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NEACHMM Presidents Message

NEACHMM Presidents Message:

New England, a region of changing seasons! Change also holds true for NEACHMM as well.

2015 has been a great year for NEACHMM so far.  We started off the year with our general business meeting in February and a tour of the Stericycle facility located in Woonsocket RI.  Our annual essentials course was very successful this year with 19 students participating in the class.  Through our" CHMMunity" project, we were able to give back to our communities by sponsoring Tiger Training to conduct Hazwoper Training to students of Essex Aggie Technical School and by granting two scholarships of $1,000,(further details follow in the newsletter).  We had our annul Boston Harbor cruise, always a great time.  We had five of our BOD members, and multiple NEACHMM members attend the national conference in Scottsdale, and we received very positive feedback about the conference from all who attended.  We refreshed our logo just in time for our annual golf event / scholarship fundraisers, one the favorite events of the year for some.  Again it has been a nice start to the year and we are hoping to finish it off strong with a couple more general meeting’s featuring a facility tour and/ or offering some additional training to members.  It was great to get some new members on the board this year (Amanda Wuoti and Alexa Kaubris) and we look forward to getting some additional new members on the BOD next year.  Finally, we want to thank Jim Harrison,and Hugh Willis, long time NEACHMM board members as well as Dan Sweet, all of whom are stepping down from the board  after this year.  We hope to see them at future NEACHMM events and we truly appreciate their dedicated participation in the organization over the years.

 Dan Forsythe, CHMM, TURP

President, NEACHMM

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Recent Events

 

NEACHMM Member Appreciation Night on the Boston Harbor Odyssey Cruise
Written By: Alexa Kaubris, Board of Directors

Each year, NEACHMM sponsors an evening dedicated to networking, fun and celebration. Typically held during the winter months, the annual cruise event aboard the Odyssey has always been a fan favorite. This year, however, the board decided to shift the already popular event to mid-July for a beautiful summer harbor cruise! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, the sun was shining and the food and drinks were delicious! 

                                          

The NEACHMM group had exclusive access to the Admiral’s Lounge with dedicated bartender and staff, yet the majority of the evening was spent out on the deck enjoying the summer night. Most attendees were local to the Boston area, but there were guests from as far away as Arequipa, Peru! Attendance was open to members as well as recent graduates of the EHMM course. Overall, the night was a successful celebration for all NEACHMM members. 

                                                                             

 

 

NEACHMM BOD Meeting and Tour at Stericycle, Inc. in Woonsocket, RI
Written By: Amanda Wuoti, Board of Directors

                                

On April 21 NEACHMM hosted their BOD meeting at the Stericycle Regulated Medical Waste facility in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The meeting opened with the usual Board of Directors Chapter review and proceeded with a tour of the facility by Stericycle's General Manager Neil Buskey. This particular facility is a certified bio-hazardous autoclave. Although the tour was after hours the facility was still operational and we all got a glimpse into the disposal processes of regulated medical waste. There were 11 attendees including guests, members and Board of Director representatives. After the tour we all enjoyed a nice dinner sponsored by NEACHMM at the River Falls restaurant and Lounge in downtown Woonsocket located on the Blackstone River. All NEACHMM BOD meetings are always open to members and guests of members, they are an excellent opportunity to network as well as gain information about NEACHMM and how we support CHMMs in their professional careers development. 

 

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AHMP National Conference

AHMP National Conference Scottsdale-2015
Date: September 10, 2015
Location: The Phoenician Resort Scottsdale, AZ
Written By: Matt Montefusco- Chapter Delegate/Vice President

 

Executive Director, Cedric Calhoun

 

Delegate Training Sunday August 29, 2015:  The annual Delegate training was conducted and presented by the conference committee and several National Board members, including our own Mike Maheux. National Board members were engaged and available, as was the Executive Director, Cedric Calhoun. IHMM board members were also in attendance.

Delegate’s responsibilities: The training reviewed the delegate’s responsibilities, the main responsibility being to moderate two sessions and to become better-informed regarding the status of the organization.

