Past Meeting Information

The South Texas Chapter currently meets the third Monday of each month at:

SWRI Cafeteria
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238
Phone (210) 684-5111

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Currently there is no need to RSVP. The Cafeteria accepts cash, Visa and MasterCard. Please check the current newsletter for topic of discussion.

The following is our current luncheon agenda:

Topic:  Backseat Driving – Leading the Business from Safety

A.         Understand (and identify) why their own house must be "in order" before realizing credibility in business;
B.         Clearly tell the difference between empire-building and strengthening your business footprint;
C.         Understanding the key levers of business typically "controlled" by Human Resources; and
D.         Understanding the compensation similarities that must exist to be seen as a senior, strategic partner in the organization.

Speaker:  D. Kevin Berchelmann, SPHR

D. Kevin Berchelmann, SPHR is an expert consultant, thought-leader, and national speaker in leadership, strategy, and organizational effectiveness.  His firm, Triangle Performance LLC, serves multiple industries; his client list includes Archer-Daniels Midland, Sprint, Perry Homes, and many more.  Kevin's firm was recently awarded #9 in Houston's Fast 100, fastest growing privately-held companies.  Kevin's corporate background includes senior executive roles, including General Manager for a zinc manufacturer and Executive Vice President for a global industrial services firm.   He has written countless articles, authors the newsletter At C-Level, and produces the annual Survey of Senior Leadership.   An active volunteer, Kevin serves as a director for several local and national not-for-profits.  A native of Luling, Texas, he and his family currently live in Spring, Texas

 

Meeting May 24th

ELECTIONS:

We will be holding elections for officers for next year at the close of our business meeting.

The following officers for next year have already been determined by previous election:
President: Alex G. Ornstein
Past President: Bob Miller
Director (1 year remaining): Ken Talley
Director (2 year remaining): Mike Charlton

The current slate of nominees for open positions for next year is as follows:
President Elect: Kathleen Hess-Kosa
Treasurer: Peter Swerzenski
Secretary: Don Schaezler
Director (for 3 years): Ron Bishop

You (LS Members) may nominate candidates and vote in person May 24 at the end of the business meeting (6:00 pm); alternatively, you may nominate candidates and vote by responding to this email prior to the May 24 meeting.

WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE ELECTION AND AS AN OFFICER.

Please e-mail your ballot to donald@schaezler.net or pswerzenski@saisd.net no later than May 23.
Don Schaezler
ETC Information Services, LLC
Secretary, Alamo Local Section AIHA


PRESENTATION:
DEVELOPMENTS IN EHS INSTRUMENTATION
ABSTRACT:
Dave Thomas will be presenting a talk on the latest in EH&S instrumentation. Included in the presentation will be discussions and demonstrations of particle counters, IR cameras,  PIDs, FIDs, Electrochemical instruments, and new multi-parameter instruments that measure VOCs, Particulates, and a variety of other parameters for IH, ER, and IAQ applications.
SPEAKER:
DAVE THOMAS
REPSS
Dave is the owner of REPSS a Regional Manufacturers Representative/Distributor of EH&S instruments in their 11th year of business. Prior to starting REPSS Dave was an Associate at Stephen A. Straughan & Associates, a Branch Manager for Abatix Environmental and spent 8.5 years with Draeger. Overall he has 30 years of instrumentation experience.  He has presented similar talks to the Alamo Chapter of ASSE, the Texas Chemical Council, and for several Fortune 500 companies at their annual safety meetings.  Dave is married and has a 17 year old daughter and a 20 year old son.

AGENDA:
For Tuesday Evening May 24, 2011

5:30 - 6:00 pm           Executive Meeting / Announcements                             
6:00 – 6:15 pm Networking and Pizza                          
6:15 - 7:15 pm           Presentation: Dave Thomas, REPSS                               

LOCATION:
AEHS, INC.
4402 Centergate, San Antonio, Texas 78217
Phone: (210) 656-9300‎

Region III PDC 2011 Registration

American Society of Safety Engineers, Region III, invites you to this year’s PDC at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. April 18-20, 2011

                                                               Now until March 15th                             March 16th on

Full Conference-ASSE Member                                         $495                                  $575
Full Conference-Non-member                                          $595                                  $675
Full Conference-Student                                                  $275                                  $275
Monday Only                                                                    $275                                  $350
Tuesday Only                                                                   $275                                  $350
Wednesday Only (half day)                                             $150                                  $150
Spouse/Guest Program (Access to all social activities)    $275                                  $350

Hazardous Waste Worker Training 2011

The Texas-Utah Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training (TUCHWWT) is a partnership between The University of Texas School of Public Health’s Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and The University of Utah’s Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.  The TUCHWWT offers hazardous materials worker training and a HazMat Leadership Academy designed for current or aspiring managers and leaders. The TUCHWWT places a special emphasis on supporting current, returning, and disabled Veterans and underserved minorities, especially in the emergency response, maritime, petrochemical, and mining industries. Limited tuition assistance is available.

8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher                     February 21, 2011                   Baton Rouge, LA
24-hour HAZWOPER                                    March 14-16, 2011                  Houston, TX
40-hour HAZWOPER                                    March 14-18, 2011                  Houston, TX
8-hour HAZWOPER Supervisor                    April 18, 2011                         Houston, TX
16-hour HazMat Leadership Academy          May 16-17, 2011                     Houston, TX
For more information, contact Josh Calcote at (713) 500-9447 or Joshua.C.Calcote@uth.tmc.edu,
call us toll-free at (866) 394-8700, or visit us on the web at: http://tiny.cc/BeSafeSW_CE.
This training is supported by Award Number U45ES019360 from the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences.

48 Public New Miner Training course on February 11, 12, and 13, 2011

Does your employee need New Miner Training?  The Texas Mine Safety and Health Program is offering a Part 48 Public New Miner Training course on February 11, 12, and 13, 2011.  The three-day training will be conducted in Corpus Christi, Texas.  To register online or for additional course details, visit www.utexas.edu/ce/txmshp.

Texas Mine Safety and Health Program
The University of Texas at Austin
512.232.6125/512.232.2240
www.utexas.edu/ce/txmshp

AHMP 2011 Leadership Workshop - April 13-15, 2011 - Columbus, OH

This year AHMP developed a new program format for attendees to decide which leadership development session better suits there needs. Over two days, you will learn, develop, and practice skills to make you a more effective leader. This is not a regulatory class or a collection of motivational speeches. This is a leadership skills development session to enable you to become a better leader. By attending this session with other EHS&S professionals you can focus on the unique challenges involved with communicating EHS&S throughout your organization.

The Leadership Workshop also provides an excellent opportunity to network with your colleagues and the AHMP leadership team.

Attend the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals™ (AHMP) premier skills building event!

The leadership development sessions are:
Full 2.5 day program (Focus on Skill Development and Building the Chapter - Leading Change *** NEW)
1.5 day program (Focus on Skill Development)

Tour of the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill (FCSL)

The experience will offer first-hand knowledge that many will not forget! The tour is typically about 90 minutes in length.  Space is limited to only 14 participants so register early!  Click here for more tour information 

 

Register Today! 

Register Today! Beyond the Checklist: Risk-based EHS Compliance Process Audits

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Laureen A. McMurray, CHMM, CPEA
Client Program Manager
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure
Email: laureen.mcmurray@shawgrp.com

Description:
Compliance auditing is a commonly used, highly relied upon practice within the EHS management world. The outcome is a list of noncompliance observations that management can learn from and address. Clearly, standard compliance audits assist management in assessing compliance, allocating resources, and decision-making. However, the audit report does not identify why compliance did or did not occur. Plant management is left to make this determination or face the likelihood of repeated compliance failures during future EHS audits.

A risk-based, process audit is a better approach. It includes a compliance component, but does not end with the list of noncompliance observations. Auditors provide a prioritization of findings based upon the associated risks.  In addition, auditors become more involved in root-cause and program gap analysis providing plant management with a valuable tool - the ability to apply long-term corrective actions to address the root causes for the compliance failures identified. This results in increasingly more compliant facilities, and systematic and sustainable compliance programs.

Laureen McMurray will focus on key considerations when designing, implementing, and executing risk-based EHS audits including tried-and-tested tools, tricks and lessons-learned.

Cost: $85 members/$105 nonmembers
CMP:  1 CE credit hour

Register Now!

 

OSHA Shifts on Noise Exposure Standards

Oct 19, 2010
A "proposed interpretation" document published in Tuesday's Federal Register may be an enforcement milestone for OSHA because it reverses the policy it has used for 27 years in general industry and construction cases involving workers' exposure to noise. Since 1983, the agency has not cited employers who used PPE and a hearing conservation program rather than engineering and administrative controls, unless the noise is so high that it borders on 100 dBA when the most effective hearing protectors are used or the controls cost less than an effective hearing conservation program would cost. In practice, controls are almost always more expensive, so citations for failure to use them are rare. But they apparently will increase soon.

Signed by OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels, the documentexplains that OSHA proposes now to interpret 29 CFR
1910.95(b)(1) and 1926.52(b) as they are written -- and in accordance with the hierarchy of controls, which begins with engineering and administrative controls to reduce or eliminate exposures.

These sections of the two noise standards are almost identical. They say, "When employees are subjected to sound exceeding those listed [in tables within the standard], feasible administrative or engineering controls shall be utilized. If such controls fail to reduce sound levels within the levels [of the tables], personal protective equipment . . .
shall be provided and used to reduce sound levels within the levels of the table."

The document says OSHA proposes to interpret "feasible" in the standards as meaning the same thing as it does in section 6(b)(5) of the OSH Act:
"capable of being done" or "achievable." The agency further explained that it proposes to consider administrative or engineering controls economically feasible "if they will not threaten the employer's ability to remain in business or if the threat to viability results from the employer's having failed to keep up with industry safety and health standards."

The agency said it welcomes comments www.regulations.gov, Docket No. OSHA-2010-0032) by Dec. 20 from interested parties on the proposed interpretation.

EPA Extends by One Year the Compliance Date on Spill Prevention Rule for Certain Facilities

Offshore drilling, production, workover, and certain onshore facilities are not eligible for extension

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the compliance date by one year for certain facilities subject to recent amendments to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule. The agency is also announcing that some facilities will not be eligible for the one year extension and will have to comply by the current date of November 10, 2010.

Last year, EPA amended the SPCC rule to strengthen certain provisions. Regulated facilities are required to amend and implement these changes as part of their overall SPCC plans. The purpose of the SPCC rule, which was finalized in 1973, is to establish requirements for facilities to prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. EPA has no SPCC jurisdiction over drilling, production or workover facilities seaward of the coastline.

Types of facilities not eligible for the extension must comply by November 10, 2010:

Drilling, production or workover facilities that are offshore or that have an offshore component, or onshore facilities required to have and submit facility response plans (FRPs), due to the threats these facilities could pose of significant oil spills to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.

