Don’t Miss the Texas/Louisiana EHS Seminar - June 6-9, 2016

By Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO, Texas Chemical Council and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas.

The Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA), along with ACIT and LCIA, are hosting the 28th annual Texas/Louisiana Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Seminar - June 6-9 at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas. The EHS Seminar continues to grow through a strong partnership between Texas and Louisiana chemical manufacturers, suppliers, vendors and service providers.

The Texas/Louisiana EHS Seminar is the premier safety seminar on the Gulf Coast for chemical manufacturers and the many diverse companies that do business with them. This year’s event will showcase the most timely and relevant safety practices for chemical manufacturing site personnel as well as contractors and service providers.  There are more than 100 sessions that will appeal to plant managers, operators, safety and industrial hygiene professionals, process technicians, engineers, environmental managers, and security personnel. 

Leading-edge information designed for and by plant professionals fill five different tracks each day, including a new track on Human Factors on Wednesday, June 8th. Other tracks include occupational and process safety management, hazard recognition, emergency response, best practices and lessons learned, environmental compliance, emerging trends, as well as the return of our very popular “Plant Managers Roundtable” on Thursday.

There will also be speakers discussing Channel Industries Mutual Aid and how it provides emergency support to the Houston Ship Channel area; best practices in turnaround safety; the American Chemistry Council’s emerging trends in the chemical value chain; how to become a next level leadership communicator; the future of OSHA’s PSM Standard; and managing human error from site control rooms.

Industry Jubilee:
On Tuesday night, June 7th, we’ll be featuring our Industry Jubilee, a USO-themed reception and dinner taking place among the vintage aircraft at the Lone Star Flight Museum and featuring the WWII-era music of the Space City Big Band and feature performances by the Victory Belles, a World War II inspired musical act. The Lone Star Flight Museum is located adjacent to Moody Gardens Hotel and a shuttle will be provided from the Hotel for EHS attendees.  A special thanks to ACIT for underwriting this industry celebration and to our more than 400 ACIT member companies that are valued suppliers, vendors and contractors to the chemical industry.  It’s sure to be a great industry event.

Featured Keynote Speakers:
The Seminar also features four great keynote speakers that will share personal experiences, inspire and motivate attendees.  This year’s keynote speakers are:

•  Monday, June 6th :       Roby Plemons, Accident Survivor and Safety Speaker
•  Tuesday, June 7th :      Dale Brown, Former LSU Basketball Coach
•  Wednesday, June 8th:   Leonard Waterworth – Exec. Professor, Texas A&M Galveston
•  Thursday, June 9th:      Dan Borne’ – President, Louisiana Chemical Association

Industry Trade Show:
The Texas/Louisiana EHS Seminar features a sold-out Industry Trade Show featuring 150 exhibitors.  See the latest industrial technology, state-of-the-art equipment, safety apparel, and other services to industry professionals.  Don’t miss the Monday night welcoming reception featuring great food, libations, and music.

Continuing Education Credit:
The Seminar’s open format makes it possible for attendees to interact with industry experts, as well as federal and state regulators to exchange practical information on key emerging EHS issues. The Seminar also offers continuing education credits for the following accreditations:

  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene certificate maintenance credit – 16 hours
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals – 2 Continuing Education Units
  • Texas Board of Professional Engineers – over 15 Professional Development Hours
  • Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists –over 5 Professional Development Hours

With 25 daily presentations in a multi-track format, four keynote speakers, three all-day training workshops, the Industry Jubilee, and a three-day industry trade show, this year’s Seminar is a “must attend” event if you work, do business with, or have an interest in the chemical, refining and process industries in Texas and Louisiana.

Register for the 2016 Environmental, Health, and Safety Seminar today by clicking here!

For more information on the EHS Seminar, please visit or contact TCC Education Director Robert Bennett at 512-646-6404.

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President’s Message: Texas Primary Election is March 1st

By Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO, Texas Chemical Council and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas.

The Texas Primary Election is on March 1st and early voting starts on February 16th.    Texans will have their opportunity to cast their vote for President as well as key Congressional seats, State Supreme Court Justices, and State legislative races.

For Republican presidential candidates, Texas is the biggest prize thus far in the primaries with 155 delegates up for grabs. Delegates must be proportionally divided if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. Likewise on the Democrat side, there are 252 delegates up for grabs between the Democratic presidential candidates.  The University of Houston will host a GOP presidential primary debate on February 25th hosted by CNN.

Presidential politics aside, we have other key primary races across Texas for state Senate, state House of Representatives, Railroad Commission, Texas Supreme Court, State Board of Education, and U.S. Congress. Click here for a full listing of all races and candidates.

We’d like to highlight key State Supreme Court races that are hotly contested. Several conservative incumbent Justices are being challenged and need our support:

   -  Justice Debra Lehrmann, Place 3
   -  Justice Paul Green, Place 5
   -  Justice Eva Guzman, Place 9

Supreme Court races are costly statewide races with limits on contributions, which makes it difficult for judges to raise enough money to education voters about their record.  

FREEPAC – the Texas Chemical Council / Association of Chemical Industry of Texas Political Action Committee – have endorsed the following state legislative candidates:

For Texas Senate – Senator Paul Bettencourt, Senator Larry Taylor, Representative Bryan Hughes, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and Senator Brian Birdwell.

For Texas House of Representatives – Speaker of the House Joe Straus, Representative Joe Deshotel, Representative Dennis Bonnen, Representative Geanie Morrison, Representative Todd Hunter, Representative Jim Murphy, Representative Dan Flynn, Representative Byron Cook, Representative Travis Clardy, Representative Kyle Kacal, Representative John Raney, Representative Paul Workman, Representative DeWayne Burns, Representative Ron Simmons, Representative Doug Miller, Representative John Frullo, Representative Charlie Geren, Representative Angie Chen Button, Representative Cindy Burkett, Representative Jason Villalba, and Representative Sarah Davis.

 “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt.

We urge you not to deprive yourself of this important right.  Please exercise your right and privilege to vote and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to do the same!

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