Environmental management emerged as a profession in the 1970s, following the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As companies began limiting waste to prevent pollution, environmental engineer positions were created to adapt existing manufacturing systems. With the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, workplace safety and occupational health requirements established the need for dedicated environmental, health, and safety (EHS) personnel.
Over time, companies developed systematic ways of complying with environmental, health and safety regulations. In the 1990s, the advancements in data technology management allowed organizations to analyze operations. Companies began documenting key environmental and safety statistics, and examining the possibilities for improvement. This environmental, health and safety program oversight created a new management role under the realm of EHS. The newly appointed leaders, who began their careers in one of the three sub-disciplines, started to create systems to drive EHS progress across all operations.
Today, EHS professionals are leading corporate efforts toward sustainability. Building on decades of experience, EHS leaders are striving to meet this challenge while continuing to reduce the number of incidents across an enterprise. Through ongoing communication, collaboration and education, EHS professional can continue to advance preparedness and response, while fostering sustainability.
Below is a list of 2013 conferences for EHS professionals that can assist in enhancing company programs. (The list reflects statements from the conference presenters and should not be considered a TRP endorsement.). Conferences include:
Spillcon 2013, the Asia-Pacific Oil Spill Preparedness Conference: April 8-12, 2013 (Cairns, Australia) - A key international platform, presented by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Australian Institute of Petroleum, for discussing and sharing experiences on how to prevent and respond to oil spills and will focus on the delivery and exchange of practical and real-life information and dialogue. Spillcon 2013 operates in cooperation with the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in the United States, and Interspill in Europe, each responsible for hosting an event once in a three-year cycle.
Continuity Insights Management Conference: April 22-24, 2013 (San Diego, CA) - A business continuity focused conference for senior-level managers offering a comprehensive educational programming, numerous networking opportunities, a review of the latest technologies and practices, additional certification and post-conference workshops, and much more.
CPM East (Continuity, Response Recovery): May 14-15, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) - A forum created to bring together government, the private sector, and first responders to share best practices for disaster recovery. Attendees are typically those responsible for preparing and planning for emergencies and operational disruptions. The conference offers opportunities and resources that encourage prevention, mitigation, and response collaboration between the private sector and federal, state and local governments.
The World Conference on Disaster Management: June 23-26, 2013 (Toronto, Canada) - Provides the opportunity to gain valuable education, training and best practices from world renowned experts regarding mitigation, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. The 2013 WCDM conference sessions include topics covering business continuity, emergency management, crisis communications, and resilience.
Volunteer Protection Programs Participants’ Association: (VPPPA): August 26-29, 2013 (Nashville, TN) - Encourages and provides opportunities for EHS professionals to network, learn, and advance as leaders in occupational safety and health issues. Participants range from safety and health managers, employee safety team members, industrial hygienists, union representatives, consultants, environmental health specialists, and human resource managers Government agency representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Energy (DOE) are also available for networking and education. In addition to the national conference, all VPPPA chapters host annual chapter conferences.
NAEM EHS Management Forum: October 23-25, 2013 (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) - The EHS Management Forum is the largest annual NAEM gathering for environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. Peer-led interactive sessions and keynote presentations showcases best practices in EHS and sustainability management.
National Safety Council Congress and Expo: September 28 - October 4, 2013 (Chicago, IL) - In 2012, the National Safety Council celebrated one hundred years of safety commitment and progress as it marked a century since the first Safety Congress in 1912. This non-profit organization’s mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities. Attendees represent safety professionals from numerous industries including manufacturing, construction, petrochemical and utilities.
IAEM-USA 60th Annual Conference & EMEX 2013: October 25 - 30, 2013 (Reno, NV) - Partnering conference of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMEX) that provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advances IAEM-USA committee work. Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health, and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disaster. More than 2,500 participants are expected to attend this 61st conference.
Clean Gulf: November 12-14, 2013 (Tampa, FL) - Opportunity for companies, regulatory agencies, and associations involved in exploration, production, shipping, transportation or storage of petroleum, petrochemicals or hazardous materials to view the latest products, services and technologies, as well as hear about the latest trends and developments in the oil spill response industry. This event is co-located with the Deepwater Prevention & Response Conference.
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