EIA 2020 National Conference and Exhibition

March 28, 2020 8:00 AM to April 01, 2020 5:00 PM
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Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell Street
Seattle, WA 98108
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We invite you to join us in Seattle, to the only conference you’ll need all year. The Annual EIA Conference & Exhibition 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 28 - April 1, 2020

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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EIA 2020 National Conference Agenda

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Seattle Mariners Outing – Sunday, March 29, 2020

There is nothing like an afternoon at the ball park! Join your EIA friends and family for a great time enjoying the Seattle Mariners against the Texas Rangers, great networking, and a whole lot of fun! The registration fee is $75 per person and includes transportation, game ticket, food and beverage & all the fun of an EIA outing! For additional information, to register, or if you wish to sponsor the event, please contact the Environmental Information Association at 888-343-4342 or [email protected]

Monday, March 30, 2020

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 Steve Fulford and EIA 2020 Conference Chair John Barnett. This session also features the presentation of the 2020 Jack Snider Jr. Award and the EIA 2020 keynote address.

EIA 2020 Keynote Presentation - Major Ed Pulido


Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.) is the Sr. VP Co-Founding member of Folds of Honor and Co-Founder of Warriors for Freedom. On August 17th, 2004, Major Pulido was hit by an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) or road side bomb in Baquobah, Iraq that would change his life forever. He would be faced with multiple challenges including 17 operations, unclear and miscommunication on my whereabouts, numerous hospital stays, rehabilitative sessions, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and finally, among the toughest battles of all – whether to stay in the military or become a medically discharged veteran. In the end, Major Pulido discovered a compelling desire to reach out to other wounded veterans and their families who were seeking help for their injuries and post-war obstacles. Major Pulido’s story has been shared on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, in his keynote address from the NRA Convention in 2014 and finally in commentary on Fox News. He wrote Warrior for Freedom (WFF): Challenge, Triumph and Change based upon his true story which recounts the events of his life and his journey, with the aim to people understand the visible and not so visible costs of war and help the general public and the corporate community understand how they can help our nation’s heroes and their families.

EIA 2020 Technical Program – Monday, March 30 – Wednesday, April, 1

Technical Session
50,000+ Samples Later What Have We Learned?
Sarah Mack
Some may question your sanity when you express that indoor air is 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Others will nod in agreement before you can even finish the statement. Regardless of which side you are on, we all can agree that unnecessary chemical exposure should be avoided. Many are aware to dangers and concerns in the workplace but not as alert to exposures in the home. We will discuss driving factors for IAQ testing in the home and what data can be gathered. After reviewing 50,000+ samples for indoor air quality, what have we learned? What are the primary chemical contributors to poor IAQ – paint or maybe cooking? Is that amount just a little or is it substantial? How this info is expressed to the client can determine how he or she reacts and deals with the chemical contaminant. We will explore different visualizations of available big data. These illustrations and descriptions will prove helpful in describing complex chemical data in easy-to-understand terms for both current and prospective customers.

Technical Session
Are You Safe When Collecting Asbestos Bulk Samples? Can You Prove It?
Michael Pinto
The purpose of a Negative Exposure Assessment is to demonstrate that if a certain asbestos-related task is performed, according to standardized work procedures, that employee exposures will be lower than the Permissible Exposure Limit. An NEA can be based on "objective data,” such as scientific reports, published studies, or air monitoring that collects samples which allow the calculation of both 30 minute short-term exposure limits (STEL) and an eight hour time weighted average (TWA). According to the OSHA standard, an NEA based on air monitoring must be repeated every year unless the data from the monitoring is published as a report in an industry periodical or scientific journal. This presentation will describe an NEA project conducted in accordance with applicable regulations and current industry standards, and the equipment used to keep airborne fiber levels below both the current short-term exposure limits and the permissible exposure limit. Area sampling verified that collecting an extensive number of bulk samples in a small room did not create an ambient exposure problem.

