JULY 18TH & 19TH

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit is designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies.

This one-of-a-kind learning and networking conference will focus on uniting manufacturing executives from across the United States. Attendees will focus on best practices in environment, health and safety along with becoming a better leader.

This Summit promises to provide high-level safety professionals with implementable ideas they can take back to their facilities to improve their operations and achieve world-class safety.

The 2018 EHS Summit will take place at Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215



  • ARPM Members: $345
  • Non-members: $425

Register Online

What’s Included

ARPM will supply conference materials, name badge, and program. ARPM will provide light breakfast and coffee breaks throughout the sessions. Lunch will also be provided.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by July 1, 2018 will receive a refund minus a $75 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received after July 1, 2018 are non-refundable (substitutions are allowed). No refunds for conference day no-shows.

Questions? Contact ARPM 317-863-4072 or lkeslar@arpminc.org


PLEASE NOTE THIS AGENDA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE- In an effort to bring the 2018 EHS Summit the latest trending EHS topics, the EHS Planning Committee is still working to secure presenters.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

8:00 AM Meet and Greet with Light Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM Introduction and Welcome
Troy Nix, Executive Director

David Sarkus, The Safety Coach®

It’s difficult for leaders and workers to trust and understand the kinds of principles that must be used to help individuals and teams work safer on a regular basis. In fact, some leaders don’t quite know where to begin! David reveals The 7Cs that anyone, in any organization, can use to help everyone achieve their very best. These 7 principles will help your organization move together in the same direction through a common vision for world-class safety performance!

Topical sessions include

Environmental Permit and Reporting
Blair Everett, Safex

Learn the applicability and basics of common environmental requirements that may apply to manufacturing facilities in the plastic and rubber industry.

Key Topics

  • Know which processes and equipment may require an air permit
  • Determine whether your facility requires a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and an industrial stormwater permit or a no-exposure certification
  • Determine whether your facility requires a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan
  • Understand if EPCRA reporting (Tier II and/or Toxic Release Inventory) may be required for your facility
  • Know what items may be regulated as hazardous or universal wastes
  • Touch on RCRA generator improvements, including new electronic manifest requirements

Fatigue Risk can be Predicted and Effectively Managed
Lori Guasta, Predictive Safety

It is estimated that employee fatigue is the primary cause of 30% of all industrial accidents including fatalities and estimated to be a major contributor in as high as 60% of all accidents in 24/7 operations involving shiftwork and off-shift call outs. Effective fatigue management programs are needed to address human behavior through education and training. At the same time, there has long been a need to predict fatigue risk and address the risk prior to the worker falling asleep, which requires predictive fatigue risk management. This presentation will review approaches to fatigue risk management, including education, testing, detection, schedule adjustment, and monitoring. A description of emerging and newer technologies based on leading indicators and real-time data will be provided as a solution to effectively manage fatigue risk.

Changes in Environmental Programs under the Trump EPA
Skipp Kropp, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

EPA Administrator Pruitt promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy. Learn about changes in major source air programs such as New Source Review, Green House Gas reduction programs, the Hazardous Air Pollution permitting program, and Ambient Air Quality Standard reviews. Revisions to jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act that impact water permits will be explained, as well as proposed rules to allow EPA to consider in its rulemaking only scientific studies for which underlying data are publicly available and revisions to the Endangered Species Act that can impact what property is suitable for economic development.

TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) Reform:  An Update on Implementation (Chemical Inventory) and Hot Topics

Freedom Smith, Ice Miller –In June 2016, important changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) were signed into effect, which were the first revisions of our domestic chemical management law in 40 years.  The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended TSCA, (known collectively as TSCA) fundamentally altered the domestic management of industrial chemicals - the lifeblood of many manufacturing processes.  In 2017 and 2018 the Environmental Protection Agency issued several rules and guidance setting the stage for ongoing implementation of TSCA, including the requirement to designate chemical substances on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory as either “active” or “inactive” in U.S. commerce, a rule regarding fees related to chemical review, and changes to the governance of confidential business information.   This presentation will include information on the April 2018 TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory, the active/inactive October 2018 chemical reporting deadline for Processors, as well as an overview of the current state of implementation and 2018 priorities for EPA.

Other Topics the committee is working to secure.

