education & meetings

2019 Spring Regulatory and Responsible Distribution Workshops

The Spring 2019 Regulatory and Responsible Distribution Workshop will be on March 26-28, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA.

Hotel & Travel

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Airport
3400 Norman Berry Drive,
Atlanta, Georgia 30344

NACD Room Rates:

Rates Available from March 25-29, 2019

  • Single/Double: $139.00

Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 5, 2019

To reserve a room, book online or call (404) 763-1600 or (800) 514-4296 and reference National Association of Chemical Distributors to receive the discounted room rate.



ONLINE: Click here to register online.

HARD COPY: Click here to download a hard copy registration form.

Fax completed forms to (703) 527-7747 or email it to

Registration Deadline: March 22, 2019


Spring 2019 Regulatory Workshop Agenda


Does your company use, store, manufacture, handle, or move any of the chemicals regulated under the Process Safety Management or Risk Management Planning Regulations? Or maybe you don’t know if these regulations apply to your operation, if this is the case, this one-day workshop is for you.

Peter Downing of Environment & Safety Solutions will present an in-depth, hands-on workshop focused on providing companies with a roadmap to compliance. Pete has worked with and for chemical manufacturers and distributors for over 30 years and has led multiple teams in the successful development and implementation of PSM and RMP programs.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:30-8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:10 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:10-9:10 am

Introduction to Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Program (RMP)

This session will include an introduction to the standards and provide an overview of the scope, applicability and exemptions available for companies.

9:10-9:25 am Break
9:25-10:50 am

Process Safety Information

In order to prepare a comprehensive PSM and/or RMP program, a company must compile all available information on the chemicals involved in a process, the technologies of the process and the equipment used. This session will focus on this key element.

10:50-11:05 am Break
11:05 am-12:30 pm

RMP Hazard Assessments

Where OSHA’s PSM standard focuses on what impact a chemical release may have on facility employees, the EPA RMP looks at the potential impacts to the community at large. This session will delve into the methods to assess offsite consequences for worst-case and alternative-case release scenarios.


12:30-1:15 pm


1:15-2:15 pm

Comparable Elements of PSM and RMP

Many elements of the two regulations are very similar. This session will provide tips and tricks for ensuring compliance.

2:15-2:45 pm

Differences Between RMP and PSM

For all of the similarities between the programs, there are some elements that are different. We will highlight the differences which may lead to unintentional violations.

2:45-3:00 pm


3:00-4:25 pm

Process Hazard Analysis

This final session will look at the basic methodologies for conducting a PHA. We will provide the tools necessary to assist you in complying with these regulations.

4:25-4:40 pm

Final Questions/Wrap Up/Adjourn


Thank you to the Sponsor of the Regulatory Workshop:



Spring 2019 Responsible Distribution Workshop Agenda


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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
8:0-9:45 am

Breakfast, Coffee, and Open Forum Q&A

Ideal for new Candidates or Code Coordinators. Although a formal presentation won’t be conducted, the NACD Staff and industry experts will be available to go over any and all program questions.

9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-10:15 am Welcome & Introductions, NACD Staff & Terry Aubry Garrett
10:15-11:00 am

Regulatory Update
Jennifer Gibson, NACD Staff

Need help understanding the current regulatory environment and compliance issues facing the chemical distribution industry? Get up to speed on the latest developments from Washington and what you need to know to help your company stay informed.

11:00 am -12:00 pm

Developing and Maintaining a Strong Training Program
Jim Benning, Hubbard-Hall

Training is an essential component of a successful Responsible Distribution program. Explore ways to develop and maintain a strong training program that will not only assist your company with Responsible Distribution, but with other internal and external training requirements.

12:00-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-2:15 pm

Emergency Response: Table Top Exercise
Tom Bajema and Matt Fridley, Brenntag North America

A hands-on table-top exercise to provide an example of what can easily be done in an office setting to simulate testing your response programs.

2:15-2:30 pm Break & Refreshments
2:30-3:30 pm

Writing Specifications: Impress and Deliver
Richard Groves, Essential Ingredients & Compliance Solutions Group

The final verification report should be a positive reflection of your company and Responsible Distribution program. This session will review key points on how to deliver a professional and polished specification report by looking at real-world examples highlighting what you should and shouldn’t be including in your reports. Additionally, we will look at ways to help improve your report for the 7th Cycle.

3:30-4:30 pm

Public Warehouses: Best Practices in Partnership
Jared Stadlin, Linden Warehouse & Patricia Noyes, Palmer Holland

Third party warehouses can be a great addition to a company’s business model, but how can you work with your company’s decision makers on selecting the right warehouse to fit in with your Responsible Distribution program? What should you be looking for and what questions should you be asking when selecting a warehouse partner? Explore these topics and discuss lessons learned from warehouse selection.

4:30-4:45 pm

Day 1 Wrap-Up

5:00-6:00 pm

Appreciation Reception


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Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast
8:00-8:15 am Welcome
8:15-9:15 am

Regional Internal Audit Workshop Recap & Lessons Learned
Caroline Kramer, NACD Staff & Responsible Distribution Advisers: Peter Downing, Environmental Safety Solutions, Inc. & Jake Taylor, Kestrel Management

NACD recently conducted two one-day regional workshops focusing entirely on Internal Audits. We will explore the highlights and key take-aways of these sessions from understanding the definition and scope of a good Responsible Distribution Internal Audit, provide suggestions and tips for completing and combining various audits, and the process of completing audits at third party warehouses.

9:15-10:30 am

6th Cycle Non-Conformances & CAPAs
Terry Aubry Garrett, EMCO & Compliance Solutions Group

Non-conformances and opportunities for improvement from your 6th cycle verification shouldn’t be forgotten as soon as you resubmit the corrective actions. This session will review the top non-conformance findings so far from the 6th cycle and how you can use your own non-conformance findings to work through the corrective and preventative action (CAPA) process. We will demonstrate how to identify root causes and closure of corrective actions through Code XI: Corrective and Preventative Actions. Applying this process to your own 6th cycle findings can help avoid repeat non-conformances in the 7th cycle.

10:30-10:45 am Break & Refreshment
10:45 am -12:00 pm

Going Beyond Carrier Selection: Receiving Deliveries
David Rivers, R&S Compliance Group

This session will take carrier selection and essentially product stewardship to the next level by discussing what to think about when the product arrives at your facility or a customer location.
Are there aspects you should be adding to you carrier evaluation process as it relates to product delivery and receipt? Is there additional information you need from drivers, what do you and the driver need to establish before unloading, and where to the liabilities and responsibilities fall?

12:00-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:45 pm

Building a Strong Responsible Distribution Team
Colie Whitaker, Whitaker Oil

Responsible Distribution is more than just the responsibility of the Code Coordinator, it truly is a team effort. This session will look at ways to work with Senior Management to build strong Responsible Distribution teams and how you can effectively manage transitions in Code Coordinator responsibilities.

1:45-2:30 pm

Picture Perfect?
Caroline Kramer, NACD Staff

Test your observation skills with this interactive activity challenging participants to identify the proper or improper activities portrayed in the photos. Will you be able to identify them all?

2:30-3:00 pm

NACD Updates & Wrap-Up