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Wednesday April 14 2010 - Continuing Education Conference

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THE TOXICS USE REDUCTION INSTITUTE (TURI) in collaboration with The Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and The Toxics Use Reduction Administrative Council

A Toxics Use Reduction Planner One-Day Continuing Education Conference
April 14, 2010
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center,Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Credit: DEP has approved this event for double credits. Attendance for a full day will be worth 12 credits. These credits may be used to apply to DEP for certification. Please note: if you are attending Session C and will be using this session to fulfill your Resource Conservation credit requirements the credits for this session will not be doubled.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 Plenary: Keynote Speaker
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Morning Sessions: A, B,C
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 Poster Session
1:15 to 2:30 Concurrent Early Afternoon Sessions D, E, F
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Concurrent Late Afternoon Session H, I, J

9:00 to 9:45 Plenary

Keynote Speaker
Questions and Answers

9:45 to 10:00 Break

10:00 to Noon Concurrent Morning Sessions - Choose One

Session A: TUR Reporting
This session will focus on the challenges associated with selecting an accurate activity index/production ratio and providing accurate progress reporting (Section 4- Production Unit) data and progress technique codes. New Planner Appropriate

Session B: Controlling Chemical Risks through Purchasing
TUR Planners should consider implementing an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program as both a part of traditional TUR Planning and a useful application of TUR planning to company operations, as well as an opportunity for Resource Conservation planning that focuses on reducing unlisted toxics and/or waste. This session will cover the basic elements of an EPP program and the potential benefits of EPP, including marketing opportunities. This session will present resources for establishing programs, including existing models.

Session C: Energy efficiency and GHG Calculations
Technical information on specific energy efficiency strategies for common elements in any production facility, and demonstration of the use of EPA's new GHG equivalencies calculator will be presented in this session. This session is Resource Conservation appropriate (2 credits only).

Noon to 12:45 Lunch
12:45 to 1:15 Poster Viewing Session
1:15 to 2:30 Concurrent Early Afternoon Session

This conference will include a poster session to complement the more formal presentations, with the goal of increasing the flow of information among participants. Time will be allocated for conference attendees to view poster-sized displays describing recent toxics use reduction research and success stories, and to engage in discussion with the poster authors. Please note that attendance at the poster session is required for anyone who wishes to receive TUR CE credits.

1:15 to 2:30 Concurrent Early Afternoon Sessions - Choose One

Session D: Methods for Improved Planning
This session will present techniques for improving process mapping methods and root cause analyses during TUR planning. Dr. Robert Pojasek will be presenting. New Planner Appropriate

E: Emerging Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Chemicals

This session will focus on health impacts of occupational exposure to chemicals. It will include an overview of activities of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as well as a discussion of occupational exposures to asthmagens and sensitizers

. New Planner Appropriate

Session F: Newly Regulated Sectors - Dry Cleaning
In this session participants will learn about new sectors that may be required to conduct TUR planning as a result of the lower reporting/planning thresholds for higher hazard substances. We will focus on the professional garment care industry, and present information to assist with technical and economic evaluations of alternatives to the use of perc in dry cleaning.

2:30 to 2:45 Break

2:45 to 4:00 Concurrent Late Afternoon Sessions - Choose One

Session G: Improved TUR Planning
This session will present planning ideas and examples for enhancing the implementation of specific aspects of TUR planning, such as TUR Project Management and Tracking. Don Alger from Allegro Microsystems and other Toxics Use Reduction Planners will be presenting. New planner appropriate

Session H: Employee-Engaged Occupational Health and Safety
This session will focus on occupational chemical exposures and physical safety issues. Gentex Optics will present tools and methods for ensuring broad employee involvement in environmental health and safety, as well as use of various audit opportunities -- including quality systems and third-party resources -- to enhance environmental health and safety performance. New planner appropriate

Session I: Cold Solvent Metal Cleaning Regulatory Update
Will focus on the new cold cleaning regulation, what it means and how to comply. We will discuss how OTA and TURI can assist MA companies comply, and explore opportunities for companies to switch to a more environmentally friendly alternative. Hands on exploration of alternative chemicals and equipment will be included.

Download and fill out the registration form and fax it to (978) 934-3050 by April 12th. 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. Fax Registration to (978) 934-3050 or E-Mail To brenda_wilson@uml.edu

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

Attendance will be tracked to assure that planners receive a certificate of completion for sessions attended. As a jointly sponsored TURA event DEP has approved this event for double credits making attendance for a full day worth 12 credits. These credits may be used to apply to DEP for recertification. *Please note: if you are attending Session C and plan to use this session to fulfill your Resource Conservation credit requirements the credits for this session will not be doubled.

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

The registration deadline is April 12, 2010

Cancellations must be received by April 12, 2010. 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 April 12, 2010.

Fax cancellations to (978) 934-3050. If you have any questions or special needs, please contact Anne Basanese at (978) 934-3144 or Anne_Basanese@uml.edu

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