EIA 2019 National Conference & Exhibition

March 23, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hyatt Regency Miami Downtown
400 SE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

We invite you to join us in Miami, to the only conference you’ll need all year. The Annual EIA Conference & Exposition is the source for information on mold identification and remediation, environmental sampling and analysis, lead-based paint abatement, asbestos management, indoor air quality, regulatory compliance audits, environmental site assessments, and environmental management systems. 

March 23 - 27, 2019

EIA’s National Conference has long earned our attendees continuing education points from ABIH, ACAC and other certifying bodies. Information generation, collection and dissemination is our primary focus. Therefore, we strive to ensure that practical, real world information will be provided to those who need it most - your fellow industry professionals and potential clients.

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Make your reservations at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami at the special EIA Rate of $235 by calling 888-421-1442 and referencing the EIA National Conference! Or click here to reserve your room at this amazing location!

The EIA 2019 National Conference & Exhibitions will feature

  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Technical Presentations
  • State–of–the–Art Product Demonstrations
  • Annual Golf Tournament
  • Great Social Events
  • Networking and Buying Opportunities

For more information or to exhibit or sponsor email info@eia-usa.org or call 888-343-4342!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Professional Development Seminar – Half Day
8am – 12noon

Fire, Flood and Hidden Hazards
Alice Delia
Members $195 NonMembers $225 (Not included in Conference Registation)
The extent and frequency of large-scale disasters is increasing at an alarming pace. As a result, it’s becoming more critical to be prepared to respond quickly and effectively. One of the most often overlooked aspects in disaster situations is the effect of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As the largest “unseen” hazard, VOCs are typically the last consideration in any assessment, if included at all.

VOC concerns in disaster situations are many. First of all, there are the sources and effects from the disaster itself. These can range from primary emissions such as smoke residues, to secondary emissions like mold developing after a flood. Finally, there are emissions from the remediation and restoration activities.In all cases, the questions surrounding VOCs are the same. Where are they coming from? What’s causing them? What effect could they be having? How do I get rid of them?

There are thousands of VOCs around us, some relatively benign and some of greater concern. However, it’s impossible to measure all of them, so where does that leave us? And even if we could measure all VOCs, what does that get us? Do all VOCs have intrinsic meaning? The answer is no. Although all VOCs contribute to the total and represent different sources and activities, many have relatively little effect on humans or have effect only in aggregate (i.e., a group of VOCs may have a particular effect, but the individual members of that group may not).

This presentation will review some of the VOC hazards associated with disasters directly, as well as those that develop some time later or persist for a long time. In addition, the VOCs from restoration and/or remediation can affect occupants significantly and may be misidentified as arising from the disaster.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

EIA 2019 Golf Tournament – Miami Shores Golf Club
No matter your skill level, the EIA Annual Golf Tournament is one of the best times to be had! Join us for a great day of golf, networking, and a whole lot of fun!

The registration fee is $185 and includes greens fees, cart, range balls, food, drinks, awards & fun! For additional information on the tournament, to register, or if you wish to sponsor the event, please contact the Environmental Information Association at 888-343-4342 or info@ eia-usa.org.

Monday, March 25, 2019
EIA Annual Meeting & Opening General Session – 8:30am
This session is open to all conference attendees! The schedule for this session includes the introduction of EIA governance, a short presentation by EIA Managing Director J. Brent Kynoch, EIA President Chris Gates and EIA 2019 Conference Chairs Michael W. Schrum and Jack Snider, III. This session also features the presentation of the 2019 Jack Snider Jr. Award and the EIA 2019 keynote address.

EIA 2019 Technical Program – Monday, March 25 – Wednesday March, 27

Technical Session
Particle Counting for IAQ Applications and Particle Behavior
Thomas Grillo, Jr.
This session will focus on the physical descriptions of particles and their behavior, explain particle counters and the reasons to use a particle counter. The presenter will explain the different types of particulate measuring devices and their applications in indoor air quality.

