2024 Environmental, Health & Safety Summit

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August 7-8, 2024 | Indianapolis, IN

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit is designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies.

This one-of-a-kind learning and networking conference will focus on uniting manufacturing executives from across the United States. Attendees will learn best practices in environment, health and safety along with becoming a better leader.

This Summit promises to provide high-level safety professionals with implementable ideas they can take back to their facilities to improve their operations and achieve world-class safety.

Registration Information:


Individual: $575

Group Rate (4+ people): $50 off per registration


Individual: $650

Group Rate (4+ people): $50 off per registration

To take advantage of the group rate, contact the MAPP Staff at or 317-913-2440.


Cancellations received by Friday July 26, 2024 will receive a refund minus a $50 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received after July 26, 2024 are non-refundable (substitutions are allowed). No refunds for event day no-shows.

Cancellation requests must be sent in writing to the MAPP Staff at 


Wednesday, August 7 (All times are in EDT)

7:30 AM - Coffee / Networking

8:00 AM - Welcome and Introductions

8:10 AM – Leader-Inspired Safety: Safety as the Conduit for Operational Excellence
Trinnie Cortez, Caterpillar Safety Services

Employees make choices every day on whether to work safely.  The most powerful influence on those choices is the leader, who must do certain things every day to create the type of culture that inspires safe behavior in employees. After five years of research, Caterpillar has learned exactly what those things are. To be an effective safety leader requires mastery of four core skills, or domains. These four statistically validated domains, along with fourteen elements of leader-inspired safety, are introduced in this dynamic presentation. Mastering these skills enable a leader to produce a strong culture of accountability, create meaningful connectivity with others, demonstrate credible safety consciousness, and build trust. The effective safety leader becomes an effective business leader.

9:15 AM - Networking Break with the Sponsors

9:45 AM - This Isn't Just Another OSHA Presentation - Why I Should Care
Nelva Smith, Steptoe-Johnson

This presentation will not be just another OSHA presentation, but an interactive, engaging meeting on what’s new with OSHA in year-to-date 2024, what OSHA has been focusing on with enforcement and why it matters to my company. You may think you are up to date on OSHA matters, but be prepared, you will learn a lot in this presentation! What are tactics during current OSHA investigations, what does my company need to be prepared for, and what can I do in EHS to be ready if OSHA shows up on my doorstep.

10:50 AM - Breakout Sessions 

     The Do's and Don't of ISO 14001 & 45001 Certification 
     Lori Carson, ZEON Chemicals

According to Google, if you do something "on the fly," you do it quickly, often while you are doing something else, without preparing and without thinking too much about how it should be done. Well, that describes perfectly how I embarked on certification of Zeon Chemicals LP (three synthetic rubber manufacturing plants, Corporate offices, R&D Center and a Warehouse). I will explain how I convinced our executive management committee to support ISO 14001 & 45001 certification and how we achieved it in one year.

     Keep it Down in the Workplace!: Your Guide to Light, Heat, and Noise Safety
Amy Flowers and Abigail Barr, Ice Miller

Join Ice Miller employment lawyers, Abigail Barr and Amy Flowers, for an informative presentation that dives deep into the crucial aspects of workplace safety concerning light, heat, and noise. This session is tailored to safety leaders who want to stay ahead of regulatory changes, foster a safe and compliant work environment, and mitigate risks.  This breakout session will include an overview of OSHA’s workplace standards for heat, light and noise, the Department of Labor’s heat safety rulemaking, the importance of lighting and noise levels, occupational noise exposure regulations, lighting standards and recommendations, non-compliance risks, and challenges and best practices when addressing compliance.

12:00 PM - Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - Peer Networking 

Growing your network by having the opportunity to meet other individuals in similar roles and responsibilities is a primary component of the 2024 EHS Summit. During these roundtable discussions, professionals will exchange ideas on the most pressing EHS topics. This is a perfect way for professionals to find new ideas, expand their professional networks and explore new methods of improvement. 

2:00 PM - Breakout Sessions

     The Playbook for Effective Incident Investigation Processes and Techniques
 Michael Gagermeier, August Mack 

For safety professionals and managers with health and safety responsibilities, the best practices in an incident investigation process constitute numerous steps: preparation and planning, information gathering and documentation, verification and analysis of the information obtained, correction actions, and summaries. We will explore these phases in the investigation process, how to respond in the event of a federal or state regulator visit to the site/investigation, and why corrective actions must be specific to the event and achievable and how these corrective actions will improve operations.

     Preparing for the Worst: Preemptively Addressing Direct Threats in the Workplace
Christopher Pendleton, Benesch

Emergencies and disasters can strike when you least expect them, and employers must be prepared. This session will review various emergency situations in the workplace and how proper planning and training by employes before an emergency is necessary to respond effectively in the moment.

3:00 PM - Networking Break with the Sponsors

3:30 PM - Environmental Compliance Overview
Tony DeMarco, BCA Environmental Consultants

In this overview, we will cover key topics essential for understanding and navigating regulatory requirements with confidence for your business. Whether you are new to environmental regulations or seeking a refresher, this presentation is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure compliance and sustainability within your organization. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Oil Management: Understanding best practices and regulations governing oil storage, spill prevention, and response strategies
  • Stormwater: Exploring the complexities of stormwater management and compliance with relevant rules and permits
  • Air Permitting: Navigating the intricacies of air quality regulations, permit applications, and compliance strategies
  • EPCRA Tier II and Form R: Unpacking the reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act for hazardous chemicals
  • TSCA: Insights into compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act for managing and registering chemical substances
  • RCRA Hazardous Waste: Understanding the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and its implications on hazardous waste management
  • Solid Waste and Chemicals: Diving into regulations surrounding solid waste disposal, recycling, and the handling of various chemicals

4:30 PM - Safety Talks

During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear what members are implementing in their facilities to develop a culture of safety. These short 20-minute presentations will leave attendees inspired to take best practices and actionable steps back to their organization.  

