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2017 August Responsible Distribution Workshop

The 2017 August Responsible Distribution Workshop will be on August 15 at the Omni Nashville in Nashville, TN, preceding ChemEdge.


ONLINE: Click here to register online.
HARD COPY: Click here to download the hard copy registration form.

Improved online registration! The new system features:

  • Register Multiple Employees in One Transaction: Members can now register multiple employees attending the meeting in one transaction. Simply register yourself completely, and then select 'Register Another for Event'.
  • Improved Activity Selection: Activity selection is now much more user-friendly.

Please contact Donna Thomas for questions.

Hotel Information

Omni Nashville Hotel
250 5th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37203


**Limited availablity!**

NACD Room Rate: $198/night (Single/Double)

Make your reservation online or by calling: 1-(800) THE-OMNI (843-6664) and be sure to reference NACD ChemEdge 2017 when making your reservations.

Reservation Deadline: July 24, 2017 

Overflow Hotel

If you are unable to reserve rooms at the Omni Nashville for your selected dates, please make your room reservations at the Hyatt Place. This hotel is located two blocks from the Omni.

Hyatt Place
301 3rd Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37201

NACD Room Rates:

  • $199 Single/Double
  • $209 Triple
  • $219 Quad

Make your reservation online or by calling (615) 687-9995 and be sure to reference NACD ChemEdge 2017.

Reservation Deadline: July 15, 2017

NOTE: Be wary of travel agency scams: If anyone claiming to be associated with a travel agency and/or “convention housing” contacts you with an offer for booking a hotel room, do NOT provide them with your contact or payment information. This is a scam. NACD does not contract with such firms.

In some cases, these companies falsely claim to be the official housing bureau or room representative for ChemEdge. We have NOT contracted with any company to serve as our representative. Hotel rooms can only be reserved directly with the hotel, through the phone numbers and website links listed above.

Tentative Agenda

Please click the bolded session name to view a description.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

7:30 am

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Responsible Distribution Dashboard – Deep Dive Tutorial (Optional, separate registration required.)
Caroline Kramer, NACD

NACD’s Caroline Kramer will present an overview on the Responsible Distribution Dashboard to assist members as they complete the steps needed for their 6th cycle Responsible Distribution program. This session is geared towards those who have not yet started entering information into the dashboard or have specific dashboard-related questions. Please email to sign up.

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am - 9:45 am

6th Cycle Findings and Questions
Dennis Zito, Compliance Solutions Group

Get caught up on all the requirements and expectations for the 6th cycle of Responsible Distribution. During this session, we will review frequently asked questions, explore verifier observations from early verifications, discuss what should and shouldn’t be included in the specifications, and more.

9:45 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am - 10:45 am

Maximize Your Management System
Cy Sharp, ABS - Quality Evaluations

Looking to enhance (or even start) your Responsible Distribution program? This session will look at how NACD’s program as well as Responsible Care, ISO, and other management systems are leading the way in procedures and best practice techniques. Take these models and learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your own program!

10:45 am - 11:30 am

Deep Dive into Code IX
Brett Bulawa & Melanie Bower, ExxonMobil Chemical

What does Code IX: Product Stewardship require your company to know about your customers? Join us as we discuss the importance of researching and getting to know your customer. Today, more than ever before, it is important to know your customer, especially since the spotlight in our industry has been on security-related and product stewardship issues.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn from the Advisers
Panelists: David Rivers, R&S Compliance Group, LLC; Peter Downing, Environmental and Safety Solutions, Inc.; Jake Taylor, Kestrel Management, LLC; John Shepard, Eagle Group USA Inc.

One representative from each Responsible Distribution Adviser company will discuss issues they have observed (or witnessed) in working with NACD members. Some of the key areas to discuss include how a new company gets started with Responsible Distribution, comparing Responsible Distribution verifications with the audit process for regulatory agencies, and how to ramp up for the 6th cycle. Learn solutions and strategies to these and other issues and how to avoid common challenges. Be sure to bring your questions for our expert panel and expect a dynamic Q&A session!

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Mock Verification Vignettes
Responsible Distribution Committee Members

And…Action! Don’t miss your Responsible Distribution Committee Members and peers acting out specific verification scenarios! Learn from and help critique the role-playing scenes based on the acceptable (or not so acceptable) responses from the code coordinator, senior management, verifiers, and more. Highlighted scenes include carrier selection, preforming internal audits, emergency response, and documentation of security.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

“And the Answer is…?”
Steve Cooper, A.G. Layne, Inc.; Andy Lovenduski, Ribelin Sales, a division of Azelis Americas

Back by popular demand with a new and improved format and updated content! This interactive session will group attendees into teams to test their knowledge on a wide range of Responsible Distribution-related questions!

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Q&A
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm



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 Kat Cooper at

Past Workshop Presentations


2017 February Responsible Distribution Workshop 

The 2017 February Responsible Distribution Workshop was on February 7-8 in Long Beach, CA. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Responsible Distribution 101
Mike Lang and Caroline Kramer, NACD
Timeline and Beyond, What to Do and When
David Rivers, R&S Compliance
Gap Analysis and Self-Assessment Report (SAR) Overview
Jake Taylor, Kestrel Management LLC
Regulatory Update
Allison Tuszynski, NACD
Chemical Industry Council of California Update
Tom Jacob, Chemical Industry Council of California
Major vs. Minor Deficiencies
Pete Downing, Environment & Safety Solutions
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
FSMA Update
Jesse Kunes, Kestral Management LLC
New Online Dashboard Demo
Caroline Kramer, NACD
How to Write Policies and Procedures
J'on Rider, Gallade Chemical, Inc.
TSCA Update
Lisa Burchi, Bergeson & Campbell
New Specification: “Media Training”
Oliver Schmidt, C4CS, LLC


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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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