CIHS 2019 Program

Day 1
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Morning Session


Opening Session

10/29/2019 8:30 AM   -   10/29/2019 12:00 PM

Astronaut Mike Mullane will deliver a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. Next, Captain Kevin Okonski of the Houston Fire Department will speak on the importance of establishing relationships between the public sector and private sector; best practices for incident communication; productive ways to establish joint training initiatives between industry and the fire service; and how industry partners can help support the emergency responders in the communities in which they operate. Following the keynotes, and a break, attendees will hear welcoming remarks from our Chief Executive, John Modine, as he discusses some of the new initiatives happening with CHEMTREC®.

Astronaut Mike Mullane – Countdown to Safety

Astronaut Mike Mullane presents Countdown to Safety

Colonel Mullane will deliver a powerful message on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. Mullane will recount his own near-death experience in a fighter jet, when he failed to speak up about an unsafe situation. At a critical moment in a hazardous operation, Mullane surrendered his responsibility for safety to someone else and became a “safety passenger”. The result was his and the pilot’s narrow escape during their ejection from the crashing jet.

Upon Colonel Mullane’s graduation from West Point in 1967, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. As a Weapon Systems Operator aboard RF-4C Phantom aircraft, he completed 134 combat missions in Vietnam. Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the Space Shuttles Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & 36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.

Captain Kevin Okonski of the Houston Fire Department

We are excited to announce an additional keynote speaker to our Opening Session of the CHEMTREC International Hazmat Summit. In light of the recent incidents that have occurred in the Greater Houston metropolitan area, we feel it’s critical for industry partners to hear from the emergency responder community.
I am the result of 47 years of people investing their lives into mine, with the hope of me being profitable to others. I must give credit to my family, then at the age of 24 my extend family.

For the past 23 years, it has been my pleasure to serve through the Houston Fire Department. The beginning of my career was serving as a fire fighter/ paramedic, with the last 17 years serving proudly on the Houston Hazardous Material Response Team, 13 years of that as a Hazmat captain. The return from those who have invested in me has not only been with the Hazardous Material Response Team, but also with Texas TRANSCAER as the training coordinator.

Day 1
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Afternoon Sessions

Track 1 - Improving Carrier Relationships

10/29/2019 1:30 PM   -   10/29/2019 5:30 PM

Explore the relationship between suppliers and carriers and how to manage risk in the chemical supply chain. Speakers will discuss the value of the Responsible Care® program, building carrier relationships, and how CHEMTREC® is a vital link in addressing security issues. The discussion will dive further into how transportation emergency response is different from a fixed facility response and highlight issues shippers should be considering.

  • Lori Pavlish, Dow
  • Rick Lusby, Highway Transport
  • Greg Rhoads, ACC Responsible Care
  • Andy Elkins, Association of American Railroads

Track 2 - Complying with Regulatory Training Requirements

10/29/2019 1:30 PM   -   10/29/2019 5:30 PM

Hear from industry leaders on what their companies are currently doing for training to meet regulatory requirements. Speakers will discuss their best practices and associated challenges when conducting training. Learn about company specific training needs and the challenges large companies face with consistent training both in the US and throughout the world. A presentation on the importance of first responders and industry training and implementing TRANSCAER® at the state level will also be given.

  • Mark Kramer, Anderson Development
  • Rebecca Csurilla, Covestro
  • Rhonda Jessop, Labelmaster
  • Captain Kevin Okonski, Houston Fire Department
  • Erica Bernstein, TRANSCAER

Day 1 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Evening Networking Reception

CHEMTREC, along with its Platinum Sponsors, are happy to host a networking reception for attendees from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM to meet with peers and build new relationships.
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Day 2
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Morning Sessions

Track 1 - Why GHS isn’t so ‘Harmonized’

10/30/2019 8:00 AM   -   10/30/2019 9:30 AM

Hear about the history and background of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and two different perspectives on how we are not actually harmonized globally.

  • Julia MacGregor-Peralta, Global Safety Management
  • Sarah Sajedi, ERA Environmental

Track 2 - Regional Updates

10/30/2019 8:00 AM   -   10/30/2019 9:30 AM

Hear regional updates for Europe, Asia, and South America.

