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COHMED Conference

January 23-27, 2023

San Antonio, Texas

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January 23, 2023

08:00 AM CT - 05:00 PM CT

Level VI Inspection Certification Refresher

Live Oak, Hill Country Level

Instructor: Carlisle Smith, CVSA

This session is for CVSA-certified Level VI inspectors only. This eight-hour refresher course is offered by the CVSA Level VI Inspection Program and its completion meets CVSA’s maintenance of certification requirement for Level VI certified inspectors as outlined in the CVSA Operations Manual. Note: Pre-registration is required for this session.

10:00 AM CT - 05:00 PM CT

Event Registration and Member Services

Los Rios Foyer, Ballroom Level

10:00 AM CT - 12:00 PM CT

U.S. HMRs and Canadian TDG Regulations Town Hall

Regency West, Ballroom Level

Instructors: TBD

Do you have burning questions about the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) or Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations you would like answered? In this session, those questions will be answered. Note: Questions must be submitted prior to the conference, so we have time to prepare the answers and related materials. Questions must be sent in advance to Bill Reese.

01:00 PM CT - 05:00 PM CT

Training Session - Verifying Cargo Tank Facilities On-site and During Roadside Inspections

Regency West, Ballroom Level

Instructors: JP Gibbons and Mike Colaner, NATC Inc.

This session will review the critical role cargo tank (CT) facilities play in transporting bulk hazardous materials. During first portion of this session, we will discuss and demonstrate what to focus on during an on-site audit of a CT facility. During the second portion, we will go over how to verify during a roadside inspection that the CT facility has performed tests and inspections properly. Both the U.S. Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations and Canadian B620 requirements will be reviewed and compared. The latest issues on composite cargo tanks and cargo tank motor vehicles will be included. Bring a new notebook for this one.

03:00 PM CT - 03:30 PM CT

Network Refreshment and Snack Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

05:15 PM CT - 06:15 PM CT

Introduction to COHMED

Live Oak, Hill Country Level

Instructors: 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 the COHMED Program.

January 24, 2023

07:00 AM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Event Registration and Member Services

Los Rios Foyer, Ballroom Level

07:00 AM CT - 08:30 AM CT

Networking Breakfast

Regency Ballroom West Foyer, Ballroom Level

08:30 AM CT - 09:30 AM CT

General Session and Regulatory Updates

Regency West, Ballroom Level

Moderator: Sgt. Kevin Hogan, Michigan State Police, COHMED Chair

  • Welcome RemarksSgt. Kevin Hogan, Michigan State Police, COHMED Chair
  • CVSA President’s Welcome RemarksMaj. Chris Nordloh, Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Stand-up Introductions of Attendees
  • COHMED Awards (Read about the awards)

09:30 AM CT - 10:00 AM CT

Networking Refreshment Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

10:00 AM CT - 12:00 PM CT

General Session and Regulatory Updates (Continued)

Regency West, Ballroom Level

Moderator: Sgt. Kevin Hogan, Michigan State Police, COHMED Chair

Federal Panel for Regulatory Updates

  • Transport Canada Regulatory Update 
  • FMCSA Regulatory Update 
  • PHMSA Regulatory Update

12:00 PM CT - 01:30 PM CT

Lunch on Your Own

01:30 PM CT - 03:30 PM CT

Hazmat Olympics

Regency DE, Ballroom Level

Instructors: COHMED Leadership

Conference attendees, organized into teams, will compete to find out who knows the hazardous materials regulations best. The winning team will be awarded COHMED Olympic-style gold medals.

03:30 PM CT - 04:00 PM CT

Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

04:00 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region I Enforcement Meeting

Rio Grande Center, Ballroom Level

Region I Chair: Sgt. Carl Huddleston, New Hampshire State Police

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.

04:00 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region II Enforcement Meeting

Regency West, Ballroom Level

Region II Chair: Sgt. Brad Gibson, Texas Department of Public Safety

Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

04:00 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region III Enforcement Meeting

Rio Grande West, Ballroom Level

Region III Chair: Sgt. Glenn Goode, Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa Department of Transportation

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.

04:00 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region IV Enforcement Meeting

Live Oak, Hill Country Level

Region IV Chair: Matt Caudill, Montana Department of Transportation

Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

04:00 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Industry Meeting

Chula Vista, Lobby Level

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.

06:30 PM CT - 08:30 PM CT

Welcome Networking Reception

Regency West, Ballroom Level

January 25, 2023

07:00 AM CT - 04:30 PM CT

Event Registration and Member Services

Los Rios Foyer, Ballroom Level

07:00 AM CT - 08:00 AM CT

Networking Breakfast

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

07:00 AM CT - 10:00 AM CT

FMCSA HM Team Meeting (Invitation Only)

Live Oak, Hill Country Level

08:00 AM CT - 09:30 AM CT

Morning Training Session - Specification Vacuum Trucks

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Tom Forbes, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Vacuum trucks are commonly used in the hazmat industry, especially for cleaning hazmat spills. They may transport hazardous waste. Many of these vacuum trucks are specification cargo tanks. In this session, we will discuss specification vacuum trucks and the associated regulations.

