JULY 17TH & 18TH

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 2019 EHS Summit will take place at Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215



  • ARPM Members: $349
  • 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, 2019 will receive a refund minus a $75 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received after July 1, 2019 are non-refundable (substitutions are allowed). No refunds for conference day no-shows.

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



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

7:30 AM     Meet and Greet with Light Continental Breakfast – HAYES


8:00 AM     Introduction and Welcome– HAYES



Hear a firsthand account of the importance of safety through Kina Repp’s story about the tragic loss of her left arm in a conveyor belt accident. She will describe how lack of knowledge and training contributed to the day that forever changed her life.


Driving home that your last line of defense is safety first, Repp encourages active participation in safety. She will discuss the effect injuries have on co-workers, family and friends. Repp provides a message that gives you what you need to be present, be aware and be safe.


This session will include a Q & A session.


9:20 AM     Networking Break


9:45 AM     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.

                    1        HARDING

                    2        GARFIELD

                    3        GRANT


11:00 AM Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)


  • Tier II reporting- HARDING

Chandra Gioiello, IHSC, LLC

In 2016, the EPA revised the Tier II reporting to adapt to OSHA HazCom 2012.  This resulted in a major change in how hazard information is communicated for emergency response.  This talk will detail the requirements for Tier II reporting – who has to report, when, who receives the information, and how the information is used.


  • Mill and Calender Safety - GARFIELD

Bill Sanderson, Akron Rubber Development Lab

Mill and Calender Operations come with a plethora of associated equipment and many moving parts.  It is important to understand the required safety specifications so one can safely use all the necessary auxiliary machinery without incident. Additionally, understanding what to do in a safety emergency is crucial as well.  Following this presentation will be an actual mill drill rescue video.

  • Safety in Press Operation - GRANT


12:10 PM   Lunch - Hayes

1:00 PM     How to Survive an OSHA Inspection – HAYES

Chris Whitehorne, U.S. Compliance

This session will provide practical tips on handling the OSHA inspection process. Attendees will learn about the types of inspections, the types of violations and fines, what records to show and employer and employee rights during an inspection.

1:50 PM     Weeding Through the Facts; Defining Marijuana in Today’s World– HAYES


This presentation will include:

  • How Things Have Changed – Society, acceptance, and misinformation
  • Defining Marijuana in Today’s World – Strengths, Forms and Foods
  • Areas of Possible Concern – A look at other states and their fallout from legalization
  • Roles, Rights, Responsibilities – Learn what you can do to reduce risk to your company
  • Policy Overview – Make sure you are clear and concise when it comes to your policy


2:40 PM     Networking Break

3:00 PM     Breakout Sessions (Choose 1):

  • Fall Protection HARDING


  • Air Permitting and Engineering Controls To Reduce Emission Numbers -GARFIELD

Barb Knecht, HzW Environmental Consultants, LLC


  • Auditing your Hazcom Program and How to Fix It- GRANT


When was the last time you audited your HazCom program? The HazCom standard is one of the most cited violations of OSHA regulations.  Most of these citations are for lack of written program or failure to follow the written program.

 This talk will cover the basics of a HazCom program audit.  For producers of chemicals and end users of chemicals, we will cover issues such as development of a written program, SDS production and distribution, labeling (in-house and shipped) and various exemptions that may apply.  We will give you guidance on how to conduct your audit to catch and correct some of the most common deficiencies.


  • The Relationship of a Significant Number of $100,000-$1,000,000 OSHA Proposed Penalty Cases During This Administration to the Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding Standards – HAYES

Bill Wahoff and Nelva Smith of Steptoe-Johnson,

On January 1, 2015, OSHA’s revisions to the Reporting Rule became effective. Employers now must report within 24 hours single in-patient hospitalizations (previously three persons had to be reported), any amputation injury (even if no bone in a finger is affected) and eye injuries, as well as the previous fatality rule within eight hours.  This session will review how those reports have triggered inspections in which companies have received proposed penalties ranging from ten-thousand to a million dollars and more and how the items in Section 147 (LOTO) and 212 and following (Machine Guarding) are causing greatly increased proposed penalties. Measures to prevent those violations and others will be covered in this session.


