Schedule

COHMED Conference

January 27-31, 2020 Louisville, Kentucky

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    Monday, January 27, 2020
  • CVSA Level VI Refresher

    8:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 4, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    This class is for certified Level VI inspectors who are due for their refresher course. Inspectors who passed the Level VI Inspection course must attend the refresher course every two years. This is an eight-hour class and inspectors must attend all eight hours and pass the course to maintain their Level VI certification. Note: Pre-registration is required for this session. To register, contact Carlisle Smith by Jan. 10, 2020.
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    10:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Training Session – Fireworks

    1:00 PM—5:00 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 1, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Gregg Smith, American Pyrotechnics Association This course will give you a unique industry perspective on the transportation and use of fireworks. Fireworks are the most used and transported Class 1 explosives. Fireworks fall into Division 1.3 and 1.4, so you must be familiar with the types of fireworks, associated hazards and applicable regulations.  
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    3:00 PM—3:30 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Introduction to COHMED

    5:15 PM—6:00 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 1, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    COHMED Leadership This session is for first-time attendees to the COHMED Conference. Attendees will be introduced to COHMED leadership and provided with a brief history of COHMED.
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:30 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2

  • General Session

    8:30 AM—12:00 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Moderator: Phillip Haskins, Hazardous Materials Investigator Specialist II, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, COHMED Chair
    COHMED Chair's Welcome Remarks Phillip Haskins, Hazardous Materials Investigator Specialist II, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
    Stand-up Introductions of Attendees
    CVSA President's Welcome Remarks Sgt. John Samis, Delaware State Police
    PHMSA Administrator's Remarks Howard "Skip" Elliott, Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    Industry and Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Phillip Haskins, Hazardous Materials Investigator Specialist II, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Jim Boehringer, President, J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC; and Dave Edmondson, Vice President of Safety and Compliance, J & M Tank Lines Inc.
    Transport Canada Regulatory Update Michel Béland, Executive Director, Compliance and Response, Transport Canada
    PHMSA Regulatory Update
    FMCSA Regulatory Update Paul Bomgardner, Chief, Hazardous Materials Division, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Lunch On Your Own

    12:00 PM—1:30 PM
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  • Hazmat Olympics

    1:30 PM—3:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    The Hazmat Olympics will pit conference attendees, organized into teams, against other teams of attendees. We’ll find out who knows the regulations best. The winning team will be awarded COHMED Olympic-style gold medals.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    3:30 PM—4:00 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Region III Enforcement Meeting

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Alberta, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ohio, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Yukon.
  • Region IV Enforcement Meeting

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Wheat Room, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 3
    Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Industry Meeting

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 1, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    This meeting is for individuals from transportation safety organizations, truck and bus companies, training institutions, state and provincial truck associations, insurance companies and trade associations, as well as owner-operators, consultants and industry suppliers and vendors.
  • Region I Enforcement Meeting

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands and Vermont.
  • Region II Enforcement Meeting

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Welcome Networking Reception

    6:30 PM—8:30 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—5:00 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • FMCSA HM Team Meeting (Invitation Only)

    7:00 AM—10:00 AM
    at Charred Room, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 3
  • Morning Training Session 1 – HM101/HM Table

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    John Grutzmacher, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    Liz LaDow, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    Learn the basics of the hazardous materials (HM) table and HM regulations. Whether you are new to the regulations or are a regulatory veteran, this session will be a good update and refresher.
  • Morning Training Session 2 – FRP Tanks

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Kevin Hogan, Michigan State Police
    Suzanne Lessard, Transport Canada
    Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks operate in the U.S. and Canada. There are several U.S. special permits that allow FRP cargo tanks to transport hazardous materials and Transport Canada’s (TC) Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations also allow the use of these cargo tanks to transport dangerous goods. This course will cover FRP cargo tanks operating in both countries.
  • Morning Training Session 3 – Wabash/Trimac Virtual Reality Training

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    John Cannon, Wabash National
    Marcel Pouliot, Trimac Transportation
    This session will show you the unique way drivers are learning to operate cargo tank controls during loading and unloading, and you’ll see how an emergency can be simulated using virtual reality training.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Repeat of Morning Training Session 1 – HM101/HM Table

