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EIA 2024 National Conference & Exhibition Agenda

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EIA 2024 Schedule At A Glance

Saturday, March 16
10:00am – 12:00pm Registration
4:00pm – 4:30pm Volunteers/BOD Meeting

Sunday, March 17
8:30am – 12:00pm Registration
8:30am – 12:00pm Presentation Skills Workshop
1:00pm – 7:00pm Exhibitor Set Up
3:00pm Sail Away With EIA

Monday, March 18
7:30am – 4:00pm Registration
7:30am - 8:30am Coffee Setup
Exhibit Hall Open
8:30am – 10:00am EIA Annual Meeting & General Session
10:00am – 10:30am Mid-Morning Break
Exhibit Hall Open
10:30am – 11:15am Technical Sessions
11:30am – 12:15pm Technical Sessions
12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch on your Own
1:00 – 1:30pm EIA First Timers’/Meet the Chapters Mixer
1:30pm – 3:00pm Vendor Introductions & Giveaways - Exhibit Hall Open
3:00pm – 4:00pm Contractors’ Roundtable & Committee Meeting
EMS/ESA Roundtable & Committee Meeting
4:15 -5:00pm Technical Session
5:00pm – 6:00pm Exhibitor’s Welcome Reception
7:00pm Women’s Committee Social - Please RSVP!

Tuesday, March 19

8:00am - 9:00am Coffee Setup
Exhibit Hall Open
8:30am – 4:30pm Registration
9:00am – 10:00am Plenary Session
10:00am – 10:30am Mid-Morning Break/Exhibit Hall Open
10:30am – 11:15am Technical Sessions
11:15am - 12:00pm Technical Sessions
12:00 – 1:15pm Exhibit Hall Open
Lunch Served – Table Topics
1:15pm – 2:00pm Lead Roundtable
Technical Presentation
2:00pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Break/Exhibit Hall Open
3:00pm Exhibitor Tear Down
3:00pm – 4:00pm Women's Committee Panel Presentation
4:15pm – 5:00pm IAQ Roundtable/Committee Meeting
Technical Presentation
6:30pm – 9:00pm EIA Annual Social Event & Environmental Remediation Industry Awards

Wednesday, March 20

8:00am Registration & Coffee Setup
9:00am – 9:45am Plenary Session
10:00am – 10:45am Technical Sessions
11:00am – 12:00pm Asbestos & S&A Roundtable
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 1:45pm Technical Sessions
2:00pm – 2:45pm Technical Sessions
3:00pm – 3:45pm Technical Sessions
4:00pm – 6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

Click here for our amazing Sponsors and Exhibitors! We thank you for your support and welcome you to San Diego!

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Registration Opens
12:00pm - 3:00pm

EIA Board Meeting
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Sunday, March 17, 2024

EIA Presentation Skills
8:30am - 12:30pm
Renee Rubner, MA (Ed.), CPP, COM, CMP, Greenville Technical College, Joy Finch, Greenville Technical College & Andre Zwanenburg, Terracon

The ability to effectively give a compelling presentation or training session, including visuals, does not come naturally or happen by accident. Too often, we unknowingly rely on the same poor practices for years without learning the skills to engage an audience and communicate our valuable knowledge effectively. The best technical information goes to waste in a weak presentation. This program is an excellent opportunity to hone your presentation skills from some of the industry's best trainers and most experienced presenters. Whether you are new to public speaking or have been presenting for years, this is a must-attend. We encourage ALL EIA presenters to participate, and welcome everyone, members, non-members, and ABRA members, as part of your full conference registration.

Ready for San Diego? Sail Away with EIA!

Join your EIA pals at to enjoy an outing to see the sites of one of the most beautiful cities in the US…by boat! Set sail with your EIA friends Sunday afternoon for this unbeatable journey around the San Diego waterways! Space is limited! For additional information, to register, or if you wish to sponsor the event, please contact the Environmental Information Association at 888-343-4342 or Tickets are $125 and include sailing, food, & beverages!

