Chemical Division Classes

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

10:15 am
Effectively Navigating NFPA’s Industry – and Commodity Specific Standards for Combustible Dust (Intermediate)  Mike Snyder, Managing Director, DEKRA.

NFPA 652 (2019), Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, serves as an overarching standard covering all combustible dusts, and creates a consistent set of fundamental requirements that can be applied to any industry or material.  NFPA 652 then directs users to the industry, or commodity-specific standards, and defines a hierarchy between it and the more specific standards.  The references and hierarchy can create confusion about what requirements exist and what options are available, based on the type of operation(s) employed at a facility.

The purpose of this talk is to guide safety practitioners in how to effectively and efficiently apply the appropriate industry and commodity standards to the specific combustible dust challenges at your facility.  The presentation will also provide case study examples that demonstrate how to navigate between the NFPA combustible dust standards to most effectively manage your hazards.

11:30 am
EPA Regulations – RMP, EPCRA, CERCLA, and Other Ammonia Regulations (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? This program will also include some additional information on ammonia regulations and how they apply to small businesses.

1:45 pm
Storing Flammable and Combustible Liquids in Containers using NFPA 30 (Intermediate)  Mike Marando, Senior Engineer, National Fire Protection Agency.

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 give 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.

3:15 pm
Pollution Emergency Alerting System – Reporting to PEAS – The why, when, and how (Basic)  Dana Bradt, PEAS Reporting, EGLE.

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

9:00 am
Michigan Aboveground Tank Regulations (Intermediate)  R. Jeff Tanner, Engineering Specialist, MDLARA, Bureau of Fire Services, Storage Tank Division.

This session will include a brief update and review of state regulations for AST’s that are enforced by the BFS-STD office.

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 (LEPCs):  Focus and Functions (Intermediate)  Brenna Roos, SARA Title III Planner, Michigan State Police, Emergency Management.

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, AECOM.

As safety professionals, we have a myriad of resources at our disposal whether that be procedures, policies, or a professional network.  However, conveying the importance of safety and answering the “why’s” for your team might not come so easily.  This session will explore how you can get off “Safety Island” and tactfully encourage your colleagues to climb aboard the safety program you want to create.

  • Chair:  Sarah Eck, PE, CCPSC, DEKRA
  • Vice-Chair:  Brad Blanchard, COSS, SK Saran Americas
  • Division:
  • Heather Chapman, Paradigm Safety
  • Jean Cronin, Cabot Corporation (retired)
  • Alyssa Latta, AECOM
  • Frank Manley, DuPont Safety & Construction-Performance Building Solutions
Future Meeting Dates

April 7-8, 2020, Grand Rapids, MI
April 13-14, 2021, Lansing, MI
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI
April 18-19, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
April 16-17, 2024, Grand Rapids, MI


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