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    John Grutzmacher, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    Liz LaDow, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    Learn the basics of the hazardous materials (HM) table and HM regulations. Whether you are new to the regulations or are a regulatory veteran, this session will be a good update and refresher.
  • Repeat of Morning Training Session 2 – FRP Tanks

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Kevin Hogan, Michigan State Police
    Suzanne Lessard, Transport Canada
    Fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks operate in the U.S. and Canada. There are several U.S. special permits that allow FRP cargo tanks to transport hazardous materials and Transport Canada’s (TC) Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations also allow the use of these cargo tanks to transport dangerous goods. This course will cover FRP cargo tanks operating in both countries.
  • Repeat of Morning Training Session 3 – Wabash/Trimac Virtual Reality Training

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    John Cannon, Wabash National
    Marcel Pouliot, Trimac Transportation
    This session will show you the unique way drivers are learning to operate cargo tank controls during loading and unloading, and you’ll see how an emergency can be simulated using virtual reality training.
  • Lunch On Your Own

    11:30 AM—1:00 PM
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  • Afternoon Training Session 1 – NOMs/TDG 101 ERAPs

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Roberto Bruni, Transport Canada
    Vince Babich, FMCSA
    This session will provide an overview of Mexico’s NOMs (Norma Oficial Mexicana, NOM), which are the regulations used to regulate hazardous materials transportation in Mexico. The session will also cover Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations and specific provisions pertaining to emergency response assistance plans (ERAPs).
  • Afternoon Training Session 2 – Hands-on Non-Bulk/Small Means of Containment

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Jay Johnson, Labelmaster This is a hands-on session with non-bulk packaging/small means of containment. Understanding the United Nations (UN) code on packaging is important. This session will help you break the code down.
  • Afternoon Training Session 3 – Classification of Hazardous Materials and Blends

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Jim Boehringer, JEB Environmental Services LLC In this session, you’ll identify, name and understand the basic chemistry and hazards associated with the nine hazard classes and their divisions. You’ll learn the basic chemical and physical properties of gases, liquids and solids, and you’ll identify, name and understand the basic chemistry of hydrocarbons. You’ll also learn how to predict the behavior of a substance under adverse conditions and differentiate among elements, compounds and mixtures using examples.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    2:30 PM—3:00 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Repeat of Afternoon Training Session 1 – NOMs/TDG 101 ERAPs

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Roberto Bruni, Transport Canada
    Vince Babich, FMCSA
    This session will provide an overview of Mexico’s NOMs (Norma Oficial Mexicana, NOM), which are the regulations used to regulate hazardous materials transportation in Mexico. The session will also cover Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations and specific provisions pertaining to emergency response assistance plans (ERAPs).
  • Repeat of Afternoon Training Session 2 – Hands-on Non-Bulk/Small Means of Containment

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Jay Johnson, Labelmaster This is a hands-on session with non-bulk packaging/small means of containment. Understanding the United Nations (UN) code on packaging is important. This session will help you break the code down.
  • Repeat of Afternoon Training Session 3 – Classification of Hazardous Materials and Blends

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Jim Boehringer, JEB Environmental Services LLC In this session, you’ll identify, name and understand the basic chemistry and hazards associated with the nine hazard classes and their divisions. You’ll learn the basic chemical and physical properties of gases, liquids and solids, and you’ll identify, name and understand the basic chemistry of hydrocarbons. You’ll also learn how to predict the behavior of a substance under adverse conditions and differentiate among elements, compounds and mixtures using examples.
  • Region Meeting – Region I (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2

    Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands and Vermont.

  • Region Meeting – Region II (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Region Meeting – Region III (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Alberta, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ohio, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Yukon.
  • Region Meeting – Region IV (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

    4:00 PM—5:30 PM
    at Wheat Room, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 3
    Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Chairman’s Networking Reception

    6:30 PM—8:30 PM
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  • Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Event Registration and Member Services

    7:00 AM—4:30 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Morning Training Session 1 – UN Pressure Receptacles

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Kim Yoder, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration United Nations (UN) pressure receptacles are becoming more common. These include UN cylinders or tubes. This session will cover the basics on UN pressure receptacles and the significant differences between DOT specification cylinders and UN pressure receptacles. The required markings on the pressure receptacles and cylinders will also be covered.
  • Morning Training Session 2 – Limited Quantities/ORM-D