Types of facilities eligible for the one year extension:

Onshore oil production, farms, electric utility plants, petroleum refining and related industries, chemical manufacturing, food manufacturing, manufacturing facilities using and storing animal fats and vegetable oils, metal and other manufacturing, real estate rental and leasing, retail trade, contract construction, wholesale trade, other commercial, transportation, arts entertainment & recreation, other services (except public administration), petroleum bulk stations and terminals, education, hospitals & other health care, accommodation and food services, fuel oil dealers, gasoline stations, information finance and insurance, mining, warehousing and storage, religious organizations, military installations, and government facilities.

In summary, the rule would:

·         Extend the date by which the owners or operators of certain facilities must prepare or amend and implement an SPCC plan by one year to November 10, 2011

·         Delay the compliance date by which facilities must address milk and milk product containers that are constructed according to the current applicable 3-A sanitary standards, and subject to the current applicable grade “A” pasteurized milk ordinance (PMO) or a state dairy regulatory requirement equivalent to the current applicable PMO until one year after EPA finalizes a rule for these facilities.

·         Maintain the current November 10, 2010 compliance date for drilling, production and workover facilities that are offshore or that have an offshore component, and for onshore facilities required to have and submit FRPs

·         Reconcile the compliance dates for new production facilities

These amendments do not remove the regulatory requirement for owners or operators of facilities in operation before August 16, 2002, to maintain and continue implementing an SPCC plan in accordance with the SPCC regulations then in effect.

More information on the rule:  http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/compliance_dates.htm

Machine Safe Guarding Survey

Craig Peek, an ASSE Student Member and Masters of Public Health student at Texas A&M Health Science Center: School of Rural Public Health, is conducting research for his Masters practicum on machine safe guarding in the factory industries. He is looking for ASSE members to be part of his research by taking a survery about machine safe guarding. The survey is confidential and your name or company name will not be published in the results of the research.

Take the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2FXMSH7.

Human Error Prevention Bookinar™

At the least cost, this is your opportunity to learn new principles and practices for improving productivity, quality and safety! For additonal information and to purchase the Human Error Prevention Bookinar™ or license the training materials, please go to www.Bookinars.biz.

Human Error Prevention Bookinar™ (ISBN 978-0-9817100-1-3) written by BW (Ben) Marguglio.

This Bookinar™ covers Marguglio's "Human Error Prevention" and "Root Cause Analysis" Seminars in a print book. PowerPoint slides are printed on the upper parts of the pages; notes, as would be orally presented in the live seminars, are printed on the lower parts of the pages. This Bookinar™ is hard cover, 6 x 9 inches, full color, and 416 pages.

Better than a seminar, better than a webinar, it's a Bookinar™!

Human Error Prevention Bookinar™ benefits:

As well as anyone, or better, Marguglio can teach you how to prevent error. To purchase the Human Error Prevention Bookinar™, please go to www.Bookinars.biz.

Applicability and Application Results: The principles and practices of human error prevention are universally applicable regardless of the type of industrial, commercial or governmental enterprise, and regardless of the type of function performed within the enterprise. The application of the information in this Bookinar™ will significantly contribute to improved productivity, safety and quality.

Many of the principles and practices covered In the Human Error Prevention Bookinar™ have been implemented at all 104 nuclear powered electricity generating plants in the United States, and have contributed significantly to a substantial reduction in the overall industrial accident rate at these plants. In 2008, these plants experienced only 0.13 reportable accidents per 200,000 worker-hours, as cited by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This rate is very, very much lower than the rates at other facilities having similar or even fewer industrial safety hazards. It's even lower than rates for the real estate and financial sectors.

Also these principles and practices have contributed significantly to the highest levels of capacity ever achieved by U.S. nuclear powered electricity generating plants, as cited by the Nuclear Energy Institute.

Uniqueness, Specificity and Currency: In addition to the uniqueness of the format, the content of this Bookinar™ is unique, specific and the most up to date. The new taxonomy of human error causal factors and human error-related models and templates demonstrate the author's leadership in this field. The Bookinar™ includes numerous examples and ten case studies.

Human Error Prevention Bookinar™ Learning Objectives:

Live "Human Error Prevention" and "Root Cause Analysis" Seminars are scheduled for presentation in San Antonio. For specific information about these seminars, please go to www.HighTechnologySeminars.com.

San Antonio Area Employers Are Urged to Attend a Free Seminar on June 8th to Improve Hearing Conservation Programs

San Antonio area employers are invited to attend a free seminar on June 8th designed to improve their Hearing Conservation Programs and help prevent noise-induced hearing loss among workers. The three-hour seminar, “HearForever™: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation,” will provide practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the latest research and technologies to enhance occupational hearing conservation programs. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for ASSE members.

Dr. Theresa Y. Schulz, Lt. Col. (retired, US Air Force), Hearing Conservation Manager at Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC/Howard Leight®, will host the seminar. Dr. Schulz is past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and past chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Dr. Schulz is a Texas native and during her career in the Air Force was stationed for a time at Brooks AFB in San Antonio. She holds a Ph.D. in hearing science from Ohio State University.

Designed for industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety professionals, safety managers, audiologists, and liability and risk management professionals, the seminar will cover:

The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday, June 8th in San Antonio, at the Holiday Inn Northwest / Seaworld.

Attendees will receive free training materials, literature and hearing protection samples. Attendees are also invited to participate in hands-on demonstrations of Howard Leight’s new VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system and QuietDose™ in-ear dosimetry. A complementary continental breakfast is included.

To register, visit http://www.hearforever.org/hf2010texas.

Howard Leight Hearing Conservation seminars have been presented to over 2,500 safety professionals on five continents over the past five years. They’re part of Howard Leight’s industry-leading HearForever™ initiative to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: http://www.howardleight.com. Follow on Twitter (@HowardLeight) at http://twitter.com/HowardLeight.

Speakers Needed for ASSE Region III Student Professional Development & Leadership Conference

April 9-10, 2010 - Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health - College Station, TX

The ASSE Texas A&M University student chapter invites those interested in presentation at the Region III Student Professional Development & Leadership Conference to submit a proposal for review by the Conference Planning Committee. In order to prepare future safety professionals for the transition from student life to employment as safety, health, and environmental employees, this conference will provide a forum for attendees from Region III's 15 student chapters to learn from the profession's BEST!

The committee encourages SH&E professionals from various industries such as construction, manufacturing, governmental, oil & gas and chemical.

Applicants are encouraged to submit multiple presentation topics.

Thank you all for considering this excellent opportunity to support our future EHS professionals!

AIHA Texas Hill Country 2010 Symposium

February 11-12, 2010 - Freescale Semiconductor - Austin, TX

The AIHA Texas Hill Country and SESHA Texas Hill Country Chapters are pleased to present the February 2010 Symposium: Sharing the Knowledge.

See the attached brochure for more information.

Fit for Work - Safety for the Supervisor Program

January 27-28, 2010 - 8:00am-4:00pm - Fit for Work Corporate Office, San Antonio, TX

The Safety for the Supervisor – Day 1 program is intended to provide Lead Personnel, Front Line Supervisors and Managers with knowledge that will guide them in implementing Environmental Health and Safety procedures in a functional manner. Participants will be trained to identify Occupational Hazards and OSHA Compliance issues at their work site. Leadership Principles coupled with practical insights on how to implement an effective Safety Program in their workplace make this course ideal for “key” employees.

The Safety for the Supervisor – Day 2 program will build upon the concepts learned in Day 1. Lead Personnel, Front Line Supervisors and Managers will gain greater awareness of the elements of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System, its impact on improving Safer Working Environments, Productivity, Profitability and Compliance. Participants will be trained to help identify Occupational Hazards and OSHA Compliance issues at their work site. Leadership Principles coupled with practical insights on how to implement an effective Safety Program in their workplace make this course ideal for “key” employees.

See the attached documents for more information.

AIHce 2009 & AIHA National Meeting Briefing

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 6:00pm - Lion & Rose, San Antonio, TX

The AIHce 2009 was held in Toronto May 30 through June 4, 2009. The meeting was attended by Bob Miller and Ken Talley of the Local Section. Ken will be briefing us on the topics in the AIHA Business Meeting. One hot topic will be the proposed alliance of AIHA and ACGIH (see attached).

In addition, the highest rated PDCs for the 2009 conference have been released. They are attached hereto. Bob Miller attended at least one of the noise courses and agreed it was excellent. He also rated the Occupational Epidemiology course as being excellent.

Guest Speaker: Kenneth R. Talley, CIH, CSP, Lackland AFB

Ken is a founding member of the Alamo Local Section of AIHA, as well as a former President and Board Member. Ken is a civilian industrial hygienist working for the Air Force at Lackland AFB. He has more than 35 years of experience in government, commercial, educational, health, and private sector consulting.

Agenda:

Location: Lion & Rose, 842 NW Loop 410 #115, San Antonio, TX - 210-798-4154 (Southeast corner of Blanco Road and Loop 410)

Disaster Preparedness Summit

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa - Houston, TX

When you are prepared, you become part of the solution!

Early Registration Pricing - Input DPS 2009 and save $100.00

Total Fee $295 with discount code.

REGISTER NOW!

Here is what others are saying about our previous seminars:

The speakers were great, their experienced showed and the solutions they provided in creating a disaster plan was cutting edge - a must attend event for anyone in emergency management!" -- Cynthia Buchanan, BC Advisor, AIG

"Your summit was fundamental in improving our understanding of what it really takes to set up a disaster plan. In particular, it was great to see that the speakers took the time to answer all of my questions and concerns." -- Frank Martin, Facilities Manager, Blue Cross

"Personally and professionally I believe everyone walked away with great information and tools to improve their disaster plans." -- Jim Thomson, Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

"Your knowledge of what it takes for a business to prepare and services available makes it clear: you are the industry's top disaster preparedness conferences." -- Karen Jablonski, Sr. Director of Operations, Blank Rome LLP

"It was a great summit and all speakers were excellent! I'm looking forward to next years event." -- Mary C. Cassidy, Disaster Recovery Coordinator/IT, United Way

"Very well organized. The networking opportunity allowed us to connect with other disaster planners of companies dealing with the similar issues. Best I've ever seen!" -- John Jacoby, Manager Data Operations, Well Span Health

Join us as we discuss...

Venue Locations for The third annual Disaster Preparedness Summit 2009. Early discount Enter DPS 2009 to save $100.00 off of total registration.

Exhibits and sponsorships still available contact us at disastersummit@thedatabridge.com.

Alamo Safety Consulting 10-Hour Construction Industry Safety Course

Date: May 30, 2009
Time: 7:00 am. To 6:00 pm.
Price per person: $175.00
Phone: 210-440-6396

All reservation must be paid in full at the time of booking. Instructions to Hotel will be given upon receipt. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA /Construction Industry Regulations Text Book will also be provided.

Course Topics

Call today! Seating is limited!

