2020 Environmental, Health & Safety Expertise (On-Demand)

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Presented in October 2020, the Virtual 32nd annual EHS Conference offers 24 on-demand expert presentations covering critical subjects for every North American foundry. Take the next step toward exceptional environmental, health and safety operations with an on demand streaming pass to this one-of-a-kind virtual conference.

Members: $600 | Non-members: $900

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APPI Energy
ETA Engineering, Inc.
Dakota Software Corp.

DustMASTER Enviro Systems

Green Packaging, Inc.
Guardian Software Systems Inc. 
Hi-Vac Corporation
Itochu Ceratech Corporation
Scientific Dust Collectors
TRC Environmental Corp.
Quad City Safety, Inc.


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Conference Agenda

Monday, October 5, 2020
9:45 – 10 a.m. Central Time

Ray Ostrowski, Chicago, IL, AFS EHS Division Chair

AFS EHS Committee Overview
Recognition of AFS EHS Division Members in Attendance

Environmental Sessions
10 – 11 a.m. CT
Manufacturing and Carbon Footprints: Steps to Consider

Jim Mancuso, Mancuso Chemicals, Ltd., Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

• Discuss global activities to address climate change
• Identify how these activities may affect our processes, products and how we conduct future business
• Discuss opportunities that may be presented for businesses including foundries

Jim Mancuso
Jim Mancuso


11:15 a.m. – Noon CT
MACT Update & Risk Technology Review (RTR)

Phil Mulrine, US EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC

In June 2020, EPA issued its final residual risk and technology review (RTR) for the iron and steel national emission standard for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for both major and area sources. The presentation will focus on the requirements of the revised rule and the collaborative process between EPA officials and AFS representatives in developing the rule.

Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT
Lunch and Visit the Solutions Center
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT
Stormwater Case Studies

Steven Blasko, McWane, Inc., Anniston, AL
Mike Bowles, McWane, Inc., Elmira, NY
Jerome McQueen, McWane, Inc., Anniston, AL
Dan Plant, Metal Technologies, Inc., Auburn, IN

• Four foundries fight for stormwater compliance, committed to emerge victorious!
• From maintenance and housekeeping, to BMPs working together, to major infrastructure upgrades
• One foundry’s success is another foundry’s opportunity!

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. CT
Filterable and Condensable Particulate Testing – Best Practices

Eric Ehlers, Mostardi Platt, Elmhurst, IL

• Best practices to incorporate into your particulate emission testing program
• Common testing and analytical problems that can be avoided
• Potential sources of bias when testing for filterable particulate by Method 5 or Method 201A

On Demand
AFS EHS Division Awards Presentation

Ray Ostrowski, Chicago, IL, AFS EHS Division Chair

• Safe Year Awards Winners
• Safety Innovation and Insight Awards Winners
• Green Foundry Award Winners

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Environmental Sessions (continued)
10 – 11 a.m. Central Time
PFAS the “Forever Chemical” that May Be Impacting Your Operations

Dr. Janet Anderson, Toxicologist from San Antonio, TX

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that do not break down in the environment, and they move through soils and into drinking water. PFASs are receiving increased attention from federal and state regulatory agencies including the EPA and the CDC. Regulatory officials are developing action plans to reduce and remediate PFAS contamination. The presentation will provide updates on PFAS topics relevant to foundries.

Janet Anderson


11 a.m. – Noon CT
Community Engagement Strategies for the Proactive Metalcaster

Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry, Inc., Waupaca, WI
Zeydi Gutierrez, AB&I Foundry, Oakland, CA
Jenny Pappalardo, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, Charlotte, NC

• Proactive vs. Reactive Community Engagement
• Best Practices for Engagement Strategies
• Case Studies in Community/Stakeholder Involvement (both positive and negative outcomes)
• Implementing a Proactive Engagement Strategy at Your Facility

Bryant Esch
Bryant Esch


Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT
Lunch and Visit the Solutions Center
12:30 – 1:30 p.m CT
Update on the AFS Emissions Factors Project

Craig Schmeisser, Mad River Strategies, New Bremen, OH

• Latest information on reported emissions from foundry operations
• Progress on filling in our data holes
• Developing a useful tool for the membership

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CT
Environmental Session for “Metalcasters Only”

Greg Kramer, ME Elecmetal, Duluth, MN

Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry, Waupaca, WI
Dan Plant, Metal Technologies, Auburn, IN Jeet Radia, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, AL

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Environmental, Health & Safety Sessions
9:45 – 9:50 a.m. Central Time
Opening Statements

Mike Lenahan, AFS President, Kurtz Brothers, Inc., Independence, OH

9:50 – 11 a.m. CT
Engagement: Safety’s Gold Standard

Dr. Ken Chapman, Ken Chapman & Associates, Tuscaloosa, AL

• No organization rises above its leader
• The connection between engagement and behavior
• From Engagement to behavior to ownership
• How "perspective" anchors "ownership"

11 a.m. – Noon CT
EHS Hot Topics- AFS Committee Chairs Report

Air Quality
Jeet Radia, McWane, Inc. Birmingham, AL

Water, Waste, & Byproducts Management
Greg Kramer, ME Elecmetal, Duluth, MN

Safety & Health
Brent Charlton, Metal-Technologies Auburn, Auburn, IN

Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT
Lunch and Visit the Solutions Center
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. CT
Washington Update- OSHA & EPA

Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group, Rockville, MD- [EPA]
Stephanie Salmon, VP Government Affairs, Washington, DC-[OSHA]

The metalcasting industry continues to face a comprehensive list of environmental, health and safety regulatory and policy challenges. Hear the latest updates on the critical issues impacting the metalcasting industry from the AFS representatives in Washington.

