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Key Practice Area - Compliance Excellence - Strategies for EHS Compliance Excellence
Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

Strategies for EHS Compliance Excellence

July 18, 2013

Compliance with environment, health and safety (EHS) regulations remains the foundation of a company’s environmental stewardship commitments. Learn how industry leaders are tackling and overcoming common compliance challenges.

Overview

NAEM's 2013 EHS Compliance Excellence conference showcased success strategies for address common EHS management challenges. In this section you will find:

Blogs: Read perspectives from the speakers who presented at the conference

Videos: Watch video interviews with speakers

Event Story: Read about what happened at the 2013 EHS Compliance Excellence conference

Agenda: Read session descriptions

Speaker Bios: See a list of speakers and read their bios

Presentations: Featured presentations from NAEM's 2011 EHS Management Forum:

  • Seeing the Big Picture as a Strategic EHS Manager
  • Domestic and International Regulatory Update
  • Strategies for Identifying Legal Requirements and Determining Applicability
  • GHS Implementation and Training strategies
  • Challenge Question Discussion - Staying current on regulations
  • Challenge Question Discussion - Ensuring compliance from afar
  • Challenge Question Discussion - Approaches to working with regulators
  • Challenge Question Discussion - Maintaining regulatory competence at all levels
  • Challenge Question Discussion - Utilizing ISO 14001 to manage compliance
  • Identifying and prioritizing EHS Risk
  • Effective EHS Auditing Around the Globe
  • Instant Benchmarking Session - Compliance policies
  • Instant Benchmarking Session - Organizational structure
  • Instant Benchmarking Session - Staffing levels
  • Instant Benchmarking Session - Job responsibilities
  • Instant Benchmarking Session - Use of third party auditors
  • Instant Benchmarking Session - Performance Metrics

Blog

10 Elements of Strategic EHS Leadership
By Paul Narog, Manager of Environmental Operations; 3M Co.

It’s Not Just About Minnesota Anymore
By Karen Yeadon, Manager of Environment, Health and Safety; Rosemount Inc.

First Deadline Approaches for GHS Hazard Communications
By Tom Hawkinson, Global EHS Leader; The Toro Co.

Videos

New Global Environmental Regulations Mean Increased Enforcement Likely
Interview with Rachel Degenhardt, EHS Regulatory Expert; Enhesa

The Evolution of the Environmental Management Profession
An interview with Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader for the Global Environment Department at General Mills Inc.

How Compliance Fits Into a Company’s Sustainability Program
An interview with Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader for the Global Environment Department at General Mills Inc.

Event Story

Corporate Leaders Share Solutions for Environmental Compliance

Washington, DC, July 29, 2013 - Complying with the growing number of global environmental regulations is a constant challenge, but the conversation was all about solutions when corporate environmental leaders gathered on July 17-18 in Minneapolis for NAEM’s 2013 EHS Compliance Excellence Conference.

With 130 leaders from more than 50 companies in attendance, NAEM Program Director Mike Mahanna said the discussions provided both breadth and depth.

"We had people from Massachusetts to California here and so any conversation we had included a wide variety of opinions and positions," he said. "I think it gave people lots of opportunities to reconsider how their programs are running."

In addition to addressing the core compliance topics such as regulatory tracking, employee training and compliance audits, the program was also designed to encourage peer-to-peer interactions. During one session, for example, attendees broke out into four groups to discuss topics that they had submitted in advance of the event.

"And when the hour was up,’ Mr. Mahanna recalled, "I had to go around to every room and break up the conversation. People just love to learn and share with their peer network."

The exchange of ideas continued during a unique 'instant benchmarking' session, moderated by Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader for General Mills. During the two-hour session, attendees used handheld devices to respond to 25 survey questions on staffing, budgets, compliance processes and sustainability management. The conversations that followed each round provided insights into why and how attendees manage their programs, Mr. Deeney said.

He said the candid nature of the discussion offered more than just solutions.

"The sharing that occurs between companies is important for the greater good," he said. "Even though some of the actions that we may take as a company may save us some money, these actions can also really help benefit the planet or people in general. And thus, it’s important to share those activities."

Frank Marino, Senior Manager of Environmental Health and Safety for Raytheon Co., who has been an NAEM member for more than 20 years said he always learns something new whenever he gets together with his peers.

"We all get so busy in our day-to-day [work] that we hardly take time to look up. The thing that happens when you come here is that things come to you and you get a little more energized," he said. "At the end of the two or three days you have all of these notes that you can go back to work with... It really brings you to another level."

To watch video interviews with some of the speakers from the 2013 EHS Compliance Excellence Conference, please visit www.youtube.com/NAEMorgTV.