National Safety Month Sponsorship Opportunities

Attention Texas Chapter Membership - Sponsorship Opportunities

The National Safety Council invites companies to help further our mission this June during National Safety Month through sponsorships. National Safety Month is an excellent occasion for demonstrating commitment to round-the-clock safety and health. National Safety Month will stress the urgent need to reduce unintentional deaths and injuries on the road, at home, and in the workplace. For companies planning to participate, the four weekly themes are:

The month will conclude with tips for safe driving over the Fourth of July weekend and on summer vacations.

Why be a National Safety Month sponsor?

The benefits of being a sponsor include:

National Safety Month Exposure

Recent media placements of National Safety Month articles included NBC Nightly News, CBS Early Show, Fox News Channel, NPR, and more than 170 television placements in 86 media markets including Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. reaching an estimated audience of more than 17 million people. More than 100 newspapers, 300 media outlet Web sites and dozens of radio stations carried the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month story.

Sponsorship opportunities are available until May 1, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cornell in the development office at 630.775.2104 or amanda.cornell@nsc.org or contact the Texas Chapter office at texas@nsc.org, 888-222-4143 or 972-250-4482.

Sponsorship Levels

The National Safety Council’s sponsorship opportunities are designed to highlight your company’s mission and philanthropic priorities. With your company’s support, we can continue to raise awareness of preventable injuries. By 2014, NSC will prevent an additional 10,000 deaths and 1 million injuries by helping people live safer lives.

Lead Safety Champion - $50,000

We would be honored to have your company involved in the NSC by taking a month-long leadership role in reaching out to deliver our key strategic initiatives: teen driving and distracted driver awareness, as well as home and community safety. As a Lead Safety Champion—and a member— you are entitled to all of the benefits listed at each of the following levels:

Weekly Safety Leader - $25,000

Because of your company’s commitment to community outreach, NSC invites you to be the lead sponsor for one week during National Safety Month. Your company will receive extensive recognition as a champion of safety for its employees, customers and communities. As a Weekly Safety Leader—and a member—you are entitled to all benefits listed at each of the following levels:

General Sponsorship Benefits:

Member Exclusive Benefits:

Safety Advocate - $15,000

As a Safety Advocate—and a member— you are entitled to all of the benefits listed at each of the following levels:

General Sponsorship Benefits:

Member Exclusive Benefits:

Safety Guardian - $5,000

As a Safety Guardian—and a member— you are entitled to all of the benefits listed at each of the following levels:

General Sponsorship Benefit:

Member Exclusive Benefit:

Safety Supporter - $1,000

As a Safety Supporter—and a member— you are entitled to all of the benefits listed below:

General Sponsorship Benefits:

Member Exclusive Benefits:

Secure Your Sponsorship Today!

These sponsorship opportunities are available until May 1, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cornell in the development office at 630.775.2104 or amanda.cornell@nsc.org.

POSH Training in San Antonio - July 21-24

HOSTED BY NSC MEMBER – SAN ANTONIO WATER SYSTEM

“POSH” (Principles of Occupational Safety & Health) provides solid knowledge of safety practices and terminology. You¹ll get the confidence you need to implement a comprehensive safety process in your organization.

Here's what's new:

In just four days, you will get the best of POSH, plus five all-new modules:

We have reviewed and updated the whole program, with more emphasis on best practices for implementing and managing a safety management system.

Register TODAY online or email/call the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

Registration deadline is Monday, July 13.

Lead NAAQS Designation Public Information Meeting - May 15, 2009

TCEQ Air Quality Division staff will conduct a public information meeting, to be video teleconferenced to a number of TCEQ regional offices (see complete list below), to discuss the revised EPA National Ambient Air Quality Standard for lead. The process and schedule for the state's attainment designation recommendations due to EPA in October 2009 will be discussed. Staff will be available to answer questions and receive input from the public.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2009
Time: 10am-11:30am
Location: TCEQ Headquarters - Austin, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building F, Room 2210

VTC Locations:

Staff Contact: Melissa Kuskie, SIP Team, 512-239-6098, mkuskie@tceq.state.tx.us

For Additional Information: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/implementation/air/sip/lead/lead_main.html

March 2009 Alamo LS AIHA Meeting

TITLE: INDOOR AIR QUALITY – REPORT ON THE FEBRUARY 2009 IAQA CONFERENCE

ABSTRACT: The presentation will focus on the recent February 24-26 IAQA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Topics to be covered include:

SPEAKERS:

Both Mr. Miller and Dr. Schaezler are consulting industrial hygienists who have more than 35 years of experience in commercial, educational, health, and private sector consulting.

AGENDA: for Tuesday Evening March 17, 2009

LOCATION: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, 1007 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78213 - (210) 524-933 (Northwest corner of Blanco Road and Loop 410)

Upcoming Events in San Antonio

March 2009 Alamo Chapter A&WMA Meeting

Please RSVP for the March 12 Alamo Chapter A&WMA meeting by Wed. morning, March 11 by using Reply to All to this e-mail or by calling Ann Arreola at 353-2926.

If you are interested in assisting with the Alamo Chapter A&WMA Environmental Workshop scheduled for Tues. April 28, please contact Don Williams at dwilliams@alamoanalytical.com or 340-8121.

The Alamo Chapter A&WMA will be judging for special awards again this year at the Alamo Regional Science Fair at St. Mary's University, Bill Greehy Arena. The Science Fair will be during Spring Break and the judging is on a Tuesday, March 10. Please contact Debra Engler at Debra.Engler@saws.org or 233-3745 if you can assist with judging.

Mark Your Calendars The Alamo Chapter A&WMA has scheduled it's Bi-Annual All-Day Environmental Workshop for Tues. April 28 to be held at the Northside Independent School District Activity Center at Culebra Rd. and Loop 410. Agenda coming soon.

Gardner Law Firm - Times Are Changing: Are You Ready?

Times are changing for businesses. A new administration, new laws, new regulations, the economic downturn, new technology, the list goes on. You have as many problems as you can handle right now, you don’t need more. But there are always more challenges looming.

That’s why The Gardner Law Firm is presenting this seminar designed to bring you up to speed on what you need to know to remain competitive while you take care of your main business—getting and keeping customers, and collecting the money you’ve earned.

When: Friday, March 13, 2009, 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta, San Antonio, Texas

How Much: FREE to Gardner Law Firm clients and Associate Members of Alamo Chapter A&WMA, $100 for non-clients More Info: www.tglf.com RSVP: Catherine Perez, (210) 733-8191 or cs@tglf.com

South Texas Association of Environmental Professionals Meeting

The South Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (STAEP) will have a lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at the Blue Star Brewery and Restaurant, 1414 South Alamo. Our speaker will be Anita Ledbetter, the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy. She will provide information on the Build San Antonio Green Program, which is a residential green building program for the City of San Antonio. As usual, the meeting room will open at 11:30 am, lunch will be served at 12:00 noon, and the presentation will begin promptly at 12:15 pm. Join us on March 18th for an overview of the local green movement and the involvement of local organizations. Tom Smith President, STAEP

FREE ASHRAE Satellite Broadcast

April 22, 2009, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT, “Clean, Lean, and Green: IAQ for Sustainable Buildings”

Using the guidance provided by the IAQ Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning developed through collaboration with ASHRAE, AIA, BOMA, EPA, SMACNA and USGBC, this broadcast will challenge the building community to use enhanced IAQ practices to create a more sustainable built environment. Join the panel of professionals as they discuss important topics in the building industry such as building good IAQ into the design and construction process, avoiding costly IAQ problems in your building, and improving ROI with better IAQ. Registration opens March 2.

New "IH Ethics" study course for IHs and other OH professionals.

It includes coverage of ICOH's 2002 "International Code of Ethics for OH Professionals," the "Principles of Ethics," by the IH associations, and the ABIH "Code of Ethics." It includes a series of ethics "scenarios" that will be of interest to IHs. It is a 3-hour self-directed DL course that is conducted through email (PPt, pdf). It has been awarded 0.5 CM points by ABIH. It will satisfy the new 2-hr ethics education requirement for CIHs who recertify beginning in 2010.

The introductory cost is $US 39. More information at: www.eburton.com

Alamo LS AIHA-March Meeting

TITLE: INDOOR AIR QUALITY – REPORT ON THE FEBRUARY 2009 IAQA CONFERENCE

ABSTRACT: The presentation will focus on the recent February 24-26 IAQA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Topics to be covered include:

SPEAKERS:

Both Mr. Miller and Dr. Schaezler are consulting industrial hygienists who have more than 35 years of experience in commercial, educational, health, and private sector consulting.

AGENDA: for Tuesday Evening March 17, 2009

LOCATION: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, 1007 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78213 - (210) 524-933 (Northwest corner of Blanco Road and Loop 410)

Health & Safety Conference on Nanotechnology

April 26-28, 2009 - Austin, TX

Early registration ends April 10; REGISTER HERE!!!

Nanotechnology is permeating all types of industry at every level. Nanotechnology can be found in cosmetics, sunscreens, commercial food freshness products, information technology, and medicine not to mention the applications used in fire, water, and scratch resistance. Questions continue to arise: What do we know? What don’t we know? How should we measure this or that? What level of protection is adequate? The Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health’s annual conference, along with the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals and local host AIHA Texas Hill Country Section, will address a variety of topics that will provide practical, applicable information from governmental agencies and the industry to help professionals determine how to manage health and safety aspects of this dynamic and growing field. Please visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/swcoeh/default.aspx?id=2061 to access the conference brochure and DRAFT Agenda.

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March 2009 Alamo LS AIHA Meeting

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 5:30pm - Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

Indoor Air Quality: Report on the February 2009 IAQA Conference
Presentation by Robert Miller, CIH, CIEC, CIAQP, CIAQC, Argus Environmental Consultants, LLC and Donald J. Schaezler, Ph.D., PE, CIH, ETC Information Services, LLC

The presentation will focus on the recent February 24-26 IAQA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Topics to be covered include:

Both Mr. Miller and Dr. Schaezler are consulting industrial hygienists who have more than 35 years of experience in commercial, educational, health, and private sector consulting.

Agenda:

Location: Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, 1007 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78213 - (210) 524-9333 - Northwest corner of Blanco Road and Loop 410

National Work Zone Awareness Week - April 6-10, 2009

Help bring awareness to work zone safety while honoring the men and woman that work on our roadways.

Partner with ATSSA, ATSSA Foundation, and countless other organizations to help increase public awareness of work zone safety by ordering and wearing the 2009 commemorative T-shirt, ribbon & pins.

The 100% Cotton, Pre-Shrunk, Safety Green T-shirts are cleverly shrinkwrapped into a commemorative display package.

ATSSA is the only place where you can order this special commemorative T-Shirt/ display package.

