention work controls in compliance with the Local Fire Codes, standards, and best practices.

Complete Safety Program Task Force Update
James Crandall | Pennsylvania State University
Justin Grillot | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

This session will provide CSHEMA members with an update on the progress of the Complete Safety Program Task Force and solicit feedback and future participation with the project.


Round Table: How do we ensure our ever-evolving, specialized and diverse research equipment is up to NRTL standards?
Meagan Fitzpatrick, Scott Loh & Steve Elwood | Princeton University

Princeton University is developing a policy that requires electrical equipment and installations be tested and labeled by a National Recognized Testing Laboratory in accordance with OSHA and the International Fire Code. Applying the draft policy to research lab equipment is a difficult task. University research labs are filled is a customs, one-of-a-kind piece of equipment that many times do not bear the NRTL label and field listing come with a high price tag. Our round table will start with presenting the regulation and Princeton's experience and end with a brainstorming session.


Actively Managing Lab Safety with the Raider Risk Assessment Management Program (RRAMP) at Texas Tech
Greg Kwolek | SafetyStratus

Learn about the integrated safety management system that now forms the basis for many EH&S functions at Texas Tech. At Texas Tech, the RRAP is the branded cloud-based deployment of the SafetyStratus safety management system. Join us for a discussion about how Texas Tech deployed their own innovative safety programs utilizing a configurable off-the-shelf cloud-based software platform. In the session, learn how Matt Roe and his EH&S team at Texas Tech selected and deployed the system with buy-in from all levels of the Texas Tech safety organizational hierarchy.


Program Evaluation to Improve EHS Performance
Scott Bourdon | California State University Chancellor's Office

This session offers opportunity to learn basic elements of an EHS Management System which can be used for consistency, prioritization, and goal setting. Learn the common EHS metrics associated with an EHS Management System and some program evaluation concepts. Hear about lessons learned from the multi-year program evaluation process at the CSU.


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

2021 Innovation Award Winner:
A Sustainable, Systems Redesign of Undergraduate Laboratories Using A Circular Economy Paradigm

Dr. Scott Wallen | Florida Polytechnic University

Scientific disciplines have recently embraced the necessity of adopting a systems approach to educating and impacting the world by understanding and solving the complex problems facing the global community. The approach combines the holistic view of a discipline as being within the whole environment where many factors affect outcomes. Recent directions in the discipline of chemistry highlight how imperative ethics and sustainability are to the role that scientists will play in solving pressing global challenges. As the discipline develops this approach in educating scientist and engineers, as well as informed citizens, one focus has been on developing courses or specific laboratories on green chemistry or sustainability. However, undergraduate laboratories in the chemical and life sciences generally do not use a systems approach for the overall design, implementation, and management of a laboratory course. This is one of the best opportunities to directly illustrating to students the systems framework through actual practice in undergraduate laboratories. Starting from the redesign concept of the laboratory as a circular economy the discussion will focus on this paradigm as an important aspect of a systems approach to laboratory course management and content. This approach can fulfill pedagogical goals, relate scientific concepts to real world systems and technologies such as issues involved in manufacturing, the reality of hazardous waste generated in chemical processes, and how to minimize it as well as the costs associated with a particular laboratory course. This is accomplished while practicing green chemistry and sustainability not as simply a part of the laboratory course but as a foundation for implementing the undergraduate laboratories in the chemical and life sciences.

Panel Discussion: Exploring the Intersection of EH&S and Public Health
Moderator: Dr. Robert Emery | University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
Panelists: 
Robin Izzo | Princeton University
Tolga Durak | MIT
Russell Furr | Standford University
Bill VanSchalkwyk | Harvard University 

Few practicing EH&S professionals routinely identify themselves as part of the “public health workforce” but EH&S is actually a subset of a very diverse professional community that collectively exists to prevent illness, injury, or death within populations. If EH&S professionals would only pause to consider the techniques and discoveries derived from other public health fields, lessons could be gleaned that could help us better manage risks. This panel discussion is specifically intended to get EH&S professionals “out of their box” by providing an overview of the broader field of public health and examples of public health in action within various college and university EH&S programs.


Characterizing 3D Printer and Emission Data at Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Lawson | Carnegie Mellon University

This session will provide data on volatile organic compound and particle emission data measured at Carnegie Mellon University during 3D printer and laser cutter use.  Current engineering controls in place will be described and their effectiveness will be evaluated based on the results of this study.