Technical Session
Hazardous Materials Surveys for Renovation/Demolitions Projects
Guy Sylvester
All too often we read in the news about companies being fined and facing jail time for violating basic environmental law, whether it’s dumping asbestos-laden tile into a landfill, or renovating a child-occupied apartment building containing lead paint. In this session, the presenter will educate the audience about the various hazardous materials which can often be found within the built environment, including photos of the buildings and situations encountered during hazardous materials investigations. During this session, you will gain a basic understanding of the what, where, why and how of a HAZMAT investigation, including what is considered hazardous waste, what's involved in HAZMAT assessment, how to conduct a physical inspection of a building, how to identify contaminants such as Asbestos, Lead Paint, PCBs, Mercury & Mold, and the roles of the consultant and remediator.

Technical Session
What's The Point? The Merits of PLM Point Count Analysis
Eloy Cisneros, CAC, CDPH, CMC
This presentation will provide a discussion of point count analysis – including the analytical methods, regulatory requirements and how point count analytical results can provide benefits with regards to abatement and waste disposal costs as well as the limitations to those benefits. The presentation will provide attendees with the knowledge of when point count analysis is required and how to use and apply the results. The presentation will consist of a discussion of PLM analytical results, methods, LODs, a discussion of regulatory standards, a discussion of point count analysis results and a question and answer.

Technical Session
Managing Asbestos in an Unregulated Environment
Joy Finch
Dave Jacobs
Asbestos management in the US is often driven by regulations, but those concerns are not a primary consideration when working in a country that has no asbestos regulations.  The shift in focus from regulatory compliance to safety and sustainability triggers different perspectives in asbestos management.  This session will highlight the collaborative approach followed by Green Engineering in Trinidad and Tobago promoting the use of sound environmental technology and procedures as a means of improving environmental performance both locally and regionally.

Technical Session
With Every Breath?
Karen Meyer
Rachael Rossmeissl-Stone
This session will educate property owners, property managers and employers about the indoor air quality in homes versus offices and the role the HVAC filtration plays in the indoor air we breathe.

Technical Session
Getting Out - A Guide for Transitioning Your Business
BJ Fungaroli
Greg Powell, MBA
As the industry continues its path towards further maturing, a number of new paths open for some. These paths can lead to exiting the industry in a variety of ways. Greg will explore the options that are available in regards to the various transactions. He will explore how you find your path, what it looks like and how it is paved. BJ adds an owner’s perspective in finding a capital partner as well as what to expect during the process. Regardless if you are an owner, employee or public or private sector professional, the seminar will help you better understand the market forces at play as it relates to industry transitions.

Tuesday - Plenary Session
Moisture, and Microbes, and Lawsuits, Oh My!
Bob Krell
This session will address the common practices and pitfalls of dealing with mold and other microbial contamination in moisture-affected building. It will explore moisture as the primary causal issue, and help the attendee understand how our building designs and material selections may be prone to moisture failure and subsequent microbial problems. The presenter will discuss assessing and correcting moisture in buildings, identifying mold and other microbial problems, the pros and cons of common diagnostic and testing methods, designing effective remediation strategies. He will also review remediation, including treating the symptoms & their sources, key Indoor Environmental Engineering Controls for successful remediation, as well as getting to “Clear”.

Technical Session
Legionella Study Comparing Traditional Culture Methods to the Legiolert Rapid Method
Jason Dobranic, PhD
Legionnaires’ disease is a significant world health problem that is increasing in frequency. Rapid and accurate detection of Legionella bacteria is important when investigating outbreaks or evaluating risk in building water systems and cooling towers. In the present study (published in Current Microbiology), we compared the performance of Legiolert with the CDC method for detection of L. pneumophila from non-potable samples.  A split-sample analysis was conducted in which 288 samples, primarily from cooling towers, was tested in parallel with each method. Geographically, most samples originated from Texas, with the rest coming from 6 States in the Midwest and 7 in the Southeast.  Results will be compared between the two test methods and differences discussed.

