34th Environmental, Health & Safety Conference

Hyatt Regency
October 4 – 6, 2022


Benchmark your progress, network with peers, and learn the latest in metalcasting EHS developments at the 34th Environmental, Health and Safety Conference. Professionals from across the industry will gather to discuss successful foundry case studies and best practices, explore cutting-edge issues with industry and regulatory experts, and discover EHS equipment and services from leading vendors.

Note: The AFS Safety 101 Seminar will be hosted at the same venue from Oct. 2-3, 2022, leading up to the EHS Conference.

Exhibits and Sponsorships

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For information about exhibiting at the event, please contact Kim Farrugia at kfarrugia@afsinc.org or click here for an exhibits registration form.

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  • Hyatt Regency
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • October 4 – 6, 2022
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Hotel Information

  • Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • $159.00 + taxes/fees

Standard room rate of $159.00 + taxes/fees. Attendees can reserve directly with the hotel by calling 414-276-1234 and requesting the AFS room block. The hotel’s check-in time is 3 p.m. Check-in prior to the hotel’s published check-in times are subject to availability. Check-out time is noon. 

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
7 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Conference Registration
7 – 8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Safety and Health Sessions
8 – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome / Announcements

Craig Schmeisser
AFS EHS Division Chair
Mad River Strategies LLC, New Bremen, OH

Conference Co-Chairs





Earl Miller
Hiler Industries, La Porte, IN




Andy Kress
Waupaca Foundry Inc., Tell City, IN

8:15 – 9 a.m.
Waste Heat Management – Conserving Energy Reduces Heat Exposure

Bob Scholz
TRC, Brookfield, WI

Steven Heger
Waupaca Foundry, Waupaca, WI

  • Reducing waste process heat lowers both heat stress on workers and foundry energy demands
  • Phase II of the AFS Heat Stress Initiative
  • Waste heat examples include metal melting and casting and other hot foundry processes
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Using Statistics to Rebut OSHA’s One Sample Citation Policy





Ben Lemley
TRC, Grand Rapids, MI

  • OSHA cites foundries based on a single sample above the PEL, including samples for Respirable Crystalline Silica
  • Your foundry’s existing exposure compliance data can be useful in discussions with OSHA
  • See how NIOSH statistical methods can be used to show OSHA’s single sample is within acceptable confidence levels when used with existing data below the PEL
9:45 – 10 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Onboarding an Employee that is Not Your Employee





Andy Kress
Waupaca Foundry Inc., Tell City, IN

Glenn Huneycutt
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co., Charlotte, NC





Mickey Hannum
McWane Inc., Birmingham, AL

  • Onboarding training process for temporary employees
  • Compliance with silica medical surveillance/audio testing
  • Q & A with group to discuss best practices managing temp/contract labor
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Understanding the Fundamentals of Fall Protection and OSHA Compliance

Patrick Havel
3M Company Senior Fall Protection Specialist

  • Review standards related to working at heights
  • Focus on personal fall arrest systems
  • Understand what foundries must do to comply with OSHA and why
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Alternative Methods for the Control of Hazardous Energy

Michael A. Taubitz 

Senior Advisor, FDR Safety LLC

  • LOTO is not feasible when power is required for service and maintenance tasks
  • The infeasibility of LOTO must be documented
  • ANSI Z 244.1 and ANSI B11.0 provide methods to develop safe and compliant alternative methods to locking a primary energy source

1:15 – 2 p.m.
Hearing Conservation – It’s Much More Than Earplugs





Kay Rowntree
Industrial Hygiene Sciences LLC, Waterford, WI

  • OSHA requirements overview
  • Noise dosimetry vs “grab sampling”
  • Audiometric testing program overview
  • Adequacy of hearing protection
2 – 2:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break
2:15 – 3 p.m.
Experiencing an OSHA Inspection Under the Silica NEP





Brent Charlton
Metal Technologies of Indiana LLC, Auburn, IN

Daniel Schwab
Metal Technologies Ravenna Ductile Iron, Ravenna, MI

  • Our story of a MIOSHA LEP Inspection for Silica
  • Lessons learned
  • Audience share time – what’s your experience?
3 – 3:45 p.m.
Best Practices in Worker’s Compensation Claims Management





Katie Hensley
Cottingham & Butler, Dubuque, IA

  • “Boots on the ground” best practices
  • The “why” behind the paperwork and freezing the facts
  • Why the investigation is as important as finding the root cause
  • Teamwork required! Communication, return to work, and medical cost containment
3:45 – 4 p.m.
Refreshment Break
4 – 5 p.m.
Safety & Health Session for “Metalcasters Only” - Topic