Storm Water Workshop for Federal Facilities

April 28-29, 2009 - EPA Region 6, Dallas, TX

The Federal Facilities Program and the Storm Water Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6 is hosting a two-day workshop on April 28, 2009 - April 29, 2009, to address storm water specific activities at Federal agencies. The workshop will cover Federal facilities responsibilities in respect to the storm water laws and regulations. This workshop will be held in the Region 6 Office located in Downtown Dallas. The workshop is offered to federal facilities inspectors, contractors, etc., who are responsible for ensuring compliance with the storm water regulations at federal facilities.

To register to attend the workshop, please contact Elvia E. Evering at 214-665-7575 or at evering.elvia@epa.gov. Your registration must be submitted by March 30, 2009.

OSHA Reaffirms Need for "Live" Hands-On Training for 40- and 24-hour HAZWOPER Training

In an interpretation letter to National Environmental Trainers, Inc., Martinez, Georgia, dated July 2, 2008, OSHA reaffirmed that on-line training, specifically including so-called "simulator" training, cannot be used as a replacement for live, hands-on training in personal protection and other types of equipment.

This is important guidance for members involved in HAZWOPER training, or who work for organizations (or have clients) that must provide HAZWOPER training for their workers. During tough economic times, employers may fall victim to seemingly easy training solutions that are not only inappropriate, but also emphatically prohibited by OSHA. Please share the information in this document with other interested parties.

The interpretation letter can be found here.

Free Webinar for Texas Employers! Problem Drinking is Risky Business

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 10:30–11:30am CST

REGISTER NOW or call Customer Service at 1-800-621-7619

Free to employers with a Texas location thanks to a grant program sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation, Traffic Operations Division, Traffic Safety Section.

Click here to learn more Texas Driving Concerns

The United States Department of Labor cites alcohol as a contributing factor in 39% of work-related crashes. These alcohol-related crashes cost employers $55 billion dollars a year. When employees are involved in an alcohol-related crash, businesses incur costs associated with absenteeism, employee reassignments and training, health care, worker’s compensation and disability benefits. If the employee is found at fault, then the employer can also be held responsible for legal and liability costs, increased insurance premiums, and vehicle repair and replacement costs. The issue transcends the workplace into the off-the-job arena. Either way, employers pay!

Presenters:

NSC Texas Chapter Sponsors POSH Training in Austin, Corpus Christi and SDP Training in Dallas

Your Texas Chapter is now providing "POSH" instruction in Austin on December 8-11 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m each day. It will be held at the TXDOT Complex, 200 Riverside Drive, Classroom B. Register TODAY online or email/call the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143. SEATS ARE LIMITED!!! Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 3.

Get Your SDP Training in Dallas - January 2009. Register by January 9 and get 20% off the Course Fee. On January 26-27, join us at the Dallas Office of the Texas Chapter and participate in our Supervisor’s Development Program (SDP). For more information, e-mail or call your Texas Chapter at texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

Next Quarterly Membership Meeting - Dallas Area - Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served.
Meet your Regional Manager, Arden Berg, and your Customer Relations Associate, Sabrina Bowens, of the Texas Chapter. Join us and listen to Debby Young, our Program Manager, Texas Employer Traffic Safety Grant, as she gives us all the latest developments on Phase II of this most exciting and substantive Program. Members and non-members of the National Safety Council are welcomed! Please RSVP by Friday, February 6, by either e-mailing or calling the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

What's New for 2009? Besides Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, your Texas Chapter is now providing “POSH” instruction in Corpus Christi beginning with its first class on February 23-26. It will be held at the Corpus Christi City Hall, City Council Staff Meeting Room (First Floor), 1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi. Register TODAY online or email/call the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143. Registration deadline is Friday, February 13.

A Call to Action for all Texans - This past September, the National Safety Council rolled-out its unique "Safety Ambassador" program - a grassroots effort to involve individuals as safety educators in their own communities. It’s an outreach program focusing on motor vehicle safety, falls prevention, unintentional drug overdose, and overexertion. Change can happen, but the Council can’t do it alone. Your Texas Chapter needs your help. We are giving you the materials you need to be successful. Participating is easy. This is a FREE program with no requirements. Call your Texas Chapter now at texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143 so you too can be a part of this FREE common-sense based proactive educational too

Upcoming ASSE Webinars

Coming Soon in the Virtual Classroom at ASSE!

DECEMBER 9th - OSHA in a New Presidential Administration

Featuring John Henshaw and John Howard!

Now that a new President has been chosen, the safety and health community’s attention turns to the future direction a new Administration will provide for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Join this special live webcast with two of the most respected occupational safety and health professionals in the business - John Henshaw, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and John Howard, former Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - in a discussion of what the future holds for OSHA.

This virtual class will take place on TUESDAY – DECEMBER 9th , from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM central time.

To learn more and to register, click here.

NOVEMBER 19TH - The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards: Update from the SVA to the SSP

The Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standards required over 42,000 sites handling certain chemicals of interest to DHS to complete a Top Screen. Nearly 7,000 sites were tentatively designated as “high risk chemical sites” and are completing the Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA). So what’s next? To find out, join David Moore in this important new webcast!

This virtual class will take place on WEDNESDAY – NOVEMBER 19th from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Central time.

To learn more and to register, click here.

DECEMBER 17th - Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations

This live webcast is presented by Carmen Daecher, Chair of the ANSI Z15 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) on Safety Requirements for Motor Vehicle Operations, and Bill Hinderks, Vice Chair of the Z15.1 standard. This webinar will give you a chance to wrap your arms around this important standard, discover some real-world examples of its implementation, give you a chance to ask questions and learn about the future of this standard.

This virtual class will take place on WEDNESDAY– DECEMBER 17th , from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM central time.

To learn more and to register, click here.

PRESENT A TOPIC IN ASSE’s VIRTUAL CLASSROOM!

Have a topic you’re an expert in? Looking to share it with your colleagues in the SH&E profession? ASSE is always looking for fresh, relevant topics for our webinar program.

To learn more and submit a topic proposal online, click here.

TX Department of Transportation: San Antonio Road Closures

Construction Continues on Spur 421

Weather permitting; the following closures will take place.

November 9 – November 14, 2008 (Sunday – Friday)

Spur 421 (Bandera) in Both Eastbound and Westbound from Ligustrum to Quill
On Sunday, November 9, at 9 p.m., crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera through 6 a.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work. The work will continue all week.

On Monday, November 10, crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work.

Spur 421 (Bandera Road) both Eastbound and Westbound between Ligustrum and Cheryl
On Sunday, November 9, at 9 p.m., crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Ligustrum and Cheryl through 6 a.m. These closures will allow crews to continue with the water and sewer work. This is a nightly closure.

On Monday, November 10, crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Ligustrum and Cheryl on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These closures will allow crews to continue with the water and sewer work.

Spur 421 (Bandera Road) in both Eastbound and Westbound between Wilson and Ashby
On Sunday, November 9, at 9 p.m., crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Wilson and Ashby through 6 a.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work. This is a nightly closure.

On Monday, November 10, crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Wilson and Ashby on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work.

Spur 421 (Bandera) in both Eastbound and Westbound between Ashby and Cheryl
On Sunday, November 9, at 9 p.m., crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Ashby and Cheryl through 6 a.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work. This is a nightly closure.

On Monday, November 10, crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Ashby and Cheryl on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work.

Cincinnati in both the Northbound and Southbound directions between Bandera and Epworth
On Sunday, November 9, crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Cincinnati between Bandera and Epworth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work.

On Monday, November 10, crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Ashby and Cheryl on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These closures allow crews to continue the sewer and water work.

Bandera Road (Spur 421) Eastbound from Cincinnati to General McMullen
On Monday, November 10, crews will close the right lane on eastbound Bandera from Cincinnati to General McMullen on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These closures allow crews to continue installing a gas line.

Wilson Southbound at Culebra (Spur 421)
On Sunday, November 9, at 9 p.m., crews will close alternating lanes on southbound Wilson at Culebra Road through 6 a.m. These closures allow crews to continue the working on the water line. This is a nightly closure.

Bandera (Spur 421) in both directions between General McMullen and Hickory
On Monday, November 10, crews will close alternating lanes in both directions of Bandera Road between Woodlawn and Palm from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Texas Department of Transportation advises motorists to anticipate delays, and if possible use alternate routes to access businesses within this corridor. We apologize for any incurred inconvenience and thank motorists for their continued patience.

Saturday, November 8

IH 10 Eastbound from Roosevelt to IH 37
Crews will close alternating lanes on eastbound IH 10 from Roosevelt Ave to IH 37; close the ramps to and from IH 37 in both directions from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for graffiti removal.

IH 10 Westbound from S. Hackberry to IH 37
Crews will close alternating lanes on westbound IH 10 from S. Hackberry to IH 37; and close the IH 10 West ramp to southbound IH 37 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for graffiti removal.

IH 37 Southbound at IH 410
Crews will close the two right lanes on southbound IH 37 and close the right lane on the IH 37 South ramp to eastbound Loop 410 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:01 p.m. Crews will be removing graffiti from the overhead sign bridge.

Saturday – Monday, November 8 – 10

IH 410 Turnaround at Bandera and Evers Road
Crews will close the left lane on the frontage roads in both directions at Bandera and Evers Roads from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow crews to place hot mix overlay on the turnarounds at both locations.

Sunday – Tuesday, November 9 – 11

IH 410 Westbound Exit to Bandera
Crews will close the westbound Loop 410 exit to Bandera Road from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to allow crews to handle the work on an inlet.

Monday, November 10

IH 35 Northbound Frontage Road from Shin Oak to Loop 1604
Crews will close the right lane on the northbound IH 35 frontage road from ½ mile south of Shin Oak to Loop 1604 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday – Wednesday, November 10 – 12

Bandera Road Northbound from Jackwood to Wurzbach
Crews will close the left lane on northbound Bandera Road from Jackwood to Wurzbach from
6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow crews to place asphalt on the roadway.

Monday – Friday, November 7 – 20

IH 410 Eastbound Frontage Road from Thunder to Callaghan
Crews will close the right lane as needed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Thunder to Callaghan on the eastbound frontage road to allow crews to plant grass along the right of way.

IH 410 Westbound Frontage Road from Kenwick to Bandera
Crews will close alternating lanes on the westbound frontage road as needed from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to allow work over the travel lanes.

Monday – Friday, November 7 – 13

Bandera Road Northbound & Southbound between Wurzbach and Rue Francois
Crews will close the two left lanes on northbound and southbound Bandera between Wurzbach and Rue Francois from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to allow crews to strip the overhang over the travel lanes.

Bandera Road under IH 410
Crews will close alternating lanes on Bandera Road in both directions under Loop 410 from
9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to allow crews to work over the travel lanes stripping the overhang.

IH 35 between Theo/Malone & Zarzamora

Sunday – Thursday, November 9 – 13

IH 35 in Both Directions between Theo/Malone and Zarzamora Street
Crews will close the two right lanes or two left lanes in both directions of IH 35 between Theo/Malone and Zarzamora Street from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for milling and overlay work.

