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Upcoming Responsible Distribution Workshops

Registration Now Open for the 2019 Responsible Distribution Workshop

Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop - Atlanta

The Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop will be on Mar. 27-28, 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 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

Customized Responsible Distribution Workshops

Take advantage of half - and full-day "turnkey" workshops at your facilities! You tell us what type of Responsible Distribution training your team needs, and we'll customize and deliver training at your location.

Customized Responsible Distribution Training will:

  • Involve more of your full staff in the Responsible Distribution program
  • Deliver specific training to your company's key employees on topics on which your team needs to focus
  • Provide a stronger foundation for code coordinators
  • And more!

Click here to learn more about our half day and full day training options. To set up a customized training session, please contact Mike Lang at


Past Workshop Presentations

August 2018 Workshop (New Orleans, LA)

Note: Many of the August 2018 Workshop sessions were panel discussions that did not contain presentations.

Crisis Management
Discrimination and Harassment Issues for Associations
Lean and Chemical Distribution
The Driver's View: The Role of Cameras

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Who Should Attend Responsible Distribution Workshops?

We are continuing to provide the best content for code coordinators on Responsible Distribution as well as other information for the entire chemical industry that is hard to come by...all in one place!

  • NACD New and Experienced Responsible Distribution Code Coordinators
  • NACD Candidate Members, Prospective NACD Members
  • Chemical Handler Affiliates, and Chemical Supplier Affiliates.


New member, affiliate or candidate?

Bring your Responsible Distribution Manual, Standard Operating Procedures, or other documents and be prepared to roll up your sleeves for Responsible Distribution!



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Past Webinar Presentations

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