EIA 2021 National Conference and Exhibition

March 29, 2021 5:00 PM to April 30, 2021 5:00 PM
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MARCH 29, 2021 - 31, 2021

Virtual Conference - The Best Industry Conference this year...for the best value!

PLEASE NOTE: All sessions may be accessed at the conference event page, with the credentials you received when you registered, through April 30! Miss the conference? You can register and still check them out. After April 30, they will be accessible on a private page. Email [email protected] for access!

We invite you to join us at 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. 

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.

* Need help with credits from EIA 2020? Email [email protected] for assistance applying your 2020 credit to the EIA 2021 Conference!

The EIA Virtual Exhibit will be an amazing experience this year with exciting new features! Click below for more details on the EIA Exhibit Hall Experience, and for information on purchasing your booth and sponsorships!

EIA 2021 Exhibit Hall Layout and Features

EIA 2021 Invitation to Exhibit

The EIA 2021 National Conference program will feature three full days of technical sessions, roundtables, panels and networking. We will present our first ever EIA Industry Awards, include virtual social events and the best virtual exhbit hall experience in the industry! Our technical program will run from Monday, March 29 to Wednesday, March 31, and the EIA Virtual Exhibit Hall will be open Monday and Tuesday, March 29 and 30th. The technical program will include:

Monday, March 29
(all times are Eastern Time Zone)

EIA 2021 Opening Session & Keynote - Keynote presentation 8:30am ET, Membership Meeting 9:15am
This session will feature the full business meeting of the EIA, awards, and our keynote address.

EIA 2021 Keynote Presenter: Gitanjali Rao


Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America's Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device "Tethys"—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and "Kindly"—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.

She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and "Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over thirty-eight thousand students in the last two years across four continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.

Gitanjali has her new book "Young Innovator's Guide to STEM", which was released on March 16th which guides students, educators, or teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process.

10:00 - 10:30am - Break/Vendor Rooms Open!

Technical Sessions

10:30 - 11:15am - Technical Session
Expedited Soil and Groundwater Remediation Using In-situ and Ex-Situ Treatment
Lance G. Loken
Gord Guest

The presentation covers the assessment and remediation of a large petroleum product release from a gasoline station in Fargo, North Dakota.  The Site is within two blocks of the largest shopping center/mall in the State of North Dakota, and is along the busiest commercial street in the state. The presenters were on-Site for the underground storage tank (UST) removal, however the consultant for the proposed buyer of the Site of the Site, while performing preliminary geotechnical drilling, discovered significant petroleum impacts. The UST removal confirmed impacts. The proposed buyer also requested assessment to determine if the underground hoist reservoirs and used oil UST in a separate auto-service building had leaked. Eventually two (2) of the Site buildings were demolished, and four (4) of the five (5) underground hoists below the auto-service building had significant leaks.

11:30am - 12:15pm - Technical Session

Considerations for Certifying Photometric PM 2.5 & PM 10 Monitors
Steve Boehm

Many countries have established particulate mass (PM2.5 and PM10) reference methods for measuring ambient aerosols in the outdoor environment. Continuous real-time photometric systems to measure ambient aerosols are available for use as indicative and near-reference systems to monitor fugitive emissions from facilities, remediation sites and construction activities. These indicative systems can be used in addition to or in lieu of reference method monitoring systems. These near-reference units are simple to use, configurable, designed for purpose, require less effort and support to setup and run, and cost much less than their reference method counterparts.  While they may not have a federal reference certification they do have localized certifications and can be very useful in monitoring many fence-line real-time applications. This presentation will outline fence-line and remediation outdoor fugitive monitoring and the advantages of deploying lower cost PM instruments.  These instruments can be effectively deployed for continuous, real-time, direct reading indicative instruments for source apportionment ambient aerosol measurements.

12:15 - 1:45pm - Lunch Break/Vendor Rooms Open

1:45 - 2:15pm - Technical Session

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP

This presentation will provide an overview of how changes in the executive and legislative branches will impact the OSHA and MSHA regulatory agenda, and initiatives for OSHA reform, COVID standards, revision of the silica rule, recordkeeping and reporting, and more. The impact of emergency standards adopted by state plan states on enforcement under federal OSHA’s General Duty Clause will be addressed. Key recent case law decisions affecting issues including infectious disease prevention , workplace violence and heat stress, will also be discussed. The speaker has over 35 years experience working on Capitol Hill on EHS issues, and is an attorney and safety professional.