Monday – Friday, November 10 – 14

IH 35 in Both Directions between Theo/Malone and Zarzamora Street
Crews will close the right lane or left lane in both directions of IH 35 between Theo/Malone and Zarzamora Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Division under IH 35
Crews will close one lane in each direction on Division under IH 35 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to allow crews to install signs and clean up.

Southcross Blvd under IH 35
Crews will close one lane in each direction on Southcross under IH 35 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow crews to install bridge mounted signs.

S.W. Military Drive under IH 35
Crews will close one lane in each direction on S.W. Military under IH 35 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow for crews to work on sidewalk work and installing signs.

IH 35 Frontage Roads in Both Directions between Theo/Malone and Zarzamora Street
Crews will close one lane on the frontage roads between Theo/Malone and Zarzamora Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.

November 10 & 13, 2008

IH 35 North and Southbound Main Lanes from New Braunfels to AT&T Parkway (FULL CLOSURE)
Crews will close the IH 35 north and southbound main lanes from New Braunfels to AT&T Parkway beginning at 8:00pm on Monday and opening at 5:00am on Tuesday and then closing again on Thursday at 8:00pm, opening on Friday morning at 5:00am . This closure is necessary in order to pour concrete for bridge deck on the Walters Street Bridge.

Ramps Closed: The southbound entrance ramp from AT&T Parkway will be closed as will the northbound entrance ramp from New Braunfels Street.

Detour: Southbound motorists will exit Walters Street and will proceed through the Walters and New Braunfels intersections to the next entrance ramp. Northbound motorists will exit Walters Street and will proceed through the Walters intersection to the next entrance ramp.

November 10 - 14, 2008

FM 2252 Southbound Main Lane between Dolente to Loop 1604
Crews will issue daily closures for the FM 2252 southbound outside main lane from Dolente to Loop 1604 beginning at 8:30am to 4:00pm in order to install drainage structures.

FM 2252 Northbound Main Lane between Loop 1604 to Dolente
Crews will issue daily closures for the FM 2252 northbound outside main lane from half a mile south of Loop 1604 to Dolente beginning at 8:30am to 4:00pm in order to work on drainage structures.

FM 2252 Alternating Lanes in both directions north and south of Dolente
Crews will issue alternating lane closures for FM 2252 a quarter of a mile south of Dolente to half a mile north of Dolente beginning daily at 8:30am to 4:00pm in order to install concrete traffic barrier.

The Texas Department of Transportation thanks you for your continued patience and apologizes for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please contact Darla Laughter at (210) 615-5932 or (830) 591-4694. Thank you.

December 2008 OSHA Classes in Arlington & Austin

The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently awarded the newest OSHA Education Center in Region VI to The University of Texas at Arlington. With a primary office in Houston as well as affiliate organizations being established throughout Region VI, the new OSHA Education center is poised to make a positive impact on one of the most underserved regions in the country.

We have established a schedule of open enrollment courses in both the General Industry and the Construction Industry. We are also available to provide your association, small business, corporate division or government office with the OSHA authorized safety and health training needed at a time and location that meets your schedule. Call us about special contract class pricing.

As a well-respected, state university, our services are not only first-class; they are also reasonably priced, reflecting our commitment to serving the public. To take advantage of the training and services of our highly-qualified staff, contact us at (817) 272-2581 or toll-free at (866) 906-9190.

Upcoming Courses:

For a complete listing of all of our offerings please visit our web site at www.uta.edu/ded/osha.

ASSE Central Texas Chapter PDC

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - JJ Pickle Research Center, Austin, TX

Cranes and falls are critical safety concerns in construction today...

Please join the American Society of Safety Engineers' Central Texas Chapter and The University of Texas Risk Management Department on December 17th, 2008, as they tackle the answers to these questions and more. From both safety and legal standpoints, crane safety and falls from heights are critical to the construction industry. This symposium is specifically designed to provide valuable education about this timely topic.

CEUs for your CSP and other professional designation updates are pending and will be updated on this website upon confirmation. Check back for more information in the near future!

Texas Recycles Day - November 15th

Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 9:00am-2:00pm - Woodlawn Lake Park

IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU!

Texas Recycles Day - Saturday, November 15, 2008 - Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati

Bring the family out for this exciting Zero Waste Event!

For more information, see the attached flyer.

Alamo Chapter A&WMA Fall Social

November 13, 2008 - 5:30-8:00pm

Back by popular demand, the annual fall social is returning to Sherlock’s. We hope that you will take time to join us. No RSVP needed. Food and drinks will be provided.

We are looking for door and trivia prizes. Please contact Jessica White (whitej4@kellyscientific.com) for questions or donations.

Location: Sherlock's Pub, 16620 US 281 N., San Antonio, TX 78232

NNSA Workshop - December 2-3, 2009

NNSA Workshop - December 2-3, 2009 - New Orleans, LA

Only $165!!!*

Early registration ends November 10 – REGISTER NOW!!!

Increased security and enhanced controls placed on organizations that use radioactive materials transpired following the horrific incidents of 9/11. Inspections are occurring at greater frequency and with intensified attention. Anyone who works with radioactive materials must have both awareness and security in mind. The Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health and representatives of the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will offer a workshop on the management of radioactive materials of concern and in making your organization a less likely target. The NNSA will focus on the basics for radioactive security: Detect, Delay and Respond. Please visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/swcoeh/default.aspx?id=2061 to access the conference brochure and DRAFT agenda.

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November 2008 AIHA Alamo Section Meeting

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 1:00-3:30pm

AIHA Teleweb: Particle Size-Selective Sampling: What You Need To Know About Human Health Impacts

Speakers:

Sponsor/Location: AEHS, Inc. - 4402 Center Gate - San Antonio, TX 78217

Cost: $25 per attendee (to help offset the cost of the $295 program). 0.5 CM Points, 0.25 COCs and 0.25 CEUs upon submittal of a final exam within one month.

October 2008 AIHA Alamo Section Meeting

October 21, 2008 - 5:30pm - UTHSC Academic Administration Building, Rm 104

Please note this important presentation by one of our members at our meeting next week. Whether you practice in the field of Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Science, Building Sciences, or Indoor Air Quality, you will appreciate this topic. We all face this problem: too much to decide, too little data. Come discover a new approach.

Don Schaezler
ETC Information Services, LLC
Secretary, Alamo LS AIHA

Title: Making the Best Decision with Small Data Sets

Abstract: The presentation will demonstrate how Bayesian decision analysis can help industrial hygienists standardize documentation of their professional judgment in combination with limited exposure data. Examples will be shown as to how to communicate graphically the probability of a "decision statistic" falling into one of the AIHA exposure control categories.

Speaker: David DeCamp is an industrial hygiene consultant at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks City Base, Texas. David has over 10 years of experience in industrial hygiene. His credentials include a M.S. in Engineering Science with concentration in Bioengineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo. He has a professional engineering license from Ohio in environmental engineering.

Agenda:

Location: UTHSC Academic Administration Building Room 104 (7703 Floyd Curl Drive)

Please see attached map for building and room location.

Attendees should park in Visitor Parking adjacent to the Academic Administration Building (Lot #6): http://utmaps.uthscsa.edu/?urlname=1&urlid=6

If they bring their parking stub with them to the meeting, I will assist in getting it validated.

"POSH" Training is Now in Austin!

Besides Dallas, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi, your Texas Chapter is now offering “POSH” instruction in Austin on December 8-11 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. It will be held at the TXDOT Complex, 200 Riverside Drive, Classroom B in Austin. SEATS ARE LIMITED!!

“POSH” (Principles of Occupational Safety & Health) provides solid knowledge of safety practices and terminology. You¹ll get the confidence you need to implement a comprehensive safety process in your organization.

Here's what's new:

In just four days, you¹ll get the best of POSH, plus five all-new modules:

We¹ve reviewed and updated the whole program, with more emphasis on best practices for implementing and managing a safety management system.

Register TODAY online or email/call the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

Registration deadline is Monday, December 1.

"POSH" Training is Now in Corpus Christi

Besides Dallas and San Antonio, your Texas Chapter is now providing “POSH” instruction in Corpus Christi beginning with its first class on October 27-30. It will be held at the Corpus Christi Central Library, La Retama Room, 805 Comanche Street, Corpus Christi.

“POSH” (Principles of Occupational Safety & Health) provides solid knowledge of safety practices and terminology. You¹ll get the confidence you need to implement a comprehensive safety process in your organization.

Here's what's new:

In just four days, you¹ll get the best of POSH, plus five all-new modules:

We¹ve reviewed and updated the whole program, with more emphasis on best practices for implementing and managing a safety management system.

Register TODAY online or email/call the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

Registration deadline is Friday, October 24.

National Safety Council - Texas Chapter Quarterly Membership Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 7:30-9:00am - Continental breakfast will be served
Location: Holiday Inn Houston Hobby Airport, 8611 Airport Blvd., Houston, TX 77061

Meet your Texas Chapter Regional Manager, Arden Berg and guest speaker, Brian A. Weatherly, Principal Consultant, Wxly & Associates. His topic will be “Being More Influential in Your Organization”. Please join us for this informative presentation and to meet and greet fellow NSC members!

Please RSVP by Friday, October 24 by either e-mailing or calling the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org, 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

Health & Safety Conference on Nanotechnology

October 23-25, 2008 - Austin, TX

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Early registration ends October 9 – REGISTER NOW!!!

Nanotechnology is permeating all types of industry at every level. Nanotechnology can be found in cosmetics, sunscreens, commercial food freshness products, information technology, and medicine not to mention the applications used in fire, water, and scratch resistance. Questions continue to arise: What do we know? What don’t we know? How should we measure this or that? What level of protection is adequate? The Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health’s annual conference, along with local host AIHA Texas Hill Country Section, will address a variety of topics that will provide practical, applicable information from governmental agencies and the industry to help professionals determine how to manage health and safety aspects of this dynamic and growing field. Please visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/swcoeh/default.aspx?id=2061 to access the conference brochure and DRAFT Agenda.

Future CE Courses . . .

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Alamo Chapter A&WMA News

The Alamo Chapter A&WMA October meeting is rescheduled for Thurs., Oct. 16 instead of Oct. 9. The newsletter will be forwarded soon with more specific information.

Northside ISD has an Environmental Specialist position posted on the District web site.

Edwards Aquifer Philosophical Society –aka brown bag luncheon

Friday, September 26, 2008 at 11:55: AM

Edwards Aquifer Authority; 1615 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Alan Montemayor, P.E., with Southwest Research Institute, will be making a presentation titled Peak Oil Awareness, Information and Training Session. This presentation is courtesy of the Portland Peak Oil Group. If you drive a car, live in a house, or eat food on a regular basis, I think you will find the presentation relevant.

The presentation will be held on Friday, September 26 at 11:55 AM at the Edwards Aquifer Authority. These are informal presentations so please feel free to bring your lunch. For directions or further information, the Authority may be contacted at 210-222-2204 or www.edwardsaquifer.org

2008 Clean Carbon Policy Summit & Project Expo

The Clean Coal Technology Foundation of Texas presents the 2008 Clean Carbon Policy Summit & Project Expo. The Summit will take place October 9-10, 2008 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown.

