SAEMS Seminars

SAEMS organizes and cosponsors a variety of informative seminars throughout the year.


Upcoming Seminars

 

Past Seminars

 

2016 Annual SAEMS RCRA Seminar – Compliance Continues, was held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Hilton Tucson East.

SAEMS would like to thank our sponsors and the 161 registered attendees for the very successful 2016 SAEMS RCRA Seminar – Compliance Continues at the Hilton East in Tucson, Arizona on May 5, 2016. The $6,843 in proceeds from this seminar go towards the SAEMS’ Scholarship Fund. In Spring 2016, SAEMS awarded a total of $10,200 in scholarships to college students who are majoring in environmental studies at the University of Arizona (see 2016 awards listed later in this newsletter). Following the seminar a group of attendees moved upstairs to attend the Happy Hour, which was sponsored by SAEMS and Terracon. The hard work of our RCRA Seminar Committee is greatly appreciated!

Topics and presenters for this year’s seminar included RCRA Basics, Jennifer Lynch, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality; Universal and Medical Waste, Jeff Christensen, University of Arizona; Profiling Waste into a TSDF, Andy Marshall, US Ecology; EPA Next Generation Compliance, Combining Environmental and Worker Safety Violations, Jerry Worsham, The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A.; Updates on Waste Programs, Pamela Nicola, ADEQ; Legislation & SRO Organization, Amanda Stone, ADEQ; LUNCH & Visit Tucson Fire Hazmat & Ladder Truck; Visit Vendor Booths; Hazmat Incidents and Initial Owner Response, Captain James Cosmas, Tucson Fire Department; Hazmat Placarding for Highway Transportation, Officer Gary Mitchell, Arizona Department of Public Safety; Mastering Container Compatibility, Tracy Carlise, H2O Environmental; Implementing Green Technology & Programs, Andre Fuentes, Frito Lay Casa Grande; RCRA Quiz Show, Amanda Lam, ADEQ; Question & Answers Session, Wrap-up, & Final Door Prizes; Happy Hour!


2016 Pima County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Annual Emergency Planning – Business Education Seminar on January 27, 2016

The purpose of the seminar is to provide a forum where attendees can receive pertinent hazardous materials information, compliance up-dates; learn best practices, information on planning, safety information and an opportunity to ask questions; provide information to help businesses to create and maintain a safe environment for workers, operations, and their community; and provide an opportunity for the business community to build relationships with other businesses in the area and learn from their best practices.


The 2015 Annual SAEMS RCRA Seminar – Targeted Compliance, was held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Hilton Tucson East.

Thanks to all the volunteers, speakers, sponsors, and participants that made this event a great success! The proceeds from this seminar go towards the SAEMS’ Scholarship Fund. In 2014, SAEMS awarded a total of $10,500 in scholarships to college students who were majoring in environmental studies at the University of Arizona.


Topics for this year’s seminar included RCRA Basics; Pollution Prevention (P2); EPA’s New Scope with RCRA DSW Rule; updates from ADEQ’s Southern Regional Office and the Waste Program Solvent Wipes Ruling; Pima County rules updates; RCRA penalties and outcomes; LEPC updates and training; achieving RCRA compliance; and wastewater pre-treatment. We also congratulated long-time SAEMS member, former Vice President, and speaker Fred Brinker of Tucson Airport Authority on his future retirement and thanked him for the many years he has been supporting SAEMS. Participants retired upstairs for happy hour following the end of the seminar.


January 2015 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Business Education Seminar

The January 2015 Annual Pima County LEPC Emergency Planning – Business Education Seminar was held at the Desert Diamond Casino Conference Center. SAEMS helps to sponsor this seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to:

  • Provide a forum where attendees can receive pertinent hazardous materials information, compliance up-dates; learn best practices, information on planning, safety information and an opportunity to ask questions.
  • Provide an environment with information to help businesses to create and maintain a safe environment for workers, operations, and their community.
  • Provide an opportunity for the business community to build relationships with other businesses in the area and learn from their best practices.

The anticipated/designated audience for this seminar includes industry and business owners, operators and/or managers; industrial, business and government compliance personnel; industrial, business and governmental personnel responsible for hazardous materials safety; and fire department personnel with hazardous materials compliance responsibilities. Go to the LEPC website at www.pima.gov/lepc for more information.


Annual RCRA Seminar – SAEMS & RCRA: In Focus

SAEMS held the annual one day RCRA Seminar on Thursday May 15, 2014 at the Tucson Hilton East. The seminar was a great success! The event was attended by 150 people, including one student scholarship winner. Net income of over $12,000 was raised for the SAEMS scholarship fund. Topics included RCRA basics, universal waste, Tier ll reporting, a virtual inspection, Pima County rules update, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Waste Programs and Southern Regional Office Updates, common inspection errors, and a compliance case study. Please use the following links to the ADEQ website for more information:

Checklists: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/hazwaste/icu.html
Hazardous Waste: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/hazwaste/download/managehw.pdf
Universal Wastes: http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/wastetypes/universal/
P2: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/p2/index.html

Thanks to our fearless committee for all their hard work in making this seminar a success !!!!

Thanks also to all our sponsors, who make this event possible.

 


January 2014 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Business Education Seminar Summary


In lieu of the January luncheon, SAEMS helped sponsor the January 2014 Annual Pima County LEPC Emergency Planning – Business Education Seminar at the Desert Diamond Casino Conference Center. Safety Seminar Presentations included Arizona DPS Hazardous Materials, AzSERC Data Base Tier II A, Hazardous Materials & the Fire Code, US DOT Incident Report, Pima County LEPC 2014 Role and Activities, and Executive Order 13650-OSHA.