Monday, March 18, 2024

EIA Annual Meeting & Opening General Session – 8:30am

This session is open to all conference attendees! The schedule for this session includes the introduction of EIA governance, a short presentation by EIA Managing Director J. Brent Kynoch, EIA President Peter DeLucia, and EIA 2024 Conference Chair Dean Mochrie. This session also features the presentation of the 2024 Jack Snider Jr. Award and the EIA 2024 keynote address.

Vendor Introductions and Giveaways in the Exhibit Hall – Open to All! 1:30pm

Join us in the Exhibit Hall to meet the Exhibitors of EIA 2023! Each Vendor will introduce themselves and welcome members to the conference! Don't miss this great break in the EIA schedule or the fabulous giveaways provided by these supporting organizations!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Tuesday Lunch Table Topics! 12:00pm

Ready for some more one-on-one with our speakers? Our Tuesday lunch will feature the opportunity to have a more intimate discussion with our EIA and ABRA experts. Each lunch table is assigned a session topic and will feature a continuation of the technical session discussion. Get there early so you get a seat with the speaker of your choice! Only seven seats per topic!

Want to feature your company at one of our tables? Sponsor a table for just $350...then take advantage of the opportunity to decorate your table with company swag, colors, and decor! Want details? Email

Tuesday Evening – EIA Annual Social Event – 6:30pm – EIA at the Oscars

EIA Goes to the Oscars! No one walks away from this event a stranger, and the 2024 EIA Annual Social Event will be a highlight of an outstanding conference! Show out, dress up, and arrive to walk the red carpet in Southern California style! Join us for the best party of the year! The EIA Awards, dinner, music, and some of the best company you can find will make this the best party you'll attend all year! This event is included in your Conference Registration and will welcome EIA and ABRA participants, alike!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

EIA Roundtables & Technical Committee Meetings:
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Contractors'
  • Sampling & Analytical
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • BioRecovery - Ask the Experts

Join us for an exceptional opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from colleagues and regulatory representatives, featuring an added BioRecovery Roundtable for our ABRA attendees! Join us for fantastic industry discourse at the Asbestos, IAQ, Lead, Sampling & Analytical, ESA/EMS, and BioRecovery Roundtables to gain valuable information on trends and issues in the industry. Join an EIA Technical Committee to expand your Association participation, publish articles, and help steer the future for EIA and your industry!

EIA & ABRA 2024 Technical Program – Monday, March 18 – Wednesday, March 20

EIA & ABRA Technical Sessions

Sessions mark with an asterisk (*) will be streamed for virtual attendees and recorded.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Presentation Skills 8:30am – 12:30pm
Renee Rubner, CPP, COM, CMP, Joy Finch & Andre Zwanenburg
The ability to effectively give a compelling presentation or training session, including visuals, does not come naturally or happen by accident. Too often, we unknowingly rely on the same poor practices for years without learning the skills to engage an audience and communicate our valuable knowledge effectively. The best technical information goes to waste in a weak presentation. This program is an excellent opportunity to hone your presentation skills from some of the industry's best trainers and most experienced presenters. Whether you are new to public speaking or have been presenting for years, this is a must-attend. We encourage ALL EIA and ABRA track presenters to participate and welcome everyone, members, non-members, and ABRA members, as part of your full conference registration.

Monday, March 18, 2024

EIA Annual Meeting & Opening General Session – 8:30am*

This session is open to all conference attendees! The schedule for this session includes the introduction of EIA governance, the welcoming of our ABRA partners, a short presentation by EIA Managing Director J. Brent Kynoch, EIA President Peter DeLucia, and EIA 2024 Conference Chair Dean Mochrie. This session also features the presentation of the 2024 Jack Snider Jr. Award and the EIA 2024 keynote address.