Agenda

Seeing the Big Picture as a Strategic EHS Manager
How do you pursue strategic EHS objectives when each new day brings a new set of urgent priorities? This session will help you break the cycle of reactive task management so you can better run your department, improve your performance or move up in your company. The speakers will also share strategies for Managing competing demands, Prioritizing actions, Optimizing your most important resource: your staff, Hitting targets and delivering success in EHS compliance and stewardship.

  • Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations; 3M Co.
  • Dunny Toy, Global EHS Manager; Minerals Technologies Inc.

Domestic and International Regulatory Update
Coming out of a robust discussion on strategic tactics, this compliance update will target the most critical regulatory developments. The update will address areas that companies are seeing the most changes and regulatory oversight, including: REACH/ RoHS, Nano engineered chemicals, Interstate transportation, Air emissions, TSCA Reform.

  • Rachel Degenhardt, Regulatory Consultant; ENHESA

Strategies for Identifying Legal Requirements and Determining Applicability
Do you struggle to determine whether specific regulations are applicable to your operations? What is the best way to remain up-to-date about changes? This session will provide case studies on the networks and systems that companies have developed to ensure they are up on the latest legal requirements that affect them.

  • Dawn Krueger, Environmental Compliance Assurance Manager; 3M Co.
  • JP Salgado, Corporate Environment Health & Safety Manager; Oracle
  • Karen Yeadon, Manager of Environment, Health & Safety; Rosemount Inc.

GHS Implementation and Training strategies
With the first stage of GHS compliance beginning in December, EHS managers have a large responsibility to train employees and prepare for the next phases through 2016. This session will share case studies of how companies are preparing their employees through communications and training. The speakers will also address how this process is playing out around the globe.

  • Tom Hawkinson, Manager, Environment, Health and Safety; The Toro Co.
  • Timothy M. O'Brien, Ph.D., Director of Product Safety & Compliance/Corporate Toxicologist; ECOLAB

Challenge Question Discussion
Following a crowd-sourcing model, this session will utilize smaller teams to work together and help each other. The groups will use their collective knowledge to answers questions that impact all of us. Topics to be discussed include: Staying current on regulations, Ensuring compliance from afar, Approaches to working with regulators, Maintaining regulatory competence at all levels, Utilizing ISO 14001 to manage compliance.

Identifying and prioritizing EHS Risk
How do you prioritize risk and allocate resources to manage it? Whether your company is challenged by staffing numbers, a public spotlight or stiff regulatory enforcement, the presenters will offer insights into risk analysis that can bring clarity to your issues.

  • Tim Dunn, Environmental Policy and Compliance Manager; Best Buy
  • Frank A. Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co.
  • Zhaleh Naghibzadeh, Senior Manager - HSE Programs and Processes; PepsiCo - North America Beverages
  • Kara L. Udarbe, HSE Manager; PepsiCo - North America Beverages

Effective EHS Auditing Around the Globe
Auditing remains the foundation of an effective global EHS management program. This session will examine the critical elements of EHS auditing programs, with specific attention to best practices in data gathering, records management, presentation of audit results to senior management, and corrective action programs.

  • Don Bezek Jr., Global EHS Manager; Donaldson Co. Inc.
  • Patrick Smith, Senior Environmental Engineer; Donaldson Co. Inc.
  • Majo Thurman, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.

Instant Benchmarking Session
Using a handheld polling control, you will see immediate benchmarking results and have a discussion on a variety of compliance issues including: Compliance policies, Organizational structure, Staffing levels, Job responsibilities, Use of third party auditors, Performance Metrics

  • Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader – Global Environment; General Mills Inc.

Speaker Bios

Don Bezek Jr., Global EHS Manager; Donaldson Co. Inc.
Don Bezek is an environmental, health and safety (EHS) professional with more than 20 years of experience leading multi-site manufacturing, government services and multi-business EHS programs.

Currently Mr. Bezek leads the EHS function for Donaldson Co.'s more than 50 locations around the world. In the last two years he has led ISO 14001 certifications at six facilities and OHSAS 18001 certification at two facilities. Additionally, he has been audit leader on more than 30 comprehensive EHS compliance audits in the US, Canada, Mexico, China, England, Australia and South Africa.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University from the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader of Global Environment; General Mills Inc.
Larry Deeney provides strategic direction and oversight on environmental initiatives throughout General Mills Inc.'s North America and International operations.