AHMP Stats: AHMP has 48 chapters of which four are out of communication. 38 Chapters were represented at the conference, plus the Cyber Chapter – over 450 attendees in all.

National posted total earnings of $641,605.00 with a net profit of $8,367.00. The main revenue sources are the dues (fees) and the conference proceeds.

All chapters were reminded to preserve our 501(c) (3) nonprofit status by completing and filing Schedule N, form 990 or 990-EZ, and filing with the appropriate state.    

E.D. Calhoun wanted to focus on communication, marketing the “brand” and marketing the essentials course. NEACHMM stated that the Chapter would be interested in marketing the course, given that it is a major source of revenue for the Chapter as well as increases membership and provides continuing education.

National has changed the due date for the Chapter Annual Report to the November/December time frame so that the information can be reflected for the next year.

AHMP Dues are also rising from $ 105.00 to $ 125.00

 Bruce Donato, Cyber Chapter President, conducted a session on Virtual or Multiple Location Chapter meetings including how to set them up and pitfalls to avoid. The basic message was that our territories are large and to get more member participation we can use communication technologies such as videos and webinars as an alternative to conference calls. 

The Cyber Chapter is a virtual Chapter for unaffiliated members or those members who are not members of the local Chapter. We are a “brick and mortar” Chapter. The Cyber Chapter is a chapter with dues and a Board and provides everything a brick and mortar Chapter does. As the incoming President, I joined the Cyber Chapter to stay abreast of their on-line meeting presentations and webinars etc. I believe we could model some programs to attract our members who are not active due to distance, time constraints, and/or monetary concerns. The Cyber Chapter dues are $35.00/year and I am current through December 2016 as a representative of NEACHMM.

Social Media: This presentation primarily focused on the two most widely used and recognized social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter. The platform being used most by the other Chapters is Twitter. The presenter suggested this is a good method for reaching out to Millennials and Gen-Xers. The platforms are useful in conveying short, informative messages to our target audience and to their “followers”. For example, the National Board conducted a local community service project while in Scottsdale assisting in the painting of two rooms in a local facility that supports mentally challenged young adults, providing them an opportunity to work and earn a paycheck. One “tweet” was delivered to over 836 followers in minutes. However, the speaker reminded us to keep any professional tweets short and non-controversial. New platforms are being launched every day.  What I took from this presentation is that our Chapter needs a media advisor (possibly a new Board position).

Awards: This year the Gateway Chapter took all the awards. They were proactive in their award applications setting an example for the rest of the Chapters to be more involved in AHMP offerings. All of these awards grant exemption of AHMP dues for anywhere from 1 to 5 years. 

                                 

Technical Sessions: The conference hosted and presented over 77 technical presentations. I attended two symposia, one on Ebola Preparedness and Emergency Management and one on Crude Oil Transport and Emergency Response (one session was given by our own John Mitchell). I also attended sessions about On-line SDS Management and another discussing Dumpster Audits in California. Mike Pietila, Zehra Schneider-Graham and Mike Maheux attended the Ping factory tour, and Maryellen Doherty also took advantage of the Technical Sessions.

Keynote Speakers: We had three large groups meeting complete with Speakers. The first (opening session Breakfast) was Dr. Todd Conklin who was an expert on Human Performance, very funny and very informative. On September 1, 2015 the Luncheon Speaker Damon Carson discussed “re-purposing” materials like giant tires from construction dump trucks and what to do with used escalator handrails. The last speaker at the closing event was CDR Lisa Delaney, MS, CIH from NIOSH and she discussed Emergency Preparedness and response. – Great Stuff!!

Exhibitors: The conference was supported by over 40 exhibitors who provided up-to-date technical information on their goods and services. Exhibitors included remedial and industrial services providers and vendors of computer programs for Health and Safety reporting (including SDSs, accidents, OSHA reports, etc.) and all provided reference materials. Professional organizations included AHMP, IHMM, ABIH, ASSE and more. The vendors also put on a great reception with food and libations.