4:10 PM     How to Execute in an Emergency – HAYES

Matthew McCrystal, Ohio Emergency Management Agency

The mission of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is to coordinate activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. This mission is carried out by closely interfacing with private-sector, local, state and federal agencies in an effort to respond, recover and support those impacted by disasters. By planning and training for response and recovery, we can reduce the overall impact of a disaster. This presentation will review the importance of maintaining emergency operations plans, continuity of operations plans and explain the threats and hazards that may impact your business and community.


5:00 PM      Networking Reception–MCKINLEY

6:30 PM     Day 1 Adjourned


Thursday, July 18, 2019

7:30 AM      Meet and Greet with Breakfast – HAYES


8:00 AM     Welcome Back – HAYES


8:05 AM     Medication Interactions and Impact on the Workplace – HAYES

Miranda Williams, PharmD, RPh, Interim Pharmacy Director, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation pharmacy program director discusses medication utilization in the Ohio BWC system. Dr. Williams will discuss past and present formulary revisions, program rules, and initiatives that have impacted medication utilization. She will also discuss medication side effects and interactions that may affect individuals at work, proper medication use, and disposing of unwanted/old medications.

Discussion Overview:

  • BWC Prescription Benefit Program
  • Injured Workers & Opioids
  • Describe medication interactions and their potential impact on worker safety
  • Identify proper medication use and disposal


9:00 AM     Breakout Sessions (Choose 1):

  • Flash Fire and Explosion Hazards: How to Identify and Control Them in the Rubber Processing Industry GARFIELD

Vahid Ebadat Ph.D., M.Inst.P, MIET, C.Phys. is CEO of Stonehouse Process Safety, Inc.

Many operations in the rubber processing industry involve handling and processing of powders or liquids, most of which could, under process conditions can be flammable. Flammable gas, vapor, and dust cloud atmospheres can be ignited if a sufficiently energetic ignition source is present. Flash fires and explosions can lead to catastrophic events involving fatalities, injuries, community impact, facility damage, and economic losses.

This presentation will discuss practical measures for preventing flash fires and explosions in the rubber processing industry and protecting against their effect, including:

  • Conditions for gas/vapor and dust cloud flash fires and explosions
  • Applicable codes, standards, and best industry practices
  • Requirements of NFPA 652 Standard on Combustible Dust, 2019 Edition
  • Electrostatic spark hazard assessment, control, and mitigation


  • Form R; It’s Complicated and Confusing

Joyce Gentry of Steptoe-Johnson,-GRANT


  • Recordkeeping Requirements For Your Temp Workforce – HARDING

Ice Miller


9:55 AM     Networking Break


10:15 AM   A Safety Professional’s Guide to Prepare For, React to, and Address Workplace Violence Events – HAYES


11:05 AM   Essential Ergonomics – HAYES

Delia Treaster, Ph.D., CPE, BWC Ergonomic Consultant

Ergonomics is, quite simply, the art and science of designing the work to fit the worker. Rather than making workers accommodate the demands of the job, ergonomics focuses on what the worker can do, easily and comfortably, then adjusts the work accordingly. When this simple concept is used to design jobs, it can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, making jobs safer and improving morale and productivity.



11:50 AM  Safety Awards– HAYES

The 2019 ARPM Safety Awards recognize companies in the manufacturing industry that have achieved excellent safety techniques that go beyond the average regulations. The awards will be given out based on information from OSHA 300’s Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illness.

Safety Best Practices will also be celebrated.




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: $154.00 Plus tax. 

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The EHS Summit team is pleased to welcome the following speakers to the stage:
Keynote Speaker 
Kina Repp survived a horrific workplace accident that left her fighting for her life. Kina is now a safety speaker, inspiring and motivating audiences all over with her presentation "Safety Beyond PPE". Kina’s message addresses the importance of training, safety procedures, and a great attitude can keep you and the people around you safe.
She started speaking in hopes that her workplace injury could help others take safety more seriously, making a negative a positive by reaching as many people as possible in the area of safety. Not just at work, but in life.


Rick Barnes brings forty years of experience to the Plastics Academy. He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Chemistry from the University of Waterloo, along with a Teacher Certification in Plastics Technology from Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada. He has applied this knowledge in positions ranging from Process Engineer, Plant Manager and Production Manager in both Canada and the United States. At the Sturgeon Creek School in Winnipeg, he developed and taught a three-year vocational/industrial program that covered most of the technologies and processes in the plastics industry. 