Featured in the EIA and ABRA 2024 Technical Program – Monday, March 18 – Wednesday, March 20

Monday, March 18, 2024
10:30 - 11:15am

Respiratory Protection Training*
Michelle McIntyre, MPH, CIH, CSP, CMC, CIEC, CMC, Universal Engineering Sciences
OSHA requires all workers who wear respirators to take annual training in Respiratory Protection.  We often find gaps when we perform company audits. Examples include abatement contractors, remediation contractors, asbestos and mold inspectors, industrial hygienists.

Objective:  To provide RPP training for attendees who are required to wear respirators or who voluntarily wear respirators.  A certificate of attendance will be provided to each student from UES, signed by the instructor (CIH/CSP credentialed) which can be used to help satisfy the OSHA RPP training requirements.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of respiratory hazards related to the abatement and remediation industry
  • Health effects of respiratory hazards
  • OSHA standard requirements
  • Types of respirators and cartridges
  • Sample RPP written program
  • Program administration
  • Medical exams and fit testing requirements
  • Q&A

Analysis of NOB Building Materials for Asbestos
Tianbao Bai, Ph.D., Eurofins Built Environment Testing
According to the USEPA NESHAP regulations, building materials are generally classified as friable and non-friable materials by asbestos building inspectors in the field based on their friability. However, in the laboratory building materials are typically classified as friable materials and non-organically bound (NOB) materials. The corresponding analytical methods are different. The EPA 82 “interim” method was chosen for friable building materials only, and the EPA 93 “improved” method can be used for both friable and NOB materials. These methods also correspond to the current NVLAP’s listing on its scope of accreditation. In the “improved” method, alternative approaches such as gravimetric matrix reduction, gravimetric point count, as well as TEM semi-quantitative method and quantitative methods are recommended for analyzing building materials such as NOBs which have interfering matrices for a straight PLM analysis. This presentation will discuss when to use these alternative methods, as well as the pros and cons of each alternative method. Case studies of routine customer sample analysis will be presented. Examples include floor tile, roofing, and caulking. The common problems we experienced in the laboratory related to field sampling are also addressed. Based on thousands of actual lab data, Dr. Bai will recommend which alternative method to use to achieve the most accurate results for each different type of NOB material.

What Stinks? Common Odor Sources & How to Find Them
Derrick A. Denis, Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC)
Odors. They can drive investigators, remediators, and clients batty. Odors are challenging to describe. Odor sources are widely varied. Detection tools are limited. Remediation methods have drawbacks. Attend this session and learn from an old pro some of the common odor sources, a few exotic odor sources, some odor assessment tips and tricks, a couple of prevention options, and a few remediation choices.

11:30am - 12:15pm

Hazardous Waste on an Asbestos Project, What Do You Need to Know*
Andre Zwanenburg, Terracon
Most of us are experts in asbestos and lead, but did you know that most Asbestos abatement or demolition projects also create RCRA-regulated Hazardous waste? This session will give you a 30,000-foot overview of the Federal RCRA regulations and how they apply to your project site. During this session, you will learn more about what RCRA waste is, how I find out if my waste on site is RCRA regulated, and how we handle it. We will also look at what type of waste can be created on your project sites that may be RCRA-regulated.

Navigating the Digital Frontier: Transforming Environmental Contracting Through Emerging Technologies
Roni Szigeti, Fieldflo
Nathan Boor, AAC Contracting
In the ever-evolving landscape of environmental contracting, the integration of emerging technologies has become an imperative for staying competitive, compliant, safe and collaborative. This panel discussion brings together industry leaders who have successfully harnessed software solutions to streamline their businesses. They will share their experiences on how they not only adopted but also ensured their teams embraced these innovations. Key Topics include The Digital Transformation Journey,

Selecting the Right Tools, Overcoming Resistance to Change, Streamlining Business Processes, Enhancing Data Insights, Ensuring Collaboration, Lessons Learned and Future Outlook: Wrapping up the discussion, the panelists will share valuable lessons learned from their technology adoption journey. They will also provide insights into their vision for the future of environmental contracting and the role technology will play in it. Join us for this insightful panel discussion as we explore the transformative power of emerging technologies in environmental contracting and learn how to navigate the green frontier successfully.

