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Beyond Compliance: Achieving EH&S Excellence

NAPA continues with its "Beyond Compliance" conference tailored exclusively to issues of environment, health, and safety (EH&S) at asphalt plants and paving sites. "Beyond Compliance: Achieving EH&S Excellence" will provide practical, timely, and relevant information on managing current hazards and risks in the asphalt pavement industry. The conference, co-located with World of Asphalt 2015 in Baltimore, begins at noon on Monday, March 16, and ends at noon on Tuesday, March 17. Sessions are divided into concurrent environmental and health & safety tracks. The conference will continues to feature world-class presenters and practitioners offering a laser-like focus on issues unique to the asphalt production and construction industry.

Monday, March 16

12:15 - 12:45 PM

EH&S Leadership/Employee Engagement
Lee Cole, Oldcastle Materials

Learn from industry leaders about the importance of EH&S commitment, why achieving EH&S excellence makes business sense, and how it can instill workplace engagement and pride.

12:45 - 2:15 PM

Regulatory Outlook

With less than a year remaining in the current U.S. Executive Branch term, understand how the changing political landscape may effect regulatory decision-making now and into the immediate future.  Understand the factors that drove EH&S regulation over the last five years, and hear from agency officials and other stakeholders what is in store over the next five years.  Specifically, EH&S regulatory agency representatives will outline their top programs, review their past successes and challenges, and provide the audience a glimpse into what's next.  Hear how industry stakeholders help to minimize regulatory impact to small businesses like asphalt pavement companies.  And learn about how Congressional advocacy can help curtail regulatory agency overreach.


12:45 - 1:30 PM

Agency Perspective

Dorothy Dougherty (invited), Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. OSHA; Lisa Feldt (invited), Acting Deputy Administrator of U.S. EPA


1:30 - 2:15 PM

Addressing Regulatory Burden

Keith Holiman (invited), Managing Director for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Wayne Valis (invited), Valis Associates (former staff assistant to three U.S. Presidents)

2:15 - 3:15 PM

EH&S Information Management Systems

Hear about one company’s efforts to continually improve their comprehensive EH&S management system. Understand how these systems can be used to help ensure continued compliance with EH&S regulations.  Here from product vendors about their latest EH&S management software innovations.

3:45 - 5:15 PM

Addressing Community Concerns Associated with Asphalt Plants
Bob Beyke, Milestone Construction; Chris Monahan, Lane Construction

Environmentally informed and active communities are increasingly concerned about emissions associated with industrial activities, including asphalt plants nearby their communities. Session will assist asphalt plant operators and owners in knowing what tools are available to help educate nearby community residents and dispel misperceptions.

Preparing for and Managing Regulatory Inspections and Emergencies
Richard Wobby, AGC of Vermont

Regulatory agency inspections at asphalt plants can be worrisome. This session will assist plant personnel in understanding what needs to occur when an inspector walks up to your gate or what needs to happen during an emergency.

Tuesday, March 17

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Safe Handling of Petroleum Asphalt
Barry Gundersen, Gundersen Consulting; Curt Benefield, Benefield Consulting

Handling of petroleum asphalt binder needs to be done with care due to the elevated temperature and potential fumes. Learn the proper way to manage acute hazards associated with handling asphalt at a mixing facility: burns and hydrogen sulfide (H2S).

Storing Asphalt Rejuvenators and SPCC Tank Inspection and Testing Guidance
Bernie Bigham, Chesapeake Environmental; Karissa Mooney, HollyFrontier Refining

Ever since the tank rupture and spill in West Virginia, state and federal agencies, and the public, are increasingly concerned about storage of petroleum liquids.  Understand compliance obligations associated with storage of asphalt and rejuvenators.

10:15 - 12:15 AM

Managing Asphalt Plant Odors and Emissions
Dennis Hunt, Gencor; Dr. Laura Haupert, Ecosorb - OMI; Catherine Sutton-Choate, Astec Industries; speaker to be announced

Community concerns often focus on asphalt plant odors.  This session will identify technologies and methodologies used to reduce asphalt plant odors, mitigate "blue smoke", and control fugitive emissions.

Implications of the Silica Rule: Milling Machines and Exposure Assessment
Speakers to be announced

OSHA's new Silica Rule, once promulgated, will change the way construction workers address protection from respirable crystalline silica exposure.  Even though the industry has been active in working with regulators to ensure milling machine exposures are well-controlled, there are other aspects of the proposed Rule that will require construction companies to manage this hazard.