2016 Dangerous Goods Symposium Agenda

Here are a few highlights for this year's upcoming event. Check back closer to the event date for the full agenda.

Updated: August 8, 2016

Tuesday, September 6th
Time Location: Wright 1 Room
6:30 PM DGTA Annual General Meeting (Closed Session)

Wednesday, September 7th
Time Location: Wright Ballroom
10:00-10:30 AM DGS XI Launch - Orientation & Mission Assignments
Labelmaster Hosts: Neil McCulloch and Rhonda Jessop
Time Location: Wright Ballroom Facilitators
10:30 AM-12:00 PM Incident Reporting Towards Data Driven Regulations Rob Benedict & Serita McKoy, PHMSA
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Provided
Time Wright Room 1 & 2 Facilitators Wright Room 3 Facilitators
1:00-2:30 PM The ICAO Training Revolution - Competency Based Training Teun Muller, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environtment - Civil Aviation Safety & Security Division Tales from the Campfire - Best Practices in Practice Gene Sanders, W.E. Train Consulting
Pierre Boies, KargoSecur
2:30-3:00 PM Break
3:00-4:30 PM How to Prepare for a D.O.T. Inspection - Before, During, and After Bob Richard, Labelmaster Services Emergency Response - Making the Connection, Training, & Resources at Work Panel Discussion; Brian Banks (Chemtrec), Tom Kiddy (PHMSA/ERG), Donna Lepik (Transcaer), Kara Edwards (Transcaer)
Enjoy and explore the wonderful city of Chicago with other attendees or on your own!

Thursday, September 8th
All sessions will be held in the Wright Ballroom.
Time Topic Facilitator Description
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast Provided
8:30 AM-8:45 AM Labelmaster's Welcome to DGS 2016 Alan Schoen, President, Labelmaster
8:45 AM-9:15 AM The DG Message Jerry Cox, Potomac Strategy Associates Dangerous Goods Transportation: Problems Searching for Solutions and Solutions Searching for Problems
9:15 AM-10:30 AM A North American Dangerous Goods Review Michael Stevens, PHMSA
DAve Evans, EDG Consulting
  • Easing across the 49th parallel
  • Toward effective, efficient enforcement
  • Permits, approvals, and regulatory change
10:30-11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM-12:00 PM GHS Implementation Michelle Sullivan, MRS Associates Transport and Worksite Fusion
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Provided
1:00-3:30 PM A Global Perspective - DGS's International Forum Dave Brennan, IATA An Odd year to update the Technical Instructions – ICAO’s 2017 provisions in the microscope
Geoff Leach, The Dangerous Goods Office, Ltd. ADR Update
Pichuiyer (Bala) Balasubramanian, Emirates Airlines, ret. We’re all competent? What the new “CBT” may mean for the training industry
3:30-4:00 PM Break
4:00-5:00 PM Challenging DOT Penalty Assessments Jerry Cox, Potomac Strategy Associates Strict liability in civil penalty proceedings: Does D.O.T. know what D.O.G. knows?
6:00-8:00 PM Evening Networking Reception - Labelmaster Fest
Streeterville Terrace - 3rd Floor Loews Hotel

Friday, September 9th
All sessions will be held in the Wright Ballroom
Time Topic Facilitator Description
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast Provided
8:30 AM-10:00 AM Lithium Batteries, Past, Present, and Future - A Panel Discussion Moderator
Bob Richard, Labelmaster Services

Panel Members
Dave Brennan, IATA
Geoff Leach, the DG Office, UK
George Kerchner, PRBA (invited)
Todd Mackintosh, GM

DGS brings a panel of industry experts together to review the state of the changes in lithium battery consignments – starting with a review of the April 1, 2016 changes and an update on the much heralded packaging standard process. Some of the questions to be addressed include:

  • What does State of Charge mean, is it effective, how is it measured?
  • Not all consignments are alike, do you know yours?
  • Hazard communication, lithium batteries and emergency response?
  • Battery chemistry and new technologies – the fast and the furious!
10:00-10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM-11:45 AM Lithium Battery Discussion Continues… Moderator
Rhonda Jessop, Labelmaster Services

Panel and Delegates

The floor is open for questions and answers, problems and solutions, frustrations and assistance.

As technology promises more and more applications, demanding higher and more reliable power requirements, as chemistry and innovation push the concept of what’s possible to amazing heights, can DGS delegates develop a roadmap for better, more efficient and effective regulation? That’s our challenge to attendees in this wrap up session.

11:45 AM-12:00 PM Closing Remarks Around the room Your say in 60 seconds or less!
12:00 PM Conference Ends - See You in 2017!

Topics and speakers are subject to change.