Technical Session
Talc Health Litigation - How and Why Did We Get Here and Where are We Going?
Marty S. Rutstein, PhD
Talc litigation has been highly publicized in recent media stories, especially due to the multi-million dollar judgments to plaintiffs. So, looking to the future, will talc litigation be a "boom or bust" for litigators, companies and plaintiffs? This session will discuss the role of the medical community, regulatory definitions, and the contradictory information provided to jurors, as well as the ‘outdated definitions used in conjunction with state of the art analytical techniques. With 10,000 litigations pending in the US and Canada, things are on track to get much worse.

Technical Session
ASTM Phase I Standard Update
Lance Loken
ASTM’s E-50's Phase I Task Force is starting up again to provide the next update to the E 1527-13 Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process. This was made official on February 8, 2018. This session will review the work the Task Force is undertaking to provide a revision and update to the E 1527-13 Version. The target date for approval by the US EPA is late in 2021.

Technical Session
OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program and How YOU Can Become a Star
Harland Miller
Tom Broido
The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) recognize employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status. The presentation will include a brief history and overview of VPP. We will then dive into the application process that details a company’s efforts in the 4 major components of the program. Once a company’s application has been accepted, a thorough audit is conducted by a trained team of OSHA inspectors. This presentation will include a brief overview of what they look for and how it is reported back to the applicant.

Technical Session
PCBs In Concrete Case Study
Steve Geraci, EIT, CHMM
PCBs in building materials has been an emerging issue in the environmental consulting and remediation industry for a decade. This presentation will describe a commercial real estate redevelopment project where an institutional investor, still snake-bitten by the discovery of PCBs in caulks on a previous project, required the developer to have an environmental consultant sample building materials for PCBs prior to closing the financing on the redevelopment. When PCBs were discovered, the investor walked away, leaving the developer and property owner to deal with EPA mandated remediation and an unfunded development project on an eight-story commercial office building. The presentation describes the background information of the project, the site assessment process, the remediation pilot studies, the self-implementing cleanup plan processes, and the remediation and clean-up verification.

Technical Session
Asbestos Bulk Sample Analysis Issues: An Update and Discussion
Tom Laubenthal
In this session we’ll look at a variety of issues that affect PLM laboratories. These will revolve primarily around regulatory issues and how they affect PLM lab work. Many in the lab community do know that much of what we do here is specifically described or is required in methods, regulations and compliance determination letters. This will include topics such as updated method references, point counting requirements, compositing and similar issues encountered in day to day work. This all leads to how we report results to clients and how they interpret, and often misinterpret, PLM lab data.

Technical Session
Recent Finds of Asbestos in Cosmetics and Other Consumer Products
Sean Fitzgerald, PG
Asbestos has been found in consumer products such as crayons, fingerprinting powders, joint compounds, window spackles, and art products, historically in fits and starts in the last 40+ years of analyzing materials for asbestos. Unique determinations of asbestos presence have sporadically forged new ground, often catalyzing other studies in a causal chain of testing consumer products. This presentation will illustrate a timeline of such events, to include very recent testing in which new findings mimic the old, both in the vectors by which the asbestos was found, and, ironically, the uniqueness and novelty of the discoveries- including new findings of asbestos in crayons, fingerprint powders, and cosmetics. Unique insight into the process of taking new research findings to the public through the media will be illustrated, comparing the motives and philosophical differences between commercial interests, the press, and the laboratory.

Technical Session
Brownfields to Brews - Asbestos Complications
Cheryl Moody, REM, CIEC, CMRS
This presentation will explore the 130+ acre Rocky Mount Brewmill Brownfield Project on the Tar River. This site in North Carolina includes two textile mills and 70+ mill village homes and miscellaneous commercial properties. The property is being redeveloped into a mixed use microbrewers community and commercial area. The site challenges included unique issues with asbestos in the mill crawl space, lead paint, PCBs, petroleum impacted soil, USTs, among other issues.

Technical Session
Green Buildings - The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing
Alice Delia
Green or sustainable building is a growing industry. In the not too distant future, all new and existing buildings may be required to incorporate some level of green/sustainable initiatives. Although, at that point they will simply be part of the normal building codes. But what do these terms really represent and how are they being defined now? With several programs with different focus it can be challenging to determine what needs to be done to comply and what effect these measures will really have on indoor air quality as well as building effectiveness and occupant comfort. This presentation will review the different programs with emphasis on the indoor environmental quality sections and compare requirements for these credits as well as examining which requirements are the most challenging.

