Seattle Regional Conference | June 13–15

CSHEMA is hosting a Regional Conference at the University of Washington to discuss a variety of interdisciplinary topics to bring EHS professionals together, including a CFATS presentation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The planning committee is working on an agenda that will engage EHS professionals on college and university campuses. You will learn new topics and best practices, discuss existing issues on your campus, and network with other EHS colleagues from around the region. 

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  Regular Registration (through May 16) Late Registration
(after May 16)
Member Professional $199 $269
Nonmember Professional $259 $329  


Continuing Education Credits

You could potentially receive continuing education credits though the sessions offered at this conference. Please consult CSHEMA's list of outside organization requirements to determine how many credits you could receive.

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This event will take place on the University of Washington campus at the Husky Union Building (4001 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195). 


  Wednesday, June 13
Noon Welcome and Introduction 
12:15–1:15 p.m. Significant Changes to the International Fire Code Including a New Chapter on Higher Education Laboratories 
Mark Murray, University of Washington
This session will provide an overview of significant changes to the 2018 International Fire Code, including a more in-depth review of the new chapter on higher education laboratories that will give more flexibility for storing chemicals and compressed gases in university teaching and research buildings.  
1:15–2:15 p.m. Pharmaceutical Waste
Matt Moeller and Doug Gallucci, University of Washington 
This session will provide an overview of processes that the University of Washington has implemented to manage waste pharmaceuticals and discuss the impact of the DEA’s final rule on the disposal of controlled substances as well as the potential impact of the EPA’s proposed final rule on Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals. 
2:45–3:45 p.m. Determining the Value and Efficacy of Using Acid Neutralization Tanks for Science Laboratory Sanitary Systems
Jeremy Chambers, University of Oregon 
This presentation will discuss the requirements for installing acid neutralization tanks at higher education institutions versus the return value of protecting the publicly owned treatment works sanitary system. Arguments will be given to compare and contrast the rationale of installing tanks versus implementing the best management practices, trainings and education provided by EHS, and university policies and procedures that work to better protect the sanitary system. 
3:45–5 p.m. 2017 Mumps Outbreak/Controlling Communicable Diseases 
Sheryl Schwartz and Karen Crow, University of Washington
In 2017, EHS worked collaboratively with various University of Washington units and with the local public health department to successfully minimize the spread of mumps among members of fraternity and sorority houses. 
  Thursday, June 14
8:30–9:30 a.m. Program Compliance Audits: Using the DOJ 7 Elements to Evaluate EHS Programs 
Jude Van Buren, University of Washington 
This session will present an overview of how one large research university is evaluating the compliance of its health and safety programs using the U.S. Department of Justice federal sentencing guidelines to verify compliance. 
9:30–10:30 a.m. Lab Safety Initiative 
Alex Hagan, University of Washington
Recent tools and events developed through the Lab Safety Initiative, the enhanced Lab Safety Survey online dashboard, the Chemical Hygiene Expo, and the Innovation Event will be discussed. Some lessons learned from working with the initiative’s pilot group labs will also be shared. 
10:45–11:45 a.m. Organizational Resilience 
Laura Vajanto, Simon Fraser University 

In the institutional context of a public university, what does organizational resilience look like? Is this the right approach for your institution?   In Canada, the Safety and Risk Services Department at Simon Fraser University is currently taking an organizational resilience approach to safety, security, and enterprise risk management. The journey from concept to implementation will be outlined, along with lessons learned, models used, and challenges encountered.  
1:15–2:15 p.m. Lab Safety: Shared Spaces Work Group Roundtable Discussion
Tracy Harvey, University of Washington 
This roundtable discussion will cover the Share Lab Spaces Work Group participant goals, the barriers to safety in shared lab space, the top five barriers/challenges to be addressed by the group in the first year, and tools developed to date will be shared. 
2:15–3 p.m. Vendor Bingo
3:30–5 p.m. Makerspace Tour – The Area 01 Community Center Dabble Lab
The Area 01 Community Center Dabble Lab is a collaborative work makerspace within one of the University of Washington’s residence halls. During the tour, Area 01 staff will talk to you about the housing & food services policies and safety procedures for the space, as well as discuss the new 8,000-square-foot makerspace opening in collaboration with the College of Engineering in September 2018.
  Friday, June 15
8:30–9:30 a.m. Legacy Radioactive Waste Initiative 
Mike Zittle, University of Washington 
Upon receiving funding to specifically address legacy radioactive waste on campus, University of Washington Radiation Safety Office had to identify, prioritize, and dispose of radioactive waste that had essentially been forgotten about. An overview of the process used, challenges with some unique items, and the work that remains will be presented. 
9:30–10:30 a.m. CFATS Program in Colleges and Universities
Jim Harksen, Department of Homeland Security  
Whether an institution has a large amount of hazardous chemicals in one location or a small quantity in many containers dispersed throughout a facility or several academic buildings, they can be targeted by terrorists. What are some of the chemicals that present the greatest risk to institutions? How can EHS professionals make sure they are prepared for a release or a direct attack? What security measures can institutions put into place to prevent these chemicals from falling into the wrong hands? This presentation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will provide insights into these questions, as well as explain how the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program relates to colleges and universities.  
10:45–11:45 a.m. Occupational Health and Safety Program for Animal Care and Use
Katia Harb and Eleanor Wade, University of Washington 
This session will review the occupational health and safety requirements and considerations with research involving animal care and use, including non-human primates. It will also describe approaches for mitigating hazards through protocol review, education, outreach, and coordination between Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, Institutional Biosafety Committees, and EHS departments. 
11:45 a.m.–Noon Closing Remarks
12:30–1:30 p.m. Tour of the Environmental Safety Storage Building (Optional)
The University of Washington's Environmental Safety Storage Building (ESSB) receives, processes, and ships the chemical waste generated from the Seattle campus including the Medical Center. In 2017, the ESSB received 17,000 individual containers accounting for 352,000 pounds of chemical waste. The 4000-sq.-ft. building was purpose built to manage chemical waste and is located on a reclaimed fill site, presenting significant challenges in both design and construction. 



We will not have a preferred conference hotel, but if you need accommodations, the following hotels are near campus:

Silver Cloud Inn – University District
5036 25th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

University Inn
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Watertown Hotel

4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105



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