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Wednesday April 25 2018 - Spring 2018 Continuing Education Conference



Courtyard Boston Marlborough

75 Felton Street

Marlborough, MA 01752

To Register


8:00 - 8:30 - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 - Welcome and TURA Program Update
9:00 - 9:45 - Keynote - Dr. Laura Vandenberg
9:45 - 10:15 - TUR Planner Discussion/Break
10:15 - 11:45 - Concurrent Morning Sessions A, B, C
11:45 - 12:45 - Lunch
12:45-2:15-Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D, E1, & F
2:30 - 4:00 - Concurrent Late Afternoon Sessions D (continues), E2 and G

Sessions E1, E2, F and G are 90 minutes. Attendees of Sessions E1 and F may sign up for either Sessions E2 or G. Session D is a 3 hr. session.

8:30 - 9:15 - Keynote Speaker: Laura Vandenberg
Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst, Dr. Vandenberg is an expert in health effects and mechanisms of action for specific chemicals of concern.

10:15-11:45 - Concurrent Morning Sessions A, B, C - Please Choose One

Session A: TUR Planning Refresher: Common Challenges in Finalizing your TUR Plan
TUR Planners are just one piece in the puzzle needed to complete a TUR Plan in good faith. In this session we will discuss common challenges faced by both Limited Practice and General Practice planners: from getting the information you need to promoting a culture of participation to addressing the chemicals often ignored in the process. Common reporting challenges will also be discussed.

Session B: Case Studies in Food & Beverage Sector
In this, the first of three food and beverage related sessions, we will hear from Massachusetts companies about their efforts to identify and implement TUR in this industry sector. The cleaning and sanitizing processes that this sector employ share similar constraints and considerations to other industrial processes, so this session will be of value to planners from all sectors.

Session C: Chemicals of Concern

This session will focus on new information on human health effects, particularly those related to endocrine effects. Overviews of the SAB’s on-going review of per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals will be covered as well as additional Chemicals of Concern.

12:45 -4:00 - Concurrent Afternoon Sessions D; E1 & E2; F & G - Please Choose

Session D: 3D Printing: The Opportunities and the Implications for MA Companies (3 hour session - 12:45 - 4:00)
3D printing is not new, but its applications are expanding, creating exciting new possibilities for companies in a variety of sectors throughout Massachusetts. Hear from Chris Hansen, Director of the SHAP3D Center in Lowell, which works with companies to develop specific solutions using 3D techniques. We'll also explore the materials used, the exposure concerns and methods for minimizing worker exposure, and implications for recycling of scrap plastics from the process, hearing from experts from NIOSH as well as companies using the technology.

Session E1: Materials Contributing to Solid Waste: Reducing Food Waste in your Facility (90 minute session - 12:45 - 2:15)
RecyclingWorks, a MassDEP program designed to help MA companies identify and implement resource conservation techniques, works with companies help reduce solid waste and divert materials from disposal. In this first part of the session we'll hear from companies who have implemented changes to minimize the amount of food waste created in their food service operations.

Session E2: Materials Contributing to Solid Waste: Packaging, Furniture and C&D Waste (90 minute session - 2:30 - 4:00)
This is the second part of the session, focused on opportunities to minimize the amount of packaging, furniture, and construction & demolition (C&D) waste created in your facilities. We'll hear from companies implementing programs to reduce packaging waste generated by their operations, as well as those reducing disposal of furniture and C&D materials during renovations. Planners have the opportunity to get 1.5 RC credits for materials contributing to solid waste in each of the two parts to this session, or a total of 3.

Note: Planners will receive 1.5 RC credits for materials contributing to solid waste in each of the two parts to this session, or a total of 3 if both parts are attended.

Session F: Continual Improvement: Working with Stakeholders to Find the Best Options (90 minute session - 12:45 - 2:15)
Companies in MA use many methods to identify and evaluate potential TUR options. In this session we'll hear from companies who work with a variety of stakeholders - from internal experts to vendors to TURA program staff - to explore the possibilities and assess the technical and economic feasibility of those options.

Session G: Overcoming Barriers to Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Implementation (90 minute session - 2:30 - 4:00) 

Practiced TUR Planning teams sometimes encounter technically or economically infeasible TUR options due to a variety of reasons including customer requirements and perception, capital cost, technical uncertainty, regulatory requirements, and physical plant limitations. In this session we’ll explore common obstacles and strategies to overcome them while reaping the benefits of implementing TUR.

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Payment Options:  To Pay By Credit Card  (Please Click on Appropriate Fee)

TURA Filer Fee ($200)
Non TURA Filer Fee ($250)
Half Day Fee ($125)

To Pay by Check:  Please make check payable to UMass Lowell and mail it to:

TURI/UMass Lowell

The Offices at Boott Mills - West

126 John Street, Suite 14, 2nd Floor

Lowell, MA  01852

Attention:  Brenda Wilson

For questions about the conference content, contact Pam Eliason at 978-934-3142 or Pam@turi.org

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