2016 in the Rearview Mirror (Part I)

2016 was another productive year for CTEH! Here are just a few of the highlights from the first half of our year:

  • Educating the Next Generation of Scientific Leaders: Dr. Glenn Millner kicked off 2016 by speaking at UAMS’ Physiology and Biophysics weekly seminar series about the Gulf Oil spill’s impact on workers and community health.
  • Simulating Severe Weather Responses: Cmdr. (Ret.) Joe Leonard joined officials from Galveston County, Texas in early January for a severe winter weather preparedness and response simulation.
  • Enhancing Confined Space Rescue Skills: In February, more than 50 CTEH staffers underwent training to keep employees safe if—or when—confined space rescues occur. Read more: http://bit.ly/2gyxCWi
  • Congratulating Joe Leonard: CTEH congratulated Cmdr. (Ret.) Joe Leonard in March on his selection as Vice Chair of the International Association of Emergency Managers Public-Private Partnership Caucus.
  • Holding Full-Scale Exercises with the U.S. Coast Guard: CTEH participated in full-scale severe weather exercises with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston; federal, state, and local agencies; and industry partners. See photos: http://bit.ly/2fZLTrx
  • Presenting at the Society of Toxicology Meeting: During the SOT’s 55th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Chris Kuhlman presented his paper on settled dust. Read his full abstract in The Toxicologist: http://bit.ly/1S865lx
  • Joining the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee: In April, CTEH senior consultant John Temperilli was appointed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee, which provides counsel on the safe marine transportation of hazardous materials.
  • Participating in HAZMAT Training: Don Warren, one of CTEH’s senior consultants, participated in a HAZMAT training day for first responders, emergency management directors and others. Watch a recap: http://bit.ly/2gedAQl
  • Receiving CHLOREP’s Gold Leadership Award: CTEH was presented with a Gold Leadership Award in April for its support of The Chlorine Institute’s CHLOREP Team Training event, which educates first responders on the safe handling of chlorine and chlorine-containing products.
  • Leading Sessions at the Midwest HAZMAT Response Conference: Cmdr. (Ret.) Joe Leonard led two sessions at the 28th Annual Midwest Hazardous Materials Response Conference to help emergency responders prepare for, respond to and recover from threats.
  • Speaking at the CatIQ Conference: During CatIQ’s Canadian Conference in Toronto in May, Dr. Paul Nony spoke about the importance of catastrophe readiness and resiliency in chemical accidents. Find out more: http://bit.ly/2fCcf2f
  • Exhibiting at Industry Conferences: Throughout the spring, CTEH participated in numerous industry conferences, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Environmental Trade Fair and Conference; American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce); Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA) Conference; Inland Marine Expo; the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition; PLRB Claims Conference & Insurance Services Expo; and the 45th Annual Environmental Show of the South.

View all the 2016 highlights on CTEH’s Facebook, then check back for Part II of “2016 in the Rearview Mirror.”

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