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Webinar: How to Onboard Customers and Prevent Fraud for 21st Century Distributors

  • Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)

Moving business online increases the scale of both risk and opportunity for distributors. In the age of artificial intelligence, the heuristics that helped us identify fraud in the past have grown ineffective.

In this session with Sid Malladi, Trevor Messick, and David Fulham of Nuvo, you will learn how to onboard business customers digitally, protect yourself from fraud, and increase business velocity.

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Online Training: Microsoft® Office Excel®: Data Analysis with Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)

Do you work with masses of data? Do you need to manipulate it and create clear and concise reposrts?

Attend this training if you want to:

  • Gain a competitive edge by harnessing the power of big data
  • Learn to summarize, organize, and report in a way that is meaningful by using the PivotTable features and formatting tools.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Prepare Data for Use in a Database
  • Create a PivotTable from Local, External, and Multiple Data Sources
  • Analyze Data Using PivotTables
  • Create and Format Pivot Table Chats
  • Practice Using Exercises

Join us to strengthen your business skills!  Stephanie Hutcheson, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Office Expert (MOS), who also holds the Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT) certification, will present this offering for ACD Members and Affiliates.

To ensure success, participants should have practical experience using Excel.

Member Price: $119
Non-member Price: $139

Webinar: Organize the Chaos: How to Simplify Searching for Chemicals

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET)

How do you search for chemical products and ingredients? Join Holly Myers and Paul Broome of Chemformation to explore different ways to search for chemicals online.

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Thank you CellMark for sponsoring this webinar.

Online Training: Microsoft® Office Excel®: Visualizing Data with Advanced Charting Features

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET) | Register here

Do you want use charts to visually communicate business trends and information to your team and clients? Are you interested in building your skills for creating compelling visual representations of your data?

Attend this training if you want to:

  • Interpret data quickly and effectively
  • Make informed decisions by looking at trends, patterns, and comparisons
  • Communicate complex information to technical and non?technical audiences 
  • Quickly sort, filter, and analyze masses of data 
  • Support your projects visually and use planning tools
  • Be empowered to analyze and report on data

Key Take-Aways:

  • Discuss the importance of the ten-second rule when creating visuals in Excel.
  • Identify the relationship between data and the visualizations you create in Excel.
  • Relate different scales to return the desired output
  • Apply advanced formatting features for charts
  • Create 8 to 12 Charts based on participant interest, knowledge of Excel, and time constraints

Join us to strengthen your business skills!  Stephanie Hutcheson, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Office Expert (MOS), who also holds the Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT) certification, will present this offering for ACD Members and Affiliates.

To ensure success, participants should have practical experience using Excel.

Member Price: $119
Non-member Price: $139

ACD Online Training – Toxics Release Inventory Reporting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Calculating Annual Releases and Filing Accurate Reports

Training Schedule |  Register here for the training

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024 | 2:00- 3:30 pm (ET)

The deadline to file Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for calendar year 2023 releases is approaching quickly.

Chemical distributors face unique challenges in TRI reporting, making it easy to overreport or underreport annual releases. Both situations should be avoided. Overreporting can make your facility appear in the eyes of the EPA and your community to be a bigger polluter than it is. Underreporting or failure to report can result in substantial EPA penalties.

During this special May 1st online training session, Peter F. Downing, CHMM, President of Environment & Safety Solutions, will teach participants how to calculate releases accurately and document them for these annual EPA reports. Attendees will receive a workbook that includes a step-by-step guide on TRI reporting. Pete will walk participants through this workbook and will discuss common pitfalls chemical distributors face when reporting and how to avoid them. Participants will leave this training session with the tools needed to complete and file calendar year 2023 TRI reports accurately.

ACD is partnering with Strategic Partner, Environment & Safety Solutions, Inc. to offer this training.

Registration Rates

  • Member rate: $139
  • Nonmember rate: $189

Webinar: Implementing Digital Customer Journey: Best Practices

Agilis is a premier software provider specializing in innovative digital tools that enhance customer engagement for chemical suppliers. Over the past seven years, Agilis has partnered with a wide array of chemical distributors, guiding them through designing and executing effective digital customer journeys. This process includes the meticulous organization of product data, deployment of digital catalogs, and the introduction of sophisticated tools designed to facilitate discovery, engagement, and transactions. In this webinar, Jay Bhatia of Agilis will delve into the wealth of best practices and valuable insights gained from the extensive experience in digital customer journey implementation, offering attendees a comprehensive understanding of how to achieve success in this vital area.

ACD Fly-In Prep Webinar

The ACD Government Affairs team will walk attendees through what to expect at the 2024 Washington Fly-In and the issues that ACD will be advocating for.

Please note: Active ACD membership required for registration approval.

2024 ACD Washington Fly-In

We hope you will save the date to join us May 15-16, 2024 to meet with Members of Congress and regulators to educate and advocate for important policy goals. Meeting 'face-to-face' with those who craft and enforce our laws is the most effective way to get your message through to Capitol Hill and federal agencies.

Webinar: Alliance for Counteracting Disaster - Top 5 OSHA Violations for ACD Members

ACD members face significant scrutiny from a bevvy of state and federal authorities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increasingly turned its eyes towards the Chemical Distribution industry. Join Michael McGuire and Cullen Wise of Johnson, Kendall & Johnson to hear about the most common violations seen in the Chemical Distribution industry and learn the most effective strategies for combating them.