08:00 AM CT - 09:30 AM CT

Morning Training Session - Secret Squirrel

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Nick Wright, Kansas Highway Patrol

Do you ever ask yourself, “where is that regulation?” You know it’s somewhere but can’t find it. This session will help answer that question, as well as cover some of the hidden and lesser-known regulations, including exceptions.

08:00 AM CT - 11:30 AM CT

Bulk Cylinders/UN Pressure Vessels (Advanced Track)

Regency West H, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Bill Reese, CVSA; Suzanne Lessard, Transport Canada; and Venessa Talbot, Transport Canada

This session will cover UN pressure receptacles and bulk DOT cylinders. The use of UN pressure receptacles is on the increase. Instruction will cover the different types of UN pressure receptacles and associated uses, bulk DOT cylinders and the associated uses, and cylinders not authorized for use in the U.S. and/or Canada. Note: This is an advanced session and will take the entire morning to complete.

09:30 AM CT - 10:00 AM CT

Networking Refreshment Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

10:00 AM CT - 11:30 AM CT

Repeat of Morning Training Session - Specification Vacuum Trucks

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Tom Forbes, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Vacuum trucks are commonly used in the hazmat industry, especially for cleaning hazmat spills. They may transport hazardous waste. Many of these vacuum trucks are specification cargo tanks. In this session, we will discuss specification vacuum trucks and the associated regulations.

10:00 AM CT - 11:30 AM CT

Repeat of Morning Training Session - Secret Squirrel

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Nick Wright, Kansas Highway Patrol

Do you ever ask yourself, “where is that regulation?” You know it’s somewhere but can’t find it. This session will help answer that question, as well as cover some of the hidden and lesser-known regulations, including exceptions.

11:30 AM CT - 01:00 PM CT

Lunch on Your Own

01:00 PM CT - 02:30 PM CT

Afternoon Training Session - Most Challenged Hazmat Violations

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Scott Valentine, FMCSA

This session will cover the top hazmat violations that are challenged on roadside hazardous materials inspections.

01:00 PM CT - 02:30 PM CT

Afternoon Training Session - U.S. Safety and Security Plans and Canada’s Emergency Response Assistance Plan

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Roberto Bruni, Transport Canada; Venessa Talbot, Transport Canada; and Dan Richards, PHMSA

This session will cover the safety and security plans and associated applicability in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 172, Subpart I, and the Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) regulations for dangerous goods shipments transported in Canada.

01:00 PM CT - 04:30 PM CT

Lithium Battery Transportation (Advanced Track)

Regency West H, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Bill Reese, CVSA; Katie Morton, CVSA; Jim Boehringer, JEB Environmental Services; and Suzanne Lessard, Transport Canada

The use of lithium batteries continues to increase, which means more lithium batteries are being transported in commerce, including initial-use lithium batteries and used batteries for recycling. This course will introduce the class participants to the types of lithium batteries and common uses; lithium battery chemistry and safety; lithium battery classification in §173.185, including exceptions; shipping papers, when required; marking; labeling; placarding; emergency response; incident investigation; and undeclared lithium battery shipments. Note: This is an advanced session and will take the entire afternoon to complete.

02:30 PM CT - 03:00 PM CT

Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

03:00 PM CT - 04:30 PM CT

Repeat of Afternoon Training Session - Most Challenged Hazmat Violations

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Scott Valentine, FMCSA

This session will cover the top hazmat violations that are challenged on roadside hazardous materials inspections.

03:00 PM CT - 04:30 PM CT

Repeat of Afternoon Training Session - U.S. Safety and Security Plans and Canada’s Emergency Response Assistance Plan

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Roberto Bruni, Transport Canada; Venessa Talbot, Transport Canada; and Dan Richards, PHMSA

This session will cover the safety and security plans and associated applicability in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 172, Subpart I, and the Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) regulations for dangerous goods shipments transported in Canada.

06:30 PM CT - 08:30 PM CT

Chairman's Reception

Howl at the Moon

January 26, 2023

07:00 AM CT - 08:00 AM CT

Networking Breakfast

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

07:00 AM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Event Registration and Member Services

Los Rios Foyer, Ballroom Level

08:00 AM CT - 09:30 AM CT

Morning Training Session - Railroad Crossing Incidents

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Glen Rudner

In this session, a review of commercial motor vehicle crashes at railroad crossings with an emphasis on hazmat incidents will be discussed.