More Info: http://www.iemshows.com/cleancarbon/

Fit for Work Construction 10-Hour Completion Course

October 17, 2008 - 7:30am-5:30pm - Republic National Distributing Company

Don’t get burned! Train your safety resources to increase the bottom line through practical hazard identification, elimination, and reduction techniques that increase safety and reduce unnecessary costs! The 10-hour program is intended to provide a variety of training on
Construction Industry safety and health subjects facilitated by Board Certified Safety Professionals.

Participants will receive a bound copy of the OSHA 1926 Construction Industry regulations, course completion certificate and wallet card!

Course Topics:

Location:

Republic National Distributing Company
6511 Tri County Parkway
Schertz, Texas 78154

RSVP by Friday, October 10th to Lynn Murff via phone at 210-495-8788 or email lynn.murff@wellworkforce.com.

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) Workshop

Oklahoma State University: College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) Workshop
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Improve your understanding in planning and managing projects covered under NEPA regulations.

40 Hour Course: 4.0 CEUs/40 PDHs;
December 15- 19, 2008
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Stillwater, OK

Presented by OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program & College Of Engineering, Architecture & Technology CEAT Continuing Education

For more information: http://outreach.ceat.okstate.edu/courses/eiafd.asp

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Upcoming Continuing Education Programs

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

The Center for health, safety and well being.

Upcoming Continuing Education Programs

Please contact us if you would like any of these brochures mailed to you!

EHS Academy
September 22 – 26, 2008
Houston, TX
Draft Agenda

Early registration ends September 8; REGISTER HERE!!!

College and university campuses are complex workplaces with a wide range of occupational safety and health hazards. Campus staff must manage a wide variety of regulations and guidelines administered by a myriad of different agencies. The Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health is pleased to present the EHS Academy, providing a solid foundation from which you can understand and manage your institution’s environmental health and safety issues or program. The director for the course is renowned environmental health and safety expert, Dr. Robert Emery, Executive Director for Health & Safety at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. HBCU/MI scholarships are available! Please visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/swcoeh/default.aspx?id=2061 to access the course brochure and scholarship application.

Health & Safety Conference on Nanotechnology
October 23 – 25, 2008
Austin, TX
Draft Agenda

Early registration ends October 9; REGISTER HERE!!!

Nanotechnology is permeating all types of industry at every level. Nanotechnology can be found in cosmetics, sunscreens, commercial food freshness products, information technology, and medicine not to mention the applications used in fire, water, and scratch resistance. Questions continue to arise: What do we know? What don’t we know? How should we measure this or that? What level of protection is adequate? The Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health’s annual conference, along with local host AIHA Texas Hill Country Section, will address a variety of topics that will provide practical, applicable information from governmental agencies and the industry to help professionals determine how to manage health and safety aspects of this dynamic and growing field. Please visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/swcoeh/default.aspx?id=2061 to access the conference brochure and DRAFT agenda.

Future CE Courses . . .

Don’t miss another CE course update!

The SWCOEH Continuing Education Department is now using Yahoo Groups to deliver up-to-date CE course information. If you would like to continue receiving email updates, please send an email to swcoehce-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to be added to the SWCOEH Continuing Education group.

NIOSH DREAM Workshop

As you are probably aware, through our NIOSH-AIHA Alliance, we have co-sponsored several NIOSH events and workshops over the past few years. The 2008 NIOSH Dream (direct-reading exposure assessment methods) Workshop will take place November 13 - 14, 2008, at the Hilton Crystal City in Washington, D.C. The workshop will convene subject matter experts, stakeholders and other interested parties from the public and private sectors to provide input into research needs. The workshop is a critical part of the NIOSH effort to improve the prevention of disease and injury to people who work through supporting research, promotion best practices and describing and communication of effective policies, and engaging in productive partnerships. The workshop promotes CDC's Healthy Places goal to promote and protect the health and safety of people who work by preventing workplace-related fatalities, illness, injuries and personal health risks.

So I am asking your help to promote attendance at this event… Help support our NIOSH Alliance and take advantage of the opportunity to provide input to NIOSH's research agenda in this area. Plus, it's a "deal" for persons needing CM points - $125 for a 2-day workshop (and that includes lunch!), especially for persons local to the DC area.

Breakout sessions include…

More information can be found at http://www.team-psa.com/dream2008/main.asp.

Get the word out to your local sections, please! Let your co-workers know! Talk it up with your volunteer groups!

Roof Workers Fall Successfully Arrested! A Success Story

"POSH" Training is Now in Corpus Christi

Besides Dallas and San Antonio , your Texas Chapter is now providing “POSH” instruction in Corpus Christi beginning with its first class on October 27-30. It will be held at the Corpus Christi Central Library, La Retama Room, 805 Comanche Street , Corpus Christi .

“POSH” (Principles of Occupational Safety & Health) provides solid knowledge of safety practices and terminology. You¹ll get the confidence you need to implement a comprehensive safety process in your organization.

Here's what's new:

In just four days, you¹ll get the best of POSH, plus five all-new modules:

We've reviewed and updated the whole program, with more emphasis on best practices for implementing and managing a safety management system.

Register TODAY online or email/call the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

Registration deadline is Friday, October 24.

Attention All Texas Employers - Last Call for FREE Class Instruction!!

Only ONE FREE Dynamics of Fleet Safety Train-the-Trainer Class remaining!! From a Grant funded through TXDOT, your Texas Chapter is having its last class of FREE instruction. Our LAST Remaining 2008 FREE Class will be in Austin – Wednesday, September 17, Courtyard by Marriott Austin Airport, 7809 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX 78741. Class Time is from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Make sure you don't miss out on this LAST FREE CLASS...SEATS ARE LIMITED!!

Let the National Safety Council help you manage your fleet safety, before it starts to manage you. Introducing the National Safety Council’s new course – the Dynamics of Fleet Safety.

Whether you’re a new fleet safety manager or a seasoned veteran, this course gives you the confidence and competence to face the ever-changing challenges of running an efficient fleet safety operation and help you develop a successful career in the process.

The Dynamics of Fleet Safety program is designed for safety supervisors and managers of all type of fleets -- trucks, buses and motor coaches, cars, vans, motorcycles, fork lifts -- from a wide range of industries. Created by fleet safety managers, for fleet safety managers, this 4-hour introductory program utilizes a case study methodology combined with program resources to accurately diagnose real life fleet scenarios and demonstrates best practices in motor vehicle safety, collision prevention and asset use.

The course covers:

Upon course completion, you’ll be able to:

After the class, each participant will go back to their company and distribute the FREE Dynamics of Fleet Safety workbooks to at least three employees and then educate them on the value and benefit of this very important safety topic. We find that an informal round table is best-suited for this to happen.

Take advantage of this great "win-win" opportunity TODAY by e-mailing or calling the Texas Chapter Office: texas@nsc.org 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

OSU Environmental Management Certificate Program

Oct. 20-24 & Nov. 17-21, 2008 - Tulsa, OK

If you have environmental responsibilities this program is for you!

Environmental Management Certificate Program with an emphasis on hazardous materials management.

This program consists of practical individual courses which provide the knowledge to successfully manage the growing complexity of environmental compliance, health and safety responsibilities. This program also prepares you very well for the following certification exams: CHMM, CHMP, HMMT, REM, RHCMM, AEP, and CEA.

Your choice:

Presented by OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Continuing Education Office & School of Fire Protection and Safety.

For details: http://outreach.ceatokstate.edu/courses/emcp.asp

SWCOEH Upcoming Education Programs

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
The Center for health, safety and well being.

Don’t miss another CE course update!
The SWCOEH Continuing Education Department is now using Yahoo Groups to deliver up-to-date CE course information. If you would like to continue receiving email updates, please send an email to swcoehce-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to be added to the SWCOEH Continuing Education group.

Upcoming Continuing Education Programs

Please contact us if you would like any of these brochures mailed to you!

EHS Academy - September 22-26, 2008 - Houston, TX

College and university campuses are complex workplaces with a wide range of occupational safety and health hazards. Campus staff must manage a wide variety of regulations and guidelines administered by a myriad of different agencies. The Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health is pleased to present the EHS Academy, providing a solid foundation from which you can understand and manage your institution’s environmental health and safety issues or program. The director for the course is renowned environmental health and safety expert, Dr. Robert Emery, Executive Director for Health & Safety at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. HBCU/MI scholarships are available! Please visit http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/swcoeh/default.aspx?id=2061 to access the course brochure and scholarship application.

Coming soon . . .

For more information, email SWCOEH.CE@uth.tmc.edu.

AIHA Board of Directors Update

June and July 2008 meetings
Note: This report is based on draft minutes pending Board approval.

1. The board received a presentation on the “Value of the Profession Study” results, which are available at www.ihvalue.org. AIHA has developed a communications plan and path forward to share the main points for value contribution to key audiences. Future opportunities include partnering with other organizations and continuing the research.

2. LQAP (Lab Quality Assurance Program) is moving forward in creating the new LLC. Discussion ensued regarding the strategic direction for the LLC and the relationship between AIHA and the LLC, including the areas of financial issues, governance, accountabilities, and decision making. Staff will report back to the board with their recommendations for the LLC.

3. The attendance at the Minneapolis AIHce was 6000.

4. A task force reviewed the issue of association dues and how best to set the level. Other organizations were surveyed on their dues and methods, and recommendations were presented to the board for consideration.

5. Practice Standard and Guidelines (PS&G) committee is revising their internal structure, to include 3 project teams (PS&G Outreach, Guidelines Development and Standards Development). The project teams will report to the PS&G Steering Group within the committee. The newly formed AIHA Standards Council would provide direction for standards activities of importance to AIHA.

6. The board and AIHA staff will be using an “AIHA Consolidated Performance Scorecard” to track progress of board activities, including ‘traffic light’ evaluation and comments. Each item will have a one page document providing greater detail. This is designed to help the board track progress of various initiatives.

7. Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AIH) presented a plan to redesign the Academy to have a more strategic focus, which should help avoid duplicating existing efforts between the sister organizations. The Academy leadership structure expects to be more aligned with AIHA volunteer entities. More details will be communicated in the Synergist.

8. The July Strategic Planning session broke into 4 groups to have in-depth discussion of the following topics:

The board discussed the establishment of board committees to address issues such as international affairs and expense management.

Alamo AIHA Meeting Announcement

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 5:30-7:30pm (approximate)

UT Health Science Center

The Value of the IH Profession

Elizabeth Pullen, AIHA

Room and time details to follow.

