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North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety School

OBG's Alicia Mitchell, Rachel Burris, and Sarah Slagle

OBG recently sponsored and presented during the North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School, which took place on August 8-9, 2016 at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the annual conference provides multiple courses on complying with the state’s environmental, energy, health, and safety laws and regulations.     

View our presentations from the event:

Risk-Based Cleanup Case Studies | Maureen Hoke
This course leads participants through a risk-based remediation case study to provide examples of the data needs, the decision-making process, and the controls employed to protect current and future site uses. The goal is to convey the art of balancing the amount of site assessment data with the level of engineered or land-use controls to appropriately protect current and future property uses.

Contact Maureen Hoke at Maureen.Hoke@obg.com

OSHA & the Temporary Work Force: Who has Control? | Alicia Mitchell 

OSHA has concerns that some employers may use temporary workers as a way to avoid meeting all their compliance obligations under the OSHA Act and other worker protection laws; that temporary workers get placed in a variety of jobs, including the most hazardous jobs; that temporary workers are more vulnerable to workplace safety and health hazards and retaliation than workers in traditional employment relationships; that temporary workers are often not given adequate safety and health training or explanations of their duties by either the temporary staffing agency or the host employer. Therefore, it is essential that both employers comply with all relevant OSHA requirements. This presentation will outline the: Employer Responsibilities to Protect Temporary Workers, Joint Responsibility – if any, and Roles of the Host Employers and the Staffing Agencies. 

Contact Alicia Mithchell at Alicia.Mitchell@obg.com

Emerging Contaminants—What Are They and Why Should I Care? | Sarah Slagle

Contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane and perfluorinated compounds are increasingly detected across North Carolina. The NCDEQ just completed a basin wide study of 1,4-Dioxane in the Cape Fear River and more than 40 communities nationwide have USEPA drinking water advisories because of perfluourooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These compounds are associated with a wide range of products (chlorinated solvents, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, firefighting agents, etc.), and have the potential to impact many North Carolina industries. Although North Carolina has established a groundwater standard for 1,4-dioxane, there are currently no enforceable federal standards for 1,4-dioxane or perfluorinated compounds, but this is likely to change. These compounds have the potential to reopen many closed remediation sites, create new sites, and open industry to potential liability.  This session will focus on emerging contaminants: what they are, where they come from, how they migrate, and how industry may be impacted by a changing regulatory environment.

Contact Sarah Slagle at Sarah.Slagle@obg.com