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Concurrent Session 8

Emergency Res​​ponse & Preparedness

Emergency Response & Preparedness Track

Tuesday, October 31

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

The IH Role in an Oil Gas Pipeline Release

Presenter: Benjamin Chandler, MS, CIH, Senior IH Consultant, GHD Services, Inc., Little Rock, AR.

Pipeline releases involving hazardous chemicals within populated areas often result in a greater potential for exposures to recognized health hazards for responding workers and residential/commercial receptors. The industrial hygienist has a critical role in the recognition, evaluation, and control of exposures during the subsequent response and mitigation activities. 

This presentation will provide strategies for the quantitative assessment of chemical/physical hazards that are anticipated during emergency situations for the purpose of determining human health risks. Real-time air monitoring instrumentation and integrated air sampling methodologies will be discussed, along with examples of hazard determination. A review of the applicable exposure guidelines and standards will be presented as the basis for PPE selection and regulatory compliance. 

The presenter will share actual experiences responding to multiple emergency situations to assess human health risks with the participants. He will also describe aspects of hazard recognition, evaluation, and control during a response to a pipeline release. The types of resources called on by the industry sector to assess human health risks during an emergency response (internal resources, third-party response management, regulator interaction, emergency drills) and the site contingency programs will also be examined. ​​

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The IH Role During Post-Explosion Response Involving Anhydrous Ammonia in a Flash Freezing System 

Presenter: Michael Kaniuga, CIH, CSP, Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ, Tampa, FL.

This presentation will provide participants insights into the response and inner workings of a post-explosion (detonation) investigation from an industrial hygienist’s perspective. The explosion involved an anhydrous ammonia refrigerant system used for the rapid chilling (also known as flash freezing or cryogenic freezing) of food products. The presentation will cover the diverse expertise and training of the investigation team and the potential role of an industrial hygienist as a member of the team. Unique aspects of the investigation methodology considering the various objectives of the many parties involved, as well as specific safety precautions taken during the investigation, will also be discussed.​​​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

Benjamin Chandler, MS, CIH, Senior IH Consultant, GHD Services, Inc., Little Rock, AR.

Benjamin Chandler is a board-certified industrial hygienist with over 15 years of experience in the environmental, health, safety, and emergency response fields. Mr. Chandler is a Senior IH consultant for GHD Services, Inc. He serves as a project manager for GHD’s North America emergency response program. In this role, Chandler has responded to numerous facility fires, chemical releases, train derailments, pipeline events, and other emergencies to provide IH support to responding personnel, surrounding communities, and other potential receptors. 

Chandler has served as the on-site H/S Coordinator during emergency responses and developed site specific HASPs in compliance with OSHA standards and the applicable environmental regulations. He has implemented site specific air monitoring/sampling work plans designed to characterize emergency response chemical exposures and interpreted the results of exposure monitoring assessment,and has also liaised between industry representatives and/or incident command and government regulators during the response phases of emergency events and satisfied the reporting requirements established by local, state, and federal government environmental agencies.​

Michael Kaniuga, CIH, CSP, Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ, Tampa, FL.

Michael B. Kaniuga is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional with more than 17 years of experience related to the occupational health, safety and environmental practice fields. 

As a CIH, CSP, coupled with his experience and other educational training, he specializes in incident investigations involving workers and property loss. His investigations have included the collection of evidence, incident event analysis and critical reviews of applicable standard operating procedures, industry consensus standards and government regulations. He has also performed hazard identification and safety audits, and assisted in designing and implementing a number of corporate compliance programs.

Michael has provided expert opinions on a number of large and complex litigation matters related to industrial hygiene, safety product liability, industrial incident investigations and indoor air quality matters.​