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Thursday May 05 2011 - Spring Continuing Education Conference

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) in collaboration with The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and The Toxics Use Reduction Administrative Council


A Toxics Use Reduction Planner - One-Day Continuing Education Conference
May 5, 2011, Lowell, MA



Plenary Session - 9:00 – 10:15

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Dan Liberman, Director of Global HSE Special Projects, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc ., will speak on chemical biology and its application to the drug discovery and development process. TUR and resource conservation planning concepts are tightly integrated into the pharmaceutical industry’s product development process, and Dr. Liberman has been instrumental in leading his company’s efforts in this regard.. We will hear about how this important Massachusetts industry incorporates TUR thinking into pharmaceutical development from the laboratory through to production scale.

TURA Policy Update

Rich Bizzozero, Director of OTA , will provide an update on Higher and Lower Hazard Substance designations, deliberations of the TURA Advisory Board and Administrative Council, and upcoming activities of the TURA program.

10:15 to 10:30 Break

10:30 to 12:00 - Concurrent Morning Sessions A and B - Choose One

A. Chemical Process Safety: protecting life and property
Recent explosions at chemical facilities in Massachusetts have pointed to the ever-present need for attention to chemical safety, which can be facilitated by TUR Planning. This session will feature Federal and MA State chemical safety officials, who will discuss TUR, inherently safer technology, and best management practices. In addition, MA officials will discuss proposed chemical process safety regulations.

B: Energy Efficiency and Renewables: Success stories in energy reduction

Energy use is an important topic today, both in the business world and in everyday life. As energy prices rise, companies have ever-greater motivation to reduce the use of electricity and fossil fuels – with corresponding reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions. In this session, we will hear how two companies organized teams to improve energy efficiency, design and implement renewable energy sources, negotiate the maze of available financial incentives, and take advantage of other energy-saving measures. Resource conservation credits

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 Concurrent Early Afternoon Sessions C and D - Choose One

C: TUR in Pharmaceuticals

In an industry where process chemistry as well as equipment cleaning and disinfection regimens face uniquely stringent requirements from the Food and Drug Administration, pharmaceutical companies are pursuing some cutting edge techniques to reduce the use of toxics and conserve resources. This session will explore how companies in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are incorporating TUR and RC into process design, and using Green Chemistry in their product development process to create a more sustainable process and product, increasing their competitive edge.

D. Solid Waste Management: aiming for Zero Waste

The Commonwealth’s new Solid Waste Master Plan is aimed squarely at Zero Waste, through source reduction, increased recycling, waste reuse, and improved design for environment. The new plan will be featured in this session, along with case histories of how companies have implemented source reduction and reduced their solid waste byproducts. Resource conservation credits

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Break

2:45 - 4:30 - Concurrent Late Afternoon Sessions E and F - Choose One:

E. Advances in Metal Finishing: Hexavalent chromium and alternatives

Long a mainstay of metal finishing, hexavalent chromium (Cr+6) remains a preferred material, thanks to its many beneficial properties. However, Cr+6 compounds are confirmed human carcinogens. Cr+6 is one of only six substances restricted in electronics products in the EU by the RoHS directive, and the US Department of Defense has issued a mandate to minimize its use and adopt alternatives where feasible. In this session we will examine who uses Cr+6 and why, then go on to hear about alternatives that are now available and still in development. Recommended for new TUR Planners

F. EMS Opportunities and Challenges

Though incorporated into the TURA program via the amendments of 2006, TUR Environmental Management Systems have not been widely adopted as an alternative to the TUR plan. This session will consist of two parts: first, training on tools to improve your TURA EMS, including root-cause analysis of the Lampworks case study from the TUR Planner course. Then we will convene a panel of industry representatives who have implemented the TURA EMS option to discuss both the challenges and benefits of taking on TURA EMS implementation. EMS Credits

4:30 Conference Conclusion

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