Lessons Learned: Let’s talk about incidents in research laboratories
Imke Schroeder & Craig Merlic | University of California Los Angeles

Learn to recognize the value of making incidents public. Tools will be presented to develop means to publish their Lessons Learned or collaborate with UCCLS. Attendees will gain knowledge to enhance their safety program by including lessons learned in their messaging to researchers.


Implementing and Managing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program
Kristen Robinson | Texas A&M University

This session will educate the learner on the components of a campus AED program, including steps for implementation and management of the program thereafter.


1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

ANSI/AIHA/ASSP Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation
Markus Schaufele | Northwestern University

Understand the standard setting environment for laboratory ventilation. Learn definitions and terminology used in laboratory ventilation. Understand the safety principles that underlie laboratory ventilation thresholds.


Establishing a Safety Culture Across a College
Cody Volkmann, Richard McColley, Sriram Sundararajan & Joel Johnson | Iowa State University

In this session, we will identity the safety management system techniques and risk assessment processes used to identify the gaps in safety and outline the steps taken to implement safety improvements. We will then present positive results from across the college and campus due to this collaboration.  These results include the development of processes for enduring safety in teaching laboratories and student organizations, fostering the basis of a safety culture, and creation of a safety commitment document for the college of engineering.


The Science and Power of Stories to Affect Our Risk Perceptions
Jonathan Klane | Senior Safety Editor at Lab Manager Magazine

We all love stories. Yet we fail to use them in communicating. Story science brings light to how they work, are powerful, and affect our risk perceptions and cognitive biases. Jonathan will relate and reveal much of the scientific research via stories.


A Lab Coat is Not Just a Lab Coat
Cintas

Why do lab workers have a challenge to manage the lab coats? Identify potential hazards/risks with common lab coat programs, Who should be involved in this project on your campus?, Avenues for funding, Vetting several solutions, How to partner with the right vendor, Marketing the solution to the end users, Solution implementation and ongoing management


Case Study: A Tale of Three Moves

Nancy Eaker | Texas A&M University

This session will use a case study to examine three different approaches to conducting a major lab relocation. Attendees will learn about the importance of careful planning and coordination when relocating multiple labs, engaging and communicating frequently and effectively with all stakeholders, and ensuring there is follow-thorough on closing-out the vacated space.


2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Understanding Chemical Fume Hood and Laboratory HVAC Systems
Dennis Terpin | University of Illinois Chicago (Retired)

Explore why the correct laboratory ventilation is essential. Discuss the diverse types of laboratory ventilation systems as well as the testing of and troubleshooting of LEV systems. We will also explore the challenges of shared laboratory spaces, cross contamination and decommissioning chemical fume hood.

Implementing an Electrical Safety Program at Texas A&M Utilities & Energy Services (UES)
Joseph Gallucci | Texas A&M University

The importance of standard operating procedures in regards to electrical safety program implementation will be presented. Learn how effective training for qualified persons can enhance NFPA 70E electrical safety practices implementation, how Arc Flash Incident energies are determined and why they are the basis of PPE selection, how pre-job hazard assessment can increase overall safety and why Lock Out/Tag Out is the foundation of electrical safety and how its implemented at Texas A&M UES.

Chemical Training at Small Colleges from Students to Beyond
Margaret Smallbrock | South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Joe Udelhofen | Carleton College

Participants will learn how we got creative on how to make chemical training more interesting and effective. The presentation will assist participants to learn how to work with what is available and that teamwork is an important resource to keep in mind. It is our goal that participants will take what we have done and adapt it for themselves.


Analysis of a Customized Chemical Safety Risk Rubric and the Impact at a R1 University
Esequiel "Zeke" Barrera & Brandon Foskey | University of Georgia

A systematic approach to flagging high risk chemical concerns will be presented, including EH&S tool facilitating a proactive compliance approach at the time of inspection and a mechanism for escalating enforcement actions for non-compliance based on current site observation or performance history.


How to Fix a Lab Safety Program That Has Failed Inspection
Jodi Ogilvie | University of Minnesota

Participants will learn how to: Identify and include important stakeholders from the research community. Evaluate needs across a state-wide system that has multiple campuses and types of research locations. Create a program that allows for continuous improvement. Document the requirements and processes so institutional knowledge isn't lost.