Earl Miller
Hiler Industries, La Porte, IN

Glenn Huneycutt
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co., Charlotte, NC





Andy Kress
Waupaca Foundry Inc., Tell City, IN





Mickey Hannum
McWane Inc., Birmingham, AL

This session is for metalcasters only! Are you a regulator, supplier, customer, or a consultant? We appreciate you, but you are not welcome for this session! You know what they say, “there are no dumb questions, only questions you shouldn’t ask in front of certain people!!” This session is for foundry people to ask the tough questions about anything Safety and Health on day 1 and anything Environmental on Day 2. Make sure you fully understand the changing rules and regs or share some foundry best practices – anything EHS. During this session you can feel at ease knowing what gets said here stays here!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
7 – 8 a.m.
Registration / Continental Breakfast
Combined Environmental /Health & Safety Sessions
8 – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome / Announcements

Craig Schmeisser
AFS EHS Division Chair
Mad River Strategies LLC, New Bremen, OH


  • AFS EHS Committee Overview
  • Recognition of AFS EHS Division members in attendance
8:15 – 9 a.m.
Management of Change (MOC) – Learning from Experience





Craig LeNoble
Neenah Foundry Co., Neenah, WI





Kate Yentes
Metal Technologies Inc., Auburn, IN

Jon Loken
Waupaca Foundry Inc., Waupaca, WI

Tony Goettsch
Deere & Co., Waterloo, IA

  • MOC failures: Domino effect, increased costs, and never-ending projects
  • ISO 14001 implementation, an MOC eye-opener!
  • MOC isn’t just for big projects - day-to-day decision-making, too!
  • Like any management system, MOC improves over time
9 – 10 a.m.
Keynote: There is No Such Thing as Normalization of Deviation





Alex Paradies
System Improvements Inc.

  • People deviating from the standard is natural.
  • What is abnormal is excellence.
  • What organizations can do to normalize excellence.
10 – 10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Ductile Iron Life Cycle Assessment





Yongxian Zhu
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Life cycle parametric model for ductile iron casting and design decisions
  • Foundry data using measurements from 26% of the US industry
  • Comparing life cycle environmental impacts of ductile iron castings with other materials
  • Opportunities to improve casting yield and furnace efficiencies
11 a.m. – Noon
EHS Hot Topics

Air Quality




Jeet Radia
McWane Inc., Birmingham, AL

Water & Waste




Bryant Esch
Waupaca Foundry Inc., Waupaca, WI

Health & Safety




Brent Charlton
Metal Technologies of Indiana LLC, Auburn, IN

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.
EHS Award Presentations
  • Green Foundry Awards 
  • Innovation & Insight Awards
  • 2022 AFS Metalcasting Safe Year Awards
  • AFS Division Individual Awards
  • Keating Founders Freedom Award
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibitors

Check out exhibitors before afternoon sessions

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Washington Update - OSHA’s Latest and Upcoming Activities Affecting U.S. Metalcasters





Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Office, Washington DC

As we wrap-up fiscal year 2022, it’s time to look back and take stock of what we learned from and about OSHA during this eventful year particularly related to current enforcement tactics and trends, and special initiatives. We will also examine what to expect on new rulemakings going into 2023. Learn the latest on one of the broadest, most significant rulemakings the agency has undertaken in over a decade, a comprehensive occupational standard to regulate heat illness.

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Washington Update





Jeff Hannapel
The Policy Group, Rockville, MD

Environmental issues continue to make headlines and pose challenges that can impact metalcasting facilities. Hear from the AFS Washington office how the latest developments on environmental issues could shape the political and regulatory landscape and impact your operations.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Environmental Collaborations for a Cleaner and Healthier Wisconsin





Paul Mathewson, Ph.D.
Clean Wisconsin, Madison, WI

  • Clean Wisconsin Overview
  • Example Collaborations (NR 538 Beneficial Reuse, Agriculture Groups, Pavement Sealers)
  • A Discussion of Additional Opportunities (mutual support of energy/water/emissions reduction policies, innovation, and the important role of benchmark environmentally conscious facilities)
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break with Exhibitors
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Dirty Little Secrets of Science





Tom Slavin
Slavin OSH Group LLC, Chicago, IL

  • Tales of treachery, trickery, and sloppy science
  • Questionable assumptions and models that shape our world
  • Facts that get in the way of a good story
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Session for “Metalcasters Only" - Topic





