EHS&S and Sustainability National Conference hosted by ChemStewards®

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May 18, 2011
Houston, TX

EHS&S and Sustainability National Conference SponsorsOfficial Media Partner: C&EN
In conjunction with Informex Specialty Chemical Exchange

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The EHS&S National Conference will focus on the concept of sustainability and how it is defined for small and medium-sized chemical companies. Presentations and panel discussions will address sustainability from a practical standpoint and cover how SOCMA members are changing their business models accordingly. Government agency representatives will present on new programs being offered to assist companies in achieving more sustainable operations, and how this will impact the EHS&S profession.


International Year of ChemistryWHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Informex Specialty Chemical Conference attendees
  • SOCMA’s national membership
  • Non-members associated with chemical manufacturing and affiliates with an interest in sustainability
  • Students and educators (special rate available)

CONFERENCE AGENDA: (subject to change)
7:00am – 9:00am
Hosted by SOCMA Membership: Senior Director of
Membership, Dolores Alonso and Membership
Manager, Melissa Morse

8:00am - 9:00am – Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00am - 9:10am – Welcome, Opening Remarks and Review of Agenda for the day

  • Speakers: Lawrence Sloan, President and CEO of SOCMA and Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Director of ChemStewards®

9:10am - 9:15am – Keynote Speaker and Panel

  • Introductions by Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Director of ChemStewards®
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor, holder of T. Michael O’Connor Chair I in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University

9:15am - 9:45am – Business and Sustainability

  • Keynote Speaker

9:45am - 10:25am – Sustainability Discussion Panel

  • Executives of SOCMA member companies discuss how companies are participating in the business of sustainability and how their business strategies have changed.
  • Panel Includes: Mike Gromacki, Vice President of Operations, Chief Sustainability Officer of Dixie Chemicals, Melanie Brooke-Lander, Director of HS&E Programs and Sustainability of Baker Hughes, Cyro Pecora, Jr., Global Operations Director and Business Manufacturing Leader of Dow AgroSciences, A.W. Armstrong, Program Manager of U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. 

10:25am - 10:40am – Scheduled Break (Refreshments and Networking)

10:40am - 11:10am – U.S. Coast Guard Regulatory Updates

  • Introductions by David Fortune, Director of Sales and Marketing, KMCO, LP
  • Speaker: Lieutenant Commander Norbert J. Pail, U. S. Coast Guard Chief, Prevention Department, Marine Safety Unit Galveston
  • Topic: Deep Seafarer Access & Certificates of Adequacy and Hazardous Material Transfers Operations

11:10am - 11:30am – Chemical Industry National Emphasis Program

  • Speakers: Mhekeba Hager, HSAO PSM Assistant Area Director, Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

11:30am - 12:00pm – Sustainability and Loss Prevention

  • Speakers: Chartis Insurance

12:00pm - 1:00pm – Lunch and Networking (Sponsored by Chartis Insurance)

1:00pm - 1:30pm – CFATS Pre-Audit Discussion

  • Panel Includes: Gregory Eatmon, Security Manager of Global Physical and Regulatory Security Programs of Baker Hughes, Bill Montgomery, CPP, Director of Security Services for Roberts Law Group, and Chris Millard, Global Product Manager for Dupont Building Innovations.

1:30pm - 2:00pm – Integrated Management System New database tool demonstration*

  • Introductions by Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Director of ChemStewards®
  • Speakers: Tyce Workman, Environmental Manager of Gabriel Performance Products, LLC

2:00pm - 2:30pm – EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations Update

  • Speaker: Bill Allmond, Vice President of Government Relations

2:30pm - 3:00pm – Department of Homeland Security

  • Speakers: Theresa Miller, Chemical Sector-Specific Agency
  • Topic: Voluntary Security Efforts, Free Resources available, and the Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Chemical Sector

3:00pm - 3:15pm – Scheduled Break (Refreshments and Networking)

3:15pm - 3:45pm – ChemStewards® Green Metrics and Sustainability Award

  • Speaker: Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Director of ChemStewards®

3:45pm - 4:15pm – Sustainability–  Marketing Opportunity or Legal Challenge?

  • Speaker: Jacqueline A. Simmons, Partner, Baker & Daniels LLP 
  • Topic: This presentation will focus on several Sustainability components.  Will making “sustainable” products open new markets?  Who determines whether a product is “sustainable” and what legal effect does that have?  How do our customers measure their “sustainability” purchases?

4:15pm - 4:45pm – Outlook for the Specialty Chemical Industry & Closing Remarks

  • Speaker: Lawrence Sloan, President and CEO of SOCMA
  • Q&A

*Gabriel Performance Chemicals has developed a database to integrate ChemStewards®, ISO14001, ISO9001:2008 and OSHA 18001 management systems. This program makes auditing and systems management more efficient. The executives of Gabriel Performance have made this tool available to all members of SOCMA at no cost.


Registration Fees:
SOCMA Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free (Must be registered to attend)
Early-bird (before April 18) . . . . . . . $49.00
Regular price (after April 18) . . . . . $69.00
Student price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25.00

Hilton America’s Ball Room
1600 Lamar
Houston, Texas 77010
Ph (713) 739-8000

Note: SOCMA does not have a room block at the Hilton Americas-Houston.  Click here for more information on reserving a room at the Hilton Americas-Houston under the Informex Specialty Conference room rate of $169 per night.

NOTE: The National Conference is taking the place of the ChemStewards® Regional Roundtable meetings.

Questions? Call Molly Muilenburg at (202)-721-4134.

In Association with:

Informex Specialty Conferences 2011Informex Specialty Chemical Exchange
May 19, 2011
Houston, TX
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