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Virtual COHMED Conference

January 25-28, 2021


The conference will kick off with a general session and regulatory update on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. The remainder of the week will include 14 hours of training, broken down into two-hour blocks. The tentative schedule, subject to change, is as follows:

Note: All sessions are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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January 25, 2021

10:00 AM ET - 12:00 PM ET

General Session and Regulatory Updates

Join us as we kick off the first-ever Virtual COHMED Conference. COHMED Program Chair Tpr. Scott Maguire, with the Massachusetts State Police, and CVSA President Sgt. John Samis, with the Delaware State Police, will tell you about the COHMED Program and what you can expect during this virtual conference experience. The general session will also include important updates from our federal partners along with a Q&A segment. There will be updates from:

  • Transport Canada – Michel Béland, Executive Director, Compliance and Response of Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – Paul Bomgardner, Chief, Hazardous Materials Division
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – Carey Davis, Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations.

01:00 PM ET - 03:00 PM ET

How to Use the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Guide Staging Update

Do you respond to hazardous materials incidents? Have you ever found a leaking hazardous material package during an inspection? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) informs workers, employers and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and their hazards. This session will teach you how to use this free resource to keep yourself, your coworkers and the general public safe when a hazardous material is released from a package.

Sponsored By: US Ecology

05:00 PM ET - 06:00 PM ET

Introduction to COHMED Happy Hour

This session is for first-time attendees to the COHMED Conference. Attendees will be introduced to leadership and provided with a brief history of COHMED.

January 26, 2021

10:00 AM ET - 12:00 PM ET

Hazardous Waste Essentials While Conducting a Roadside Inspection

This session will provide essential information about conducting a hazardous waste roadside inspection. Topics will include:

  • Basics of hazardous waste, including waste stream designator codes and reportable quantities (RQs)
  • Who is regulated
  • Requirements for transporters
  • Relationship between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The hazardous waste manifest (including the e-manifest) and other communication considerations
  • Frequently asked questions and their answers
  • Key resources and documents

Sponsored By: J.E.B. Environmental Services LLC

01:00 PM ET - 03:00 PM ET

Identifying and Reporting Undeclared Hazardous Materials Shipments

Undeclared hazardous materials shipments are a serious safety issue. When a hazardous material is shipped illegally, whether intentional or not, it poses a potential hazard to everyone who handles that package and anyone in the vicinity of that package during the transportation process. The topics addressed during this session will include examples of undeclared shipments, tools you can use to detect undeclared shipments, an overview of the CVSA inspection bulletin on undeclared shipments and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s  Check the Box campaign.

Sponsored By: American Pyrotechnics Association

January 27, 2021

10:00 AM ET - 12:00 PM ET

Hazardous Materials Basics for Compliance Reviews

Do you conduct compliance investigations on hazardous materials carriers? Have you ever investigated a hazardous material incident and needed more information from the carrier but didn’t know how to get it or what was required? The topics covered in this session will focus on what to look for when you complete a compliance investigation on a hazardous materials carrier, what’s required and where it should be stored. The session will also include what documentation is required for specification cargo tanks.

Sponsored By: Institute of Makers of Explosives

01:00 PM ET - 03:00 PM ET

‘Secret Squirrel’ Regulations

Do you ever ask yourself the question, “I know it’s in this hazmat regulation book somewhere, but where is it hidden?” This session will help answer that question. There are a lot of important hazmat regulations that are tucked away in the book and you must remember where those regulations are when you need them. This session will help you find them.

Sponsored By: Railsback HazMat Safety Professionals LLC

January 28, 2021

10:00 AM ET - 12:00 PM ET

The Transportation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (AKA propane) is one of the most common hazardous materials transported in North America. This session will cover the transportation of LPG in the U.S. and Canada. Topics will include common packages/means of containment and associated regulatory requirements.

Sponsored By: Praxair Distribution Inc.

01:00 PM ET - 03:00 PM ET

How to Inspect a Special Permit 20567 CFRP Cargo Tank

It is not uncommon in the U.S. and Canada to find cargo tanks operating under a PHMSA special permit or Transport Canada equivalency certificate. There is a new cargo tank out there that was built using a new technology, carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). This cargo tank is unique. It can be used to transport some packing group I corrosive liquids. This session will cover this new cargo tank and what the roadside inspector needs to be aware of and what to look for when completing an inspection on a CFRP cargo tank.