2013 EHS Compliance Excellence Conference Preliminary Agenda


Are you responsible for prioritizing actions to reduce risk for your company? Do you feel more challenged than ever with the broad scope of responsibilities within the EHS function? This conference will look in-depth at that dilemma, and provide new perspectives on how to ensure compliance and reduce risk at your organization. Come prepared to discuss your challenges and hear how other companies have excelled to guarantee they are at or beyond regulatory requirements.


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8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9 - 9:15 a.m. Official Welcome and Introductions
9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Seeing the Big Picture as a Strategic EHS Manager

How do you pursue strategic EHS objectives when each new day brings a new set of urgent priorities? This session will help you break the cycle of reactive task management so you can better run your department, improve your performance or move up in your company. The speakers will also share strategies for:


  • Managing competing demands
  • Prioritizing actions
  • Optimizing your most important resource: your staff
  • Hitting targets and delivering success in EHS compliance and stewardship


  • Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations; 3M Co.
  • Dunny Toy, Global EHS Manager; Minerals Technologies Inc.


10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Domestic and International Regulatory Update

Coming out of a robust discussion on strategic tactics, this compliance update will target the most critical regulatory developments. The update will address areas that companies are seeing the most changes and regulatory oversight, including:


  • Nano engineered chemicals
  • Interstate transportation
  • Air emissions
  • TSCA Reform


  • Rachel DegenhardtRegulatory Consultant; ENHESA

11:45 a.m. -

12:30 p.m.


12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Strategies for Identifying Legal Requirements and Determining Applicability

Do you struggle to determine whether specific regulations are applicable to your operations? What is the best way to remain up-to-date about changes? This session will provide case studies on the networks and systems that companies have developed to ensure they are up on the latest legal requirements that affect them.


  • Dawn KruegerEnvironmental Compliance Assurance Manager; 3M Co.
  • JP Salgado, Corporate Environment Health & Safety Manager; Oracle
  • Karen Yeadon, Manager of Environment, Health & Safety; Rosemount Inc. 
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

GHS Implementation and Training strategies

With the first stage of GHS compliance beginning in December, EHS managers have a large responsibility to train employees and prepare for the next phases through 2016. This session will share case studies of how companies are preparing their employees through communications and training. The speakers will also address how this process is playing out around the globe.


  • Tom Hawkinson, Manager, Environment, Health and Safety; The Toro Co.
  • Timothy M. O'Brien, Ph.D., Director of Product Safety & Compliance/Corporate Toxicologist; ECOLAB
3:15 - 5 p.m.

Challenge Question Discussion

Following a crowd-sourcing model, this session will utilize smaller teams to work together and help each other. The groups will use their collective knowledge to answers questions that impact all of us.


Topics to be discussed include:


  • Staying current on regulations
  • Ensuring compliance from afar
  • Approaches to working with regulators
  • Maintaining regulatory competence at all levels
  • Utilizing ISO 14001 to manage compliance
5 - 6 p.m.

Networking Reception

8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Identifying and prioritizing EHS Risk

How do you prioritize risk and allocate resources to manage it? Whether your company is challenged by staffing numbers, a public spotlight or stiff regulatory enforcement, the presenters will offer insights into risk analysis that can bring clarity to your issues.


  • Tim Dunn, Environmental Policy and Compliance Manager; Best Buy
  • Frank A. Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co.
  • Zhaleh NaghibzadehSenior Manager - HSE Programs and Processes; PepsiCo - North America Beverages
  • Kara L. Udarbe, HSE Manager; PepsiCo - North America Beverages


10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. -

12 p.m.

Effective EHS Auditing Around the Globe

Auditing remains the foundation of an effective global EHS management program. This session will examine the critical elements of EHS auditing programs, with specific attention to best practices in data gathering, records management, presentation of audit results to senior management, and corrective action programs.


  • Don Bezek Jr., Global EHS Manager; Donaldson Co. Inc.
  • Patrick Smith, Senior Environmental Engineer; Donaldson Co. Inc.
  • Majo Thurman, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.


12 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 2 p.m.

Instant Benchmarking Session

Using a handheld polling control, you will see immediate benchmarking results and have a discussion on a variety of compliance issues including:


  • Compliance policies
  • Organizational structure
  • Staffing levels
  • Job responsibilities
  • Use of third party auditors
  • Performance Metrics


  • Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader – Global Environment; General Mills Inc.
2 p.m. Conference Adjourns
2:30 - 4 p.m. NAEM Upper Midwest Chapter Meeting

Interested in speaking?


Are you an EHS or leader with a case study to share? Contact Mike Mahanna, Program Director, at mike@naem.org or call (202) 986-6616 to learn about speaking opportunities.


About NAEM

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