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David Walker Appointed President of ABS Consulting

David Walker was recently appointed President of ABS Consulting. Prior to this position, he served as Senior Vice President, Public Sector of ABS Consulting. David's background includes more than 20 years in risk management, process safety, loss prevention, incident investigation/root cause analysis, system reliability, and asset integrity management. His experience includes applications for several branches of the federal government (including DHS, DOD, DOT, DOE, and NASA), transportation (especially maritime), chemical and hydrocarbon processing, energy, pharmaceuticals, forest products, consumer products, semiconductors/electronics, and other major manufacturing operations. Tony Nassif remains President and CEO of ABS Group of Companies, Inc.

For more information, please visit http://www.absconsulting.com/david-walker.cfm.

CSB to Hold Hearing in Washington, D.C. to Hear Expert Testimony on Regulation of Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Practices

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that it will be holding a daylong public hearing entitled "Regulatory Approaches to Offshore Oil and Gas Safety" on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The meeting is part of the CSB's ongoing investigation into the April 20, 2010, fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 workers. The hearing will bring together international regulators, union representatives, and industry groups to discuss approaches to regulating the safety of offshore oil and gas exploration and production.

The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Ballroom located at 1250 22nd Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The CSB's board members and Deepwater Horizon investigation team will hear testimony from leading safety experts involved in offshore drilling activities from the United Kingdom, Australia, and Norway. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to comment and to submit questions for the panel participants.

The meeting will be available via Webcast. All proceedings will be videotaped and an official transcript will be published.
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency''s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. For more information, visit www.csb.gov.

OSHA Reissues Shipbreaking National Emphasis Program and Updates Shipyard PPE Directive to Include PPE Payment

OSHA has issued two directives updating its National Emphasis Program on Shipbreaking and its Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in Shipyard Employment.

The Shipbreaking National Emphasis Program (NEP) was initiated in 2000 in support of a 1999 agreement between OSHA, the U.S. Navy, the Maritime Administration, and EPA. This November 2010 Shipbreaking NEP replaces the update of March 2005. Inspections of shipbreaking operations will focus on 20 worker safety and health issues, including asbestos and lead exposure, polychlorinated biphenlys, confined spaces, heavy metals, powered industrial trucks, guarding of deck edges, oil/fuel removal and tank cleaning, hearing conservation, fire prevention, scaffolds, cutting and welding, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The revised NEP directive supports the agency's goal to reduce injuries and illnesses among Latino workers, who comprise a significant part of the shipbreaking workforce. Though OSHA standard 29 CFR 1915.73 does not require guarding deck openings and edges in shipbreaking tasks, the revised NEP provides clarification regarding fall protection requirements during shipbreaking operations. This revised NEP is available in a Web-based format with links to shipyard employment safety and health information.

OSHA also issued a shipyard employment directive on PPE that includes employer requirements to pay – that is, provide at no cost to the worker – for certain PPE. Steel-toed rubber boots, goggles, hard hats, hearing protection, and respirators are some of the protective items employers must provide free of charge. This revised Web-based directive also describes equipment that employers do not have to pay for, such as ordinary clothing used as protection from weather, nonspecialty prescription safety eyewear, and PPE that a worker already owns and is allowed to use instead of the employer-provided PPE.

This revised shipyard PPE guidance also recognizes consensus standards updates in OSHA's September 2009 final rule, Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Personal Protective Equipment. It sets forth enforcement policies that OSHA inspectors should use when citing employers for failing to provide the necessary PPE to their workers.

For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


Clean Water Compliance Institute
January 25-27, 2010 - Holiday Inn Bayside - San Diego, CA

Get a comprehensive overview of the regulations, permitting programs, and compliance requirements governing your facility under the Clean Water Act, including how the program works and what can be legally discharged, current trends in enforcement, release and discharge reporting requirements, NPDES permit applications and strategies, permits for construction in or near a federally regulated water, storm water permitting, and SPCC plans you should have.

Management of Change | Revalidating Process Hazard Analyses | Advanced PHA Leader Techniques
January 31 - February 4, 2010 - ABS Consulting - Knoxville, TN

Explore a variety of hazard review techniques to get a handle on important risk issues. Management of Change shows you how to recognize change and common change initiators in areas such as construction, pre-startup, and personnel changes. Even if you are not subject to OSHA process safety management regulations, it is considered a generally accepted industry practice to be Revalidating PHAs every five years. This course gives you the tools to do just that. Advanced PHA Leader Techniques expands your skills with techniques such as the interaction matrix and the Dow Fire and Explosion Index. Take all three courses in one week and save money!

Upcoming Courses: January 2010 - February 2010

*Take two or more courses during the same week to SAVE! Combination options are highlighted. View the course calendar for a complete list of courses.


Environmental Compliance Bootcamp
January 24-28 - San Diego, CA

Clean Water Compliance Institute
January 25-27 - San Diego, CA

Regulatory Inspection Planning
January 25-26 - Las Vegas, NV

Certified ISO 9001/ ISO 14001 Lead Auditor**
January 24-28 - Orlando, FL

Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor**
January 25-28 - Orlando, FL



Process Safety Management Compliance
January 24-26 - Las Vegas, NV

Compliance Auditing
January 27-28 - Las Vegas, NV

Management of Change
January 31-February 1 - Knoxville, TN

Revalidating Process Hazard Analyses
February 2-3 - Knoxville, TN

Advanced PHA Leader
February 4 - Knoxville, TN

Risk Management Program Compliance
February 10 - Knoxville, TN

Resubmitting EPA RMPlans
February 11 - Knoxville, TN



Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor**
January 24-27 - Orlando, FL



ISM Code Auditor Course for US Inland and Coastal Trade**
January 11-13 - Houston, TX

Statutory Regulations Primer - MARPOL and SOLAS**
January 18-19 - Houston, TX

MODU - Design & Construction**
January 19-21 - Houston, TX

Statutory Regulations Primer – Load Line and Tonnage**
January 20-21 - Houston, TX

Port State Control Inspections**
January 24-25 - Houston, TX

ISO 9001, QMS - Lead Auditor**
January 24-27 - Orlando, FL

Vetting Inspections for Oil Tankers**
February 1-2 - Houston, TX

Harsh Environment: Operational & Technical Overview**
February 3-4 - Houston, TX

Practical Implementation of Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM)**
February 8-9 - Houston, TX

DryDocking & Repairs**
February 10-11 - Houston, TX

We're sure you'll be satisfied with the content of our courses. If you're not, tell us why in a brief letter, and we will credit your investment toward another course.
**No training discounts apply.

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