Business Education Seminar Presentations included Changes to the AZSERC Reporting Data Base, Chemical Release Reporting Requirements, Emergency Management Actions for a Chemical Release, EPA Presentations on OSHA HCS Revisions & EPCRA Section 311 MSDS and Tier II Form Revisions, Global Harmonization System and US DOT PHMSA, OSHA GHS-SDS The Final Rule, Pima County Business Continuity Planning, and Pima County New EOC Presentation. A table top exercise was also performed. Links to training opportunity presentations are provided at http://www.pima.gov/lepc/training.shtml.

 


Hazardous Materials Manager Certification Preparation Course Summary From Attendee Heather Spitzer – November 5-7, 2013

In November 2014, 20 environmental and safety professionals attended the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Preparation Course in Tucson. The class was sponsored by SAEMS and brought in $4,700 for the SAEMS scholarship fund. The course is designed to prepare professionals in taking the CHMM exam that goes towards obtaining professional certification. The certification requires knowledge across a broad spectrum of environmental and safety topics, such as chemical handling and transportation all the way to radiation hazards and shielding.


While the information seemed quite overwhelming at times (e.g., there are so many regulations), everyone seemed to enjoy the class. We all met new people, learned new things, and were allowed to ask whatever sorts of questions we had in regard to any of the course topics. The instructors were great at answering all of our questions and showing how it would be applied in the safety/environmental fields we work in. The instructors were also helpful in pointing out specific material that would definitely be on the exam and directed us in various ways we could effectively prepare for it. Unfortunately, we did learn that we would be a part of the "privileged" who will take the newer and more difficult version of the exam since it was recently updated. However, we are undaunted by the challenge and look forward to joining the CHMM ranks. CHMM certification is a great accomplishment for all safety/environmental professionals who work each day around various chemical hazards.


We are all grateful to Richard Cartwright, PE, CHMM for presenting this course so we can grow and market ourselves professionally. Even for those who may not go on to obtain the certification, the course brought a lot of usable information for everyone.


So look out world, because there will soon be 20 more people here in Tucson with an alphabet extending beyond their surnames!


 

2013 P2 Seminar

The annual Pollution Prevention (P2) seminar was held on September 25, 2013. A total of 52 attendees participated in the morning P2 certification and training session and attended the afternoon featured speakers session, which included Dr. Dylan Boday of IBM, Doug Crockett of City of Tucson, Greg Garfin of The University of Arizona, Grant McCormick of The University of Arizona, Ken Alward of Hilton Hotels, and Barry Rinehart of Central Arizona Project. A total of $2,400 was raised for the SAEMS scholarship fund.



2013 RCRA Seminar

On May 9, 2013, SAEMS hosted the much anticipated annual RCRA Seminar. A total of 154 people attended and SAEMS made approximately $11,100 for future University of Arizona environmental scholarships. Thank you to the 24 sponsors who helped fund the RCRA Seminar and SAEMS scholarships. On a related note, $10,000 from prior seminar profits and a $500 donation from the Arizona Lab Association were recently send to the UA Foundation to fund eight scholarships for school year 2013-14.



SAEMS members volunteering on the RCRA seminar committee were (front row from left to right): Shri Parikh, Barb Ricca, Sarah Sillman, and Lisa Cuestas and (back row from left to right) Dave Mack, Derek Koller, Frank Bonillas, Pat Hartshorne, Heather Shoemaker, and Ken Asch.


January 2013 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Business Education Seminar
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Desert Diamond Casino Conference Center
Old Nogales Highway
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On January 30th, 2013 the Pima County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) will be holding their annual Emergency Planning - Business Education Seminar. The seminar is free and includes a free lunch for attendees. More information can be obtained on the LEPC webpage at http://www.pima.gov/lepc/training.shtml. The webpage includes a link to RSVP to John Wisner. The January SAEMS lunch will be held in conjunction with the LEPC seminar. Those who cannot attend the entire seminar can attend the lunch only. More information will follow in January.

Are you interested in getting more involved in the community? The LEPC is looking for a volunteer to assist with exhibitors for the Jan. 30th seminar. Volunteering is a great way to meet new environmental professionals in the community. To volunteer, contact John Wisner at john.wisner@pima.gov or 520-798-0600.

Arizona emergency response businesses who wish to be an exhibitor at the LEPC seminar should contact John Wisner. The seminar is an excellent way to showcase your products and services to many potential customers.

 


 

2012 P2 Seminar

The P2 seminar was held on Wednesday September 26, 2012 at the Hotel Tucson. The event was attended by 60 people with a net income of $4,892 for the scholarship fund. Topics included City of Tucson recycling programs and audits, sustainability at CAP, LED lighting, water efficient plants, urban forestry, air quality, electronics recycling, Pima County’s Net-Zero Energy Program and commercial recycling. During the City’s recycling program presentation we were unable to link their video, but here is the link: http://www.kvoa.com/player/?video_id=11860 Thanks again to our fearless committee!!


2012 RCRA Seminar

The RCRA seminar was held on Thursday May 10, 2012 at the Manning House. The event was attended by 160 people, four student scholarships and brought in a net income of over $12,000 for the scholarship fund. Topics included RCRA basics, an overview of communication changes with the GHS and HazCom changes, pharmaceutical disposal, rule updates, common inspection errors, the U of A and spill response. In addition to the seminar we had our 25th Anniversary luncheon. The luncheon was hosted by founding members and we celebrated with a cake cutting. Thanks again to our fearless committee!!


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