Which Course is Right for You?
Courses are designed to meet the needs of attendees with varying degrees of proficiency in the subject matter. Proficiency levels are identified for each course as NOVICE, INTERMEDIATE, or ADVANCED.
Novice | Intermediate | Advanced
Novice: I know nothing about this subject.
Intermediate: I know something about this subject.
Advanced: I know this subject.
Air Quality Courses
Air permitting basics in North Carolina including:
- Overview of 2Q .0102 Permit Exemptions
- State and federal permitting requirements for stationary sources
- Types of permits issued for different source categories
- Procedural requirements associated with each type of permit
- Differences between state and federally enforceable requirements
- Recent updates to permitting rules and policies
- Details to consider when submitting air permit applications and modeling will be addressed.
NC DAQ has updated their policy for community outreach including considerations for environmental justice. How will enhanced outreach affect capital projects that require new or modified air permit?
This presentation will discuss:
- NC DAQ’s enhanced outreach policy and the impact on project timelines
- Environmental Justice and the importance of communicating with the surrounding community
- Federal emphasis on EJ requirements for overburdened communities
- Regulatory impacts including modeling considerations
- Early involvement of environmental regulatory staff and consultants in the project design
- Developing permit applications to allow for future operational flexibility
- Benefits of project aggregation
President Biden’s has directed a “whole-of-government” approach to achieve 50% GHG reduction goal from 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero emissions from the entire U.S. by 2050.
This presentation will answer questions about this ambitious goal, including:
- How will these initiatives impact manufacturing in the US?
- Will the Biden Administration integrate Environment Sustainability Governance (ESG) programs consistently with standardization measures anticipated by the Securities Exchange Commission?
- What is the role of supply chains to help with accurate ESG reporting?
Energy & Sustainability Courses
An update on energy and climate policy initiatives at all levels of government. What are the policies? What do they mean to manufacturers in North Carolina? including:
- Biden Infrastructure Plan
- CLEAN Futures Act
- Hitting net carbon goals
- Takeaways from Glasgow UN Climate Conference
- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
- Federal program impacts on NC policy
We are seeing our share of storms, drought, and pandemic. International supply chain disruptions are affecting manufacturing productivity. This course will explore several key sustainability issues in manufacturing, which may include:
- Electrification and natural gas management
- Supply chain management issues related to ESG and/or COVID
- Recycling market challenges/solutions
In February this year the state of Texas experienced massive failure of their power grid leaving millions of homes and businesses without electricity in a winter storm. The state was unprepared and unable to import electricity from other states because of their self-imposed isolation from the national grid.
Much of North Carolina industry relies on Duke Energy to maintain reliable power. Are we vulnerable to a Texas style system failure? Find out the latest on energy management in North Carolina including:
- Renewable energy initiatives
- Differences between NC and Texas
- Future of nuclear power in NC
Current and relevant topics related to Environmental Social Governance (ESG) initiatives and how they relate to responsibilities for EHS personnel including:
- GHG management and target setting (e.g., net-zero, science-based targets, carbon offsets)
- Circular economy and waste goals (e.g., zero waste)
- Cost/benefits of ESG goals
- Managing stakeholder pressures
- Ethical sourcing
An overview of technologies that are anticipated to be an important part of the transition to a low-carbon world including:
- Feasibility of using Hydrogen as fuel and understanding the methods of carbon production
- Carbon capture (e.g., in cement)
- Technologies to measure carbon removal (e.g. Pachama)
- Solar and Wind options
- Energy Storage
- Improving transmission to get new energy sources where they are needed
A detailed look at House Bill 951 and the energy policy perspectives among stakeholders that shaped the ultimate outcome.
If the Bill passes, this will be a look at the costs, the details of the bill and how they will affect your business.
If the Bill fails, this will be a postmortem review of what went wrong and why after all these months we could not pass a bill.
Occupational Safety & Health Courses
A general overview of OSHA changes that may affect your business presented by Senior Leadership at NC Department of Labor.
During pandemic, active shooter incidents in the workplace decreased, but are on the rise as we return to a semblance of post-COVID normalcy. Do your employees remember how to identify and respond to potential threats in the workplace?
Ensuring that your workforce knows how to react quickly when workplace violence erupts doesn’t happen by chance. Training and customized site planning are essential. From cost analysis to OSHA impact and post-incident recovery, this course will provide the foundation your organization needs to develop or refine a response plan for workplace violence and active shooter mitigation scenarios.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
- Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
- Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
- Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.
Each manufacturing setting has unique hazards, so where do you begin when determining what risks are present and which hazards to tackle first? Using the traditional industrial hygiene paradigm of recognition, evaluation, and control, this session will share tactics on what to look for, what questions to ask, and what to prioritize when characterizing industrial hygiene risks within these settings. Whether it be for proactive, reactive, or compliance-based reasons, companies are familiar with industrial hygiene sampling from afar, but what about the decision making behind it? This presentation will focus on the concepts behind characterizing industrial hygiene risks and the critical role it plays in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.
As we emerge from pandemic, the way we work is changing. new challenges call for new ideas in health and safety management to protect workers and maintain productivity. How will we accommodate remote work and protect workers who need to be onsite? Do physical and mental well-being require different measures in a post-pandemic environment? What generational considerations benefit an effective workplace?