08:00 AM CT - 09:30 AM CT

Morning Training Session - HM Non-bulk Scenarios for NAIC

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Brad Gibson, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Venessa Talbot, Transport Canada

This session will be a hands-on opportunity to mirror the non-bulk inspection problems inspectors who attend the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) complete during the competition.

08:00 AM CT - 11:30 AM CT

Transportation and Use of Pesticides (Advanced Track)

Regency West H, Ballroom Level

Transportation and Use of Pesticides (Advanced Track)

Instructors: Adam Balk, Wilbur Ellis; Sarah Sims, Wilbur Ellis; and Bill Reese, CVSA

This session will cover common pesticides in detail, including classification, marking, labeling, placarding, packaging and the associated hazards. Note: This is an advanced session and will take the entire morning to complete.

09:30 AM CT - 10:00 AM CT

Networking Refreshment Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

10:00 AM CT - 11:30 AM CT

Repeat of Morning Training Session - Railroad Crossing Incidents

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Glen Rudner

In this session, a review of commercial motor vehicle crashes at railroad crossings with an emphasis on hazmat incidents will be discussed.

10:00 AM CT - 11:30 AM CT

Repeat of Morning Training Session - HM Non-bulk Scenarios for NAIC

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Brad Gibson, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Venessa Talbot, Transport Canada

This session will be a hands-on opportunity to mirror the non-bulk inspection problems inspectors who attend the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) complete during the competition.

11:30 AM CT - 01:00 PM CT

Lunch on Your Own

01:00 PM CT - 02:30 PM CT

Afternoon Training Session - NTSB Investigation – NH3 Incident in Illinois

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Shawn Currie, National Transportation Safety Board

This session will cover a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into an incident that involved a large release of anhydrous ammonia from nurse tanks in Illinois.

01:00 PM CT - 02:30 PM CT

Afternoon Training Session - Organic Peroxides – Basic Principles and Concerns for Enforcement and Industry

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Jim Boehringer, J.E.B. Environmental Services

This session will give you an overview of Division 5.2 organic peroxides, associated hazards and shipping regulations.

01:00 PM CT - 04:30 PM CT

MC330/MC331 Cargo Tanks (Advanced Track)

Regency West H, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Juel Leuis, FMCSA; and Chad Bernbeck, FMCSA

This session will cover the inspection process for high-pressure MC330 and MC331 cargo tanks. It will include hands-on training with training tanks in the classroom. Note: This is an advanced session and will take the entire afternoon to complete.

02:30 PM CT - 03:00 PM CT

Networking Refreshment and Snack Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

03:00 PM CT - 04:30 PM CT

Repeat of Afternoon Training Session - NTSB Investigation – NH3 Incident in Illinois

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Shawn Currie, National Transportation Safety Board

This session will cover a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into an incident that involved a large release of anhydrous ammonia from nurse tanks in Illinois.

03:00 PM CT - 04:30 PM CT

Repeat of Afternoon Training Session - Organic Peroxides – Basic Principles and Concerns for Enforcement and Industry

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Instructor: Jim Boehringer, J.E.B. Environmental Services

This session will give you an overview of Division 5.2 organic peroxides, associated hazards and shipping regulations.

04:30 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region Meeting: Region I (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

Regency West F, Ballroom Level

Region I Chair: Sgt. Carl Huddleston, New Hampshire State Police

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.

04:30 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region Meeting: Region II (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

Rio Grande West, Ballroom Level

Region II Chair: Sgt. Brad Gibson, Texas Department of Public Safety

Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

04:30 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region Meeting: Region III (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

Regency West G, Ballroom Level

Region III Chair: Sgt. Glenn Goode, Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa Department of Transportation

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.

04:30 PM CT - 05:30 PM CT

Region Meeting: Region IV (Joint Meeting of Industry and Law Enforcement)

Regency West H, Ballroom Level

Region IV Chair: Matt Caudill, Montana Department of Transportation

Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

January 27, 2023

07:00 AM CT - 12:00 PM CT

Member Services

Los Rios Foyer, Ballroom Level

07:00 AM CT - 08:00 AM CT

Networking Breakfast

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

08:00 AM CT - 12:00 PM CT

Class 7 for the Non-Level VI Inspector

Regency West, Ballroom Level

Instructors: Carlisle Smith, CVSA, and the Level VI Instructor Staff

This session will focus on inspecting Class 7 radioactive materials that are commonly shipped but do not fall under the Level VI Inspection criteria. These materials include radioactive materials, such as radiopharmaceuticals, density gauges, radiography cameras and smoke detectors

09:30 AM CT - 10:00 AM CT

Networking Refreshment Break

Regency West Foyer, Ballroom Level

12:00 PM CT - 01:00 PM CT

Lunch on Your Own

01:00 PM CT - 03:00 PM CT

COHMED Leadership Meeting (Invitation Only)

Mesquite