Tuesday, July 12, 2022

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Safety, Professionalism, and Ethics
Robin Izzo |
 Princeton University

Safety and professionalism, safety and ethics are both two sides of the same coin. By linking these values, we can reach more people and our message may be more impactful. Understand the ideals of professionalism and ethics and how they relate to safety. Explore ways to combine the concepts to strengthen the message.


Bomb Threats in 2021: Is the response different?
Jerilyn Roberts | South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The fall semester of 2021 had many bomb threats across the country occur at universities and colleges. This round table discussion is meant to gather lessons learned from all CSHEMA schools to help better prepare everyone for these types of situations in the future.


Hidden Hazards: One university’s journey to arc flash and electrical safety awareness
Beth Welmaker | Nova Southeastern University
Timothy Larson PE
Christopher Kneeland PE

This presentation is the journey that one university took to mitigate this significant risk, and provides an education of arc flash hazards using real-life illustrations

Call in the Consultants! The benefits of deploying periodic external safety reviews for Princeton’s PRISM Cleanroom
Steve Elwood & Meagan Fitzpatrick | Princeton University

Learn how Princeton University EHS uses periodic external safety reviews to ensure compliance and best practices within the PRISM Cleanroom Facility. Understand Princeton's external safety review process from developing a request for proposal to implementing report recommendations. Understand how external reviews can be used to provide an unbiased perspective when working through challenging safety problems. Recognize when external safety reviews can be strategic in providing evidence to institutional leadership when financial investment is needed.

Taking Science on the Road: Implementing safety initiatives for outreach and lecture demonstrations at the University of Minnesota
Brian Andersson | University of Minnesota

Attendees will gain better understanding of hazards associated with large-scale outreach demonstrations, how to perform risk and hazard assessments for outreach demonstrations, development of transportation protocols for chemicals and apparatus, and how to ensure the safety of the performers, audience, and student/child volunteers.


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Paving Potholes: The road to improving student organization safety
Jesse Decker | University of Wisconsin Madison

Attendees will learn how UW-Madison's College of Engineering Safety Office and Design Lab worked together to develop a respectful relationship with our student organizations. There will be a lot of discussion about what to look for in your student organization spaces and how to addre=s common safety concerns. There will also be discussion on how funding facilities upgrades for these "non-research/non-education" spaces can get done on a limited safety office budget.


Calling All Student Workers!
Amy Orders | North Carolina State University

Participants in this session will share experiences with student workers, programs, built and partnerships developed. For those with no experience or budget for student workers, this discussion will help build program ideas.


Management of Change (MoC) as a Foundational Value for Safety Programs
John DeLaHunt | University of Texas San Antonio

As 3D printing, especially in metal, becomes easier to access and integrate into pedagogy, campus EHS staff will find themselves intersecting with fire protection and occupational health and safety standards more regularly. This session intends to describe that landscape, as it currently stands, in the context of a campus experience installing a metal 3D printer.


What Might Visual Chemical Safety "Look Like"?
KJ Malone | ManGuard Systems, Inc

Imagine you are a worker who doesn't speak English as a primary language. Or doesn't read well. Or has cognitive or other learning challenges. How would you understand the hazards of the chemicals you are using and are exposed to? And how to respond in an emergency? What might a visual representation of chemical safety look like? How might you visually display the information the worker needs? Perhaps even specific to the particular job/use? Join us to hear what our voluntary working group that has been meeting since Nov 2021 has come up with so far and join the discussion!


Laboratory Safety and Emergency Services: Do you know what's coming if you call 9-1-1?
Eric Huhn | University of North Carolina Charlotte

This presentation will help the laboratory EHS professional consider the perspective of the fire service when they walk through their laboratory environments. After attending this presentation an EHS professional will have a better understanding of fire service concepts like "9Cfirst-due company”, “mutual aid”, “technical rescue”, “pre plan”, “incident management”, and other fire service practices during complex emergency situations.


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Investigating and Mitigating the Health Impacts of 3D Printer Emissions
Christa Wright

Participants in this session will learn the process for investigating potential health impacts of 3D printer emissions, explore mitigation strategies that minimize negative impacts on human health, observe application of mitigation strategies in a case study of a school setting and will leave with actionable items to apply to campus standards and spaces with 3D printers.