  • Workplace Violence
  • Cyber Security Knowledge for Safety Professionals
  • What is Going On in the World of Cut Resistance?
  • Audits – Compliance Audits vs System Audits vs Internal Audits”
  • How (in the heck) Do I Add Environmental to My Safety Role

5:15 PM Networking Reception, Day 1 Adjourns

Thursday, July 19, 2018

8:00 AM Meet and Greet with Breakfast 

Roundtable Discussions: 

Growing peer-to-peer networks and having the opportunity to meet other individuals in similar roles and responsibilities is a primary component of the ARPM EHS Summit.  During these roundtable discussions, professionals will exchange ideas on the most pressing EHS topics.  This is a perfect way for professionals to find new ideas, expand their professional networks and explore new methods of improvement.


9:15 AM OSHA, ADA and Medical Marijuana
Bill Wahoff & Nelva Smith, Septoe & Johnson PLLC

Today, many states now allow for medical marijuana use and even some states allow recreational marijuana use; however, OSHA has not revised its requirements to employers to provide a safe workplace for its employees.  How does an employer tackle OSHA’s standard under the General Duty Clause and the states allowing freedom to individuals for medical and recreational marijuana use?

In like sense, what does the Americans with Disabilities Act say about medical marijuana use in the workplace and an employer’s obligation to accommodate that use by its employees?

With the new landscape of marijuana use, it is now more important than ever to have policies and procedures in place to handle situations with employee marijuana use.  Also covered will be some useful tips on what to consider in policies and procedures.

10:05 AM Workplace Wellness Programs
Robert Brogan, KBIC Consulting

11:00 What is Going On in the World of Cut Resistance?

11:50 AM ARPM Safety Awards

The 2018 ARPM Safety Awards have been designed to recognize companies in the manufacturing industry that have achieved world-class safety techniques that go above and beyond the average regulations. The awards will be given out based on information from OSHA 300’s Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illness.



There is a broad array of sponsorship opportunities available for the annual EHS Summit. Exhibitors, as well as non-exhibiting companies seeking to maintain a presence, can benefit from a variety of sponsorship opportunities designed to drive exposure and engagement.

The EHS Summit is innovative and flexible with sponsorship opportunities. If your organization is interested in forging a relationship with the EHS Summit contact Letha Keslar at lkeslar@arpminc.org 1.317.863.4072


Choose Hyatt Regency Columbus as the home base for your adventures and discover the exciting capital of Ohio in style. Our downtown Columbus hotel is in the heart of the city, connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and within easy walking distance to the Arena District and Huntington Park - an ideal location for business and leisure travelers alike.

350 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
RATE: $149.00 Plus tax. 

Click Here to Make Your Hotel Reservations

You can also reserve your room by calling
1-888-591-1234. Mention “Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers” to secure the group rate.


KEYNOTE: David Sarkus

David J. Sarkus, MS, CSP (The Safety Coach®) is the president and founder of David Sarkus International, a leading-edge, health, safety, consulting, and training firm.  He has over 30 years of occupational health and safety management experience in large, diversified industrial settings.  Experience, education, and leadership qualities have allowed him and his firm to successfully apply cutting-edge strategies and tactics for some of the biggest and best-run organizations in the world.

As a safety strategist, consultant, author, speaker, and coach, David, and his colleagues have been helping bridge the human performance gap in safety for over 25 years.  The focal part of their efforts includes climate and culture assessments; strategic safety planning; safety culture and change processes; leadership, engagement, and alignment; safety coaching; and attention control tactics.  David is a recognized authority in the practice of occupational safety management.  His writings have been featured as cover stories for Professional Safety Magazine and Industrial Safety & Hygiene News.  He’s also served as technical editor of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News and has been recognized by ISHN one of their as a Top 50 EHS Professionals.  David is the author of five books and more than 100 evidenced-based articles.  He’s also the host of a Coastal’s best-selling video, which features Bobby Bowden, one of college football’s all-time greatest coaches.

David Sarkus holds a Master of Science in Safety Management from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California.  He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by examination.

The EHS Planning Committee is hard at work securing the rest of the speakers, please check back. 


The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) invites you to participate in the 2018 Safety Awards Program. The Safety Awards Program is a way to recognize safety in the industry and facilities that have achieved a level of safety performance above the industry average. Awards are based on data reported on a company's annual OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

The program will be launching March 19th and ending April 30, 2018!

What's required to submit:

  • Completed submission form
  • Copy of the facility’s OSHA 300 and 300A forms

Get a head start, view and start filling out the 2018 Submission Forms. We will start accepting submissions forms March 19, 2018, the due date is April 30, 2018. The form asks you to provide 2017 occupational illness and injury data of your facility. Please submit a separate form for each site you wish to be considered for an award. All data will be handled confidentially. Company names will be disclosed only as Safety Award recipients.

Awards will be presented during the 2018 ARPM EHS Summit taking place July 18-19th.

Click Here for the 2018 Safety Award Application

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