Alamo Chapter A&WMN April 2008 Meeting

This particular field trip needs about 4 – 5 additional registrants to break even. If you know anyone at your company that would benefit from this excellent trip – please pass this information on. You do not need to be registered for the AAPG to attend this trip. Thank you, Gene Ames

Hydrology of the Edwards Group:
A Karst Aquifer Under Stress

Fri, April 18, 8:00 am–6:00 pm & Sat, April 19, 8:00 am–5:00 pm. Leaders: Geary Schindel; Ronald Green; E. Calvin Alexander, Jr., and Charles Kreitler. Location: Departs from San Antonio Convention Center each day. Fee: $170 ($85 Student).

The San Antonio segment of the Edwards Aquifer extends from the groundwater divide near Brackettville in Kinney County, east to the city of San Antonio in Bexar County, then northeast to the groundwater divide near Kyle in Hays County – a distance of approximately 250 kilometers. This carbonate aquifer discharges through a series of large springs that provide aquatic habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species. The Edwards Aquifer is an excellent example of a hypogenic karst aquifer formed at depths of up to 1,000 meters by dissolutional processes including corrosion mixing with hydrogen sulfide as well as meteoric waters. The field trip will follow the path of water from Contributing Zone to Recharge Zone to Artesian Zone and will end by visiting Comal Springs, the largest spring in the southwestern United States.

Please register for this event online at http://www.aapg.org/sanantonio/ftrip03.cfm.

National Safety Council: Texas Chapter April 2008 Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm; Complimentary lunch served
Event: Quarterly Membership Meeting
Place: San Antonio Water System Customer Service Center - Tower 2, First Floor - 2800 US Highway 281 North - San Antonio, TX 78212

Meet your Texas Chapter Regional Manager, Arden Berg, and your new Customer Relations Associate, Sabrina Bowens. Our luncheon speaker will be Mr. Lee Little, Senior Manager Analyst for the Safety/Workforce Development Group, City of San Antonio. His topic will be “Keys to Determining Preventability of Motor Vehicle Accidents”. Please join us for this informative presentation and to meet and greet fellow NSC members!

Please RSVP by Friday, April 25 at texas@nsc.org, 972-250-4482 or toll-free at 888-222-4143.

EHS Academy in the Big Easy!

College and university campuses are complex workplaces with a wide range of occupational safety and health hazards. Campus staff must manage a wide variety of regulations and guidelines administered by a myriad of different agencies. The Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health and the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety are pleased to present the EHS Academy in the Big Easy! Environmental Health & Safety for Educational Institutions, providing a solid foundation from which you can understand and manage your institution’s environmental health and safety issues or program. The director for the course is renowned environmental health and safety expert, Dr. Robert Emery, Executive Director for Health & Safety at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Limited HBCU/MI scholarships are available! Please click here to access the course brochure and scholarship application.

Now accepting registrations!!! Click here for online registration form.

Improperly Labeled Scaffolding Planks Imported from China Fail to Meet US Standards

(TACOMA) – Non-certified Chinese laminated veneer lumber (LVL) used as scaffolding planks failed to meet the design property embossed on the product after APA put several samples through mechanical evaluations. The results are summarized in APA’s Product Advisory, Imported Chinese LVL Scaffold Plank, available online at apawood.org.

“This does raise concern for life safety issues,” said Dr. Borjen Yeh, Director of Technical Services for APA. Even though the sample size was limited, the performance of the tested planks was substantially below the value proclaimed by the manufacturer and therefore
end users are advised to be wary of all non-certified product.

Earlier this year APA evaluated LVL scaffold planks imported into the U.S. from China to compare the adhesive and mechanical properties relative to similar products manufactured in the U.S. and Canada. The planks were labeled 2.2E which means they should have a modulus of elasticity (MOE) of 2.2 million pounds per square inch (psi). (MOE is a measure of stiffness under load.) The 30 test specimens averaged 1.8 million psi, which is about 20% below the proclaimed value. Based on the strength test results, the allowable bending strength is 2,100 psi, which is nearly 30 percent less than domestic LVL planks of comparable (2.2E) grade.

In two adhesive durability tests, the imported LVL planks did not meet U.S. Voluntary Product Standard PS 1 for glue bond durability. The delamination results indicated that the panels were probably manufactured with waterproof adhesives but the glue bond quality was inconsistent.

In addition to their poor strength and durability performance, the tested samples did not bear the mark of an independent certification agency. According to the OSHA scaffold plank regulations and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A10.8 Standard for scaffolding safety, “all laminated scaffold shall bear the seal of an independent nationally recognized agency certifying compliance with the design criteria referenced in the standard.”

The LVL scaffold tests come on the heels of last year’s imported concrete forming panel tests. APA tested the strength, adhesive durability and formaldehyde emissivity of Chinese overlaid concrete forming panels and found that they did not meet the standards set forth in PS 1. The Product Advisory, Imported Chinese LVL Scaffold Plank (Form No. SP-1139) as well as a summary of concrete forming panel tests may be found on APA’s web site, apawood.org.

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Founded in 1933 and based in Tacoma, Wash., APA represents approximately 160 plywood, oriented strand board, glulam timber, wood I-joist, Rim Board and laminated veneer lumber mills throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its primary functions are quality auditing and testing, applied research, and market support and development.

Environmental Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association January 2008 Meeting

The Environmental Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association will meet on FridayJanuary 18, 2008, from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., atthe SAWS Special Events Room, 2800 U.S. Hwy 281 North. Parking is available in the front lot.

David H. O. Roth with Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated willdiscuss a variety of aspects of wind leasing transactions, from considerations in deciding where to construct a wind farm, to the basic structure of wind leases, to financial and tax considerations in the construction of wind farms. The discussion will also cover basic surface use considerations from the perspective of the landowner and the developer. Finally, open issues in wind development and leasing will be discussed, including regulation, litigation, environmental impacts and opposition to wind farms.

Meetings: The Environmental Law Section meets on the third Friday of every month.
Location: SAWS Special Events Room, 2800 U.S. Hwy 281 North
Cost: The cost of your breakfast.
MCLE: 0.75 Participatory Hours

For more information, please contact Leslie Brown at (210) 925-8234.

Central Texas Air & Waste Management Association January 2008 Meeting

Meeting Date: January 17, 2008
Speaker: Jennifer Clymer, Climate Change Program Specialist - Austin Energy
Topic: The Emerging Voluntary Carbon Market

Time:

Location:

(Please note the new location for this meeting)
Zephyr Environmental Corporation
600 Via Fortuna, Suite 450
Austin, Texas 78746
(Phone: 512.329.5544)

Jennifer Clymer is a Climate Change Program Specialist at Austin Energy and a part-time graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas. For Austin Energy, Jennifer oversees the implementation of the utility’s greenhouse gas reduction goals under the Austin Climate Protection Plan and closely tracks progress on federal climate change legislation for future compliance requirements. Her primary responsibility is to ensure Austin Energy considers the carbon impact of its operations. She also helps evaluate no to low-carbon technologies for their feasibility and effectiveness in reducing the utility’s carbon footprint.

Prior to joining Austin Energy, Jennifer was an air quality consultant with ICF International in Washington, DC and San Francisco. She received a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Management from The University of Virginia and anticipates completion of her M.P.Aff. Degree in May 2009.

Please RSVP to Russ Baier at rbaier@austin.rr.com or (512) 986-4195 if you plan to attend.

Alamo AIHA January 2008 Meeting

Our first meeting of 2008 will be Tuesday January 15. The details are as follows:

Topic: Industrial Hygiene Considerations of Anticancer Pharmaceuticals

Speaker: Michael A. Charlton, Ph.D., CHP, CIH, CSP, CHMM,Assistant Vice President for Risk Management & Safety,Environmental Health & Safety Department, Adjunct Associate Professor - Radiological Sciences Program, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Location: Cancer Therapy Research Center (7979 Wurzbach, just past Floyd Curl Drive)

Map: http://utmaps.uthscsa.edu/?urlname=2&urlid=184

Time:

Attendees will have to get a parking pass, but if they bring it with them to the meeting, I will find a way to get it validated. The attendant leaves at 7 pm, so if we adjourn at 7 pm, parking won’t be an issue. Attendees should park in the second floor of the parking garage. There are many spaces allocated for patients and visitors. Walk across the skybridge that connects the parking garage with the Urschel Building.

The meeting will be in the Urschel Building Room U212. When you enter the building make your second left, go past the elevators, and turn left. The conference room U212 will be right there. We’ll also put up signs so that attendees know where to go.

Dr. Charlton will provide pizzas and soda for the group. If anyone would like a tour of the Cancer Therapy Research Center, he will be happy to show them the great facilities.

If you have any questions, please call Mike at (210) 567-2955.

OHN Certification Review

January 27, 2008 - The Radisson Market Square - San Antonio, TX

Early registration ends January 11, 2008!!!

SHSAAMC 2008 Conference

January 18-19, 2008 - The Westgate Hotel - San Diego, CA

The SHSAAMC 2008 Conference in San Diego is the premier conference of the Student Health profession!

Early registration ends December 1, 2007!!!

2008 ASSE Elections - Candidate Slate Announced

The Nominations & Elections Committee is pleased to announce the Slate of Candidates for the 2008 Society election. Petition candidates have until December 1st to file completed petitions for inclusion on the March 1 ballot.

Those wishing to petition for a position on the ballot should notify the Nominations & Elections Committee Chair by sending an email to ASSE’s Nominations & Elections Committee Staff Liaison, Terry Wilkinson (twilkinson@asse.org). The email should specify the office for which they are petitioning. The petition process is outlined in the ASSE Bylaws and Society Operations Guide.

TXANS Annual Nonsubscriber Conference & Exposition

Maximize your exposure in the Texas nonsubscriber market! Secure exhibit space, an individual sponsorship or become a 2008 Corporate Partner atTXANS 2008 Nonsubscriber Conference & Exhibition.

Sponsorships and exhibits are now available for sale. TXANS Annual Nonsubscriber Conference & Exhibition offers exceptional educational programming, a comprehensive nonsubscriber exhibition and a vast array of networking opportunities in a precise two-day program.

Don't miss this valuable opportunity to showcase your products to Texas nonsubscribers.Click on the links provided below for complete details.

Local A&WMA Chapter News

Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2006

Both the rate and the number of occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work decreased from 2005 to 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Labor. The 2006 rate was 128 per 10,000 workers, a decrease of 6 percent from 2005. There were 1.2 million cases requiring days away from work in private industry, which represented a decrease of 51,180 cases (or 4 percent). Median
days away from work—a key measure of the severity of the injury or illness—was 7 days in 2006, the same as the prior two years.

See the attached PDFs for the full story.

CoPS SH&E Report - Vol. 2, No. 2

This issue features:

All readers are encouraged to submit the following items to the next issue of CoPS SH&E Report, which closes on November 16, 2007:

Please e-mail your submissions to jcappello@asse.org.

Timberland Co. Recalls Steel-Toe Series Boots, Offers Free Replacements

The Timberland Co. (Stratham, N.H.), in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling Timberland PRO Direct Attach Steel Toe Series boots made in the Dominican Republic and sold nationwide between September 2005 and September 2007. Product testing has demonstrated that the boots may not comply with applicable safety standards for compression and impact resistance, the company said, adding that while no injuries have been reported, consumers could suffer impact foot injuries.