Technical Session
Environmental Health and Safety Hazards and Regulations for the Restoration Industry
Michelle McIntyre, MPH, CIH, CSP
Industrial hygienists play a significant role in many restoration projects by offering technical expertise in occupational and environmental health and safety issues as they apply to a variety of natural disasters, hazardous chemical, biological or radiological releases, and terrorism events. Many OSHA requirements apply to the restoration industry and they are oftentimes overlooked. Learn what regulations apply to your industry and consequences for failing to comply. This session will cover OSHA regulations that impact the restoration industry, common OSHA citations, written plan requirements (HAZCOM, blood borne pathogens, emergency action plans, etc.), data collection requirements, administrative program requirements, employee exposure monitoring requirements (asbestos, lead, noise, heat, etc.), OSHA fines and penalties.

Technical Session
Real World Silica Testing
Daren Frazer
Ired Gulley
This session will be based on 10 project case studies, from the perspective of the contractor presenter and the laboratory professional. Employee monitoring for silica exposure was conducted at several project locations involving various types of demolition operations. The main purpose was to evaluate what concentrations of silica that employees are exposed to during these demolition operations and what controls are needed to protect the employees. We will present lessons learned from each project alone with appropriate recommendations to control employee exposure to silica dust.

Technical Session
Comparison of Asbestos Measurement Methods for a Major Steampipe Explosion in Lower Manhattan
Robert DeMalo, M.Sc.
On July 19, 2018 a 20" underground steam pipe covered with asbestos insulation ruptured in Lower Manhattan producing a thick geyser of white smoke and debris that contained Chrysotile asbestos fibers. The asbestos released in the steam raised concerns about the long-term effect of exposure through the air and settled dust. A total of 49 buildings were evacuated on Fifth Avenue between 19th and 22nd Streets for emergency asbestos abatement and cleanup activities. Sample collection for asbestos immediately commenced to assess the concentrations of asbestos in both the air and settled dust. This case study will review the analytical methods employed and the differences in asbestos concentrations observed between air and settled dust samples collected from the same locations utilizing analysis via Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).

Vendor Introductions and Giveaways in the Exhibit Hall – Open to All!
Join us in the Exhibit Hall to meet the Exhibitors of EIA 2018! Each Vendor will introduce themselves and welcome members to the conference! Don’t miss this great break in the EIA schedule, or the fabulous giveaways provided by these supporting organizations!

Tuesday Lunch Table Topics!
Ready for some more one on one with our speakers? Our Tuesday lunch will feature the opportunity to have a more intimate discussion with our experts, as each lunch table is assigned a session topic and will feature a continuation of the technical session discussion. Get there early, so you get a seat with the speaker of your choice! Only 7 seats per topic!

Tuesday Evening – EIA Annual Social Event! Miami Nights!

Join us for the most caliente party of the year….the All Attendees are invited to this fabulous networking and social dinner event, dance to Miami sounds and feast on Cuban cuisine. Break out those dinner jackets, guayabera, and Bata Cubana and let’s fiesta!

EIA Roundtables & Technical Committee Meetings:

  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Contractors’
  • Sampling & Analytical
  • Asbestos
  • Lead

NEW FORMAT! Join us for an exceptional opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from colleagues and regulatory representatives, featuring a new social aspect to encourage interaction, increased networking and open discussion. Join us for a cocktail and amazing industry discourse at the Asbestos, IAQ, Lead, Sampling & Analytical and ESA/EMS Roundtables to gain valuable information on trends and issues in the industry. Join an EIA Technical Committee to expand your Association participation, publish articles, and help steer the future for EIA, and your industry!

EIA Thanks the Exhibitors and Sponsors of the EIA 2019 National Conference and Exhibition!
                     EHG, LLC                      EMSL Analytical                  Particles Plus
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Kynoch Environmental Management, Inc
EIA Silver Sponsor

Scientific Analytical Institute, Inc.
EIA Silver Sponsor


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