  • Alberto Rossi, CHEMTREC Latin America Office
  • Charlotte Blackburn, UL Materials & Supply Chain
  • Chambers Li, CHEMTREC Asian Pacific Office
  • Speakers from APAC Consortium

Track 1 - Utilizing Data to Improve Best Practices

10/30/2019 9:45 AM   -   10/30/2019 12:00 PM

Gain a better understanding of how CHEMTREC incident report data can be leveraged to better understand incidents. You will learn how this data can be exported and used to improve best practices. You will also hear about best practices in various circumstances when it comes to an effective audit.

  • Amy Steele, Sabic
  • Brian Dailey, Chemours
  • Wendy Buckley, STARS

Track 2 - Beyond Emergency Response

10/30/2019 9:45 AM   -   10/30/2019 12:00 PM

How CHEMTREC has expanded its emergency response call center abilities to go above and beyond answering daily hazmat calls. In this session you will hear from companies utilizing CHEMTREC for additional resources such as Responsible Care, security, reporting requirements, hydrogen fueling stations, and beyond.

  • Josh McLeod and Sean Horacek, Air Liquide
  • Kevin Cornelius, Ashland
  • Clifford Dice, DICE Corporation

Hazmat Trucks

Hazmat Trucks!
Day 2
October 30, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Over lunch, The City of Houston and Harris County Hazmat Teams will be available to meet attendees and demo their state-of-the-art hazmat trucks. Grab a quick bite and then head over to meet the teams and see the hazmat trucks. These units utilize the latest technology to mitigate and research hazardous material incidents en route and while on scene. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!


These units utilize the latest technology to mitigate and research hazardous material en route and while on scene of emergency incidents. The Hazmat Unit or “Super Vac” has many modern capabilities, including numerous types of equipment and various software programs such as those used for plume modeling. The plume modeling software helps incident command officers make informed decisions on whether to shelter in place or evacuate citizens that are in harms way. Moreover, it helps to locate city infrastructures such as storm drain for run-off and more. This unit is also equipped with internet and printers to copy and distribute information to essential on scene personnel. In case technology is not readily obtainable, the unit also has a chemical library readily handy. The Teams mitigate Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and (CBRNE) incidents so commerce is not impeded.

Day 2
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Afternoon Sessions

Track 1 - Powering the Future with Lithium Batteries

10/30/2019 1:30 PM   -   10/30/2019 5:30 PM

Learn about the key issues surrounding the lithium battery industry such as shipping, storage, packaging, and recycling of lithium batteries. There will also be discussions on the regulatory challenges, including an update on the new UN regulation for test summary documents.

  • Doug Smith, Sony
  • Eric Frederickson, Call2Recycle
  • Gene Sanders, W.E. Train Consulting
  • Speaker from PHMSA
  • Kevin Bryan, CHEMTREC

Track 2 - Life-Cycle of a Spill

10/30/2019 1:30 PM   -   10/30/2019 5:30 PM

Walk through the lifecycle of an incident. Starting with a presentation from a supplier on emergency response plans and how CHEMTREC® fits into the process. This session will conclude with clean-up service best practices and long term mitigation.

  • Joe Milazzo, CHEMTREC
  • Greg Hallet, Shell
  • Aaron Montgomery, OURAY
  • Jorge Carrasco, Ambipar Response
  • Chris Baxter, Olin Corporation, representing The Chlorine Institute

Day 3
Thursday, October 13, 2019 - Morning Session

Regulatory Updates

10/31/2019 8:30 AM   -   10/31/2019 12:30 PM

An overview of government updates and proposed changes that will impact the industry.

  • Valérie Lepage, CANUTEC
  • Ryan Larson, Department of Transportation - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Todd Klessman, Department of Homeland Security
  • Paul Bomgardner, Department of Transportation - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • LT Jessica Anderson, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Daniel Chebat, CHEMTREC

The Summit concludes at 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 31st - boxed lunches will be provided.