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Quick Talk 5

Enterprise​​ Risk Management and Risk Assessment

Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Assessment Track

Tuesday, October 31

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Benjamin J. Heckman, MPH, CIH, Principal, RHP Risk Management Inc., Carlisle, PA.​

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Using “Well Mixed Room” Models is Not Rocket Science!

Presenters: Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, Exposure Assessment Solutions, Inc., Morgantown, WV; Perry Logan, PhD, CIH, Senior Manager, Corporate Ergonomics and IH, Global EHS Team Leader, 3M, St. Paul, MN.​

Can you accurately predict exposures for common exposure scenarios? Resources are not always available to quantitatively evaluate every exposure scenario, and not every exposure scenario can be easily sampled. The “Well Mixed Room" (WMR) one and two-box models have been used to fill in these "data gaps." For example, WMR models can be used to generate "objective data" for previously unevaluated exposure scenarios, prioritize SEGs for quantitative exposure assessment, estimate occupational exposures, predict potential consumer exposures, and evaluate potential exposures during upset conditions and spills.  

Examples will include a toxic spill scenario and one or more product use scenarios. The toxic spill scenario involves a volatile substance and the need to estimate potential exposures and emergency response actions. The product use scenarios include both commercial and consumer use, and both normal and abnormal use patterns.

Bring your cell phone or computer to participate in an audience poll on the general use of models. A few real life scenarios will be presented to see if the audience is better than a “dart-throwing monkey” at predicting exposures. 

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Identifying Risk, Creating Opportunities: How EHS Practitioners Can Help Drive Business Success

Presenter: Denny Lerch, PE, Senior Client Leader, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Parsippany, New Jersey.

Historically, businesses have associated Enterprise Risk Management with financial risks. Environmental and health and safety, infrastructure and resource vulnerability, and global chemical and article legislation rarely reached the level of strategic business planning. Today, however, industry faces a broader array of business risks that extend beyond finance and intellectual property. The interdependence of economic, environmental, societal, and political trends interact in ways that are not always obvious. As businesses recognize the need to identify and manage vulnerabilities well beyond regulatory compliance, they h​​ave turned to the Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) community to help them address business continuity challenges arising from EHS reputation, resource vulnerabilities, product compliance, and inadequate threat identification and mitigation planning. Leveraging the capabilities and processes that address potential vulnerabilities in our highly connected society allows business to identify potential areas of risk and proactively address them while creating opportunities.

This session will equip attendees with an understanding of Enterprise Risk Management’s evolution while highlighting unique approaches that support business continuity and the bottom line, and how EHS can uncover business opportunities through new ways of thinking about risk.​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

Denny Lerch, Senior Client Leader, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Parsippany, NJ.

Denny Lerch, PE, has more than 20 years of experience in environmental permitting and regulatory compliance across a diverse set of industries – from electric utilities to pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers, consumer goods and steel manufacturers. His technical expertise includes operations risk assessments, air permitting and compliance, EHS program development, environmental compliance auditing, regulatory interpretation and guidance, compliance plan development and agency negotiations. Lerch earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and is a member of multiple professional organizations.​

​Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH, Founder & President, Exposure Assessment Solutions, Inc., Morgantown, WV.

Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH is the founder and President of Exposure Assessment Solutions, Inc. Dr. Hewett worked for 25 years as an industrial hygienist for NIOSH, in the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, where he specialized in the measurement of pneumoconiosis producing dusts. Dr. Hewett received an MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri in 1978, a PhD in industrial hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health in 1991, and is the author of several articles and chapters on exposure assessment and statistics for industrial hygiene.​