The boots were sold under model numbers 26002, 65016, 26038, and 38021. They have a four-digit date code beginning with a number from 25 to 45 and ending in 35; this code and the model number can be found on the green loop tag inside the boot. Also inside the boot will be an imprint denoting its country of origin, reading something similar to this: "Genuine Leather and Manmade Upper, Manmade Lining and Outsole Made in Dominican Republic."

Consumers should stop wearing the recalled boots immediately and contact Timberland to receive a free replacement pair of boots, the company says. For additional information, contact Timberland toll-free at 1-800-445-5545 or visit www.timberlandpro.com.

Local A&WMA Chapter News

Forrest Richardson becomes an Associate Safety Professional

See the official announcement here. Forrest Richardson is a safety professional who is committed to understanding and assisting the business community by providing comprehensive, cost-effective employee training and consulting service. Forrest proudly served in the United States Army and currently serves as the Safety Division Director for Fit For Work, an Occupational Health and Safety Consulting firm, in San Antonio, Texas. Forrestsaid he is currently on track to obtain the Certified Safety Professional Certification by Q1 of 08. Forrest earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has received training through the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, South Texas Chapter. Forrest also heads up theprofessional development for the Chapter.

Brian Weatherly becomes an Associate Safety Professional

See the official announcement here. Brian is currently serving as the South Texas Chapter Secretary. Brian Weatherly is an executive level consultant with over 10 years of proven management consulting experience. He is providing safety, health and environmental management support to accomplish business objectives and exceed expectations. Brian started Wxly & Associates, a private practice, working with others, helping to change culture and get it done! Brian is a publishing articles and providing keynote presentations across the country and has said that he is going to sit for the CSP exam before February 2008.

REMINDER
Texas Health & Safety Conference - October 26-28, 2007

The early registration deadline of 10/5 is approaching; the topic is timely; and it is right here in beautiful San Antonio!

Reserve the weekend of October 26-28 for: "The Professionals' Role In Community Emergency Preparedness" to be held at the Radisson Downtown Market Square, San Antonio Texas.

This "Texas Heath & Safety Conference" is sponsored by the Alamo, Texas Hill Country, Gulf Coast, and North Texas AIHA Local Sections.
Registration for AIHA members is $250, non-members $275 (if received by 10/5).

Register NOW for the Conference online at http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/swcoeh/regform.asp or use the convenient form inside this brochure and fax or mail it with your payment to the Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health:

SWCOEH CE
P.O. Box 20186, W 1004A
Houston TX 77225-0186
Toll Free: 866-394-8700
Phone: 713-500-9451
Fax: 713-500-9442
E mail: SWCOEH.CE@uth.tmc.edu

Local A&WMA Chapter News

The Alamo Chapter will not be meeting this Thursday as regularly scheduled due to a scheduling conflict at The Quarry Restaurant. The meeting will be Fri., Sept. 21. Please RSVP by using "Reply to All" to this e-mail or by calling Lalie Gomez at 353-2551by Tues., Sept. 18. See four additional announcements below. Please forward the attached meeting notice to others who may be interested in attending. thanks

1. TCEQ Announces Fall 2007 Seminar and Workshop Schedule

Advanced Air Permitting Seminar - October 15-16, 2007
Hilton Austin Hotel, Austin

www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/assistance/events/seminars/10-07airpermitting.pdf

Pollution Prevention Workshops

www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/assistance/events/seminars/p2workshops.pdf

Texas Environmental Excellence Awards 2008 - Application Available Online Deadline to submit is October 19, 2007. Apply online today at www.teea.org

Water Quality/Storm Water Seminar - November 15-16, 2007 Austin Marriott North, Round Rock

UST Management and Compliance Assistance Seminar - December 11, 2007 Austin Marriott North, Round Rock

Austin Air Emissions Inventory Workshop - February 12, 2008

Environmental Trade Fair & Conference - April 29-May 1, 2008 See our web site for future dates: www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/events/etfc/etf.html

New web site coming September 4th!

Visit www.takecareoftexas.org for more information.

For more information on these events e-mail: events@tceq.state.tx.us

2. NREP/ OIP Workshops and Annual Conference

“The Magnificent 2007”
Marriott RiverWalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
September 5th -6th, 2007

*** This conference fulfills your NREP and OIP continuing education requirement ***

***Members AND NON-MEMBERS may attend!***

Registration Form.

PAY ONLINE FOR ANY WORKSHOP OR THE TECHNICAL CONFERENCE! CLICK HERE.

3. AIHA Tele-Web Opportunity: "Mold Assessment, Remediation, and Prevention: Applying Current Best Practices"

Presented By: Philip Morey, PhD, CIH, J. David Miller, PhD, Ling Ling Hung, PhD, Clifford Mitchell, MD, MPH

Course Description: Mold exposure inside buildings is a major problem in today's society. There are many factors related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings that contribute to creation of mold exposures in buildings. Besides damaging property, mold exposure in buildings can cause various health effects depending on the susceptibility of individual occupants. Thus, today there are liability issues with little regulatory or professional guidelines to reasonably address moldy buildings.

Date / Time: Wed., September 19th at 1:00 - 3:30 PM (Central Time)

Place: AEHS, Inc.; 4402 Centergate San Antonio, Texas 78217

Contact: Bishop, Ronald CIH Phone: (210) 656-9300 Fax: (210) 656-8499 rmbishop@texas.net

Cost: Cost of $295.00 to be split among participants - Limited to 15 attendees (minimum cost would be $20)

4. The Environmental Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association will meet on Friday September 21, 2007, from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., at the SAWS Special Events Room, 2800 U.S. Hwy 281 North. Parking is available in the front lot.

George Ozuna, Chief of the San Antonio Office of the United States Geological Survey, will provide a general overview of floods and droughts of record for the San Antonio region and the impact of the recent rains on the Edwards Aquifer.

Meetings: The Environmental Law Section meets on the third Friday of every month.

Location: SAWS Special Events Room, 2800 U.S. Hwy 281 North

Cost: The cost of your breakfast.

MCLE: 0.75 Participatory Hours

For more information, please contact Leslie Brown at (210) 925-8234.

** 0.5 CM points is pending ABIH approval.

Safety Gram - Sheared Bolts Found on JTG Man Lifts

This week a Man Lift at the Coker unit at Refinery was found to have some bolts sheared off. The man lifts here in the plant have been inspected, AMECO is inspecting the lifts in their yard and Zachry has inspected theirs. When inspecting any equipment don’t just look for the obvious.

Taken from the incident report...

Brief Description: While performing the pre-operational inspection of a JLG and utilizing the ground control, the individual noticed a bolt fall off of the basket connection at the boom. Further examination revealed that all eight of the bolts were broken off. The machine was tagged out and mechanics were notified. – No identifiable cause of the damage was noted.

Misusing the man lifts can cause damage to them that might not be apparent at the time. Remember to never use the man lift to push with and if the man lift gets bumped or hit be sure and inspect it before you start to use it again.

A good rule we have always used is to “Take Two”, it applies here, take two minutes and make sure your equipment is in proper running condition.

Hot News! September, October, & November Lunch Meetings are CEU Approved!

Everyone: For those that need CEU's -- We got it for 3 meetings and are working on for more.

For the Sep, Oct, Nov meetings - members must attend all three events to receive .3 CEU's.

It is very important that you sign in on the roster with all required information for credit.

Thank you Mr. Forrest Richardson at Fit For Work. He is our CEU gettin' master! Trust me - it is a bunch of work to get the items together. When you see him, tell him thanks. I would really appreciate it.

September 11th - Fly the Flag!

Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this Email immediately to the friends in your address book asking them to also forward it. We have a little less than a week and counting to get the word out all across this great land we love and into every community in the United States of America.

The Program:

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2007, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this sixth anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We do this honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds

Action Plan:

So, here's what we need you to do ....

  1. Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don't be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

  2. Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.

Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America!

AIHA Tele-Web Opportunity:
" Mold Assessement, Remediation, and Prevention: Applying Current Best Practices"

Presented By: Philip Morey, PhD, CIH, J. David Miller, PhD, Ling Ling Hung, PhD, Clifford Mitchell, MD, MPH

Course Description: Mold exposure inside buildings is a major problem in today's society. There are many factors related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings that contribute to creation of mold exposures in buildings. Besides damaging property, mold exposure in buildings can cause various health effects depending on the susceptibility of individual occupants. Thus, today there are liability issues with little regulatory or professional guidelines to reasonably address moldy buildings.

Date / Time: Wed., September 19th at 1:00 - 3:30 PM (Central Time)
Place: AEHS, Inc.; 4402 Centergate San Antonio, Texas 78217
Contact: Bishop, Ronald CIH Phone: (210) 656-9300 Fax: (210) 656-8499 rmbishop@texas.net

Cost: Cost of $295.00 to be split among participants - Limited to 15 attendees (minimum cost would be $20) ** 0.5 CM points is pending ABIH approval.

This Tele-Web opportunity will be a great way to collect 0.5 CM points, network with your peers while not spending a lot!

In Memory of John Schneider, We Honor Him

John C. Schneider, Jr. born in Beeville, Texas on March 7, 1925, passed away in San Antonio, Texas on July 11, 2007 at the age of 82. John is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Barbara Jean Schneider, parents John and Clara Schneider, son Bruce C. Shneider, daughter Elizabeth Ann Schneider, and sister Clara Mae Hoff. He is survived by son John C. Shneider III and wife Lora of Round Rock, Texas, daughter Karen Hodge of San Antonio, Texas, grandchildren: Richard Harbert and wife Dawn, Melissa Harbert, John Christopher Schneider, Justin Schneider, and six great-grandchildren.

John was an active member of Lackland Terrace Church of Christ, Prospect Hill Chapel #817 OES. He served his country in WWII as a U.S. Marine Radier.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 13, 2007 at Sunset Funeral Home from 5-8pm. A Funeral Service will take place at Sunset Funeral Chapel on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 3pm with the Burial Service to immediately follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Sunset Funeral Home.

Texas Health & Safety Conference - October 26-28, 2007

Topic: The Professionals' Role in Community Emergency Planning
Location: Radisson Downtown Market Square - San Antonio, TX

This "Texas Heath & Safety Conference" is sponsored by the Alamo, Texas Hill Country, Gulf Coast, and North Texas AIHA Local Sections.
Registration for AIHA members is $250, non-members $275 (if received by 10/5).

Please register online or use the convenient form inside the brochure and fax or mail it with your payment to the Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

SATAOHN 2007 Medical Update Fall Conference

The San Antonio TX Association of Occupational Health Nurses is having a fall conference, 2007 Medical Update on Saturday, September 22, 2007.

For more information visit the Conference website or view the Event brochure (pdf).

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