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Chemical Accidents and Process Safety: What You Need to Know About Cal/OSHA's, Cal/EPA's and US EPA's New 2017 Regulations (ELI Professional Practice Seminar)


October 10, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Hunton & Williams LLP
50 California Street, 17th Floor (map)

San Francisco, CA (and webinar)


This event is open to the public but a registration fee is required. Please REGISTER HERE by October 4, 2017. Fees are: ELI members=$75; Non-members=$125 (or $100 for Govt/NGO/Academic non-members).

  • Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering. Please note that some government agencies are unable to download the requisite software due to agency firewalls, so these individuals should check with their IT department before completing their registrations.
  • All times noted are Pacific Time.
  • An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California. Note: CLE is valid for in-person attendance only. If you wish to attend by webinar, CLE is not available.
  • See link to our event policies page for information on refunds, etc. Questions?: contact mcmurrin@eli.org

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An ELI Professional Practice Workshop

Are you ready for the major regulatory change taking effect in California on October 1, 2017? This summer, California adopted significant revisions to its Process Safety Management (PSM) and Accidental Release Program (ARP) regulations, specifically targeting oil refineries and creating precedent for other industries, and for other states considering their own rules. These new extensive requirements have created significant controversy, with some stakeholders believing the regulations will improve safety and others questioning both their effectiveness and wisdom in light of the significant costs they will impose. Certainly, there will be new burdens – the scope, costs, and actual benefits remain to be seen.  At the same time, during the final weeks of the Obama Administration, EPA issued massive amendments to its federal Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulations and federal OSHA continues to implement its PSM program. The intersection of the federal and state programs and the interpretations of the new RMP regulations, which EPA is currently reconsidering, are evolving and will be critical to companies in California as they implement the CalPSM and CalARP rules. 

This "master class" goes beyond a comprehensive overview of the regulations; it provides insights from key regulators and knowledgeable attorneys on implementation concerns in light of ambiguous regulatory language. Topics include definitions of major incident and major change, requirements for involvement of employees and unions, the team for inherent safety technology reviews, and more.  As these new regulations kick in, it is imperative to understand:

  • what exactly is required;
  • how those requirements may be enforced;
  • how the state, federal EPA, and federal OSHA plan to integrate their respective programs or resolve inconsistencies; and
  • how compliance can be managed.

Hear directly from regulators and have your questions answered by attending this half-day conference followed at 5 p.m. by a networking reception, sponsored by Hunton & Williams LLP’s San Francisco office.

Vanessa Sutherland, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board
Clyde Trombettas
, Statewide Manager & Policy Advisor, Cal/OSHA Process Safety Management Unit
Gina M. Solomon
, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Secretary for Science & Health, California EPA
Randy Sawyer
, Chief Environmental Health & Hazardous Materials Officer, Contra Costa Health Services
Kathryn Lawrence
, Chief, Emergency Prevention and Preparedness Section, U.S. EPA Region 9
Kumani Armstrong
, Special Counsel, California Department of Industrial Relations
Shannon S. Broome
, Managing Partner, San Francisco Office, Hunton & Williams LLP
Daniel Grucza, Senior Attorney, Hunton & Williams LLP, Former Environmental, Health & Safety Manager for complex plastics manufacturing facility

An application requesting MCLE credit (in-person attendance only) for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California.