My overall experience was very positive. The venue was first-rate, the Technical Sessions were great, and I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the other delegates. I was overwhelmed by the similarity of all our CHMM brothers and sisters who honor the credential – they were friendly, dedicated, intelligent, and hardworking people who made me proud to be our delegate. Thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to have this experience and to represent NEACHMM.

The 2016 Conference is set for August 29 – 31 in Washington, DC, and I encourage anyone who can attend to give it serious consideration. 

We were also treated to a monsoon and light show over Scottsdale,AZ

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

NEACHMM Annual Golf Outing and Scholarship Fund Raiser
Written By: Mike Pietila, Board of Directors

On Sept 25th, NEACHMM will be holding its 5th annual golf outing. This year, as in past years, it will be held at the Pine Ridge Country Club in North Oxford, Mass. The event has grown in size each year,   and this year it’s expected to have over 50 participants. The event is a day of fun that includes golf, raffles, and a buffet dinner. Donations from local professional teams such as the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, along with other donations from many of the areas EH&S businesses stock the raffle tables.   Pine Ridge Country Club is a gracious host and does a great job not only with the golf event but serves an excellent Prime Rib dinner to all in attendance.  The event is the sole source for the NEACHMM scholarship fund, and to-date (7) scholarships of $1000 each have been given to college students pursuing college education in environmental, health, safety, and other related science degrees.

For more information,   please contact any NEACHMM board member.   

            

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Training

NEACHMM Hosts 2015 EHMM preparatory class
Written By: Kelly Camp, EHMM Coordinator / NEACHMM Advisor

In April/May 2015, NEACHMM once again sponsored the Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management (EHMM) class to help EHS professionals prepare for the CHMM exam. The 2015 class was held at Triumvirate Environmental’s facility in Somerville, MA, who generously donated the use of their training facilities to NEACHMM. This year, we had 19 attendees and 16 people volunteer to teach sessions. Jeff Greenwald from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management gave an informative presentation on the benefits of certification and provided attendees with a discount on the examination fee for attending the talk. Four attendees have reported to us that they took the exam and passed. Attendees are invited to join NEACHMM for free for 2015. We have already begun thinking about the 2016 class and will send out notices for volunteers to teach early in the year. 

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Community Services

NEACHMM CHMMunity Project
Submitted By: Michael D. Maheux, Treasurer

For the fifth consecutive year, NEACHMM has assisted Essex Agricultural & Technical High School seniors completing their studies in the Environmental Science & Technology track. As part of their curriculum, the seniors complete the 40 hour OSHA training and receive their HAZWOPER certification. With the assistance of Mark Nerino from T.I.G.E.R. Training, NEACHMM is able to provide a certified instructor for the respirator / confined space entry training portion of the course. Mr. Nerino has been able to flex his schedule to align with that of the school to provide the required training to the eager students. Below are some pictures from the trainings.

                                     

Essex-Aggie vice-principal, Mr. Ron Vercellone stated, “The program would not have been as successful without the assistance of NEACHMM”. Those sentiments have been echoed by the student’s instructors who were also very appreciative of Mr. Nerino flexibility to work the training into the schools schedule. NEACHMM looks forward to continuing this assistance and hopefully expanding it out to other schools with similar programs in the future.

 

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Special Announcements

CONGRATULATIONS to NEACHMM President, Dan Forsythe, TURP, CHMM
Submitted By: Michael D. Maheux, Treasurer

Twenty-five years ago, Massachusetts enacted the “Toxics Use Reduction Act – TURA”. The goal was to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated by reducing the toxics being used in processes. Over that time, the state has seen significant reductions in the quantities of hazardous waste generated. Per the regulation, facilities that exceed usage thresholds for listed toxics, must develop a Toxics Use Reduction Plan, report annually, and submit a planning update every two years.

These plans must be reviewed and signed-off on by a certified Toxics Use Reduction Planner. This year, on June 16th, NEACHMM’s own Dan Forsythe was one of three individuals honored with the states “Toxics Use Reduction Planner Champion” awards. Join me in congratulating Dan on the outstanding achievement. Dan works as a Senior Associate for Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.

