Health Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD) staff attended and participated in the 18th Annual California Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Training Conference, co-chaired by HHMD Chief Bill Jones and held Feb. 22 – 25 at the Anaheim Marriott.
This year’s attendance set a record high of 1,950 and included local, California, and federal regulators and representatives from private industry. There were 130 different training sessions in 11 concurrent tracks presented by 255 speakers.
A number of HHMD staff and others in the Department presented at the conference on a broad array of topics, including toxicology, Accidental Release Program implementation, business continuity and emergency response case studies.
The plenary session included California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez; the keynote speaker was Gordon Graham. The topics included leadership and professional development, enforcement, case studies, soft skills such as body language, and industry-specific subjects. Most sessions provided continuing education credit to maintain professional certifications.
Attendees were also able to participate in tours of local facilities, such as the Orange County Water Authority, SA Recycling, Xerxes Tanks and the Disneyland Resort.
As in years past, college-level students pursuing degrees in environmental related fields attended Student Day on Wednesday. Two scholarship awards were presented to the students for research projects submitted. There were 59 display booths representing government and private industry. In addition, a participation certificate was given to 500 industry representatives for attending the half-day hazardous waste compliance seminar presented on Thursday.
Photos courtesy HHMD.