Disinfection 201
Norris Gearhart, CR, RTPE
This session will provide an in-depth overview of the following topics:

High-level disinfection - Understand the specific EPA Definitions and the need for precise language in your documents and marketing materials. Review log reductions, active ingredients, target organisms, and delivery systems.

Material compatibility - The organism may be eradicated. Did we kill the surface as well? A look at material compatibility, degradation, and possible implications for warrantees.

EPA beyond the label - Purpose and format of the registration number, distributor numbers, state designations, multiple establishment numbers, Experimental use permit number, Special local need registration number emerging pathogens. How can knowing this help me?

Testing and validation - Types of validation technologies, Surface monitoring, air monitoring, and water monitoring. Choosing the correct clearance protocol.

12:15 - 1:30pm - Lunch On Your Own

1:00 - 1:30pm - First Timers' and Meeting the Chapters Mixer

1:30 - 3:00pm - Vendor Introductions and Giveaways in the Exhibit Hall

3:00 - 4:00pm

Contractors' Roundtable*
EMS/ESA Roundtable
ABRA BioRecovery Roundtable

4:15 - 5:00pm

Don’t Meth Around.... Do You Know the Risks of Recreational Drug Use to Non-Users?*
Michelle Rosales, MPH, CIH, FACS
Kristy Thornton
The illicit drug epidemic continues to gain public awareness; however, one aspect of the problem gets little attention: Illicit drug residue caused by recreational use can expose others to severe health risks – whether they are users or not. That means anyone who accidentally inhales or absorbs illicit drug residue is threatened. Only a handful of states have regulations that outline proper assessment procedures, remediation protocols, and clearance levels for impacted properties. The potential ramifications of insufficient or improperly conducted procedures or entry can be devastating. This isn’t a job for maintenance staff or housekeeping unless proper equipment and training is arranged beforehand. If police officers can fall victim to fentanyl exposure, it’s certain that untrained workers entering a suspicious area are at an elevated risk.

The presentation will focus on the following:

  1. Brief history of methamphetamine and fentanyl
  2. Health effects
  3. Current state and federal regulations
  4. Proper assessment & sampling
  5. Remediation recommendations
  6. Clearance sampling

Toxic and Hazardous Substances Monitoring
Tim Quinn, SGS-Cloud Sensor Networks
At a typical refinery, there are more than 2.5 million potential sources of leaks on the grounds, determining the source is the problem. (Bob Gallagher, July 26, 2022; AZO Materials). Most, if not all, of the methods are not used for detecting specific fugitive emissions source(s) such as benzene since their primary purpose is locating area fugitive emissions from a specific facility or nearby a facility. The most specific method employed to date that indicate the potential source(s) of fugitive emissions is the AIHR Shark (SGS) by utilizing Live View (TerraBase) software. Most the other methods generate area plumes that are produced from models which focus on general sources as well as the downwind areas that may be impacted. Some of these efforts use multiple sources of measurement including sensors, field ready analytical instruments such as gas chromatographs with different detectors, UV-Visible spectrophotometers, FTIR instrumentations, differential absorption Lidar, optical gas imaging cameras as well as audio, visual and olfactory inspection. Although these techniques have been popular for leak detection and repair for general areas, they have not been purposed to aid the user in identifying specific emission sources. We will discuss the use of gas chromatographs or sensors that provide near real-time directional vectors displayed geographically for the user from cloud-based software. Utilizing this method to locate emissions allows the user to identify specific sources for both acute and chronic benzene emissions. After testing this method for benzene in actual refineries in the past four years, users have been able to identify up to 75% of the of the fugitive emission sources that were indicated by the vectors produced by the software. This presentation will describe how these directional vectors are produced and fully utilized by the user.

