Schedule

COHMED Conference

January 29-February 2, 2018 Garden Grove, California
    Monday, January 29, 2018
  • CVSA Level VI Refresher

    8:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Reggie Bunner, West Virginia Public Service Commission Tony Anderson, Idaho State Police, Retired This session is open only to certified Level VI Inspectors. The eight-hour refresher meets the requirements of CVSA Operational Policy 4 for maintenance of certification for Level VI inspectors. Note: Pre-registration is required for this session.
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    9:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • Training Session – Chemistry 101

    1:00 PM—3:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Laurianne Bouchard, Transport Canada This presentation gives an overview of key chemistry concepts behind the classification of dangerous goods. The nine classes of dangerous goods will be reviewed, along with their relevant properties. Basic principles of chemistry will be explained using clear and simple language. This session also highlights the science behind dangerous goods incidents.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    3:00 PM—3:30 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • Training Session – Introduction to Portable Tanks and IBCs

    3:30 PM—5:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Scott Maguire, Massachusetts State Police This presentation is an overview of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and the portable tank inspection criteria taught in the Other Bulk Packagings Course.
  • Introduction to COHMED

    5:15 PM—6:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level
    COHMED Leadership This session is for first-time attendees to the COHMED Conference. Attendees will be introduced to COHMED leadership and provided with a brief history of COHMED.
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:30 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level

  • General Session

    8:30 AM—9:15 AM
    at Royal Ballroom, South Tower, Lobby Level

    COHMED Chair's Welcome Remarks Donna McLean, Director, Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC)
    Stand-up Introductions of Attendees
    CVSA Vice President's Welcome Remarks Capt. Scott Carnegie, Motor Carrier Unit Chief Inspector, Mississippi Department of Public Safety
    Industry and Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Donna McLean, Director, CANUTEC, COHMED Chair Brian Kucharski, DOT Compliance Manager, US Ecology Melanie Levac, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Canadian Propane Association
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:15 AM—10:00 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: Greg Neylon, Institute of Makers of Explosives, J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC, Praxair Inc. and Schlumberger Technology Corporation
  • General Session (Continued)

    10:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • General Session (Continued)

    10:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Federal Panel for Regulatory Updates Transport Canada - Nathalie Belliveau, Acting Executive Director, Compliance and Response Branch PHMSA - Aaron Mitchell, Director, Outreach, Engagement and Grants FMCSA - Melissa Williams, General Engineer, HM Division
  • Lunch On Own

    12:00 PM—1:30 PM
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  • Training Session – Hazmat Olympics

    1:30 PM—3:30 PM
    at Royal Ballroom, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Test your hazmat abilities in a team setting. Teams will be presented with hazmat problems to solve together. The team with the highest score wins.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    3:30 PM—4:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: Austin Powder Company and Schlumberger Technology Corporation 
  • Enforcement Meetings

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
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    Region I Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands and Vermont.
    Region II Plaza Terrace, South Tower, Lobby Level Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
    Region III Pacific Room, North Tower, 2nd Floor Alberta, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ohio, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Yukon.
    Region IV Harbor Room, North Tower, 2nd Floor Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Industry Meeting

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Royal Ballroom, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Brian Kucharski, DOT Compliance Manager, US Ecology
    Melanie Levac, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Canadian Propane Association
  • Welcome Networking Reception

    6:30 PM—8:30 PM
    at North Tower Pool, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: US Ecology
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • FMCSA HM Team Meeting (Invitation Only)

    7:00 AM—10:00 AM
    at Imperial Room, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • 1st Round of Morning Training Sessions

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
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    Session 1 - Understanding the Global Harmonization System Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Ben Barrett, SAAMI Consultant This session covers the Global Harmonization System (GHS) and the confusion that arises when GHS labels are used on bulk packagings. A new CVSA Inspection Bulletin on the topic will be covered.
    Session 2 - Online Resources for the Hazardous Materials Inspector Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Bill Reese, Director of COHMED Program, CVSA Learn how to access the new CVSA online learning management system and take advantage of new training opportunities. We'll show you where to find hazardous materials regulations, special permits and interpretations on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) website, and modal hazardous materials regulations and interpretations on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website. We'll also show you how to access resources available on the CVSA website.
    Session 3 - MC 330 Crash Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Shawn Currie, National Transportation Safety Board During this session, we'll provide an overview of the investigation and findings of a crash and subsequent explosion involving an MC 330 that occurred near Stroud, Alabama.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: American Pyrotechnics Association
  • 2nd Round of Morning Training Sessions