 

Updated NEACHMM Logos

NEACHMM finally made the decision to update the Chapter logo. Take a look and let us know what you think! 

 


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Scholarship Awardees

2015 NEACHMM Scholarships Awarded
Submitted By: Michael D. Maheux, Treasurer

Once again, NEACHMM was proud to award to two deserving students a $1,000 scholarship for each.

This year we had the most application’s to date, from all qualified and deserving applicants, making the selection process a very difficult one for the scholarship selection committee. Scholarships were awarded in two categories; category one was for any student pursuing a degree in EH&S at any accredited school. Category two is for the child, or immediate family member of a current NEACHMM member in good standing, open to any course of study at an accredited school. All applications are submitted to the scholarship chair, which then assigns an applicant number, redacts the application’s to make them anonymous, and then forwards them on to the selection committee. The committee then evaluates the application packages against the category criteria, makes their selection and returns the results back to the chairperson. The 2015 NEACHMM Scholarship recipients are;

Ms, Kailee Silva, and Mr. Nicholas Pietila

 Kailee just graduated from Essex-Aggie High School, and will be attending Salem State University, majoring in Environmental Biology. Nick is entering his senior year at UMass Amherst where he is majoring in Turf – Grass Management and minoring in Environmental Science. Congratulations to Kailee and Nick. We extend our best wishes to all of this years applicants as the move forward in pursuit of their dreams.

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Annual Elections

NEACHMM Elections for 2016
Submitted By: Michael D. Maheux, Treasurer

Once again it is that time of year to seek qualified candidates for the NEACHMM Board of Directors. All candidates must be members in good standing of both NEACHMM and AHMP. Watch your emails for more information. If you are interested, or know of anyone that may be interested in continuing the growth and success of our chapter, please consider stepping up to this opportunity. Open positions for 2016 are;

                Vice-President / President Elect – 2 year term

                Secretary – 2 year term

                All director Positions – 1 year term

Serving on the board, or on a committee is rewarding and a great way to stay active and give back to the chapter.

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About NEACHMM

NEACHMM is a nonprofit organization, residing in the state of Massachusetts. The Chapter includes members from the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  The Chapter is considered a local chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), which is located in Maryland

As an AHMP chapter, we are organized to provide CHMMs and other members with an environment fostering professional development through continuing education, peer-group interaction, and exchange of ideas and information relating to hazardous materials management.

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NEACHMM Mission

The Chapter’s mission is to provide a balanced program for its members in the following five areas:

  • Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Regulatory Compliance and Policy
  • Science and Technology
  • Hazardous Materials Handling, Emergency Response and Remediation
  • Strategic Environmental Management
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This mission is fulfilled by:

  • Professional recognition of CHMMs.
  • Providing, promoting, and encouraging continuing education to achieve and maintain certification and to document Chapter-recognized related training.
  • Providing a forum for information exchange among peers to promote qualified environmental decision making.
  • Broadening the CHMM scope and understanding of prudent hazardous materials management, in the interest of protecting human health and the environment. 
  • Increasing knowledge and experience related to new technologies, government regulations and community.

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Board of Directors

President Dan Forsythe 
  dforsythe@capaccio.com
   
V-P/ President-Elect Matt Montefusco
  oecs@comcast.net
   
Secretary Hugh Willis
  Hugh.Willis@comcast.net
   
Treasurer Mike Maheux 
  Mike.Maheux@lenoxtools.com
   
Director-at-Large Alexa Kaubris
  akaubris@momentapharma.com
   
Director-at-Large MaryEllen Doherty
  MEDoherty167@yahoo.com
   
Director-at-Large Amanda Wuoti
  amanda.wuoti@stericycle.com 
   
Director-at-Large Mike Pietila
  mike.pietila@umassmed.edu
   
Director-at-Large Jim Harrison
  james.harrison2@baesystems.com
   
Director-at-Large Dan Sweet
  dsweet@vicr.com
   

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