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Concurrent Session 5

Emergency Response & P​​reparedness

Emergency Response & Preparedness Track

Monday, October 30

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Moderator: Billy Bullock, DHSc, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Director of Industrial Hygiene, CSX Transportation​,  Jacksonville, FL.

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

An IH’s Role during Mercury Response Scenarios

Presenter: Val Garner, MBA, CIH, CHMM, Vice President, Business Management, SWS Environmental Services, Panama City Beach, FL.

This session will provide a disciplined process for the response and decontamination of mercury in workplace, commercial, and residential settings. Participants will be guided through the decision making process necessary to assure the effective verification of mercury decontamination through the following methods:

  • Physical Inspection,
  • Field Screening and Monitoring, and
  • Final Confirmation Sampling.


4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The IH Role in Response to a Submerged Barge of Benzene in Lake Erie

Presenter: Ed Primeau, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, United States Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, Fort Dix, NJ.

In 1937 the Barge Argo sunk in Lake Erie during a storm. The 135-foot barge was reported to be carrying 100,000 gallons of crude oil and 100,000 gallons of benzol. The barge had not been located since the day it sank in the western portion of the lake. Then in August 2015 divers from The Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) announced they had discovered the barge in 50 feet of water north of Sandusky, Ohio.  An emergency response was initiated due to the substantial threat to the public health and environment. A Unified Command with the US Coast Guard and the State of Ohio was establish to remove the remainder of the product from the barge. During dive operations to prepare the hull, a rivet came off and a significant exposure to benzene was measured on the surface of the lake.

Mr. Edward Primeau was sent to assist as the Safety Officer for the response. He is the Industrial Hygienist for the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The strike team is a special team within the Coast Guard that supports the Federal On-Scene Coordinator during oil spill and hazardous material releases. He is qualified as a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type I Safety Officer, and has over 10 years’ experience with the team responding to oil spills, hazmat releases, and natural disasters such as hurricanes.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 Presenters

 
Name and Bio



Ed Primeau, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, Fort Dix, NJ.

Edward Primeau is the Industrial Hygienist for the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Strike Team is a hazardous materials/oil spill response team for the Coast Guard. He is also the past Chair and the current Secretary for the Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group.​



Val Garner, MBA, CIH, CHMM, Vice President, Business Management, SWS Environmental Services, Panama City Beach, FL.

Val Garner is currently Vice President of Business Management with SWS Environmental Services. Prior to working in this capacity Mr. Garner served for 8 years as the Vice President of HSE/Risk Management for SWS. He holds a BS in Occupational, Safety and Health Management from the University of Findlay and an MBA from Auburn University. Furthermore, Mr. Garner is a credentialed Hazardous Materials Manager and Certified Industrial Hygienist. 

Mr. Garner is a member of AIHA® and is the Past Chair of AIHA’s® Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee. Mr. Garner is also a member of the Spill Control Association of America where he serves as an alternate board member and chairman of the Safety Committee. He served in an advisory capacity through the development of American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 98 entitled, “Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders” released in August of 2013.​