Schedule

2017 COHMED Conference

January 23-27, 2017 Savannah, Georgia
    Monday, January 23, 2017
  • CVSA Level VI Refresher

    8:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Ballroom D, Lobby Level
    Reggie Bunner, West Virginia Public Service Commission Tony Anderson, Idaho Sate Police 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. Please email Carlisle Smith for more information and to register for this session. Pre-registration is required for this session.
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    9:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Exhibition Area Open

    9:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Training Session – Basic Hazardous Materials Refresher

    1:00 PM—3:00 PM
    at Ballroom A, Lobby Level
    Dan Voelker, Arizona Department of Public Safety Chris Smithen, Nevada Department of Public Safety This session is designed to be a refresher for certified HM/DG inspectors. The session will cover all aspects of a general HM/DG inspection and covers regulatory requirements of the 49 CFR. Note: This session is open to industry and enforcement attendees. Please bring the HM Regulation book provided at registration to the session.      
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    3:00 PM—3:30 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Training Session – Basic Hazardous Materials Refresher (Continued)

    3:30 PM—5:00 PM
    at Ballroom A, Lobby Level
    This session continues the 1:00 – 3:00 PM session, building on the information provided in the earlier session.
  • Introduction to COHMED

    5:15 PM—6:00 PM
    at Ballroom A, 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 24, 2017
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Exhibition Area Opening and Continental Breakfast

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

  • General Session

    8:30 AM—9:15 AM
    at Ballroom A, Lobby Level
    8:30–8:40 AM COHMED Chair Welcome Remarks Donna McLean, Acting Director, Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC), COHMED Chair
    8:40–8:50 AM CVSA Executive Director's Welcome Remarks Collin Mooney, Executive Director, CVSA
    8:50–9:00 AM Stand-up Introductions of Attendees
    9:00–9:15 AM Industry and Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Donna McLean, Acting 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 Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: Canadian Propane Association, Institute of Makers of Explosives and J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC
  • General Session (Continued)

    10:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Ballroom A, Lobby Level
    Federal Panel for Regulatory Updates Transport Canada – Donna McLean, Acting Director, CANUTEC, COHMED Chair PHMSA – Ryan Paquet, Director, Approvals and Permits Division FMCSA – Paul Bomgardner, Division Chief, Hazardous Materials Division
  • Lunch On Own

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

    1:30 PM—3:30 PM
    at Ballroom A, Lobby Level
    COHMED Leadership This session will provide attendees with opportunities to test their hazardous materials regulatory knowledge by answering hazmat questions and solving scenarios created by COHMED leadership. Hazmat Olympics is a great opportunity for members of both enforcement and industry to network. NOTE: COHMED leadership will assign individuals to teams in advance.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    3:30 PM—4:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: Austin Powder Company and National Tank Truck Carriers
  • Enforcement Meetings

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at
    Region ITpr.Scott Maguire Ballroom B, 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, US Virgin Islands and Vermont.
    Region IIReggie Bunner Ballroom C, Lobby Level Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
    Region IIIPhilip Haskins Ballroom D, 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 IVTpr. Chris Smithen  Ballroom E, Lobby Level 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 Ballroom A, 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 Atrium, Lobby Level
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Exhibition Area Opening and Continental Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
    Breakfast Sponsored By: American Pyrotechnics Association
  • FMCSA HM Team Meeting (Invitation Only)

    7:00 AM—10:00 AM
    at Pulaski Room, 2nd Floor
     
  • 1st Round of Morning Training Sessions

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at
    Session 1 - Reverse Logistics and Fireworks Ballroom B, Lobby Level Gregg Smith, Safety Program Manager, American Pyrotechnics Association This session will review the reverse logistics of fireworks as specified in the regulations. Attendees learn how the reverse logistics regulations affect and are applied to Class 1.4G consumer fireworks and the consumer fireworks industry, as well as Class 1.3G covering the professional fireworks industry.
    Session 2 - Lithium Batteries Ballroom C, Lobby LevelGeorge Kerchner, Executive Director, The Rechargeable Battery Association This session will provide a detailed review of the differences in lithium batteries, their packaging and assembly. Other items to be reviewed will include PHMSA special permits and exemptions, relief from UN packaging requirements, the shipping of defective/damaged lithium batteries, placarding, marking and labeling, and driver training requirements.
    Session 3 - Hazmat Incident Response Ballroom D, Lobby Level Kevin Hogan, Michigan State Police This session will discuss the tactics used by incident response personnel when mitigating a hazardous materials incident. The session will incorporate the use of Material Safety Data Sheets and the Emergency Response Guidebook, as well as a review of real-life scenarios and lessons learned from those events.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: EQT Corporation, Praxair Inc. and "For Sandra"  
  • 2nd Round of Morning Training Sessions