Strategic Planning for EHS Departments
Kristen Robinson & Nancy Eaker | Texas A&M University

We will review Texas A&M University Environmental Health and Safety's departmental strategic planning process including the following: Initial idea, planning process, required resources, Department's organizational structure, Goals/objectives of strategic plan, Executing first phase vs current phase, Challenges/lessons learned. We will discuss: Why strategic planning is important and perhaps necessary, Adapting to change, Scaling to work for departments of any size, Maintaining progress, Reviewing/measuring success.


Modernizing Shop Safety with Modern Tools for the EHS Professional
Greg Kwolek | SafetyStratus

Shop safety programs are continuously having to adapt to new types of shops, equipment, and user groups brought about by the quick modernization of shop programs. From traditional trade shops to modern maker spaces, and everything in between, there is no one size fits all approach to managing shop safety programs. Join Natalie Daranyi to learn about modernizing shop safety programs at the University of Washington, and how the SafetyStratus cloud-based safety management system was deployed as the cornerstone to lead the shop safety program through the 21st century.


2021 Innovation Award Winner:
Development and Implementation of a Hydrofluoric Acid Safety Program in An Academic Institution
Paul J Minor | Carnegie Mellon University

In 2018, the chemical safety team at Carnegie Mellon University developed and implemented a comprehensive Hydrofluoric Acid Safety Program. The goal of this safety initiative was to raise awareness of HF hazards, train users to handle incidents in their laboratories, mandate PPE requirements, identify spill response protocols, and establish a culture of safety.


1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Penn State’s Journey to a Safety Information System
James Crandall | Pennsylvania State University

This presentation will review the steps the Penn State EHS leadership team took to identify and gain critical stakeholder support; leadership and budgetary approval; and establishing the core system attributes our EHS team was looking for in a safety information system platform.


Panel Discussion:
Managing and leading EH&S in the new normal

Ken Smith | University of California

Was it the great resignation?  Was it the great retirement?  Was it the great renegotiation?  Today Campus EH&S Directors are confronting one of the most significant changes in its workforce.  EH&S employees are demanding hybrid work environments where their on-campus presence is limited to a few days a week, increased salaries, and greater job satisfaction and job advancement opportunities.  This panel will discuss these challenges and share ideas on how each of their institutions embraces these challenges.  They will share ways that they are developing innovative ways to increase diversity, adding creative retention benefits and professional development opportunities for their staff.  The panelists will also discuss robust succession planning strategies to enable sustainable staff growth and provide leadership continuity for their department. If you are not happy with your job and are looking for a great new work environment, come to this talk to see what these innovative Directors are doing now.

How You Can Leverage Incentive Programs to Build a Positive Safety Culture and Combat Burnout
Becky Grunewald & Veronica Thron | University of California Davis

This session will focus on practical tips to build positive programs (both big and small) at your institution that will start your relationship with researchers on the right foot, or get them back on track if they've gone off the rails. Positive programs also have a hidden benefit: they will recharge your staff, help to build morale, and reduce future conflict.


Hide and Seek: Searching for hazardous substances on campus
Dennis Terpin | University of Illinois Chicago (Retired)

Recognize that students think a little differently then we do.

After spending time with Dennis, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize that chemicals can be anywhere on our campuses.
  • Identify, and plan for responses to unusual places.
  • Understand that a small spill in the wrong place can cause major consequenes for the campus.
  • Recognize that eating the Brownies may not be in your best interest.
  • Preplanning for a large number of balloons for sale.


Building an 'Information Action Strategy'
Cary Usrey | SafetyStratus

This session seeks to lay the groundwork for developing a strategy around turning EHS data into actionable insights. In this session we will:

  • Discuss the structure and components of an information action strategy.
  • Describe effective communication methods to support the strategy.
  • Provide an information action plan sample and case study.

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Theater Fire Safety Curtains and Other Equipment: What’s required?
Tracy Stark | University of California Riverside

Learn of the specific hazards presented by chemicals and materials commonly found in art areas, how art materials are regulated, hazard mitigation, PPE, and specific ventilation techniques in order to support safe art activities.