5:30 - 6:30pm - Exhibit Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:00 - 8:30pm - Women's Committee Mixer - San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room, Seaport Village
This event is open to all conference registrants, but we request that you RSVP to!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Exhibit Hall Opens at 8:00am - Join us for coffee, visit our amazing vendors and say thank you for supporting EIA 2024!

9:00 - 10:00am

Asbestos Cement Water Pipes: The Unknown/Forgotten Legacy*
Julian Branch, Prevent Cancer Now
Asbestos cement, or Transite pipes contain approximately 20% asbestos. Research shows the lifespan of the pipes, on a good day, is 50 to 70-years. Recent studies have shown the rate of breakage of asbestos cement water pipes has increased greatly in recent years, and that when the pipes do break, they tend to do so in a catastrophic fashion. Government of Canada studies show severely deteriorated asbestos cement pipes can leach fibres into the water, causing a “health concern.” Those same studies show that in some circumstances, hot, dry weather can exacerbate the problem of pipe breaks, due to shifting soil.

As previously mentioned, in 1995, the EPA said swallowing asbestos from old water pipes could cause cancer. The current EPA website has downgraded the health concerns associated with ingested asbestos to an increased risk of developing benign intestinal polyps. Yet the American Cancer Society continues to highlight swallowing asbestos and asbestos cement water pipes on its website. Canada does not regulate asbestos in water. Health Canada maintains there is no evidence that ingested asbestos is hazardous. New research is coming out of Europe that is raising concerns. Researchers in Italy are working on a theory that ingested asbestos is behind increasing rates of cancer.

How and when did ingested asbestos stop causing cancer in the United States, and what is being done about the hundreds of thousands of old asbestos cement pipes that still deliver water to millions of Americans?

10:00 - 10:30am - Exhibit Hall Break - Visit our amazing vendors and say thank you for supporting EIA 2024!

10:30 - 11:15am

Silica Awareness - Respirable Crystalline Silica: What You Need to Know*
Michael Benedetto, CHC Training
Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth’s crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone. To better protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, OSHA implemented two new respirable crystalline silica standards: one for construction and the other for general industry and maritime. OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the standard for construction in 2017 and this course follows the awareness level training requirements as listed in OSHA – CR 1926.1153.

Successful completion of this session will include the receipt of a valid 1-year CHC Training certification in Silica Awareness.


OSHA Silica Standard overview

Background and health effects

Specified exposure control methods

Alternative exposure control methods

Respiratory protection


REJob Rochester - The 8-Week Journey
Paul Mcfadden, City Of Rochester; REJob 3.0
Schenine Mitchell, EPA Brownfields Coordinator
The City of Rochester: REJob- 8 week environmental job training program is a comprehensive, multi-partner effort, which is designed by workforce development management to lead to sustainable long-term environmental employment and to make sure affected residents share in the economic benefits derived from Brownfields redevelopment. In addition, the 8-week, non-paid training program specifically targets dislocated workers, severely underemployed individuals, and unemployed individuals, including low-income and minority residents, veterans, and those with little or no advanced education. The content of the training has been designed based on substantial input of environmental employers and canvassed through surveys, the Environmental Workforce Advisory Council, and consultation with other communities that have successful environmental training programs.

This presentation will focus on Rochester residents who live in Brownfields neighborhoods that have access to exposure to a disproportionate amount of environmental contamination in our community and will gain construction skills as well as employment in the assessment, cleanup, and management of Brownfields, hazardous waste sites and other environmental remediation projects. High-quality environmental training is provided annually to residents of environmental justice communities, leading to long-term sustainable employment in the environmental field. The REJob 3.0 program promotes self-sufficiency and enables residents to promote environmental health and occupational safety in their communities as well as at their places of employment. After another successful 100 percent completion of its 7th consecutive year, another cohort of 26 trainees, the 2023 REJob 3.0 Training Program is proud to have placed a total of 148 Rochester residents into careers within the environmental construction industry. All graduates have been placed in a wide variety of environmental career positions, including City Environmental Services, Engineering Consultation Firms, Construction Inspection Companies, and Brownfield Redevelopment Firms.

