SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

August 19, 2014 12:00 ET

NACD's 2014 ChemEdge Conference Kicks Off in Record Fashion in Nashville

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - August 19, 2014) - ChemEdge, the leading chemical distribution operations and management conference in the United States, is getting underway today with record attendance and exhibitor participation. Held from August 19-22 in Nashville, Tenn., the conference is the National Association of Chemical Distributors' (NACD) flagship event. Celebrating its 25th year, this event has provided critical information to NACD members and others in the chemical distribution industry so they can manage complex regulatory and operational issues affecting their operations and growth.

Opening the conference, NACD President Eric R. Byer will highlight a variety of new member benefits and educational opportunities the association is developing to help members grow their business and leadership skills. He will also outline how the association is boosting its social media presence and revamping its online presence.

Additionally, President and CEO of Brown Chemical Co. and NACD Treasurer Doug Brown will discuss the latest numbers on NACD's Responsible Distribution® program, the association's mandatory third-party verification environmental, health, safety & security program. He will present the Responsible Distribution Excellence Award, given to the company that most embodies the ideals of Responsible Distribution.

Other key sessions at the conference include:

  • Keynote on Safety Management - James Arendas, an EHS&S expert with over 36 years of experience in occupational safety and health, will open the conference offering new ideas to improve attendees' organizational safety performance.
  • Threat and Risk Assessments - R.J. Hope of Burns & McDonnell will be presenting on threat and risk assessments and how these exercises can serve as the starting point of an actionable security plan for organizations. Attendees will learn how to determine what is a threat to their business and how to address the risks those threats pose.
  • HAZCOM 2012 Implementation - In this session, presenters will take a look at some of the classification differences between old and new standards. They will also discuss some of the difficulties that may be encountered when creating new labels and SDS's based on the updated classifications.

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NACD and its nearly 430 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain, delivering products every eight seconds to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For more information, visit

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