Dan Plant
Metal Technologies Inc., Auburn, IN





Craig LeNoble
Neenah Foundry Co., Neenah, WI




Kate Yentes
Metal Technologies Inc., Auburn, IN

Tony Goettsch
Deere & Co., Waterloo, IA

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Annual Reception with Exhibitors

Networking, time with Exhibitors, hors d ’oeuvres, & refreshments for all.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
7 – 8 a.m.
Registration / Continental Breakfast
Environmental Sessions
8 – 8:45 a.m.
AFS Roadmap to Carbon Reduction





Jeff Hannapel
The Policy Group, Rockville, MD

  • Strategies and best practices to reduce GHG Emissions
  • Measuring and Estimating Foundry Carbon Emissions
  • Opportunities for reduction
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Pioneers, Pitfalls and Progress in Beneficial Use

Mike Lenahan
Badger Mining Corp., Berlin, WI





Earl Miller
Hiler Industries, La Porte, IN




Bryant Esch
Waupaca Foundry Inc., Waupaca, WI

Mark Pine
Kurtz Brothers Inc., Independence, OH




Bill Crabtree
Resource Recovery Corp., Coopersville, MI

Hear from a seasoned panel of foundry recycling experts about practical “what’s working” regarding internal and external recycling strategies for foundry by-products. This panel will share successful tips regarding their own beneficial use journeys, including new innovative recycling solutions to the most challenging of foundry by-products.

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Sustainability Program? How do you even begin?





Earl Miller
Hiler Industries, La Porte, IN




Anastasia Kyrmanidou, Ph.D.
Keramida Inc., Indianapolis, IN

  • How to build a meaningful sustainability program
  • Selecting sustainability reporting platforms
  • Determining sustainability context for your company
  • Benchmarking analysis, stakeholder engagement, and implementation
  • Responding to customer and supplier requests
  • Legal requirements vs. internal/voluntary initiatives, and customer policies
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Beyond Recuperation – Cupola Plant Case Studies in Next Generation Heat Reclamation





David J. Kasun, P.E.
Director of Foundry Technology, Kuttner North America, Port Washington, WI

Setting the Stage with Thermal Oil Systems

  • Foundry Make Up Air Heating
  • Blast Air Dehumidification
  • Electric Power Generation
  • Core Oven Heating/Miscellaneous
  • Transporting Heat with Thermal Oil – We Love Chocolate!
11:15 a.m. – Noon
State Air Toxics – Health Risk Assessments





Michael Keinath
Principal, Ramboll

  • Drivers for doing an HRA
  • How to prepare for an HRA
  • What affects results the most
  • How do regulatory agencies use HRAs
  • How HRAs can be used to engage your community
Noon – 1 p.m.
1 – 1:45 p.m.
Environmental Justice - It's Real!


Brian Montag

Attorney, K&L Gates, Newark, NJ

Malory Pascarella

Attorney, K&L Gates, Newark, NJ

  • History and Evolution of EJ
  • Federal EJ Policy and Implementation
  • EJ Activity at the State Level
  • EJ Screening Tools
  • Practical Tips for Foundries Managing EJ Issues
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
ERT and CEDRI Reporting – Simplifying the “New” Requirements





Jerry Richardson
Amsted Rail, Granite City, IL





Mike Blankestyn
TRC, Cleveland, OH

  • Stack Testing ERT Submittal Requirements
  • Method 9 ERT Submittal Requirements
  • Semi-Annual Reporting in CEDRI
  • Time Saving Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Using the AFS Emission Benchmarking Tool

Craig Schmeisser
Mad River Strategies LLC, New Bremen, OH

  • Characteristics and Limitations
  • Using and Uses of the Tool
  • Future Plans
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Stormwater BMPs and the 2021 MSGP App. Q

Wesley Fleming
Keramida, Indianapolis, IN





Bryant Esch
Waupaca Foundry, Inc., Waupaca, WI

  • 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit Overview
  • Draft “Appendix Q” Stormwater Control Measures strengths…and weaknesses
  • Implementing a stormwater Best Practice Strategy at Your Facility
4:15 p.m.


Registration Fees

Early Registration: Early registration ends 8/10/2022

AFS Member: $750.00 | Non-Member: $1,125.00


AFS Member: $900.00 | Non-Member: $1,350.00

Cancellations & Substitutions

AFS presents a variety of technical and management conferences (in both in-person and virtual formats). The refund policy for AFS conferences is as follows: 1) Substitutions are accepted at no charge at any time up until the start of the conference; 2) Full refunds are offered if AFS is notified in writing of cancellation at least 30 days in advance of the conference. No refunds or credits are available for less than 30 days written notice.