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at
    (Repeat 1st Round of Morning Training Sessions)
    Session 1 - Reverse Logistics and Fireworks Ballroom B, Lobby Level Gregg Smith, Safety Program Manager, American Pyrotechnics Association This session will review the reverse logistics of fireworks as specified in the regulations. Attendees learn how the reverse logistics regulations affect and are applied to Class 1.4G consumer fireworks and the consumer fireworks industry, as well as Class 1.3G covering the professional fireworks industry.
    Session 2 - Lithium Batteries Ballroom C, Lobby LevelGeorge Kerchner, Executive Director, The Rechargeable Battery Association. This session will provide a detailed review of the differences in lithium batteries, their packaging and assembly. Other items to be reviewed will include PHMSA special permits and exemptions, relief from UN packaging requirements, the shipping of defective/damaged lithium batteries, placarding, marking and labeling, and driver training requirements.
    Session 3 - Hazmat Incident Response Ballroom D, Lobby LevelKevin Hogan, Michigan State Police This session will discuss the tactics used by incident response personnel when mitigating a hazardous materials incident. The session will incorporate the use of Material Safety Data Sheets and the Emergency Response Guidebook, as well as a review of real-life scenarios and lessons learned from those events.
  • 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 - Intermodal Tanks Ballroom B, Lobby LevelScott Maguire, Massachusetts State Police This session will include an in-depth review of the inspection processes for the IM/UN portable tank, including but not limited to packaging specifications, maintenance of specifications and hazardous materials communication.
    Session 2 - Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOMS) Ballroom C, Lobby LevelVincent Babich, FMCSA This session will provide a basic overview of the Mexican Federal Transportation Safety Regulations, known as NOMS.
    Session 3 - Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) Ballroom D, Lobby Level John Brenner, NNSA/CTOS (US DOE contractor) This session will provide fundamental knowledge regarding two distinct mission spaces related to radiological/nuclear threats, prevention and response. This session addresses the preventive radiological nuclear detection (PRND) mission including an overview of recognition of the threat or incident, protective measures, notifications and securing the incident site during radiological/nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents as they relate to law enforcement operations.  The session will cover the recognition of potential radiological/nuclear (WMD) threats, and understanding the consequences of a radiological/nuclear or terrorist incident.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    2:30 PM—3:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By:  Schlumberger Technology Corporation
  • 2nd Round of Afternoon Training Sessions

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at
    (Repeat 1st Round of Afternoon Training Sessions)
    Session 1 - Intermodal Tanks Ballroom B, Lobby LevelScott Maguire, Massachusetts State PoliceThis session will include an in-depth review of the inspection processes for the IM/UN portable tank, including but not limited to packaging specifications, maintenance of specifications and hazardous materials communication.
    Session 2 - Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOMS) Ballroom C, Lobby LevelVincent Babich, FMCSAThis session will provide a basic overview of the Mexican Federal Transportation Safety Regulations, known as NOMs.
    Session 3 - Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) Ballroom C, Lobby LevelJohn Brenner, NNSA/CTOS (US DOE contractor)This session will provide fundamental knowledge regarding two distinct mission spaces related to radiological/nuclear threats, prevention and response. This session addresses the preventive radiological nuclear detection (PRND) mission including an overview of recognition of the threat or incident, protective measures, notifications and securing the incident site during radiological/nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents as they relate to law enforcement operations.  The session will cover the recognition of potential radiological/nuclear (WMD) threats, and understanding the consequences of a radiological/nuclear or terrorist incident.
  • Region Meetings

    4:30 PM—5:30 PM
    at
    (Joint Meetings between Industry and Law Enforcement)
    Region ITpr. Scott Maguire Ballroom B, 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, US Virgin Islands and Vermont.
    Region IIReggie Bunner Ballroom C, Lobby Level Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
    Region IIIPhillip Haskins Ballroom D, 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 IVTpr. Chris Smithen Ballroom E, 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
    Georgia Queen Riverboat Cruise Enjoy an evening of dinner and entertainment aboard the Georgia Queen riverboat. Originally built as a luxury floating casino, this 1800s paddlewheel-style riverboat spent many years traveling the Mississippi River. After gambling legislation changed, the riverboat underwent a makeover, making the Georgia Queen among the top elite riverboats in the country. Tickets are required to board the riverboat and must be obtained from CVSA staff in advance.  Tickets will not be available at the dock.  Visit the COHMED registration desk during registration hours between noon on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and on on Wednesday, Jan. 25, to receive your ticket.   Location: The Georgia Queen is a 10-minute walk from the hotel down East River Street. Boarding time is 6:30 p.m. Dinner and sailing is from 7-9 p.m. Docking time is 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Exhibition Area Opening and Continental Breakfast