PCBs: Historical and chemical background, environmental persistence, and contaminated site investigation of a Florida State University property
Benjamin Arline & Alex Strickland | Florida State University

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are one of the most globally dispersed and notoriously persistent organic pollutants used since the 1930s. Despite PCBs cessation of use over four decades ago, their environmental distribution is detectable in all layers of the ecosystem and can still be found in soils, sediments, and nearly every human being on earth. Ironically, since the recognition of environmental harm and banning of PCBs in industrial applications, historical remediation techniques have only further distributed PCBs throughout the environment. We will review the environmental effects of PCB’s, the implications of historical remediation techniques and review a case study involving PCB contamination at a Florida State University property. 

Controlled Substance Integrated Management System at University of Florida
Mark Yanchisin | University of Florida

The audience will receive an overview of the controlled substance program at UF, EH&S involvement and support throughout this process, and lesson learned and challenges to maintain a controlled substance registration, use and disposal.


Reimagining Resourcing Needs for EHS Programs in the New Normal: Sharing of the National University of Singapore Experience
Saravanan Gunaratnam | National University of Singapore

This presentation will share how University EHS programs have evolved based on COVID 19 and other emerging trends such as the globalization, industry 4.0, etc and the process to determine optimal FAE using lagging and leading indicators and benchmarking with institutions for similar scale.


Ultrafine Particles: The smallest stuff counts
Courtney Kerr | Eastern Virginia Medical School

This session will discuss particle generation, regulations, detection, and various potential control methods of ultrafine particles. A case study will highlight the challenges of particles from bone cutting and drilling, but other processes are also of concern.



Wednesday, July 13, 2022

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Control of Flammable and Combustible Dusts in Makerspaces
John DeLaHunt | University of Texas San Antonio

This session intends to describe that landscape, as it currently stands, in the context of a campus experience installing a metal 3D printer. Attendees will gain understanding of  metal 3D printing and its risks, codes and standards that bear on 3D metal printing risk mitigation, and the path one institution took to start 3D printing with combustible powders.

Review of the 2021 Salary Benchmarking Survey
Jerry Steward | Louisiana State University
Markus Schaufele | Northwestern University

Jerry will present a review of the 2021 Salary Benchmarking Survey data collected through the Research and Survey CoP.  The data will be compared to the salary data collected in 2017 and the available public data on salaries. EHS position salaries from almost 2,000 colleges and universities are presented from the 2021 CUPA salary survey


A Tale of One Safety Office's Structure and Empowering Your Safety Professionals
Bruce Brown | University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Ryan Lisk | University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Benchmark your safety office's structure with UTSouthwestern; gauge the advantages and disadvantages of merging Risk/Insurance, Business Continuity, and Safety ops together; unearthing the full potential of your safety professionals by empowering them to handle appropriate operations team building advantages by incorporation of recognition programs and inentivizing your superstars to perform at the highest levels of their capabilities; reevaluation of "who handles what?" in order to maximize professional efficacy.


Persuasion Science + Research: A practical approach to communicating sci-tech topics
Jonathan Klane | Senior Safety Editor at Lab Manager Magazine

Persuading others is tough. It's worse when the topic is high risk. In this session, Jonathan will compare and contrast techniques and strategies that don't work well wish 
those that work much better.

  • List and describe several of the researchers and their recommended best
    practices.
  • Explain the differences between confidence and trust.
  • Improve your own techniques for persuading others about the risks they face.

11:45 AM - 12:35 PM

Bringing Greater Justice and Equity to the Research Enterprise
Star Scott | University of Georgia

The goal of this presentation is to help participants start to make connections between laboratory facilities, research, sustainability and justice issues, and to expand our understanding of how EH&S and Green Labs professionals can positively influence these spaces to make our research operations more equitable.

Revamping a Controlled Substances Program
Sabine Fritz | University of Minnesota

Sabine presentation will focus on tips to help manage a Controlled Substances Program at a large institution, how to include stakeholders in policy revisions, and how to collaborate with external regulatory agencies to reach a mutually beneficial goal.


Protecting Hazardous and Dangerous Chemicals on College Campuses
CISA

CISA Chemical Security will provide insights into these questions, as well as explain how the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program relates to colleges and universities. Associate Director Murray will also introduce ChemLock, CISA’s new, completely voluntary chemical security program that provides facilities that possess dangerous chemicals no-cost services and tools to help them better understand the risks they face and improve their chemical security posture in a way that works for their unique circumstances.


