31st Environmental, Health and Safety Conference

October 8-10, 2019


Where is the one place you can learn about cutting-edge, relevant EHS issues facing metalcasters? The 31st annual Environmental, Health and Safety Conference! Share case studies of successful EHS projects, network with peers, and check out vendors of EHS equipment/services. Located in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky, home of Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger, and the Urban Bourbon Trail, make your plans to attend the 31st EHS Conference today!


Brent Charlton  Metal Technologies Auburn, LLC

Lennon Martin  Denison Industries, Inc 


  • Louisville, KY
  • October 8-10, 2019
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Hotel Information

  • Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown
  • Louisville, KY
  • $189

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Conference Registration
7 – 8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8 – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome / Announcements

Dan Oman, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Stephens City, VA, AFS EHS Division Chair


  • AFS EHS Committee Overview
  • Recognition of AFS EHS Division Members in Attendance
8:15 – 9 a.m.
Walking and Working Surfaces

Andrew Tirmenstein, Keramida, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

  • Overall definition
  • Updates to the standard
  • Impacts for the metalcasting industry
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Washington Update: OSHA Enforcement and Regulatory Update – What Metalcasters Need to Know

Stephanie Salmon, VP Government Affairs, Washington, DC.

  • Recent OSHA enforcement data and trends
  • OSHA’s recently enacted Site-Specific Targeted Inspection Plan
  • Rulemaking developments and predictions
9:45 – 10 a.m.
10 – 10:45 a.m.
From Compliance to Ownership: A Safety Culture Case Study

Tony Orlowski, McWane, Inc., Anniston, AL

  • The reasons for moving to an ownership culture
  • The struggles and rewards
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Accident Tracking and the True Cost of Safety

Albert Oliver, US Foundry & Manufacturing Company, Medley, FL

  • Direct costs of safety
  • Indirect costs of safety
  • Loss of production
  • Accidents breed accidents
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Safe Year Awards Presentations

Tom Slavin, Slavin OSH Group, LLC, Chicago, IL

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Lean Safety

Bob Forrester and Ashley Garner, Neptune Technology Group, Inc., Tallassee, AL

  • Traditional lean manufacturing tools - impacts on safety culture
  • Key safety performance indicators to encourage culture change
  • People centric leadership style to promote a safety focused culture
  • Early injury intervention program to improve safety performance
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Safety Data Sheets (SDSs): Understanding the GHS Classification Differences

Jeff Krause, HA International, LLC, Westmont, IL

  • Similar chemical products with different classifications
  • GHS classification process
  • Provide accurate and complete information concerning chemical hazards
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Controlling Heat Stress on Foundry Workers through Management of In-plant Heat Load

Bob Scholz, TRC Companies, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

  • Benefits of controlling waste process heat in indoor air
  • Ways to reduce worker exposure to radiant heat
  • Ways to efficiently limit air temperature rise
3:15 – 4 p.m.
Safety Leadership Coach – “Hazard Recognition & Mitigation”

Carlos Robinson and Micky Hannum, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, AL

Develop leaders’ capabilities in hazard recognition and mitigation

  • Enhance communications between leaders and workers regarding hazards
  • Move safety from compliance, rules and enforcement to engaging people
  • Build better buy-in to safety to create a safety-focused culture
4 – 5:15 p.m.
Safety Session for “Metalcasters Only”


Glenn Honeycutt, Charlotte Pipe, Charlotte, NC         


Brent Charlton, Metal Technologies, Inc., Auburn, IN

 Bob Forrester, Neptune Technology Group, Inc. Tallassee, FL

 Albert Oliver, US Foundry & Manufacturing, Medley, FL

Carlos Robinson, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, AL

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
7 – 8 a.m.
Conference Registration / Continental Breakfast

Combined Environmental /Health & Safety Sessions 

8 – 8:45 a.m.
Implementing Changes to Comply with the New Silica Rule: Case Studies


Ben Lemley, TRC Companies, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI


Ricky Bryant, NIBCO, Inc., Elkhart, IN

Bob Forrester, Neptune Technology Group, Inc., Tallassee, FL

Josh Brockman, Quality Castings Company, Orrville, OH

  • Analyzing exposures and implementing changes for control of silica
  • How silica reductions can be achieved by addressing a variety of issues
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
ISO 45001- The New Gold Standard of Workplace Safety

Ed Foulke, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • What is ISO 45001
  • How it enhances existing OH&S programs
  • Its impacts on corporate culture
  • How it reduces costs and has a positive impact on public image
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
EHS Hot Topics

