ISRI Spring 2022 Safety & Environmental Conference
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ISRI’s Safety and Environmental Conference is the most comprehensive source of up-to-date information and guidance concerning safe operations and environmental compliance in the recycling industry. EHS and Operations professionals from across the industry share lessons learned, best practices, and much more.

Come learn from the industry leaders in the space, take part in Q&A, offer your expertise to others in open discussions, and take with you actionable plans to implement in your organization.

COSE charter members receive one comp registration to the conference. To receive the comp code please contact Tony Smith,

Conference Topics
  • Near Miss / Root Cause Analysis / SIF Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Emergency Management Agency Representatives to Discuss Emergency Response
  • PFAS Update
  • Fire Prevention and Planning (OSHA Grant Outreach) – Thursday afternoon
  • Preventing Closed Container Explosions at Steel Mills and Foundries – What Ferrous Scrap Suppliers Need to Know
  • Handling and Storage of Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Management Systems in Practice
  • Environmental Justice
  • FMCSA – DOT Topic (Highway safety and how it affects heavy trucks)
  • Open Mic – (Wednesday afternoon)
  • Particulate Dust in Recycling / Shredding Operations (indoor operations)

Registration fee is per person and includes conference participant materials, luncheons, refreshment breaks, and a networking reception.

Early Bird Registration

On or before May 9
  • ISRI Member Rate:$390
  • Non ISRI Member Rate:$780

Regular Registration

May 10 until June 14
  • ISRI Member Rate:$465
  • Non ISRI Member Rate:$855
Hyatt Regency Chicago

A limited number of sleeping rooms have been reserved for conference attendees at the discounted rate of $153 per night single/double + tax and fees.

Reserve Sleeping room reservations may be made directly with the hotel by calling 1-800-325-0720 or online at Please reference Group Number 2456230 when making your reservation to qualify for the discounted rate.

Hotel reservations must be made on or before the “cutoff date” of Monday, May 9, 2022.

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch

2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.
Phone: (800) 231-3003


All times are noted in Central Time Zone and subject to change

Day 1

Tuesday, June 14
  • 7 a.m. Registration and Badge Pick-up
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Introductions and Safety Update
  • 9 – 10 a.m. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Update Missouri state patrol officer will speak on commercial vehicle enforcement update.
  • 10 a.m. Networking Break
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Mental Health Mental health professional will discuss ways to address mental health for both self and workers with an emphasis on unplanned stressors and response.
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Near Miss / Root Cause Analysis / SIF Prevention Panelists from the recycling industry will explore near misses as incidents of importance for identifying gaps in safety programs, proper incident investigation techniques to reduce the possibility of an accident repeat and to improve process, and how serious incidents or fatalities (SIF) can be reduced by applying near miss reporting to root cause analysis.
  • 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
  • 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. Near Miss / Root Cause Analysis / SIF Prevention (cont.)
  • 5 – 6 p.m. Networking Reception

Day 2

Wednesday, June 15
  • 7 a.m. Registration and Badge Pick-up
  • 8:30 – 9 a.m Rapid Fire Topic - Particulate Dust in Recycling / Shredding Operations This will be a member-led discussion for all participants on the issue of particulate dust in recycling and shredding operations.
  • 9 – 10 a.m. Material Acceptance Applications for Dangerous MaterialsPanel will discuss acceptance policies, training for employees and vendors, and contingency procedures from an EHS, buyer, and operations perspective.
  • 10 a.m. Networking Break
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Environmental Justice This session will provide an overview of environmental justice activity nationally and will include specific state and regional situations.
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Management Systems in Practice A member with experience using a management system will discuss the benefits of using a system to operate efficiently and effectively and the ancillary advantages to all organizational functions including quality, finance, and productivity.
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m. Electrical Safety Video
  • 2:00 – 3 p.m. Handling and Storage of Lithium Ion Batteries
  • 3 – 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
  • 3:15 – 4 p.m. Open Mic (Topics TBD) Topics will be presented for all participants to discuss, including best practices, hazardous situations, SIF prevention, highest risks, and other current issues in the recycling industry.

Day 3

Thursday, June 16
  • 7 a.m. Registration and Badge Pick-up
  • 8 – 8:30 a.m. Rapid Fire Topic: Heat Illness
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PFAS
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Emergency Response and Continuity of OperationsAn emergency management professional will discuss preparation for disasters, reactions to disasters, and what happens after a disaster. The insight is from the review of a professional incident responder.
  • 10:30 a.m. Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Hazard Recognition: Fire Safety; Prevention in Recycling*
Registration is required. Select this course when registering for ISEC. Limited to 50 participants

Join ISRI’s safety team for this free 4-hour course on Hazard Recognition: Fire Safety and Prevention. The course was developed to assist employees, team leads, supervisors, plant managers, and senior leadership in understanding hazards associated with fires in the recycling and materials recovery facilities (MRF) environments. Attendees will learn ways to potentially control these hazards in an attempt to prevent significant fire losses.

All levels of recycling company employees are encouraged to attend. This course is co-taught by a member of ISRI’s safety team, alongside a fire professional familiar with recycling facilities.

Thursday, June 16

10:30 a.m.
Registration and Badge Pick-up

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch for those participants of this course

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Hazard Recognition - Fire Safety in the Recycling Industry (Part 1)

2:30 p.m.
Networking Break

2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Hazard Recognition - Fire Safety in the Recycling Industry (Part 2)

4:45 p.m.
Program Concludes

*This material was produced under grant number SH-37130-SH1 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing on or before Friday, May 13, 2022. Individuals who cancel in writing on or before May 13 will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. ISRI will provide a refund equal to 50% of the registration fee for registration cancellations made in writing after May 13. Written cancellations may be emailed to or sent by postal mail to ISRI, 1250 H St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

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