Technical Session
Health Implications of Cannabis Residue
Nadia Moore, PhD, DABT, ERT
Health implications of cannabis residues that may remain in residential structures following clandestine cannabis grows are a rising concern of unknown significance. Currently, structures presenting with an extremely pungent ("skunky") cannabis odor are generally torn-down or gutted based on the offensiveness of the odor alone. Questions arise with more moderate situations as there are currently no guidelines available to assist stakeholders determine whether chemicals are present at levels that could potentially impact human health or to conclude whether cleanup efforts were successful. Data from three investigations of seized or abandoned residential clandestine grow operations will be presented. This session will discuss how cannabis (i.e., THC, the most prevalent psychoactive cannabis component) affects the body, including how it is absorbed, metabolized, and distributed following oral and inhalation exposures. An overview of the framework used to derive health-protective screening values (HBSVs) for surface sampling will be presented, put into context with THC toxicity data, and used to derive a preliminary HBSV for THC on residential surfaces. Finally, results of paired samples collected before and after cleaning surfaces from naïve (uncleaned or minimally cleaned) residential clandestine grow operations will be shared that show (1) surfaces can exceed the derived screening level and (2) concentrations on surfaces are effectively reduced following cleaning.

Technical Session
Conducting Health & Safety Audits that Protect Employees & Businesses
David Regelbrugge CIH, CSP
Each year in the United States hundred of thousand of employees are injured or killed on the job. In addition, businesses face hundreds of thousand of dollars in fines for not following the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) standards. Many of these injuries and fines could be avoided had a simple Health and Safety Audit (HSA) been performed. This presentation will cover the basic of an HSA and give attendees an understanding of tools necessary to perform HSAs. Whether you are a consultant wanting to know more about health and safety issues or the Safety Director for a multimillion-dollar corporation this is a presentation you won’t want to miss.

Technical Session
Conducting Mercury Screening and Abatement at a Larger University
Dave Klaustermeier
Masoud Mohsenian
This presentation will walk people through some of the challenges that renovations face in areas that have historical use of elemental mercury and are contaminated with mercury. We will discuss some of the difficulties with removing building components/devices that contain liquid mercury in a variety of buildings such as research laboratories, dental clinics and industrial coal fired power plants. Attendees will learn how to proactively conduct effective aggressive mercury vapor screening in order to find hidden mercury and limit the unintentional spreading of mercury during renovations, and the limitations of mercury vapor screening. Mercury contaminated waste is very expensive to dispose therefore the key is to segregate and test waste as it is generated in order to limit the quantity of mercury contaminated waste. In addition to discussing mercury abatement in laboratories the presenters will discuss some of the more unique scientific apparatus and building components they have encountered which contained mercury and how those apparatus and components were safely removed.

Tuesday Plenary Session
Meso Warrior and Survivor: Pain Endured and Lessons Learned
Julie Gundlach, Mesothelioma Survivor and ADAO volunteer
Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
A very engaging and informative session. Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases are the reason that the asbestos abatement industry exists. Come hear the first-hand stories from a mesothelioma survivor and a mesothelioma widow. Learn about the devastation of hearing the diagnosis of mesothelioma, the pain and challenges associated with surgeries and treatments and how it feels to be a Mesothelioma Warrior. Learn about two women’s quest for policy, prevention, and how our industry can help to prevent horrific asbestos caused diseases.

Technical Session
IAQ Tales featuring Spray Foam Insulation
Sarah Mack
Whether a consultant receiving questions or as a homeowner contemplating the installation of spray foam insulation, you’ve likely caught yourself in the middle of a pros and cons conversation regarding this insulation option. When things work as planned and without a hitch, spray foam insulation delivers outstanding performance. Those times when things don’t go so smoothly, lives and homes can be ruined. Sure, it is easy to get the manufacturer to step in when you see the foam not setting or experience the overwhelming amine like odor. The overall liability of this volatile reaction between parts A and B is one they have addressed and likely have developed protocol to handle. What happens when the client is faced with a grey area and the not-so-easy-to-prove complication of application or mixing? With so many moving parts and specifications to meet, even the best installer/manufacturer can end up on the wrong side of a review and, possibly, litigation. We will discuss situations and unfavorable circumstances presented when spray foam installation doesn’t go quite right.