This session is recommended for responsible professionals who Classification of accidents can be very confusing and is critical for accurate OSHA 300 logs and supporting documentation. There are several OSHA Recordkeeping concepts and associated terminology that facility professionals charged with tracking near miss, recordable and lost time accidents still do not fully understand. This presentation clears the significant confusion which will improve the accuracy of OSHA 300 logs by explaining the “often misunderstood” concepts of OSHA recordkeeping. It also includes an overview of OSHA’s most recent recordkeeping interpretations over the past several years.
Managing and maintaining the OSHA 300 log can be a daunting task. So many nuances make decision-making a challenge for recordkeepers. This presentation explains how to make those decisions and improve the accuracy of the OSHA injury and illness records, thus reducing the possibility for large OSHA penalties.
What kinds of inspections are conducted at your facility? There are literally thousands of things that require inspection at most any industrial facility. In addition to 60-day machine guard audits and monthly fire extinguisher inspections, employers should also audit programs, systems, changes, etc.
There are numerous types of inspections that should be conducted at industrial facilities to maximize worker safety. This course describes them and how to effectively implement a thorough inspections and audit program involving employees at every level to meet OSHA requirements and to protect workers.
Special Topics Courses
Having a good relationship with your surrounding community is a vital part of business in today’s world. What are some key pieces of a successful and robust community outreach plan? Technical advice using a behavior-based approach assessing an individual’s reasoning, inferring, and decision-making processes to influence unwanted or risky behaviors. Hear from industry experts with real world examples.
Compounds of emerging concern are showing up in products all around us and ending up in our natural environment. Attention has been focused on PFAS for several years. Now 1,4-Dioxane is set to overtake the conversation on emerging contaminants. With growing public attention and regulatory action looming, what are the next practical steps a company can take?
The growing interest in PFAS and 1,4-Dioxane creates concern with how to treat findings during an environmental compliance audit. This presentation will review:
- Pros and cons of environmental compliance auditing
- Attorney-client privilege
- Best practices
- Processes and policies related to audits
- Self-disclosure under North Carolina and Federal law.
In recent years, manufacturers in North Carolina have faced increasing business threats from hurricanes, flooding, materials shortages, and global pandemic. Which strategies have been effective to avoid loss in productivity? What can manufacturers do to build resiliency? This session will focus on lessons learned from these events and identify how industries can best prepare for future challenges.
Waste Management Courses
A thorough overview of Hazardous Waste Management Regulations including components of the New Generator Improvement Rule adopted into North Carolina Regulations in March 2018.
- Small and Large Quantity Generator classifications
- container management standards, including labels, manifest, contingency plans, and training
- Satellite Accumulation Area requirements
- Daily management of nuisance hazardous waste such as solvent wipes, aerosol cans and spent light bulbs
It seems every company has an abandoned facility or idle acreage about which rumors exist! This course will help put that “unknown risk” squarely in the resolved category by discussing the pros and cons of remediation of contaminated property under North Carolina’s voluntary remediation action program. Students will review notification requirements, cleanup levels, and treatment options for some of the common site cleanup issues. Most important, the course will help attendees know when the nightmare can end.
We’ve all faced it. Our plants cannot escape the “long arm of the law” and at some point, a DEQ inspector will want to review container management and disposal practices for hazardous wastes generated onsite.
This course will help you understand:
- How to prepare for the inspection
- The best way to conduct the plant’s side of the inspection
- When to voluntarily disclose non-compliance.
Water Quality Courses
PWS treatment system design should focus on all PFAS compounds undergoing toxicological studies and subject to potential regulations. USEPA is actively seeking to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) compounds and at least 29 other PFAS compounds.
This session will present technical information through two case studies.
Case Study One: The Town of Maysville, NC is currently addressing per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds in the Town’s drinking water well and public water supply (PWS) system with a PFAS treatment system designed to attain the lowest detection levels.
Case Study Two: This study addresses two topics concerning PFAS in wastewater. First, does the amount of particulate present in an influent sample cause PFAS to partition within the matrix? We examine how solubility and chain length of these compounds effect partitioning behaviors. Second, we examine how to properly measure both known and unknown PFAS precursor compounds in both influent and effluent.
Existing water resources are under increased pressure due to growing populations. Industries across all sectors are actively pursuing sustainability programs to minimize water withdrawal and consumption. Competition for scarce water resources is leading to business disruption, brand damage and the loss of the license to operate.
This course provides information to improve understanding and communication the social and economic value of water management including:
- The value of water management ranging from corporate responsibility to specific economic impacts.
- Reasons to manage water
- Identifying areas of vulnerability in a facility’s water supply source and wastewater discharge
- World Economic Forum
- CDP reporting to track specific companies and sectors
- How investors and consumers use reported information
Basic topics related to stormwater/wastewater regulatory compliance. The broad range of issues will be discussed in two 1-hour sessions.
Parts 1 and 2 will cover:
- Creating clear, measurable SWMPs
- Resilient stormwater solutions
- Generating and Understanding Wastewater laboratory data
- Basic understanding of Wastewater regulation
- Impact of emerging contaminants on the future of regulation