Ruth M. Bowdish has led the corporate training division of On Demand Drug Testing & Work Solutions’ Drug Free Programs since 2015.  With over a decade of experience Industry, Bowdish has been called on by local news outlets as well as state leaders to provide knowledge about the drug epidemic.  Additionally, she has given lectures and held seminars with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, National Safety Council, and the Bureau of Workers Compensation.  Bowdish had the honor of speaking at the Ohio Statehouse providing her insight on the opiate epidemic as well as asked to sit on the health care panel for the senate caucus.  Bowdish has dedicated her career to studying substance use disorders and is currently practicing as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Bowdish’s commitment to expand her knowledge and understanding has made her a leader in this industry.  

Denese Deeds is is a certified Industrial Hygienist and the co-founder of Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc (IHSC, LLC) where she is the Director of Chemical Regulatory Services. In that function she prepares SDS, labels and other hazard communication documents and assists companies with overall chemical regulatory compliance. Prior to founding IHSC, she worked as an industrial hygienist for General Electric and Westinghouse. Deeds is active on the AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability Committee and served on the team that developed the SDS and Label Author Registry. She is an AIHA Fellow, a past president of the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC), a Registered Specialist SDS and Label Authoring, the 2014 recipient of the AIHA Alice Hamilton Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award by SCHC in 2016.

Vahid Ebadat Ph.D., M.Inst.P, MIET, C.Phys. is the CEO of Stonehouse Process Safety, Inc. He has worked extensively as a process safety consultant for the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, paper/wood, and other process industries globally for over 30 years.  Dr. Ebadat has published many technical articles and papers and is a regular speaker on various process safety topics, including dust explosion, static electricity, gas & vapor flammability, and thermal decomposition/self-heating hazard assessment and control.  Dr. Ebadat is a member of NFPA 77 Technical Committee on Static Electricity.


Joyce Gentry, P.E., MS, a Senior Engineer with S&J Environmental Services, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the environmental arena.  Gentry is a Registered Professional Engineer in West Virginia.  She works with industrial, commercial, and municipal clients, providing technical consulting services, including water and air permitting, and environmental reporting, as well as advice on client-specific environmental issues. 

Chandra Deeds Gioiello currently serves as the Vice President of IHSC, LLC, a small consulting firm that focuses on international regulatory compliance and SDS and label authoring.  Gioiello is a registered Safety Data Sheet and Label Author and a Certified Industrial Hygienist.  She focuses on international chemical regulations including GHS adoption, labeling, and chemical control laws.  She regularly helps clients navigate the regulations across the globe, especially the Asia-Pacific countries.  She is active with the Society of Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.  She also helped created the SDS and Label Author registry for AIHA and is a member of the subject matter expert team.


Matthew W. McCrystal serves as the Planning, Training and Exercise Branch Chief at the state of Ohio Department of Public Safety's Emergency Management Agency. McCrystal is responsible for the development and maintenance of the state’s Emergency Operations Plan, the administration of emergency management and homeland security trainings offered throughout the state, as well as the development and execution of state-level exercises. McCrystal has been engaged in the planning efforts and exercise design process for a multitude of all-hazards scenarios. Prior to joining the Department of Public Safety, he worked in multiple aspects of emergency preparedness and safety services and responded to multiple real-world incidents throughout his career.


Barbara Knecht, CHMM, is the Chief Executive Officer of HZW Environmental Consultants.  Ms. Knecht has been with HZW since 1990 and is well versed in various state environmental regulations as well as federal regulations.  Ms. Knecht’s areas of expertise include the Clean Air Act (CAA), state surface water and NPDES rules, hazardous waste and universal waste management, wastewater and stormwater regulations.  She has more than 27 years of project management and personnel supervision experience.  Ms. Knecht’s experience numerous environmental compliance audits for various industries around the country and serves as a project manager for numerous industrial clients on a “retainer” basis, supervising and monitoring each facility’s environmental compliance and regulatory report completion.


 William Sanderson, CIH began his career at Goodyear, working a wide variety of assignments including from building tires, air springs, hoses and conveyor belts to doing transportation, supervision and many administrative tasks. It was at Monsanto, however, that Sanderson gravitated towards the industrial hygiene/safety arena. This training encouraged him to earn his Industrial Hygiene Certification. Sanderson has enjoyed wearing many different hats in small manufacturing and laboratory settings.  He has now been with Akron Rubber Development Labs for 27 years.  He also has been a lead internal ISO auditor for years along with being the QA Manager for part of that time.  Sanderson received his Industrial Hygiene Certification in 1995 and remains in good standing as a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Board of Industrial Hygienists. 