     Cartesian Automated Palletizer
     Cesar Wilson, Hamilton Kent

Hamilton Kent recently earned an ARPM Innovation Award and an ARPM Safety Award for their impact on employee safety by automating pallet loading for one of the company’s busiest finished goods line. During this presentation, Cesar Wilson will walk attendees through the best practices and lessons learned during the discovery, installation and learning phases.

      Real-Time Safety Reporting and Management
      Mike Weiss, PTA Plastics

This presentation will describe how PTA Plastics implemented a QR barcode system to report and track safety concerns using Smartsheet forms and dashboards.

5:00 PM – Day 1 Ends

5:30 PM - ARPM and MAPP Staff will be at Bru Burger if you would like to come hang out!

8711 River Crossing Blvd, Suite 150 Indianapolis, IN 46246

Thursday, August 8 (All times are in EDT)

7:30 AM - Coffee / Networking

8:00 AM - Enironmental Risk: How to Plan and Protect
Kevin Miller, US Compliance

Having a robust environmental program goes beyond the filing of reports.  What risks do you face from day-to-day operations and future company planning and goals?  With ever changing regulations and new initiatives being handed down to manufacturers and suppliers, the time is now to start looking forward to protect and grow your business.  Let’s ensure you have assessed for compliance and thought through potential risks that could change the projection of your operations.    

9:00 AM - Safety Talks

During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear what members are implementing in their facilities to develop a culture of safety. These short 20-minute presentations will leave attendees inspired to take best practices and actionable steps back to their organization.  

     Is Your Safety Program Effective
     Sharon McFarren, Bemis Manufacturing
How can you tell if your safety program is effective? The expected answer is “a lack of injuries” or “a low recordable incident rate”. Although these answers are fundamentally correct, measuring the number of injuries shouldn’t be the only metric. It’s also important to measure all the good things people are doing to prevent injuries. This session reviews how Bemis Manufacturing implemented a Safety Observation / Near Miss reporting program and the effect it is having on our incident rates.

     Safety Leadership Scorecard
     Jim Steele, Airlite Plastics

During this session, Jim Steele, Environmental Health and Safety Director for Airlite Plastics, will review the safety leadership scorecard that has been implemented across their facilities. By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to understand the concept of KPIs in safety, including both leading and lagging indicators; identify and list relevant leading and lagging KPIs to measure at their facilities; develop methods for measuring the KPIs on their lists; determine which KPIs to include on scorecards and the target audience; recognize potential unintended consequences of poorly considered KPIs; and evaluate and decide when and how to adjust the KPIs being measured.

9:30 AM - Networking Break with the Sponsors

10:00 AM - Breakout Sessions 

     Legislative Update: A Current Status of the Rapidly Changing PFAS Regulatory World
William Heslip, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

This breakout presentation will give an overview on the ever-evolving landscape of PFAS regulations. In this timely session, William Heslip, regulatory compliance stewardship manager of Freudenberg-NOK will delve into the current state of affairs surrounding PFAS, providing crucial insights into the latest legislative developments and regulatory shifts. Whether you're in environmental management or business operations, this presentation is your gateway to understanding and adapting to the rapidly changing PFAS regulatory world.

     From Alternative Energy to (Net) Zero Emissions: Best Practices in Sustainability
Michael Tambasco, ChemTrend

This breakout session aims to uncover best practices from attendees and the companies that inspire us. These ideas can help facilities further develop a culture of Sustainability. This session is the place to cooperate with peers, to share experiences and to find solutions while coming away with ideas for future projects, KPIs, and collaborations.  We will explore the Sustainability Culture Maturity Map, tools for self-assessment, and practices to help integrate sustainability principles into an organization.   

11:00 AM – Safety Awards Ceremony

The 2024 Safety Awards recognize companies in the manufacturing industry that have achieved excellent safety techniques that go beyond the average regulations. The awards will be given out based on OSHA 300's Log of work-Related Injuries and Illness statistics and Safety Best Practices. 

11:30 AM – Adjourn Event

Hotel Information: 

The EHS Summit will take place at the newly renovated Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing

A room block has been secured for $149/per night. The last day to book at the discounted rate is Tuesday July 23rd, 2024. 

Booking link:

Or call Sheraton Indianapolis Reservations at 888-627-7814 and ask to make a reservation within the 2024 EHS Summit Group Block. 

Event Sponsors: 

Sponsorships are open for the 2024 EHS Summit! 

Contact Letha Keslar at for more information. 

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2024 Safety Awards

MAPP invites you to participate in the 2024 Safety Achievement Awards and the 2024 Safety Best Practices Awards. Awards will be presented at the 2024 Enviornmental, Health and Safety Summit. 

The Safety Achievement Awards are a way to recognize safety in the industry and facilities that have achieved a level of safety performance above the industry average. Awards are based on data reported on a company's annual OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

The Safety Best Practice Awards are a way to recognize the best practices that organization's have implemented to increase overall safety. Submissions should generally align with at least one of the following topics: employee safety training, safety committees, safety audits/walk-throughs, emergency training, behavior-based safety, tracking/displaying safety metrics, equipment and mold change safety, safety communication or other innovative safety best practices. 


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