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

    8:00 AM—9:00 AM
    at
    Session 1 - Cargo Tanks: Canadian vs. U.S. - Differences and Similarities Ballroom B, Lobby Level Rattan Bahia, Bahia Consulting Services This session will provide details on cargo tank design and maintenance, and will answer questions regarding Transport Canada (TC) vs. U.S. DOT equivalency.
    Session 2 - Top DataQ Violations Ballroom C, Lobby Level Scott Valentine, FMCSA This session will provide a review of the top DataQ violations being challenged and the result of those challenges. This session will also provide updates FMCSA has made to the inspection violation data challenge process.
    Session 3 - PHMSA Regulatory Update Ballroom D, Lobby Level Speaker TBD This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with PHMSA staff and discuss recent PHMSA regulatory updates as well as review upcoming proposed rules in an intimate forum.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By: ABF Freight 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 - Cargo Tanks: Canadian vs. U.S. - Differences and Similarities Ballroom B, Lobby LevelRattan Bahia, Bahia Consulting Services This session will provide details on cargo tank design and maintenance, and will answer questions regarding Transport Canada (TC) vs. U.S. DOT equivalency.
    Session 2 - Top DataQ Violations Ballroom C, Lobby LevelScott Valentine, FMCSA This session will provide a review of the top DataQ violations being challenged and the result of those challenges. This session will also provide updates FMCSA has made to the inspection violation data challenge process.
    Session 3 - PHMSA Regulatory Update Ballroom D, Lobby Level Speaker TBD This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet with PHMSA staff and discuss recent PHMSA regulatory updates as well as review upcoming proposed rules in an intimate forum.
  • 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 - Organic Peroxide Hazards, Risks and Safety Ballroom B, Lobby LevelJim Boehringer, J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC This session will review the definition of organic peroxides, safety, thermal stability and explosion factors, packaging, storage and disposal issues, the types of organic peroxides in transportation, NFPA classification, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
    Session 2 - Practical Session on DOT 406, DOT 407 Highway Tanks Ballroom C, Lobby LevelScott Maguire, Massachusetts State Police This session will evaluate the differences between DOT 406 and DOT 407 cargo tanks. Package design, capabilities and uses will be reviewed. Shippers, carriers and inspectors will benefit from this session.
    Session 3 - Materials of Trade (MOTS) Ballroom D, Lobby LevelChris Smithen, Nevada Highway Patrol This session will review materials of trade as defined in 49 CFR. What materials meet the definition of materials of trade and how the regulations apply to materials of trade will be discussed.  Attendees will be provided the opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to materials of trade in their jurisdictions and businesses.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    2:30 PM—3:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
    Sponsored By:  R+L Carriers Inc.
  • Meet the FMCSA HM Team

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Ballroom E, 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 - Organic Peroxide Hazards, Risks and Safety Ballroom B, Lobby LevelJim Boehringer, J.E.B Environmental Services LLC This session will review the definition of organic peroxides, safety, thermal stability and explosion factors, packaging, storage and disposal issues, the types of organic peroxides in transportation, NFPA classification,  Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
    Session 2 - Practical Session on DOT 406, DOT 407 Highway Tanks Ballroom C, Lobby LevelScott Maguire, Massachusetts State Police This session will evaluate the differences between DOT 406 and DOT 407 cargo tanks. Package design, capabilities and uses will be reviewed. Shippers, Carriers and Inspectors will benefit from this session.
    Session 3 - Materials of Trade (MOTS) Ballroom D, Lobby Level Chris Smithen, Nevada Highway Patrol This session will review materials of trade as defined in 49 CFR. What materials meet the definition of materials of trade and how the regulations apply to materials of trade will be discussed.  Attendees will be provided the opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to materials of trade in their jurisdictions and businesses.
  • Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Member Services

    7:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Exhibition Area Opening and Continental Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Training Sessions

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at
    Session 1 - CVSA Hazardous Materials Out-of-Service Criteria Ballroom A, Lobby Level Tony Anderson, Idaho State Police This session will review the CVSA Out-of-Service criteria as it relates to hazardous materials.  An open dialog will be encouraged on the application of the out-of-service criteria.
    Session 2 - Hazardous Materials Incident Reporting and PHMSA Online CFR  Ballroom B, Lobby Level Yolanda Braxton, PHMSA This session will provide attendees with a review of PHMSA form 5800.1.  Information on how to complete the form and the innovations developed to improve efficiency in making the reporting process more user friendly will be discussed. Attendees will also be provided with a review of the PHMSA Online CFR (OCFR) program, its application and how the OCFR is directly linked to PHMSA regulatory interpretations.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level

  • Training Sessions

    10:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at
    (Repeat 1st Round of Morning Training Sessions)
    Session 1 - CVSA Hazardous Materials Out-of-Service Criteria Ballroom A, Lobby Level Tony Anderson, Idaho State Police This session will review the CVSA Out-of-Service criteria as it relates to hazardous materials. An open dialog will be encouraged on the application of the out-of-service criteria.
    Session 2 - Hazardous Materials Incident Reporting and PHMSA Online CFR Ballroom B, Lobby LevelYolanda Braxton, PHMSAThis session will provide attendees with a review of PHMSA form 5800.1.  Information on how to complete the form and the innovations developed to improve efficiency in making the reporting process more user friendly will be discussed. Attendees will also be provided with a review of the PHMSA Online CFR (OCFR) program, its application and how the OCFR is directly linked to PHMSA regulatory interpretations.
  • Exhibition Area Dismantle

    10:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level
  • Lunch On Own

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

    1:00 PM—3:00 PM
    at Ballroom E, Lobby Level