2:45 - 4:00pm
IAQ Roundtable
Contractors Roundtable

4:15 - 5:00pm - Technical Session
The Robots Are Coming....But Where Are They?
BJ Fungaroli

Robotic automation is present in almost every known industry. The construction trades are not any different. In the early 1970’s, Japanese construction firms introduced prototypes into the industry. Why? To hedge the need for a shortage of skilled tradespeople. Fast forward to 2021. The lack of skilled trades is more significant than ever. So how much of this need is being performed by “Mr. Roboto?” Could your next abatement supervisor, be trained at a robotics lab versus a classroom? Not to worry, as a recent panel of senior global construction experts stated that less than 20% of those surveyed had ever seen robotics on a job site. This entertaining yet informative seminar will explore the findings from a recent global literature review on the use, adoption issues, and research activities within the specialty construction trades, including the abatement industry.

5:00pm - EIA Happy Hour! Ready to see old friends and new? Join us at the EIA Social Hour for a virtual cocktail party!

Tuesday, March 30

9:00 - 10:30am - Tricks of the Trade Roundtable!
Following the popularity of our Tricks for the Trade IH webinar series, we have assembled industry giants Tom Laubenthal, Mike Schrum and Chris Gates to moderate this dynamic roundtable discussion addressing best practices, challenges, solutions, and tricks of the trade that only experience and education can provide. A great session for the up and coming EHS professional AND for the seasoned vet. 

10:30 - 11:00am - Break/Vendor Rooms Open!

11:00 - 11:45am - Technical Session
Sampling Secrets from the Microbiologist
Cassidy Kuchenbecker, MS

To complete a proper assessment for water damage, sewage damage, and mold, you nearly always need to complete some form of biologist sampling. If you aren’t sampling on most of your project and relying only on your eyes, nose, and experience – you are often missing smaller issues and occasionally missing significant issues. This presentation is given by a microbiologist and indoor air quality consultant who uses microscopes, ATP luminometers, and other sampling devices daily during his assessments. Learn secrets to better sampling and better data interpretation for the collection of surface and air samples for mold and bacteria, and the use of ATP luminometers.

11:45am - 1:45pm - Lunch Break/Vendor Rooms Open!

EIA Women's Committee Event - Where We Are, Where We Are Going: A Survey of Women in the Industry
Sarah Jamieson and Catherine Mills

Join us for this outstanding presentation on the state of women in the EHS industry! The Environmental Information Association has conducted a mixed methods study on women's position in our male dominated industry. Ms. Jamieson and Ms. Mills will present the findings, and the experience and knowledge of the experts on our committee, as well as EIA's industry-leading history of women in leadership roles.

2:45 - 3:15pm - Break/Vendor Rooms Open!

3:15 - 4:00pm - Technical Session
Integration Project for Assessing Environmental Risk for Childhood Lead Using an Immunization Registry
Christy Kuriatnyk, MSPH, REHS/RS
Tim Callahan, MPH

The surveillance and case management of childhood lead positioning is typically managed as a reactionary process that relies on consistent timely reporting of test results after substantial exposure. While Medicaid requires children under six be tested, on average, 31.1% of these went untested each year between 2009 and 2019. There is also an unknown gap of children outside of Medicaid coverage that are never tested. The Georgia Department of Health initiated a project to advance preemptive action to address the gaps in testing by using a data model that alerts medical caregivers if a child should be tested based on housing age according to zip code.

As in most states, Georgia requires various vaccinations of children and maintains a registry system for recording these. The Georgia Immunization Registry (GRITS) system is used by all pediatricians in Georgia for this purpose. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (GCLPPP) partnered with the GRITS managers to add a lead testing module to the GRITS system to support caregivers reporting any lead testing results. Additionally, GCLPPP developed a zip code level predictive model that identifies the likelihood that a child in any Georgia zip code is at risk of lead exposure. This model is incorporated into the GRITS system to alert caregivers if testing is required or recommended.

This presentation will detail the development of the model and lessons learned during development and implementation of the GRITS-Lead module across the State. We will also present the preliminary data for its 14 months of use and the planned adjustments to the model and surveillance operations.