In addition to his efforts to build a solid and vibrant environmental program within General Mills' manufacturing operations, Larry guides the company on other EHS matters, including development of policies and standards, environmental performance metrics, acquisitions and divestitures, sustainability initiatives, CSR reporting, managing external stakeholders and directing remediation efforts.

Mr. Deeney has more than 25 years of environmental experience, the past 19 with General Mills. He earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Minnesota.

Rachel Degenhardt, Regulatory Consultant; ENHESA
Rachel Degenhardt is an EHS Regulatory Expert at Enhesa, based in Washington, DC. She has experience working with environmental, health and safety issues in the private and public sectors. Ms. Degenhardt joined Enhesa in November 2010 and specializes in American EHS law and oil and gas issues. She has written audit protocols for several U.S. states, and monitors regulatory developments throughout the U.S.

Before joining Enhesa, Ms. Degenhardt worked as a litigation associate in environmental litigation and federal practice in Houston, Texas. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School and also holds a Master's of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies and Political Science from Notre Dame.

Tom Hawkinson, Manager, Environment, Health and Safety; The Toro Co.
Tom Hawkinson is a Corporate EHS Manager for The Toro Co. in Bloomington, Minn. He has previously worked in various environmental, health and safety assignments for Medtronic Inc., Seagate Technology Inc.and General Mills Inc.

Mr. Hawkinson is certified in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene and is a Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice. He has served in leadership roles in the local and national American Industrial Hygiene Association, is currently on the leadership team of the Upper Midwest Chapter of NAEM. He also chairs the Upper Midwest section of the Auditing Roundtable, and has served as a member of the Board of the Minnesota Safety Council. He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt and has served as adjunct faculty in the graduate and undergraduate programs teaching mathematics and statistics. He has presented research results at both local and national conferences, and is on the faculty of the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

He has a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.

Dawn Krueger, Environmental Compliance Assurance Manager; 3M Co.
Dawn Krueger has been with 3M Co. for 20 years in the corporate Environmental Operations group, where she is the Environmental Compliance Assurance Manager. Her group is responsible for tracking, influencing, and implementing environmental regulations and compliance management for all U.S. operations. She also manages 3M's global environmental auditing program.

Ms. Krueger is a Qualified Environmental Professional and Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Frank A. Marino, Senior Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co.
Frank Marino is a Senior Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at Raytheon Co., where he works on a variety of EHS challenges including auditing, corporate social responsibility reporting, sustainability, injury prevention, the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), and supplier partnerships.

He has more than 30 years of experience in industrial EHS management, including the manufacture of computers, appliances, military hardware and aircraft. He is a Special Government Employee (SGE) under OSHA VPP and he has performed numerous VPP assessments both internally at Raytheon and externally alongside OSHA inspectors.

Mr. Marino holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from University of Massachussetts at Lowell.

Zhaleh Naghibzadeh, Senior Manager - HSE Programs and Processes; PepsiCo - North America Beverages
Zhaleh Naghibzadeh, P.E. is a Senior Manager of Health, Safety and Environmental Process for the North America Beverages (NAB) division of PepsiCo, which supports the supply chain for the carbonated soft drink, Gatorade, and Tropicana businesses. In her role, Ms. Naghibzadeh manages implementation of holistic HSE processes and systems including Audit, Risk Assessment (Aspects and Impacts), Information Management Systems, and other support processes.

She has more than 15 years of experience in EHS management, including university hazardous waste management, air emissions management for a power generating utility and EHS management for chemical manufacturing and light-equipment assembly. Her experience includes auditing, management system development and implementation, and information solution implementation.

Ms. Naghibzadeh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations; 3M Co.
Paul Narog is Manager of Environmental Operations in the corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Operations organization at 3M Co. Mr. Narog has worked in a wide variety of roles in the environmental field, with specific focus on air emission control, compliance management, regulatory advocacy and stakeholder communications.

In his current position, Mr. Narog manages a group of environmental professionals responsible for regulatory compliance management, governance programs (policies and auditing) and pollution prevention. He also manages sustainability professionals with responsibility for corporate-level sustainability strategy, sustainability goals and cross-functional sustainability initiatives, customer engagement and external communications.

He has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and has served as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt for the company's environmental, health, safety and medical organizations. Mr. Narog is a member of NAEM, the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).

Timothy M. O'Brien, Ph.D., Director of Product Safety & Compliance/Corporate Toxicologist; ECOLAB
Dr. Timothy O'Brien joined Ecolab in 2008 as a product toxicologist and is now the Global Director of Product Safety and Corporate Toxicologist. In his present role he is responsible for GHS implementation for Ecolab globally.