11:15am - 12:00pm

Legionella & Waterborne Pathogen Control: Are You Keeping Your Building’s Water Protected?*
Chelsea Thomas, MS, CEP-IT, Pace Analytical Services
This session will address existing and recent developments related to biological water
safety—specifically, Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. Legionella does not only affect
healthcare-related buildings. Any building (commercial, residential, healthcare, hotel, gym, etc.) that has a premise plumbing system or non-potable systems (cooling towers, decorative water features, pools, and spas) could be at risk for Legionella growth and transmission. Understanding the growing body of regulations keeps occupants safe and owners compliant. The presentation will focus of the following:
1. Introduction to Legionella
2. Existing and recent regulations, standards, and guidelines
3. Proactive vs. Reactive response
4. Water Safety Management Plans
5. Sampling methodology
6. Remediation Strategies

Measuring and Managing GHG in Construction Supply Chains: The Role of ESG Reporting & the QS Opportunity
Ross Huartt & Matt Mangus, MBC Group
The construction industry, pivotal to global economic growth, is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, particularly within its extensive supply chains. This presentation aims to educate on the methodologies, monetization of carbon and the importance of measuring and managing Scope 3 carbon emissions in the construction, demolition, and renovation sectors, which are intricately linked with the Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance market. Scope 3 emissions, representing the indirect emissions in a company's value chain, are often the largest source of GHG emissions and the hardest to control. Our discussion will focus on the challenges and strategies for quantifying these emissions and the role of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) reporting solutions in achieving decarbonization goals. We will examine how precise tracking and reporting of carbon emissions are critical for companies to meet not just regulatory requirements but to drive genuine sustainability in their operations.The session will delve into the utilization of the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard, which is the internationally recognized framework for end-to-end GHG accounting. We will explore how this standard is applied within the Canadian context, especially following the requirements set out by the Government of Canada for FRFI reporting.

12:00 - 1:15pm - Lunch - Table Topics!
This dynamic lunch setup features tables hosted by our session speakers! This is a perfect opportunity to engage in a deeper conversation over the specific topics, ask questions, and network with the experts on our agenda. Get there and get seated join the speaker of your choice! 

Interested in sponsoring a speaker's table? This is a perfect opportunity to decorate your table with company swag, colors, and any fun giveaway you can think of!

1:15 - 2:00pm 

Lead Roundtable*

The Next BIG Environmental Opportunity: PFAS
Darrin McElroy, Environmental Construction Group, Mike Bruno, Costera Environmental, Adam Burton, Costera Environmental, Kevin Hall, Group Delta, Mike Cassidy, P.G., CHG, Group Delta
This session will address the challenges and opportunities for the professionals in our industry who are tackling PFAS work. The presenters will provide an overview of a large-scale PFAS remediation project, breaking down the process into three components: the industrial hygiene work, the remediation work, and finally, the waste disposal.

2:00 - 3:00pm - Exhibit Hall Break - Visit our amazing vendors and say thank you for supporting EIA 2024!

3:00 - 4:00pm

Women's Committee Panel Presentation*
Panelists - Peggy Forney, EPA - Retired, Danaya Wilson, CHC Training, Kristy Thornton, MS, COH, FACS, Lori A. Cathcart, Terracon
Moderated by Sarah Jamieson, EMSL & Courtney Enderle, Women's Committee Co-Chairs
Join us for this outstanding presentation on the state of women in the EHS industry! The Environmental Information Association has conducted our fourth annual study on women's positions in our male-dominated industry. Ms. Jamieson and Ms. Enderle will briefly present the findings and the experience and knowledge of the experts on our committee. In addition, they will lead a panel of EIA's industry-leading individuals in leadership roles and explore the different successes and challenges in our multidisciplinary industry.