2 – 3 p.m. CT
Regulatory Gridlock? Strategies for Complying with both OSHA and EPA Requirements for Ventilation Projects

Marty Stromberger, TRC, Brookfield, WI
Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry, Inc., Waupaca, WI- Foundry Perspective
Joe Liello, TRC, Brookfield, WI- EPA Considerations
Robert Scholz, TRC, Brookfield, WI- OSHA Consideration

In industrial ventilation design, it is necessary to consider both applicable EPA environmental regulations and OSHA’s health & safety regulations. Depending on the types and concentrations of pollutants involved, ventilation design may need to consider stack-venting of process emissions or possibly recirculation – either of which may require air pollution control devices. This presentation will help you to factor regulatory considerations into your design of industrial ventilation systems, which must satisfy the dual objectives of controlling worker exposures to air contaminants and limiting emissions to the environment.

On Demand
Combustible Dust in Foundries-One Company’s Experience

Carlos Robinson, CIH, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama

• Summary of OSHA Standard
• Pilot Study Approach
• Sampling Methodology
• Typical Foundry Combustible Dust Sources/Locations
• Corrective Action
• Lessons Learned

Thursday, October 8, 2020
10 – 11 a.m. CT
Coronavirus -Lessons Learned-

Brent Charlton, Metal Technologies Auburn, Auburn, IN
Mickey Hannum, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, AL
Daniel Engling, Keramida, Indianapolis, IN

No issue has dominated the news and impacted our businesses in 2020 like the Coronavirus pandemic. This panel discussion will address lessons learned, current best practices, and being prepared for the next pandemic. Bring your questions about protecting your employees!

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CT
No Grind Initiative

Jeff Beuthien and Tony Ingle, Clow Valve, Oskaloosa, IA

Eliminating the hazard is at the top of OSHA’s hierarchy of controls. Controlling dust in the cleaning room is a team effort that requires the involvement of many departments and disciplines. Beginning in the core room, and with pattern design, changes can be made to reduce the need for grinding castings, thereby reducing dust levels in the cleaning room. One foundry will share its success in this area.

Jeff Beuthien
Jeff Beuthien
Tony Ingle
Tony Ingle


Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT
Lunch and Visit the Solutions Center
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CT
Silica Panel- Facing Key Regulatory Challenges – Respirator Shortages, Housekeeping, Current Issues

Tom Slavin, Slavin OSH Group LLC, Chicago, IL
Pete Buczek, WGS Global Services, LLC, Flint, MI
Daniel Engling, Keramida, Indianapolis, IN
Eric Pylkas, Insight IH Consulting, Hartland, WI

An expert panel will address several key compliance issues and answer questions associated with the new OSHA silica standard.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CT
Safety Session for “Metalcasters Only”

Mickey Hannum, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, AL
Glenn Huneycutt, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, Charlotte, NC
Andy Kress, Waupaca Foundry, Tell City, IN
Earl Miller, Hiler Industries, LaPorte, IN

On Demand
First Aid for Molten Metal Burns

Jenny Nielsen, RN, Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center, Milwaukee, WI

• First aid treatment for molten metal burns
• Gel blankets and pads – do they help or make things worse?
• When should a burn be seen by a doctor?

Friday, October 9, 2020
Safety & Health Sessions
10 – 11 a.m. Central Time
Incident Investigations: A “New View”

Brent Charlton, Metal Technologies Auburn, Auburn, IN

Learn 5 principles that will change your incident investigations and corrective actions forever.
1) People make mistakes
2) Blame fixes nothing
3) Context drives behavior
4) Learning is vital
5) How we react matters (a lot)

11 a.m. – Noon CT
New View of Safety

Tom Slavin, Slavin OSH Group LLC, Chicago, IL

Find out how to apply the latest approaches toward safety by experts in safety science, including the critical differences between Safety I and Safety II.

Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT
Lunch and Visit the Solutions Center
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. CT
The Nuts and Bolts of Industrial Hygiene Reports

Eric Pylkas, Insight IH Consulting, Hartland, WI
Kay Rowntree, Industrial Hygiene Sciences, LLC, Waterford, WI

Information that should be recorded when IH sampling is conducted:
• What you should expect in an IH report
• Common errors
• What sample results do and don't tell you

2-3 p.m. CT
Medical Program Challenges in Foundries-One Company’s Experience

Carlos Robinson, CIH, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama

• Summary of OSHA Standard Requirements
• Approach to address risks and compliance
• Development of SEGs, IH and monitoring
• Tracking
• Challenges
• Lessons Learned

3-3:15 p.m. CT
Closing Comments & Announcements

Ray Ostrowski, Chicago, IL, AFS EHS Division Chair

On Demand
Achieving OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Status-What’s In It for Foundries

Mark Swanson, Astech Alloy Steel Technologies, Inc., Vassar, MI

Hear one small foundry’s experience of working with OSHA to create a world-class, safety program, and what they found to be the pros and cons, and if they’d do it again, given the choice.


Registration Fees

Attendee Registration:

Members: $600 | Non-members: $900

Exhibit: $600

Sponsorship: $650

Exhibit & Sponsorship: $1,000


Cancellations & Substitutions

Substitutions will be accepted anytime. However, cancellations of confirmed registrants with full refund of fees will not be accepted unless received at least two weeks prior to the conference date. In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled for any reason, AFS liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.