After pursuing degrees in Chemistry and Aquatic Biology at the University of Wisconsin Superior, Dr. O'Brien began his career as a licensed waste water operator, managing the waste water collection system for the City of Superior, Wisc. In 2000 he entered the Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota conducting safety assessments describing the mechanism of metabolic toxicity of perfl uoroctanes, graduating in 2007. Concurrent with his graduate research Dr. O'Brien also consulted for a nation-wide environmental engineering fi rm on water and waste water management topics.

Jean-Pierre Salgado, Corporate Environment Health & Safety Manager; Oracle
Jean-Pierre Salgado leads Corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) for Oracle Corp. In this capacity, he directs EHS Program development, implementation and compliance for the company with more than 120,000 employees worldwide.

Beyond the traditional areas for EHS under his direction, Mr. Salgado also oversees the company's programs for ISO14000/14001, Electronic Product Stewardship, while supporting corporate mergers and acquisitions (EHS Due Diligence) and sustainability (Waste Pillar) functions. He and his team are responsible for harmonizing EHS compliance activities across the global real estate portfolio and various lines of business at Oracle through EHS program integration.

Mr. Salgado draws from more than 20 years professional experience in environmental engineering, regulatory affairs, EHS and risk management. He holds degrees from the University of California, at Berkeley (BSc.) and the University of San Francisco (MSc.), in addition to post-graduate legal studies.

Patrick Smith, Senior Environmental Engineer; Donaldson Co. Inc.
Patrick Smith is an environmental professional with more than 20 years of experience, including global and multi-site manufacturing and consulting. He has worked on projects and conducted regulatory compliance audits throughout North America, Europe, China, South Africa, and Australia, and has extensive experience in leading the environmental due diligence process for merger and acquisition projects in the US, Europe and Asia.

His expertise includes environmental permitting and compliance programs, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, sustainability, waste minimization, pollution prevention, soil and groundwater investigations, and corrective actions.

Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Majo Thurman, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.
"Majo" Thurman is responsible for EHS management systems, performance and global compliance for Rockwell Automation Inc. The department at the global headquarters provides leadership, strategy and technical resources to drive continual improvement of the company's EHS performance. It also conducts compliance audits globally to ensure compliance. Additionally, she is the project lead for producing the Rockwell Automation Corporate Responsibility Report.

Ms. Thurman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Dunny Toy, Global EHS Manager; Minerals Technologies Inc.
"Dunny" Toy is the Global EHS Manager for Minteq International, which is a refractory manufacturing and steel mill service business. In his current position, Mr. Toy is responsible for safety and compliance on a global basis for various manufacturing operations as well as a business that provides service within steel manufacturing operations. He oversees a team of regional and local EHS professionals in North America, Europe and Asia, who are responsible for the development and implementation of management systems that provide the structure for sustainable safety and compliance performance. He is also the chair of the EHS Lead Team for Minerals Technologies, the parent company of Minteq.

Prior to joining Minteq, Mr. Toy managed environmental, health and safety in a variety of roles, providing oversight at plant and corporate leadership levels in the chemical, manufacturing and minerals industries.

Mr. Toy has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from Slippery Rock University as well as a master's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Toy is a current member of NAEM.

Kara L. Udarbe, HSE Manager; PepsiCo - North America Beverages
Kara Udarbe is a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at PepsiCo for the North American Beverages (PNAB), the division of PepsiCo that manages all of the manufacturing and distribution for beverages in the United States and Canada. Her current role includes the management of HSE Aspects and Impacts Risk Assessments, which is an integral piece of the overall HSE Risk Management Process for PNAB.

She has more than 11 years of experience in the HSE field. She began her career in environmental consulting and quickly moved into a corporate environmental management position in the building materials industry, most recently transitioning to a combined HSE role in the food and beverage industry.

Ms. Darbe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Gannon University in Erie, Penn., and an M.S. in Environmental Management from Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business in Chicago.

Karen Yeadon, Manager of Environment, Health & Safety; Rosemount Inc.
Karen Yeadon is the Manager of Environment, Health and Safety for Emerson Process Management, a division of Rosemount Inc. She has more than 25 years of experience in the EHS field and has held a variety of positions with the private and public sector.

During her 11-year tenure in her current position, her responsibilities have grown from EHS compliance for facilities and processes within the United States, to global oversight of environmental programs at all manufacturing locations. Rosemount currently has 17 manufacturing locations, on four continents. Her role has expanded in recent years to include global regulations and directives, targeting the substances used in the production of finished goods.

Ms. Yeadon is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical and metallurgical engineering. In addition, she is a 1997 graduate of the University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership Institute with a Master of Science degree for Management of Technology.

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