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

Water & Waste – Greg Kramer, ME Elecmetal, Duluth, MN

Health & Safety - Tom Slavin, Cardno ChemRisk, Chicago, IL

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Washington Update

Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group, Rockville, MD

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Strategies for Maximizing Safe Outcomes

Ken Chapman, Ken Chapman & Associates, Tuscaloosa, AL

Jeet Radia, McWane, Inc., Birmingham, AL

  • Recognizing the role and limitations of compliance programs
  • Creating “ownership” of safe work practices
  • Engaging your workforce around safe outcomes
  • Recognizing and rewarding safe work practices
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
AFS EHS Division Award Presentations

Dan Oman, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Stephens City, VA

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Avoiding Legal Pitfalls While Documenting EHS Incidents and Investigations: An Interactive Video and Live Courtroom Demonstration

Steve Weber, Fern Paterson and Max Justice, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Charlotte, NC

  • Documenting EH&S incidents and investigations
  • Information that opponents obtain during litigation (cell phone photos, texts and voice mails)
  • Applicability of legal privileges to documents generated in EHS investigations
  • Video simulation of an EH&S incident and documentation of the incident
  • A live courtroom cross-examination of the EH&S Technician 
3 – 3:30 p.m.
Break with Exhibitors
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
EPA’s Audit Policy and Self Disclosure

Tim Haley, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis, IN

  • Navigating non-compliance self-reporting under EPA’s current Audit Policy
  • Use of the agency’s eDisclosure system
  • Legal and practical considerations for real world industry challenges
4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Environmental Session for “Metalcasters Only”

Moderator: Greg Kramer, ME Elecmetal, Duluth, MN 
Panelists: Lennon Martin, Denison Industries Inc., Denison, TX
                 Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry Inc., Waupaca, WI 
                 Paul Sheppard, Amsted Rail, Keokuk, IA

6:30 p.m.
Annual Reception with Exhibitors

Networking, time with Exhibitors, Hors D ’Oeuvres & Drinks for All

Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:30 – 8 a.m.
Conference Registration / Continental Breakfast

Environmental Sessions

8 – 8:45 a.m.
Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule- Significant changes or a lot of words with little impact?

Larry Bowers, McWane, Inc.

  • Episodic Generation of Hazardous Waste
  • Quick Reference Guide Requirements for Large Quantity Generators
  • Changes in Notification Requirements for Small Quantity Generators
  • Changes in Labeling Requirements for Hazardous Waste Containers
  • Intra-Company Waste Transfers
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Innovations in Binders and Release Agents – Panel Discussion


Craig Schmeisser, Mad River Strategies LLC, Bremen, OH


Matt Hartman, ASK, Columbus, OH

Jim Mancuso, Mancuso Chemicals Limited, Niagara Falls, ON

Ayax Rangel, HA International LLC, Westmont, IL                                     

  • Improving product performance and new technologies
  • Reducing your environmental footprint
  • Prep work for trial runs and onboarding of a new binder system
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Moving Beyond Compliance with Bag Leak Detection: What your Dust Collection Program May be Missing

Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry Inc., Waupaca, WI

Wesley Fleming, Keramida, Inc. Indianapolis, IN

  • Regulatory requirements for bag leak detection systems
  • Strategies for working with regulators to use leak detection systems for compliance purposes
  • Existing EPA operational guidance
  • Practical methods for installation and implementation of a bag leak detection program
  • Proven strategies for responding to alarms and appropriate corrective actions
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Are you Ready to Reuse your Byproducts?

Dan Plant, Metal Technologies Inc., Auburn, IN

  • Innovative beneficial reuse ideas
  • Compounding the benefits of reuse
  • Capital project design with beneficial reuse in mind
11:15 a.m. – Noon
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
1 – 1:45 p.m.
Update on Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) of the Iron and Steel Foundry NESHAP for Major Sources

Craig Schmeisser, Mad River Strategies, New Bremen, OH
Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group, Rockville, MD

  • Development of the proposed rule
  • New and modified compliance requirements
  • Proposed rule comments and a roadmap to the final rule
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
CERP: A Forgotten Treasure Trove of Foundry Air Emissions Data

Tom Rarick, ERM (retired), Indianapolis, IN

 Jim Schifo, Keramida, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

George Crandall, Technikon, LLC, Sacramento, CA

  • Background and history of CERP (Casting Emission Reduction Program)
  • How and where to access CERP data
  • How and when to use CERP emission factors
  • Snags, pitfalls and limitations of CERP data
2:30 p.m.


Registration Fees

Early Registration (through Sept. 16, 2019): $750 member, $1,125 non-member

Standard Registration (after Sept. 16, 2019): $900 member, $1,350 non-member

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.