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.”