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Wednesday November 04 2009 - TURA 20th Anniversary Symposium and Continuing Education Conference

Doubletree Bedford Glen
44 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford , Massachusetts 01730 (printable directions)
TURA 20th anniversary logo

Improving the Health of the Public, Workers and the Environment

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Agenda:

7:30 Continental breakfast, registration and networking
8:30 Plenary -- Opening and Keynote
10:00 Break/Poster viewing
10:30 Concurrent Morning Sessions: A, B, C
12:00 Buffet Lunch and Lunchtime Speaker, Paul Schulte,
Director, Education and Information Division, NIOSH
1:15 Concurrent Afternoon Sessions: D, E, F, G
2:45 Break/Poster viewing
3:15 Concurrent Late Afternoon Sessions: H, I, J, K

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5:00 - 7:00 RECEPTION

Agenda Details:

8:30 to 10:00 - Plenary

  • Welcome - TURA Partners
  • Opening - Dr. Ken Geiser and Dr. Michael Ellenbecker
  • Keynote - Marjorie Alt, Executive Director of Environment America

10:00 to 10:30 - Break and Poster Viewing

10:30 to Noon - Concurrent Morning Sessions (Choose One)

(A) TURA: Policy Lessons
What were the policy goals of TURA and what have we learned in 20 years about how to best achieve them? This session will examine our progress toward the policy goals of TURA, specifically hearing about the results of a recent program assessment, how TURA has shifted paradigms, and progress in regulatory integration.

(B) TURA: Twenty Years of Industry Experience
Hear from the people who have had extensive experience with TURA - the TUR Planners. Planners will discuss the successes and challenges they have experienced as they have moved companies foward in reducing toxics and promoting sustainability.

(C) Pollution Prevention Assistance
Providing essential TUR education, training and assistance to businesses and to state P2 assistance providers in the Northeast. Representatives from TURI, OTA, and NEWMOA will talk about how their assistance to business has evolved over time and the program’s influence on other assistance providers in the Northeast.

Noon to 1:15 - Buffet Lunch & Lunchtime Speaker, Paul Schulte, NIOSH

1:15 to 2:45 Concurrent Afternoon Sessions ( Choose One)

(D) Community and Environmental Health
Explore impacts to human health from toxics in the home and in small businesses in your community. Learn what common issues exist in houses, auto shops, nail salons, and dry cleaners, and feasible alternatives and solutions.

(E) TURA: Science and Policy Interface
The relationship between science and policy in regulatory decision making with a focus on how science has influenced policy under TURA. Representatives from the Science Advisory Board, TURA Advisory Committee and TURA Administrative Council will speak and form a panel for questions.

(F) Alternative Planning: A New Option for TUR Planners and Companies.
Learn from the experience of TUR Planners who have chosen and filed an alternative plan under TURA. Planners’ experience with both resource conservation and EMS options will be presented.

(G) Product Design: Tools for Assessment
Explore the methods and practice of incorporating alternatives assessment into product design decision. The methods applied by TURI will be presented, followed by specific examples used by the building industry and the consumer product industry. The challenges faced and solutions devised by these industry sectors will be illustrated.

2:45 to 3:15 - Break and Poster Viewing

3:15 to 4:45 Concurrent Late Afternoon Sessions ( Choose One)

(H) TUR Beyond the Massachusetts Border
The Massachusetts TURA program has grown and changed over its 20 years, and has served as a model for TUR work and emerging chemicals policies around the world. This session will look beyond Massachusetts to TUR programs in Ontario, Asia and Latin America, and will also look ahead to consider the future of TUR and chemicals policy.

(I) Occupational Health and Safety: a TURA Focus
Learn about the less visible aspect of TURA, occupational health and safety. Speakers will clarify the connection, and raise awareness of the issues and benefits of a worker focus within TUR planning and implementation.

(J) TUR and Competitiveness
Hear about the experiences of officials with first-hand knowledge of being regulated by the TURA program, who have had to comply with its requirements and may also have used its services. Speakers will discuss the effect of TURA on a company’s ability to compete in the marketplace.

(K) Research and Innovation
New science and technology research at TURI in areas such as nanotechnology, green chemistry, toxicity, materials engineering, and exposure assessment. This collaborative research helps to advance the investigation, development and evaluation of technologies that are environmentally, occupationally and economically sound. Session will feature three presentations that cover research conducted with TURI collaboration.

5:00 to 7:00 RECEPTION

A reception will immediately follow the conference. This will be a great opportunity to gather, see old friends and reminisce about the past, to pat yourself on the back and plot the future. Priceless!!

However, due to the current economic realities this reception will require an additional fee for everyone attending the reception. There will be an array of hors d' oeuvres and a cash bar.

Thanks to the partial sponsorship by AlphaGary Corporation and Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. the cost for the reception will be only $20.00

Scholarships - A number of scholarships for the registration fee for this event have been made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scholarships are available to students, poster and session presenters, and others with financial need. To apply for a scholarship call (9978) 934-3275 or e-mail Brenda_Wilson@uml.edu or Anne_Basanese@uml.edu and request a scholarship application.

If you have any questions or special needs contact Anne Basanese at (978) 934-3144 or Anne_Basanese@uml.edu

TO REGISTER:
Download and complete the registration form, and return it with your check made out to UMass Lowell by November 1, 2009.

FAX the registration to (978) 934-3050. You may also scan the registration and send it to Brenda_Wilson@uml.edu . Mail the check if time permits or bring it to the conference.

Mail to:
Brenda Wilson
CE Conference
TURI-UMass Lowell
1 University Ave
Lowell MA 01854-2866

CREDIT:
Attendance will be tracked to assure that planners receive a certificate of completion for sessions attended. Each half day of training will be worth three (3) professional continuing education credits. As a jointly sponsored TURA event, DEP has approved this event for double credit making each half day worth six (6) credits. Attendance for a full day would be worth twelve (12) credits. These credits may be used to apply to DEP for recertification. Application for Continuing Education credits is pending with LSP and ABIH.

FEES:
The registration fee includes conference materials, breaks and lunch.
Full day fee is $225.00 for TURA filers.
Full day fee is $250.00 for non-TURA filers.
Half day fee is $150.00 and includes lunch

Make checks out to: UMass Lowell

Scholarships are available . For more information, please contact Anne Basanese at 978-934-3144.

20th Anniversary Reception is $20.00
The reception following the event is not included in the registration fees. It is a separate cost and registration.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
The registration deadline is November 1, 2009

CANCELLATIONS:
Cancellations must be received by October 29, 2009 . Cancellations received by this date will receive a credit for the fee that may be used at a future event.

There will be no credit given for cancellations after October 29, 2009. Fax cancellations to (978) 934-3050.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award 1R130H009691-01 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.  

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