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at
    (Repeat 1st Round of Morning Training Sessions)  
    Session 1 - Understanding the Global Harmonization System Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Ben Barrett, SAAMI Consultant This session covers the Global Harmonization System (GHS) and the confusion that arises when GHS labels are used on bulk packagings. A new CVSA Inspection Bulletin on the topic will be covered.
    Session 2 - Online Resources for the Hazardous Materials Inspector Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Bill Reese, Director of COHMED Program, CVSA Learn how to access the new CVSA online learning management system and take advantage of new training opportunities. We'll show you where to find hazardous materials regulations, special permits and interpretations on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) website, and modal hazardous materials regulations and interpretations on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website. We'll also show you how to access resources available on the CVSA website.
    Session 3 - MC 330 Crash Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Shawn Currie, National Transportation Safety Board During this session, we'll provide an overview of the investigation and findings of a crash and subsequent explosion involving an MC 330 that occurred near Stroud, Alabama.
  • Lunch On Own

    11:30 AM—1:00 PM
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  • 1st Round of Afternoon Training Sessions

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
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    Session 1 - Explosives Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Ben Barrett, SAAMI Consultant This session provides an overview of Class 1 explosives, definitions, divisions and common explosives.
    Session 2 - Advanced Cargo Tank Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Dave Girard, Vice President, Girard Equipment Inc. Learn about hazardous material cargo tank valves and pressure relief vents. The presentation will focus on what the roadside inspector may encounter. There will be hands-on training with valves and pressure relief vents.
    Session 3 - Canadian vs. U.S. Cylinders Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Brandon "Wes" Westbrook, PHMSA HM-215D made changes to the regulations that allow the shipment and use of cylinders between the U.S. and Canada. Learn about U.S. and Canadian cylinder specifications and how they apply to roadside inspections.
     
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    2:30 PM—3:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: National Tank Truck Carriers and R+L Carriers Inc.
  • 2nd Round of Afternoon Training Sessions

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at
    (Repeat 1st Round of Afternoon Training Sessions)
    Session 1 - Explosives Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Ben Barrett, SAAMI Consultant This session provides an overview of Class 1 explosives, definitions, divisions and common explosives.
    Session 2 - Advanced Cargo Tank Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Dave Girard, Vice President, Girard Equipment Inc. Learn about hazardous material cargo tank valves and pressure relief vents. The presentation will focus on what the roadside inspector may encounter. There will be hands-on training with valves and pressure relief vents.
    Session 3 - Canadian vs. U.S. Cylinders Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Brandon "Wes" Westbrook, PHMSA HM-215D made changes to the regulations that allow the shipment and use of cylinders between the U.S. and Canada. Learn about U.S. and Canadian cylinder specifications and how they apply to roadside inspections.
     
  • Region Meetings

    4:30 PM—5:30 PM
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    (Joint Meetings between Industry and Law Enforcement)
    Region I Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands and Vermont.
    Region II Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
    Region III Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Alberta, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ohio, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Yukon.
    Region IV Plaza Terrace, South Tower, Lobby Level Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Chairman’s Reception

    6:30 PM—9:00 PM
    at Dave & Buster’s
    Join us at Dave & Buster's for a full dinner buffet, fun and games. You'll also be given a Power Card to play arcade games, billiards, shuffleboard, etc. To attend the reception at Dave & Buster's, you must obtain a ticket in advance from CVSA staff at the registration desk from 12-5 p.m. on Tuesday or 7 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday. You will be given a wristband on-site. Remember, you must also wear your badge for entry into the reception.

    Location:
    Dave & Buster's
    20 City Blvd. W, Bldg G #1
    Orange, CA 92868
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • 1st Round of Morning Training Sessions

    8:00 AM—9:00 AM
    at
     
    Session 1 - Fireworks Enforcement  Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Jack Whitley, PHMSA Find out about PHMSA's efforts to enforce fireworks regulations. Identify common violations and learn about the resources available for conducting roadside fireworks inspections.
    Session 2 - Toxicology of Class 9 Materials Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Jim Boehringer, J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC Learn about Class 9 materials, including hazardous waste and substances, and the hazards they pose during a roadside inspection or an emergency response.
    Session 3 - Regulated Medical Waste Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Jay Johnson, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Inmark Review the requirements for shipping infectious substances and regulated medical waste. We'll also focus on what makes Division 6.2 hazardous materials so unique. Hands-on demonstrations of packaging and interactive questions and answers should make the excitement contagious.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: American Coatings Association, Canadian Propane Association, Jade Transportation Services and J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC
  • 2nd Round of Morning Training Sessions

