New England Mini-Conference 2015

Event Details


Welcome: Presidents Message
Steve Roberge and Hilary Matthews, Axcelis Technologies, Inc.

EPA’s 2015 Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit
Suzanne Warner, Office of Ecosystem Protection, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the new 2015 Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) in early June. In order to prepare you for the 2015 MSGP, David J. Gray, PE, US EPA Region 1, will cover the significant changes from the 2008 MSGP. Strategies to avoid pitfalls with implementation will also be provided. The 2015 MSGP will apply to 30 industrial sectors in four states including Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In this presentation, we will focus on the changes in Massachusetts and also touch on New Hampshire as many companies have facilities in one or both of these states. The presentation will cover Significant changes to the MSGP (MA and NH), Important due dates, New electronic reporting requirements, and Strategies for Implementation.

Fire Detection Challenges for Next Generation Tools & Processing Technologies
Matt Wyman, KFPI LLC

Effective EHS Leadership to Deliver Business Value
Wilk, P.E. , Lisa (Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.)

In addition to having strong technical knowledge and experience, successful Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) professionals also need to be effective managers and leaders. While ISO/OHSAS and other EH&S management systems facilitate “managing” the EH&S aspects of an organization, EH&S organizational “leadership” is important for achieving strong results. EH&S professionals are often challenged with communicating across varying functional areas, and need to be able to influence up, down, and sideways through their organizations to be able to successfully implement programs and effect positive changes. Clear mechanisms for communicating, driving and measuring performance are critical. A key aspect of communication is ensuring alignment with stakeholders, as well as core business objectives. EH&S professionals need to ensure that they are effectively integrated and aligned with the core business of their organizations. Understanding the overall organizational vision, and taking a bigger picture view of EH&S within the context of this larger vision, provides a framework around which EH&S leaders can think and plan strategically to ensure the success of their organization and strong transformational EH&S leadership. By proactively preparing for anticipated stakeholder expectations, EH&S professionals can help their organizations achieve a competitive advantage. Most high tech companies recognize the need for innovation to deliver products and services more quickly, more economically, and with better results. EH&S managers also need to innovate to deliver “faster, cheaper, smarter”. Moving beyond compliance and management systems, EH&S professionals need to be thinking about and acting to transform their organizations to achieve extraordinary outcomes. As the famous business writer Peter Drucker says, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. This presentation will provide a quick overview of the following key leadership concepts, review challenges and identify examples of ways in which EHS professionals can and are addressing these important leadership areas: Understanding & Aligning with Overall Company Vision, Strategic Thinking and Planning, Innovation, Communication, Influence & Motivation (with or without Authority), Driving and Measuring Success, and Transformational Leadership. Thoughts on what makes an effective leader and how EH&S professionals can be effective leaders to deliver value to their organizations will be presented. Discussion and sharing of leadership challenges and successes is encouraged during or after the presentation.

MA Forktruck Licensing requirements: What is a “Hoisting License” and Do You Need One?
Martin Lewis, CIH, CSP, CPEA – TRC Environmental Corp.

Forklift, Powered Industrial Truck, Manlift, Scissorlift, Boomlift, FrontEnd Loader, BobCat, SkidSteer, Cranes, Hoists call it what you want but these are all examples of equipment that could require a special license in Massachusetts effective 2013. Become compliant with the law and OSHA requirements for forklift safety by gaining the knowledge presented on this hot topic. Are you compliant? Attend the presentation that explains this state law passed November 8, 2013 and the important exemptions filed November 14, 2014 that could get your company out of this regulation that has the ability to assess fines up to $5,000 for violations.

ISO 14001 2015 revision
TRC Environmental Corp.

Corporate Responsibility – Measuring Success

The high tech / semiconductor industry faces numerous regulatory and voluntary reporting requirements associated with corporate responsibility and sustainability. In addition to aligning programs with key stakeholder expectations, a successful sustainability program is directly related to a company’s ability to identify and measure the “right” performance indicators. Additionally, organizations need to be able to rapidly identify results and respond to key indicators. In a January 2015 benchmark survey report issued by the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM), 91% of EHS Managers said that one of their top responsibilities is “reporting to meet internal and external requirements”. Programs need to identify the appropriate trends, leading process metric indicators, and result metrics to monitor and achieve objectives. Additionally, the collection, management, analysis and reporting of this data presents several challenges. Similar information may need to be presented in multiple venues and format, yet must be consistent. Trends must be visible and real-time access to information is necessary for ready-response. Effective and efficient systems need to be in place for planning, reporting, and action. This presentation will review case study examples of specific mechanisms for effectively and efficiently addressing these requirements. This presentation will provide examples of key indicators used by leading high tech /semiconductor companies, and identify important considerations for identifying and tracking metrics. Additionally, the presentation will demonstrate examples of how a unified data management system application using readily available technology can integrate with multiple existing information sources to simplify data collection, validation, management, and real-time reporting. A successful program has its roots in data management. Many companies utilize e-mail, Excel, and Access for data acquisition and reporting. While these are powerful tools, they can cause many risks if not properly controlled and documented. Due to the increasing availability of internal or external cloud or web-based database solutions in the form of custom applications or software suites, many of these risks can be reduced if not abated all together. With the increasing visibility of EH&S performance information to multiple stakeholders, it is imperative that the data be consistent, readily accessible, valid and verifiable. This data is the basis for reports to regulatory agencies, customers, non-governmental organizations, employees and company management. Be on the cutting edge, and learn how your organization can potentially improve the effectiveness of its measurements and tracking to ensure successful results.

FTIR Technology
Joel Myerson, Safety Inc.

FTIR Analysis can be an extremely useful tool for a variety of EHS applications. This presentation will describe several uses which demonstrate the FTIR’s flexibility and provide case studies illustrating these points.



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