4:15 - 5:00pm

IAQ Roundtable*

Beyond Compliance: How a Well-Executed Pre-Construction Asbestos Survey Benefits Contractors, Consultants, and Owners Alike
Kevin Hutton, EAST Centers of NY, LLC

This is a presentation for ALL users of an Asbestos Survey, not just Asbestos Inspectors. This is not a specific ‘how to’ presentation on Asbestos Surveys. This is a discussion on ‘why’ we do Asbestos Survey. We’ll discuss how surveys affect the overall success of the project, good practices or sloppy, how to spot them, and how they affect the success of the project. The session will answer the following questions: What kind of survey is needed? What lessons can be learned for inspectors, those buying inspection services, and those relying on the survey data? How to limit errors that cause disruption to work, unsafe situations for workers, change orders, and delays?

6:30 - 9:00pm - EIA Annual Social Event - EIA At the Oscars

Don your best red carpet look at join us at EIA Goes to the Oscars! We will celebrate a successful year, the EIA Annual Remediation Industry award winners, and party the night away! This is included in your EIA & ABRA conference registration.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

9:00 - 9:45am

State of the Abatement Industry*
BJ Fungaroli, EHG, an Alloy Company
Recently a key indicator of industry health illustrated a shocking finding. The top 20 abatement contractors, as ranked by revenue, increased approximately 40% year over year to an all-time reported high.  But why? Unheard of ten-plus years ago, cash from outside investors continues to pour into our industry. Again, but why?  Who is investing, who is divesting?  What impact does this have on you and the industry as a whole? This update on the industry shall provide some insight into the why’s. We will look at the historical trends that have been presented at the EIA since the early 2000’s and the overall international market and drivers. This periodic market research installment shall be broader than ever before as we cover the entirety of the fiscal picture. Analysis will be presented of the growth in a comprehensive market fashion. Key non-financial indicators, such as labor growth, to everyone’s favorite key efficiency and financial ratios, will also be highlighted! On top of the newly added global perspective, a cross-section of research provided by the federal government, economic consultancies, contractor’s trade groups, and privately paid resources, as well as our own twisted corporate insight into the market’s dynamics, will be assessed. The goal of the presentation is to inform, entertain, and, hopefully, give you some tools as you continue your strategic initiatives.

Hidden Hazards of the Houseless Clean-up
Mike Casey, Rapid Response BioClean
This session will provide some insight into what to expect when cleaning an occupied houseless encampment. We will review effective methods and techniques for these types of cleanups. The general outline for this session includes:
I. Posting etiquette and risks
II. Arrival and initial hazard assessment
III. Keeping the peace. How to communicate the terms of the relocation
IV. Trash, drug paraphernalia and human waste. Common and less common hazards
V. Training suggestions. CPI, first aid and Narcan
VI. Public image and the importance of compassion
VII. Q and A

10:00 - 10:45am

EPA Update on Lead Test Kits*
Scott Drewes & Marc Edmonds, EPA
Virtual presentation on the updates from EPA since the discontinuation of the 3M Lead Check test.

General Uses of AI Long Language Models and How to Adapt AI to Our Industry
Ian Bunker, Terracon
This session will address hurdles and pitfalls as well as the business approach to use in AI application. In addition, the speaker will provide a first-hand example of how it could work within a consulting firm and examples of implementation into the industry to save time and money and provide impact. After this introduction, the presenter will engage an interactive presentation to show the audience how to set up the prompts and design a quick report, safety plan, or and other components.

Bio Recovery Site Risk Assessment 1.5 - Training Your staff
Thomas Licker, First Onsite Property Restoration
Too often in the cleaning industry, we see many companies trying to tackle a project completely outside their “wheelhouse.” The lure of making a profit on a job is always there, but what are the exposures? Even in the Bio Recovery industry, we find contractors that jump at the chance of a job; after all, the industry is usually 100% event-driven, and everybody has to pay the rent. By the time an insurance carrier arrives to evaluate the claim, mitigation is finished or almost completed. Many cleaning company owners think it is “just blood,” but when you look at the variables that can arise, one can quickly become overwhelmed. In 2016, The American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) embarked on developing an international guidance document to help contractors understand the perils they face regarding Bio Recovery mitigation projects. In fact, the Bio Recovery industry is getting more and more dangerous for contractors responding to what used to be a routine emergency response. This Guidance document can help justify the precautions taken and provide those with the need that protocols are in place to protect their health.