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at
    (Repeat 1st Round of Morning Training Sessions)  
    Session 1 - Fireworks Enforcement  Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Jack Whitley, PHMSA Find out about PHMSA's efforts to enforce fireworks regulations. Identify common violations and learn about the resources available for conducting roadside fireworks inspections.
    Session 2 - Toxicology of Class 9 Materials Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Jim Boehringer, J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC Learn about Class 9 materials, including hazardous waste and substances, and the hazards they pose during a roadside inspection or an emergency response.
    Session 3 - Regulated Medical Waste Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Jay Johnson, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Inmark Review the requirements for shipping infectious substances and regulated medical waste. We'll also focus on what makes Division 6.2 hazardous materials so unique. Hands-on demonstrations of packaging and interactive questions and answers should make the excitement contagious.
  • Lunch On Own

    11:30 AM—1:00 PM
    at
  • 1st Round of Afternoon Training Sessions

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
    at
     
    Session 1 - Special Permits/Equivalency Certificates  Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Jack Whitley, PHMSA HM-215D allows for reciprocity between the U.S. and Canada when shipments cross our borders and are shipped using a U.S. PHMSA special permit or Transport Canada equivalency certificate. Learn about this change and what to look for during a roadside inspection.
    Session 2 - Lac Mégantic; The TDG Investigation Story Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Marc Grignon, Regional Director, Surface, Pacific Region, Transport Canada This session will cover the investigation into the rail disaster that occurred in the town of Lac Mégantic in the Easter Townships of the Canadian province of Quebec at approximately 1:15 a.m. EDT on July 6, 2013. This rail disaster occurred when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken Formation crude oil rolled down a 1.2 percent grade from Nantes and derailed downtown, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars.
    Session 3 - CHEMTREC/CANUTEC Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Donna Lepik, Director, American Chemistry Council/CHEMTREC/TRANSCAER Donna McLean, Director, CANUTEC, COHMED Chair What happens when a hazardous material release occurs? Who do you call? Where can you get help? Here's your opportunity to learn how CHEMTREC and CANUTEC can assist you since law enforcement professionals are generally the first-line responders for most hazardous material incidents. We'll share how CHEMTREC and CANUTEC streamlines the process of shipping and transporting hazardous materials. Find out about these resources in the U.S. and Canada. 
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    2:30 PM—3:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: EROAD Inc.
  • Meet the FMCSA HM Team

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Imperial Room, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Come and join FMCSA's HM team for discussions on the topics of your choice. You set the agenda with your questions and comments on highway transportation safety and security of hazardous materials.
  • 2nd Round of Afternoon Training Sessions

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at
    (Repeat 1st Round of Afternoon Training Sessions)
    Session 1 - Special Permits/Equivalency Certificates  Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Jack Whitley, PHMSA HM-215D allows for reciprocity between the U.S. and Canada when shipments cross our borders and are shipped using a U.S. PHMSA special permit or Transport Canada equivalency certificate. Learn about this change and what to look for during a roadside inspection.
    Session 2 - Lac Mégantic; The TDG Investigation Story Royal Ballroom C, South Tower, Lobby Level Marc Grignon, Regional Director, Surface, Pacific Region, Transport Canada This session will cover the investigation into the rail disaster that occurred in the town of Lac Mégantic in the Easter Townships of the Canadian province of Quebec at approximately 1:15 a.m. EDT on July 6, 2013. This rail disaster occurred when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken Formation crude oil rolled down a 1.2 percent grade from Nantes and derailed downtown, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars.
    Session 3 - CHEMTREC/CANUTEC Royal Ballroom E, South Tower, Lobby Level Donna Lepik, Director, American Chemistry Council/CHEMTREC/TRANSCAER Donna McLean, Director, CANUTEC, COHMED Chair What happens when a hazardous material release occurs? Who do you call? Where can you get help? Here's your opportunity to learn how CHEMTREC and CANUTEC can assist you since law enforcement professionals are generally the first-line responders for most hazardous material incidents. We'll share how CHEMTREC and CANUTEC streamlines the process of shipping and transporting hazardous materials. Find out about these resources in the U.S. and Canada. 
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Member Services

    7:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
  • Training Session – Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT)

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
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    Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level Sgt. Tom Fuller, New York State Police
    Bill Reese, Director of COHMED Program, CVSA
    This is an awareness level radiological response course that covers radiological basics, biological effects, hazard recognition (marking, labels and placards), initial response actions, radioactive materials shipping packages, on-scene patient handling, radiological terminology and units, assessing package integrity, radiation detection instrumentation overview and radiological decontamination.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Royal Ballroom Foyer, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: ABF Freight
  • Training Session – Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT) (Continued)

    10:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Royal Ballroom A, South Tower, Lobby Level
    Sgt. Tom Fuller, New York State Police
    Bill Reese, Director of COHMED Program, CVSA
    This session continues the 8-9:30 a.m. session, building on information provided in the earlier session.
  • Lunch On Own

    12:00 PM—1:00 PM
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  • COHMED Leadership Meeting (Invitation Only)

    1:00 PM—3:00 PM
    at Imperial Room, South Tower, Lobby Level