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NAEM Best of Forum Webinar - Managing Your EHS&S Risks: Effective Tools for Evaluating and Prioriti
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The Best of Forum series features encore webinar presentations of the top-rated sessions from the 25th Annual EHS Management Forum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. These interactive presentations are peer-led case studies from leading companies that represent the latest in EHS and sustainability management. If you missed the Forum, this series is an effective way to benchmark your program, ask questions, and share the Forum experience with your team.

Managing Your EHS&S Risks: Effective Tools for Evaluating and Prioritizing Risks within your Company

Managing Your EHS&S Risks: Effective Tools for Evaluating and Prioritizing Risks within your Company

Tuesday January 16, 2018
1:00 -2:30 p.m. (ET)

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Cost: FREE for Members, $149 for Non-Members

What is risk? Every company has a different risk philosophy and level of materiality. This webinar will provide the real-world experiences of our panelists in applying a variety of tools and techniques for evaluating, measuring and prioritizing EHS&S risks. The speakers will describe the methods they used for identifying risks and implementing effective solutions that both improved operations and met company goals.


  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
  • Sandy Schenk, Director - Safety Center of Excellence; Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Dennis W. McKinney, Senior Director, Corporate EHS and Global Citizenship; Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc.


  • Denny Lerch, Engineer; Haley & Aldrich Inc.

Speaker biographies:

Debbie Kalish

Debbie Kalish

Debbie Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes for the enterprise. She manages programs for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), sustainability training for product teams, behavior based sustainability projects and has built strategic partnerships. She is involved in managing projects to track Ingersoll Rand's progress on lowering product impacts and supports other projects related to advocacy and codes and standards. Kalish also supports the Ingersoll Rand new product development process, through ownership and management of the Design for Sustainability module.

Kalish began her career with Ingersoll Rand in 2006, working in project and program management. She is Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified, has memberships in the Project Management Institute and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and public relations from Appalachian State University.

Sandy Schenk

Sandy Schenk

Sandy is the Director - Safety Center of Excellence in the Global Safety and the Environment organization at Merck & Co. Inc., a worldwide pharmaceutical company. Sandy is responsible for the corporate safety programs related to Process Safety Management, High Risk Work, Emergency Response, Life Safety and Loss Prevention. During her 30 year career at Merck, Sandy worked in Manufacturing Operations and Site Safety & the Environment before moving to her current global safety position at Merck headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J. Sandy's experience is in the development, implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement of safety & environmental programs at multi-divisional (research, manufacturing, corporate) facilities.

Sandy earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Dennis W. McKinney

Dennis W. McKinney

Mr. McKinney has over thirty-five years' experience with leading manufacturing and distribution companies. He now provides strategic direction on EHS and Global Citizenship to Fortune Brands Home & Security's 22,000 employees and 240 plus suppliers. Fortune Brands Home and Security (FBHS) is a $5.0 billion dollar international consumer products company, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, with operations world-wide.

As Senior Director, Environmental, Health and Safety, Mr. McKinney provides strategic insight in the areas of management systems, environmental remediation, mergers and acquisitions, OSHA / EPA compliance and auditing, sustainability, ergonomics, workers' compensation management, and security.

Prior to joining FBHS in 2011, he worked for Moen Incorporated, an operating company of FBHS, as the Director, EHS, an HR Director, and Plant Manager. Earlier in his career he worked for both Premier Industrial and Parker Hannifin in Cleveland and has taught the Industrial Safety and Hygiene course at Cleveland State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from Purdue University and has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Cleveland State University.

Mr. McKinney is a Certified Safety Professional, and a Senior Human Resources Professional, a lead auditor for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, a certified OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer, and a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

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