ConExpo-Con/Agg March 6 Highlights

Therese Dunphy

March 6, 2014

(Photo Credit: ConExpo-Con/Agg)
(Photo Credit: ConExpo-Con/Agg)

Here are Aggregates Manager‘s picks for today’s industry educational sessions.

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Prices for the educational sessions include several options, including the following:

  • All Session Pass – $395 (includes any session from Tuesday through Friday, except any specially priced programming)

  • Session Day Pass – $195 (includes any sessions on selected day)

  • Single Session – $65

Thursday, March 6

10-11:30 a.m.

TH125: Responding to OSHA/MSHA Document Requests
by Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC (for more of Adele’s legal guidance, click here)
OSHA and MSHA have become more aggressive in demanding documents of all types during inspections and accident investigations. Their use of subpoenas and injunctions to compel production raises legal issues about what must and must not be produced. In addition, demands for third party documents, such as those from insurance companies, can create legal liability exposure. This session will discuss mandatory and non-mandatory safety-related documents, recent case law developments affecting document production, how to respond to inspector demands, how to privilege critical materials and other defensive strategies.
Learning Objectives:
1. Learn what documents must be created and maintained under MSHA and OSHA regulations
2. Understand the powers and limitations related to subpoenas, injunctions and discovery requests
3. Comprehend the distinctions between attorney/client and attorney work product privilege, and which types of documents can be privileged.

1-2:30 p.m.

TH86: Understanding your Facility’s Energy Costs
by Erik Fenger, Rocky Mountain Energy Management
In most manufacturing and mining companies, a disconnect exists between those who utilize energy (Operations), those who procure energy (Purchasing) and those who pay the energy bill (Accounting). Learn how to understand energy costs and identify opportunities for reduction.
Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate how to read and understand utility charges.
2. Understand how energy is consumed and charged within the facility.
3. Discuss opportunities and strategies for energy cost and usage reduction in your company.

3-4 p.m.

TH93 – Noise and Dust: A Sound Approach to a Cloudy Issue
by Jonathan Ferdinand, GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech
At local zoning hearings, the neighborhood will submit “excessive noise and dust conditions” as reasons to have permit applications denied, leaving zoning authorities and state agencies struggling with determining fact from fiction. The best defense in addressing these allegations is to present factual information pertaining to noise and dust conditions at the operation. Learn how gathering short-term measurements at multiple locations around the operation, comparing these measured levels to standards and evaluating impacts from future and/or expanded operations is paramount to presenting a convincing defense
Learning objectives:
1. Learn the issues surrounding noise and dust for aggregate operations that arise at zoning hearings and complaints with neighbors.
2. Know the technical measurements that may be made to provide factual comparison to standards.
3. Learn the means and methods to present technical data to assist in addressing noise and dust issues.

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