Nelva Smith is known as a fervent advocate for her clients and is a labor and employment attorney whose wide-ranging experience makes her an extremely effective advisor for her clients. From general day-to-day counseling to litigation, workers' compensation, and safety and health issues, employers of all sizes rely on Smith to guide them through the myriad challenges of labor and employment law. Smith is diligent and aggressive in defending her clients’ interests and is experienced in assisting clients in the automotive, aviation, construction, and manufacturing industries.


Catherine Strauss is an adviser and advocate for employers with workforces in Ohio and nationally. She is also a skilled coach to human resource professionals and business executives. Preferring practical outcomes based on a keen knowledge of the law and common sense judgment, Strauss is an effective adviser in managing risks and conflict avoidance. Strauss earned her law degree from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Public Contracts Law Journal, Trial Court Board and Moot Court. She is also a proud graduate of The Ohio State University Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in political science.


Delia Treaster is a Certified Professional Ergonomist with Ohio Bureau of Worker Compensation (BWC), Division of Safety & Hygiene. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Factors Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Occupational Biomechanics, both from Ohio State University. Prior to joining BWC, Treaster worked as a Research Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute where she conducted human engineering research for the military. She has also worked for Travelers Insurance as a Senior Ergonomic Specialist and for Humantech and ETC as an ergonomic consultant. Treaster has helped companies to redesign their work places, thereby reducing the risk of injuries from repetitive motions and over exertions. Her solid research background, combined with years of extensive work in the field enables her to deliver ergonomic solutions that are customized to the client’s needs.


Bill Wahoff concentrates on keeping his clients in compliance with health and safety laws, including OSHA on a national basis, Ohio workers’ compensation, Ohio VSSR, and intentional tort litigation defense. He has vigorously represented employers at several thousand administrative hearings, in numerous court cases, including jury trials, and mandamus actions. He also has significant experience representing employers in federal and state court employment litigation and in labor negotiations. He has handled ADA, FMLA, and race, gender-based, Title VII discrimination cases, arbitrations, federal and state wage and hour matters, and has bargained with the UAW, Steelworkers, Glass Molders and Potterers, OEA and OAPSE.


Chris Whitehorne is Director - Health & Safety with U.S. Compliance. U.S. Compliance is an environmental, health and safety firm with nearly 30 years of experience in the areas of worker safety and environmental compliance with clients throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. U.S Compliance is an expert in the area of OSHA regulations and local, state, and federal environmental and EPA regulations. Their Environmental, Health & Safety Services include regulatory training sessions, physical plant inspections, written program development along with Environmental support in the areas of air and water quality, waste management and other required reporting, licensing and permitting for local, state and federal EPA requirements.

Miranda Williams is the Pharmacy Program Interim Director at Ohio Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.  She oversees the prior authorization process, works to update and improve the closed formulary by chairing the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, manages the evaluation of claims for drug appropriateness, and ensures the quality of pharmacy services. Williams was previously the Clinical Operations Manager for the Pharmacy Program. Prior to joining Ohio BWC, Williams gained experience in a variety of pharmacy settings including community pharmacy, medication therapy management, and chronic care management. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Findlay.


The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) invites you to participate in the 2019 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 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.

What's required to submit:

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

View and fill out the 2019 Submission Forms. The last day for ARPM to accept submissions is May 17, 2019

The form asks you to provide 2018 & 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. For questions, please email Letha Keslar at lkeslar@arpminc.org.

Awards will be presented during the 2019 ARPM EHS Summit July 17-18th. 

Click here for the 2019 Safety Award Application


New this year is the Safety Best Practice Award! This award seeks to celebrate, recognize and share best practices from ARPM members in safety.

Submissions for this year's Safety Award should generally align with at least one of the following topics: employee safety training, safety committees, safety audits/walk-throughs, emergency training, behavior-based safety, tracking/displaying safety metrics, equipment and mold change safety, safety communication or other innovative facility safety best practices.

Submissions may include:

  • Photographs

  • Video

  • Copies of policies

  • Outline or checklist of activity

  • Any other materials needed to outline your best practice

Submissions for this award are due no later than Friday, May 17. If you have any questions regarding this award, please  e-mail lkeslar@arpminc.org

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