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Hazmat Summit heads to New Orleans

Aug. 4, 2022
CHEMETREC celebrates 50th anniversary with reflective gathering of all parties committed to the safe transportation, handling, and use of hazardous materials

CHEMTREC’s International Hazmat Summit, which this year will honor the past, present, and future of the hazmat industry, is set for Sept. 12-14, in New Orleans.

The event will provide a one-of-a-kind forum for all interested parties involved in the safe transportation, handling, and use of hazardous materials, including shippers, carriers, and emergency and spill clean-up responders. Including both technical and professional development content, the three-day Summit will be the “premier destination” to discuss the key topics of today and the trends of tomorrow, the call center said.

“CHEMTREC is proud to have served the chemical industry and emergency response community for over 50 years,” explained Bruce Samuelsen, CHEMTREC’s chief executive. “This year’s Summit program will honor 50 years of improving the dangerous goods industry through safety and innovation.”

The program consists of two keynote speakers: Derek Daly, Hall of Fame race car driver and network television analyst; and Scott Whelchel, chief security officer and global director for emergency services and security (ES&S) for Dow.

Daly will walk through the structure and framework of extraordinary teams who operate safely, on the edges of what might be possible. Attendees will learn how his sport transitioned from a disconnected, “hand-off” sport, to one of accountability, concern, and awareness of the big picture.

Following Daly, Whelchel will share his experiences during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic while leading Dow’s crisis management system efforts to maintain operations globally, and keeping all employees and contractors safe and secure.

The program consists of more than 40 presentations from a variety of topics, including:

  • Incident response and prevention
  • A carrier’s perspective
  • Emerging issues and technology
  • Government affairs
  • Crisis management
  • Lithium-ion battery emergency response and safety workshop

“Attendees will have access to specialized sessions where they will learn practices that can save their company time, money, and most importantly, keep everyone safe,” Samuelsen said.

There are many networking opportunities built into the Summit, including extended breaks between sessions and daily networking breakfasts and lunches. There also is a networking reception that presents an ideal place to meet peers and build new relationships.

Registration allows full access to all sessions, breakfast each morning, lunch each day, and the networking reception. CHEMTREC customers receive a discounted registration rate.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with the New Orleans hazmat team, which will be on site with its state-of-the-art hazmat truck.

The CHEMTREC Summit is approved for 20 IHMM certification maintenance points toward recertification, CHEMTREC said.