2019 EHS Operational Excellence Conference

2019 EHS Operational Excellence Conference Draft Agenda


The agenda will focus on the continuing trend toward integrating compliance into the fabric of organizational culture and operations. No longer can EHS professionals simply tick the boxes; they must make safety culture, regulatory compliance and incident reporting an instinctive part of day-to-day operations.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019: Training Workshop

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Workshop Sessions


Attend this workshop for a deeper dive in a specialized area within a compliance management program. This workshop will offer training in one of the following areas:


  • Risk Management and Prioritization Tools
  • Post-Merger Integration and EHS Program Continuity
  • Best in Class Safety Practices
  • Auditing Tools and Procedures

More details will be announced soon!

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Workshop Happy Hour


Happy Hour for all Workshop Attendees


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote


More details to be announced!

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Effectively Communicate the Value of EHS&S to Your Organization

Gaining support on EHS&S programs from stakeholders is impacted with a strong communications plan. What are your peers showing upper management, internal departments and external parties to garner support? How are companies engaging and reporting to their c-suite? Come to this session to learn the metrics EHS leaders are showing to c-suite, the techniques and skills EHS managers are utilizing to showcase the value of EHS programs and how the impacted same information is presented differently depending on the stakeholder.

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Best Practices for Engaging & Managing Your Contractors

Contractors have always been an important part of improving EHS&S processes, programs and performance. How are your peers training, measuring and tracking contractors' performance? This interactive polling session will address strategies to ensure contractors remain safe & healthy, the biggest challenges when it comes to keeping contractors safe and compliant, and tools to track and measure contractor safety.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Building the Business Case for EHS&S Objectives

Traditionally, the EHS&S professional must be equipped with the right technical skills to be successful. However, as EHS&S is increasingly becoming a business core, EHS&S professionals are now having to build the business case for these programs. This session will allow attendees to assess their own programs and how they can show that their EHS strategy is aligned with the overall business strategy.

Emergency Preparedness: Why EHS Professionals Should Care

Supply chain, customers, employees, regulations, standards and stakeholders are all drivers in having a thorough and robust emergency preparedness plan. EHS managers are increasingly be tasked with developing an emergency preparedness plan as it allows a company to stay compliant, save resources and protect employees. This session will cover how are companies defining emergencies and effective emergency preparedness techniques and how to build out an emergency preparedness plan.

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Update on Key Regulations

Join this interactive regulatory update to get key updates on changes at the global, federal and state levels. Hear about regulatory changes that will impact your function and get a chance ask questions from our EHS regulatory experts. The session will cover hot topic areas on the state level, federal level and key international regions.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

EHS&S Programs: Embedded Beyond EHS&S Departments

A culture of compliance, safety and sustainability is set at the top but needs to be carried out and ingrained at every level to succeed. EHS departments that have a successful program have found a way for EHS&S to permeate all departments at various organizational levels. This session will cover techniques that makes all employees "buy-in" to safety, how companies have branded EHS&S culture and challenges & solutions to implementing a successful EHS&S culture. 

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Happy Hour


Thursday, May 16, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Today's Corporate Policies and Future Societal Changes

With the current landscape of political movements and social actions, are companies making changes to their internal policies?  What are companies prioritizing to focus on and contribute resources to? The session will address how companies are addressing trends in mental health, drug policies, diversity & inclusion policies and the technology and the future workforce.

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How Technology Can Leverage Your EHS&S Program

Technology has enhanced so many aspects of our lives, but what about EHS programs? Nowadays there is so much technology out there to leverage the EHS processes, but what technologies have companies found that is worth the investment? This session will address technologies that have proven successful, where technology is the most common/successful and how to advocate for new technologies in EHS programs.

Communicating & Managing Outcomes from Inspections and Audits

Once an audit is completed, there are several steps that can be taken to show continuous improvement. One effective way is to have a communications plan in place. How are you notifying employees for corrective actions? How are you following up on making sure that the actions are completed? How are you notifying senior executives that findings are being fixed? This session will cover the way that audit results are disseminated into the organization, communication strategies and how to advocate for changes that will improve audit results.

12:00 p.m. - 1:0 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Multigenerational Workforce: Biggest Challenges and Successful Strategies 

Baby boomers, millennials and Generation X - all have different work styles, motivations and priorities. Companies are now faced with developing innovative ways to engage, train and leverage multi- generations of EHS&S leaders. How are companies bridging the gap between generations? What is the best way to engage each generation? This session will cover employee development programs, challenges of engaging the current workforce and innovative techniques to retain employees.  

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Networking Events




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