Hidden Hazards in the Fine Arts
Zoe Nordquist | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Unlike undergraduate scientists, student artists often have little to no lab safety training before entering the studio, increasing the risk of art-related incidents and injuries. Many institutions also lack sufficient art safety resources and information. To better support campus artists, this session seeks to explore aspects of an effective art safety program and discuss ways the community of practice can create a consistent body of art safety information. Attendees will learn about overlooked hazards in the fine and performing arts and gain strategies to implement or improve your institution’s art safety program.
 


1:45 PM - 2:35 PM

Measuring the Safety Culture of an Institution
Thomas Briggs | Virginia Commonwealth University

This session is meant to explore the theory behind safety culture in academia and the principal variables involved: communication, working behavior and perception. As it relates specifically to research laboratories, the dependent variables are identified as working behavior and perception of those that work in the labs.

Change is Hard: Planning for laboratory transitions
Lauren Richardson, Ryan Burnette & Steve Halgren | Merrick & Company

Join Lauren at this presentation where attendees will:

  • Outline the stages of laboratory program transition
  • Identify stakeholders who should be involved in laboratory and science transition planning
  • Describe common challenges and lessons learned during laboratory transition
  • Plan for human and financial resources needs during transition.

Engaging and Leveraging Employees to Impact Safety and Health
Laura Duckworth & Shelomith Gonzalez | University of Virginia

Discover tools that have proven effective to increase employee engagement. Learn what tools can help you communicate more effectively with employees and management. Learn how to measure the increase and success of this approach.


Web 3.0: The blockchain and NFTs
Ken Smith | University of California

This talk will introduce attendees to the basics of decentralized and permissionless blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). We will explore this technology and see how these emerging protocols can be used to support our EH&S mission. We will use Proof Of Attendance Protocol (POAP) tokens as an example to see how this and other web 3.0 platforms can be used to credential employees and researchers in tracking and authenticating their safety training and occupation health records. 


A Fearless Vision of Research Safety Excellence at the University of Maryland
Miriam Sharp | University of Maryland

This presentation will cover the challenges and opportunities that were experienced in launching a new campus-wide safety culture program at the start of 2020. Miriam will identify lessons learned from the implementation of a safety culture initiative.


2:45 PM - 3:35 PM

Organizing Chemical Safety Information Resources: Beyond Google and the SDS
Ralph Stuart | Keene State College

The Internet hosts many different sources of chemical safety information. This toolbox will take a "hackathon" approach to assessing and prioritizing how these various resources can support chemical risk assessment in the laboratory setting. A template for assessing information sources will be presented and used to review specific sources.


Do You Want to Build a Dashboard? Maximizing Google Data Studio and Zapier
Amy Orders, Todd Becker & Joe Darkoh | North Carolina State University

Participants will interact in small discussions with three different virtual platforms, as well as contribute lessons learned from similar program experience of their own. Bring a device to access three projects (COVID Operations, Football Operations and Safety Metrics) and share ideas on what other tools could extend our limited and taxes capital and human resources.


A Data-Driven Methodology for Contractor Safety Management
Cary Usrey | SafetyStratus

This workshop presents a method that uses leading indicators that can be used proactively ensure quality contractor evaluation. Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify how can contractors be evaluated once work begins
  • Discuss metrics that can be used to perform this evaluation
  • Demonstrate what can be done to drive improvement once an evaluation is 
    completed


Adapt and Overcome: Transition from an internal to a purchased auditing system
Margaret Smallbrock | South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

One resource we always fall short on is time. We build systems internally due to limited budget to save time and money. At what point are we making more work for ourselves? We reached a tipping point when the documentation took longer than the actual process of auditing for safety on our campus. South Dakota Mines will show our journey of incorporating a low cost purchased system (i-Auditor) into our EHS processes. This system has provided a large time efficiency for our department.


Analytical Approach to Optimizing the Design of Windrow Composting Plant to Combat Climate Change
Vishal Sharma

In this session Vishal will discuss the adept schemes for successful to-composting of green waste and kitchen waste (food & fruit waste),its designing aspects, composting area sizing, capital and operational cost. The study with scalabity at two institutes was credited with 346 carbon credits and 564 quintals organic compost worth 8.71 and 16 lakhs respectively till inception in 2019.

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