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Reggie Bunner, West Virginia Public Service Commission Phil Haskins, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio This session will cover exceptions in the hazardous materials regulations that allow material to be shipped as a limited quantity or as other regulated materials for domestic transport (ORM-D).
  • Morning Training Session 3 – NTSB Case Study

    8:00 AM—9:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Shawn Currie, NTSB This session will present a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) case study of an incident involving United Nations (UN) pressure receptacles transporting hydrogen. The hydrogen caught on fire and closed a large area in Diamond Bar, California.
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Repeat of Morning Training Session 1 – UN Pressure Receptacles

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Kim Yoder, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration United Nations (UN) pressure receptacles are becoming more common. These include UN cylinders or tubes. This session will cover the basics on UN pressure receptacles and the significant differences between DOT specification cylinders and UN pressure receptacles. The required markings on the pressure receptacles and cylinders will also be covered.
  • Repeat of Morning Training Session 2 – Limited Quantities/ORM-D

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Reggie Bunner, West Virginia Public Service Commission Phil Haskins, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio This session will cover exceptions in the hazardous materials regulations that allow material to be shipped as a limited quantity or as other regulated materials for domestic transport (ORM-D).
  • Repeat of Morning Training Session 3 – NTSB Case Study

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Shawn Currie, NTSB This session will present a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) case study of an incident involving United Nations (UN) pressure receptacles transporting hydrogen. The hydrogen caught on fire and closed a large area in Diamond Bar, California.
  • Lunch On Your Own

    11:30 AM—1:00 PM
    at
  • Afternoon Training Session 1 – MC/TC331/Bobtails

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Suzanne Lessard, Transport Canada
    Bill Reese, CVSA This session will focus on testing requirements for MC331 bobtail cargo tanks designed to transport 2.1 (flammable gas) hazardous materials, features specific to TC331 and upcoming changes applicable to all MC/TC331 tanks loading or unloading in Canada.
  • Afternoon Training Session 2 – Other Bulk Packaging – IBCs and Portable Tanks

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Jim Widener, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Ted Turner, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration This session offers an overview of several different types of other bulk packaging. Topics will include intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and portable tanks.
  • Afternoon Training Session 3 – Oilfield Cargo Tanks: U.S. and Canada

    1:00 PM—2:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Steve Payne, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Malcolm Mullin, Alberta Transportation This session will cover cargo tanks used to transport crude oil and other hazardous materials unique to the oilfield industry. It will cover cargo tanks used in Canada and the U.S.
  • Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

    2:30 PM—3:00 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Meet the FMCSA HM Team

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Charred Room, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 3
    Come and join FMCSA's HM team for discussions on the topics of your choice. You set the agenda with your questions and comments on highway transportation safety and security of hazardous materials.
  • Repeat of Afternoon Training Session 1 – MC/TC331/Bobtails

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Suzanne Lessard, Transport Canada Bill Reese, CVSA This session will focus on testing requirements for MC331 bobtail cargo tanks designed to transport 2.1 (flammable gas) hazardous materials, features specific to TC331 and upcoming changes applicable to all MC/TC331 tanks loading or unloading in Canada.
  • Repeat of Afternoon Training Session 2 – Other Bulk Packaging – IBCs and Portable Tanks

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 6, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Jim Widener, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Ted Turner, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration This session offers an overview of several different types of other bulk packaging. Topics will include intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and portable tanks.
  • Repeat of Afternoon Training Session 3 – Oilfield Cargo Tanks: U.S. and Canada

    3:00 PM—4:30 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 7, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Steve Payne, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Malcom Mullin, Alberta Transportation This session will cover cargo tanks used to transport crude oil and other hazardous materials unique to the oilfield industry. It will cover cargo tanks used in Canada and the U.S.
  • Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Member Services

    7:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Networking Breakfast

    7:00 AM—8:00 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Training Session – Class 8 Corrosive Material

    8:00 AM—12:00 PM
    at Olmstead Ballroom 5, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
    Tom Fuller, COHMED/Level VI Emeritus Scott Maguire, Massachusetts State Police
  • Networking Refreshment Break

    9:30 AM—10:00 AM
    at Olmstead Foyer, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 2
  • Lunch On Your Own

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

    1:00 PM—3:00 PM
    at Charred Room, Omni Louisville Hotel, Level 3