Technical Session
Local and State Asbestos Industry Regulation? How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?
Marty Rutstein PhD
This session will explore the history and evolution of the modern era of asbestos regulation, beginning in the late 1970s, through the implementation of AHERA and the most recently state and federal regulatory challenges. It will explore the future, and how consultants and contractors must be ever more rigorous in anticipating not only the rules as written, but also the nuances, and insuring adherence to what is written. For ambiguous rules, efforts should be made to engage with regulators. Often such efforts can lead to a constructive dialogue where rules can be modified and improved. So, there is hope, but only by the efforts of professionals who really try to do it right. Rather than just accepting the regulations or complain about violations, consultants and contractors should join professional organizations and demand a seat at the regulatory table.

Technical Session
Legal Liabilities
Albert H. Acken, JD
This session will provide the attendee with a closer look at the regulatory, contractual and third party risk associated with environmental health and safety projects.

Technical Session
NOA In NYC? It's Not Just a West Coast Thing
Robert DeMalo M.Sc.
Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) is found in the contiguous USA, predominantly on the West Coast. On the East Coast the asbestos mostly follows the axis of the Appalachian Mountains. In a USGS map published in 2005, Brad Van Gosen listed 60 former asbestos mines, 66 former asbestos prospects and 205 asbestos occurrences on the Eastern United States, from Maine to Alabama. This presentation will discuss a case study of an important NOA site located in Staten Island which one of the five NYC boroughs. Samples were collected at an outcropping directly adjacent to a major highway. Rock, soil and water samples were collected and analyzed by numerous analytical methods. On Staten Island and Manhattan, a serpentinite lens can be found in north central Staten Island. Results showed that Chrysotile was found in all samples along with other mineral components such as lizardite, talc, olivine, chromite, and magnetite. The differences observed amongst the different analytical methodologies utilized will be presented and discussed. The history of asbestos prospecting and manufacturing in New Jersey and Staten Island will also be discussed.

Spotlight Session
Asbestos Ban? Is It Necessary? Which Side Are You On?
Brent Kynoch
Bill Cavness
Punches may be thrown in this session. Do you believe EPA is doing a good job? Some people do. Others think EPA is abysmal at enforcement. Do you think asbestos should be banned, or is the current industry response enough to protect against exposure? What's your position? These speakers will battle it out and give you their thoughts on EPA, the asbestos SNUR, a potential ban and more. Bring your tomatoes and your sense of humor to enjoy this lively and informative session from two seasoned professionals.

Technical Session
OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule: Regulatory Changes and Enforcement Trends
Adele Abrams Esq., CMSP
It is estimated that OSHA’s final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica affects close to 2.3 million workers across more than 675,000 workplaces in many industries, primarily in construction but also a wide range of manufacturing and even retail operations. This means there’s a strong likelihood that an employer may have compliance obligations under the final rule, which focuses on reducing the risk of sickness and death due to exposure to the carcinogen, which can cause lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. This presentation will review the basic requirements under existing law for control of silica in the workplace, the anticipated changes, and the enforcement pitfalls that have resulted in penalties exceeding $300,000 for one contractor! The presenter will also address OSHA’s FAQ guidance and efforts by Congress to fast-track an MSHA silica rule. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the health and IH/engineering issues associated with silica as they relate to your organization or clients
  • Analyze how OSHA and MSHA currently regulate silica at the federal level … and why states may have more stringent requirements
  • Interpret the practical impact of recent silica litigation on health and safety compliance
  • Follow best practices for staying ahead of OSHA’s “curve” regarding the final silica rule and the anticipated updated requirements.


Technical Session

Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response
Gary Johnson
Join this session for look at the modern capabilities and workings of the urban Hazardous Materials Team, from the expertise of a career Fire Fighter who was part of the Mesa Fire Department Special Teams (Haz-Mat) Hazardous Materials, (ARFF) Aircraft Rescue Firefighting.

Wednesday Plenary Session
Solving the Messaging Dilemma for Environmental Services: Understanding & Communicating Your Offerings to Clients
Bob Krell
For decades, those of us in the indoor environmental industry have been challenged by the need to effectively frame the message about the services we offer in a way that both resonates and is viewed credibly by our respective clients. The key is better understanding the needs and underlying motivations that drives these consumers in the first place. Savvy professionals will step back and analyze these consumer wants and needs, and frame both their offerings, and subsequent messages, accordingly. This session will discuss how to get to the core message about your offerings, and craft communications to credibly convey it.