4:15 - 5:00pm - EMS/ESA Roundtable and Committee Meeting

5:00 - EIA Social/Mixer

Wednesday, March 31

9:00 - 9:45am - Technical Session
Asbestos In Human Tissue and the Environment: Does Size Really Matter?
Lee Poye

Overview of variety, dimensions, and frequencies of Asbestos and other Respirable Elongate Mineral Particles (REMPs) in human tissue and environment compiled during analysis of over 600 lung, lymph node, ovary, and omentum samples.  This data shows the type and size distribution of Asbestos and REMPs most encountered in human tissue impacted by asbestos related diseases.  We will discuss PCM vs SEM vs ATEM and the ability of these analytical instruments and associated methods to detect and quantify Asbestos and REMPs most identified in human tissue.  A discussion of the inherent biases due to counting strategies, methodologies, and instrumentation will be addressed with emphasis of fiber size distributions in the environment per documented peer reviewed literature.  Conclusions to include direct comparison of the size distributions of REMP's in the environment to those identified in human tissue.

10:00 - 10:45am - Technical Session
Identification and Control of Mercury Containing Rubberized Floor Systems
Michael Menz

Mercury Containing Rubberized Flooring Systems are often overlooked in the management of indoor air quality and building improvement projects. This presentation summarizes sampling to identify mercury in rubber flooring, exposure considerations, and aspects of the management and removal of the flooring system.

11:00 - 11:45am - Technical Session
EPN's Work and Response to TSCA
Gary Timm
Mr. Timm served in various EPA positions over more than 30 years, including as Director of the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program in what is now called the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. He's played a leading role on EPN's TSCA team, and will present on the Environmental Protection Network's analysis of and responses to EPA's TSCA activities.

11:45am - 12:45am - Lead Roundtable and Committee Meeting

1:00 - 1:45pm - Technical Session
Environmental Protection Network: Resetting the EPA
Michelle Roos

The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) was launched in January 2017 to harness the expertise of former EPA career staff and political appointees – spanning multiple Republican and Democratic Administrations – to provide an informed and rigorous defense against the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine the protection of public health and the environment. As a 501(c)(3) organization, with now almost 550 volunteers across the country, EPN has worked in a variety of ways, including providing objective and/or scientific analysis of the Trump Administration's proposed budgets, proposed regulatory rollbacks, and other attacks on EPA’s programs; and fielding numerous inquiries from the press, congressional staff and NGOs. In August, we released recommendations for EPA leadership to Reset the Course of EPA. The project was supported by a letter from six former EPA Administrators and contained 17 individual papers on specific immediate, 100-day, and long-term actions on a variety of topics to help new EPA leadership recommit to the agency’s mission of protecting public health and the environment.

2:00 - 2:45pm - Technical Session
ASTM eLearning Opportunities
Frank Ehrenfeld

The demand for eLearning opportunities throughout various professions continues. This was especially evident throughout the recent C19 pandemic as travel, lodging, and training budget considerations were limited in many economies. ASTM International's eLearning group offer diverse and abundant training courses that cover ASTM standards worldwide. ASTM D22 has committed to providing effective eLearning modules for the environmental and occupational health and safety community. State-of-the-industry educational platforms through ASTM's Training and eLearning Department now feature ASTM's D22.07 E2356-18 Standard Practice for Comprehensive Building Asbestos Surveys. The process of selecting items for presentation, the formulation of content, and production development is discussed for the recently completed offering. Feedback from investigators who will employ these tools as well as progression of concepts communicated by the D22.07 professionals who authored this informative course are detailed. In addition to the building survey module, a secondary suite of modules is now tracking through ASTM that include asbestos in settled dust analytical and engineering tools (ASTM 5755, D6480, and D7390) and an eye toward future modules centered around asbestos in soil (D7521), vermiculite minerals (WK70293 and WK52495), and natural occurrences of asbestos (NOA WK65640) methods. ASTM reports international interest through its Global Outreach program for these educational tools.

2:00 - 4:00pm
2-Hour Lead Awareness
Pam Smith

3:00 - 4:15pm - Asbestos & SA Roundtable and Committee Meeting

4:30pm EIA 2021 National Conference & Exhibition Closing Session - Prize Drawings!

EIA Roundtables & Technical Committee Meetings:

  • Asbestos & Sampling & Analytical
  • Contractors
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Lead
  • Tricks of the Trade - NEW FEATURE - Perfect for the up-and-coming industry professional!

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!

EIA 2021 Exhibitors and Sponsors





$0.00 Exhibit Hall Only - Member

$0.00 Exhibit Hall Only - Non Member

$0.00 Exhibit Hall Only - Corporate

$295.00 Member Access to Session Recordings

$395.00 Non-Member Access to Session Recordings

$295.00 Organizational/Executive Member Access to Session Recordings