• Intelligence gathering on the call – front-end management.
• Determine the type of risk present – determination of risk group
• Identify the risk-group impacted area
• Determine class (I – IV) of required risk mitigation measures
• Risk mitigation guidelines/precautions/engineering controls/
• cross-contamination prevention
• Life safety assessment
• Response team sign-off/ JSA

11:00am - 12:00pm
Asbestos and Sampling & Analytical Roundtable*

12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch on Your Own

1:00 - 1:45pm

The Fallacy of PCM Clearance Air Sampling*
Angelo Garcia, III, Future Environment Designs
Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) clearance sampling is required for projects less than 160 square feet or 260 linear feet down to a minor fiber release episode. This clearance sampling is typically done utilizing the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) 7400 methodology for asbestos air sampling that utilizes phase contrast microscopy. However, this methodology was not developed for the purpose of asbestos clearance sampling where you would have relatively low counts of asbestos fibers on the filter. This methodology was developed for atmospheres where it was expected to have high concentrations of asbestos fibers on the filter. This presentation will discuss several problems with utilizing the NIOSH 7400 method for clearance sampling and changes that should be made for clearance sampling to mean the work area is actually safe for workers and the public to reenter.

Maggots and Sewer Gas - A Case Study of a Sick Office
John Lewis & Catherine Mills, ECOH Management Inc.
Months of complaints from office workers of nausea, headaches, and maggots dropping on their desks caused employee outrage and refusals to show up to the office, resulting in below-average employee productivity. Several pest control companies, and home inspection companies were brought into the facility by the landlord to locate and rectify the problems that continued to make the employees sick in this building, but problems soon returned. ECOH was brought into the facility at the request of the property manager to locate the source of the maggots and try to determine why the employees were developing persistent headaches and nausea. ECOH inspected the facility and quickly located the source of the maggots and developed a phased approach to identify the source of the headaches and nausea. Extensive testing of the air within the office space did not reveal any significant indoor air quality issues that may have been the source of the headaches and nausea, so we needed to start looking at less obvious sources of the offending odors. Follow Mr. Lewis as he walks you through the investigative process at the facility and see what was observed beneath the slab and within the walls of the facility.

2:00 - 2:45pm

Lead Paint or Not Lead Paint – That is the Question*
Joy Finch, Greenville Technical College
The EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) regulations allow Certified Renovators to test whether or not lead is present using EPA-recognized lead test kits, but in 2023 3M discontinued production of the LeadCheck™ swabs due to supply chain issues. This presentation will review data comparing LeadCheck swab results to other lead test kits that are still available, X-ray Fluorescence analysis, and laboratory paint chip testing and include a discussion of remaining options for identifying lead paint prior to RRP work.

Mold Prevention
Teymur Schwartz, Clearity

3:00 - 3:45pm

Air on the Side of Caution - A Comparison of Mold Sampling Methodologies
Bill Weber, AVELAR
For several decades, air sampling has been a common practice to determine the mold burden in an interior environment.  Based on the lab data, major decisions are made that impact the building and its occupants.  This presentation assesses the different methods for sampling the indoor environment. Specifically, it concentrates on non-viable air sampling, its history, and its advantages and disadvantages. Then, we will explore MSqPCR dust collection sampling and learn its benefits and drawbacks. Non-viable air sampling can be misleading and provide false negatives, causing confusion for those interpreting the data and extending the recovery of occupants. Resource textbooks and studies are cited within the presentation for additional attendee reading and research.

IICRC S520 Update
Cole Stanton, Restoration Cross Check


Please note that all registration cancellations will be subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be processed after February 19, 2024.

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