Technical Session
Successful Vapor Mitigation: Floor Coating and Lessons Learned
Suzi Rosen, PG
This session will explore a case study in which a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) activities identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the subsurface and IAQ sampling confirmed the presence of VOCs, primarily tetrachloroethene (PCE), and trichloroethene (TCE). Based on the planned reuse of the property as a potential medical office space, residential screening levels were applied as target cleanup levels for the property. Although the mitigation approach successfully reduced indoor air VOC concentrations to acceptable levels, this presentation will present the many challenges and lessons learned throughout the project.

Technical Session
The Rise of Cannabis Legalization: Indoor Air Quality and Occupational Health Implications
Karen Meyer
Brian Nemetz CMC
This presentation will discuss the implications associated with the legalization of cannabis and the growing industry. It will discuss impact to indoor air quality and occupational exposure, from the initial growing of the plant, to processing, and then it’s sale and use. We will touch on testing and what applicable safety and health regulations might apply and recommendations for improvement of the air quality and limiting exposure.

Technical Session
Why and How to Test Negative Pressure Units for Leaks
Gautam Patel
Containment of asbestos fibers on a construction site is critical to the health and safety of workers and civilians on or near the site. Negative pressure units or NPU’s are commonly used to help contain asbestos fibers by drawing the fibers out of a containment area via a duct and into a HEPA filter. The primary job of the NPU is to remove the asbestos fibers and exhaust clean air into the environment. This presentation will take a look at why Negative Pressure Units need to be tested for leaks, how to perform leak testing and some of the standards around the world that regulate the testing of NPU’s.

Women’s Committee Panel Discussion
Women in the Industry
Sarah Jamieson
Catherine Mills
The EIA Women’s Committee is excited to present a panel discussion unlike any in the industry. This discussion will feature men and women, leaders in the environmental health and safety world who will be addressing issues of diversity, workplace issues, mentoring and leadership. We invite all EIA 2020 attendees to participate in this important and pioneering discussion.

Special EIA Conference Features

Vendor Introductions and Giveaways in the Exhibit Hall – Open to All!
Join us in the Exhibit Hall to meet the Exhibitors of EIA 2020! 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 9 seats per topic!

Poster Sessions
EIA 2020 will feature a designated time for student poster sessions - Monday afternoon in the Exhibit Hall!

Tuesday Evening – No one walks away from this event a stranger, and the 2020 EIA Annual Social Event will be a highlight of an outstanding conference! We will be highlighting the amazing food, music and entertainment of Seattle!

Dinner, music, and some of the best company you can find will make this the best party you’ll attend all year! This event is included in your Conference Registration, and will be Tuesday, March 31, 2020!

EIA Roundtables & Technical Committee Meetings:

  • Asbestos & Sampling & Analytical
  • Contractors
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • EMS/ESA
  • Lead
  • Women’s Committee

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 and Sampling & Analytical, Contractors, IAQ, Lead, 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!

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Make your reservations at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle at the special EIA Rate of $239 by calling 888-591-1234 and referencing the EIA National Conference by March 6, 2020, or click here to make your reservations online.


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The EIA 2020 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 [email protected] or call 888-343-4342!

Tickets

$1,800.00 EIA 2020 Exhibiting package

$2,150.00 EIA 2020 Exhibiitng package

$2,350.00 EIA 2020 Spotlight package

$2,750.00 EIA 2020 Spotlight package

$3,800.00 EIA 2020 Double booth package

$4,000.00 EIA Double booth package

$1,710.00 EIA 2020 Half Double booth purchase member

$3,000.00 EIA Mobile App Sponsor

$1,400.00 EIA Conference Bag Sponsorship

$900.00 EIA Badgepak Sponsor

$750.00 Member Registration
$800.00 after 08:00 am March 25
$650.00 Earlybird rate before January 18

$925.00 Non-Member
$950.00 after 08:00 am March 25
$825.00 Earlybird rate before January 18

$225.00 Spouse/Accompanying Person

$75.00 Seattle Mariners Outing Registration