Webinar: How U.S. Importers Can Enforce Trade Compliance Through AD/CVD Laws and EAPA

David Schwartz and Kerem Bilge of Thompson Hine will explain how importers can use the U.S. trade laws and regulations to combat customs fraud, the circumvention of AD/CVD orders, and the evasion of duty payments. We will focus on such tools as the Enforce and Protect Act, the False Claims Act, circumvention and scope inquiries, the trade remedy laws and regulations, and e-Allegations.

Please note: Active ACD membership is required for registration approval.

Thank you Teckrez, Inc. for sponsoring this webinar.

Webinar: Distributor Responsibility and the Safety Data Sheet

Safety data sheets (SDSs) play a vital role in communicating hazard information throughout the supply chain. By accepting an SDS from a supplier, you assume liability for any compliance errors listed on the documentation. As distributors broaden their service offerings, it's more important than ever to understand the implications of importing and exporting potentially hazardous materials, repacking, compounding, and more. Don't let a supplier's error put your business in jeopardy.

Join this session with Sharon Brody and Ryan Pronovost of Datacor, to learn best practices for ensuring accurate SDSs, and explore strategies for minimizing risk.

Seattle Town Hall Luncheon

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm (PT) | ACD Members-Only | Register here

Join us on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (PT) for our second in a series of ACD Town Halls that Eric will conduct on the road! During this free event, Eric will provide attendees with the latest developments affecting the industry and highlight the processes in place for ACD to contribute to your organization's success. Members will also have the opportunity to pose questions to Eric during and interactive Q&A session. 

In addition, enjoy a delicious meal while forging connections with fellow Alliance members and industry leaders.

Make sure to secure your spot now by confirming your attendance before June 3, 2024!

If you have questions you'd like to submit ahead of time, or have other questions about the Town Hall, please contact the ACD Meetings Team at meetings@acd-chem.com.

Houston Town Hall Happy Hour

Join us Monday, June 10, 2024, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (CT) for our first in a series of ACD Town Halls that Eric will conduct on the road! Meet us at Karbach Brewing in Houston, TX for a cold beer and good conversation. During this free event, Eric will discuss the major issues currently affecting the chemical distribution industry and the processes in place for ACD to contribute to your organization's success.

Members will also have the opportunity to pose questions to Eric during an interactive Q&A session.

Make sure to secure your spot now by confirming your attendance before June 3, 2024!

If you have questions you'd like to submit ahead of time, or have other questions about the Town Hall, please contact the ACD Meetings Team at meetings@acd-chem.com.

ACD Sales Academy- Powered by Sandler

Training Schedule |  Register here for the training

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024 

Are you ready to take your sales skills to the next level and start closing bigger, more strategic deals? This comprehensive sales training program, powered by Sandler, is designed to equip you with the tools and techniques you need to overcome objections, engage the right decision-makers, and craft compelling solutions that resonate with your prospects and customers.

Click here to learn more about the training

Swings for STEM

  • Monday, June 24, 2024 | Landsdowne, VA | Learn more

The Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD) and American Chemistry Council (ACC) are partnering to raise awareness and financial support for Future of STEM Scholars Initiative  (FOSSI). The first annual Swings for Stem charity golf event will allow organizations to support this great cause while networking with industry peers.

FOSSI is a national industry-wide program that seeks to increase the number of underrepresented professionals in the STEM workforce by providing scholarships to students pursuing preferred STEM degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). FOSSI is dedicated to supporting those STEM Scholars who would otherwise not have access to a STEM education by eliminating financial barriers.

For more info visit: https://futureofstemscholars.org/

 

 

 

Previous Calendar Events

 

DOT- Required Hazardous Materials Transportation Training

Training Schedule

Session 1: General Awareness and Function Specific Training

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | 2:00 - 4:30 pm (ET)

Session 2: Function Specific and Security Awareness Training

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | 2:00- 4:30 pm (ET)

Course Description: All Shippers of hazardous materials are required to train all of their hazmat employees (as defined at 49 CFR 172.8). In this interactive training on the rules governing the transportation of hazardous materials, participants will receive general awareness, function-specific, and general security awareness training for shippers, as required in 49 CFR 172.700. Coupled with a facility's safety training, this program will meet the requirements for a 3-year certification of training.

Course Instructor: Peter F. Downing, CHMM, President, Environment and Safety Solutions, Inc.

Course Materials: All participants who attend and participate in both sessions of this training will receive a Certificate of Training along with all course materials. Participants are strongly encouraged to have access to a paper copy of 49 CFR Parts 171 through 180.

ACD is partnering with Strategic Partner, Environment & Safety Solutions, Inc. to offer this training.

Registration Rates

  • Member rate: $279
  • Nonmember rate: $359

2024 Responsible Distribution Spring Workshop

Registration for the Spring 2024  Responsible Distribution Workshops is now open!

ONLINE: Click here to register online.

HARD COPY: Click here to download a hard copy registration form.

Email completed forms to meetings@acd-chem.com.

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2024 Regulatory Spring Workshop

As the world evolves, the chemical distribution industry faces growing responsibilities in due diligence exercises, responding to information requests, and protecting company operations from bad actors. ACD has assembled experts in key areas to discuss practical regulatory solutions, study best practices, analyze lessons learned, and review upcoming reporting obligations. Join us this March as we explore top-of-mind topics including PFAS, security, workplace safety enforcement, TSCA, and food safety.

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Webinar: Static Control and Safety in the Transfer of Flammable and Combustible Liquids

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET)

Richard Puig of Newson Gale will discuss the causes of static electricity and hazards in flammable transfers. He will review the different levels of solutions and equipment that can be implemented to protect against a hazardous area static discharge, from using simple mechanical clamps to systems with visual indication and interlocks for process control. Examples of solutions in drumming and truck loading/unloading will be presented. Additionally, aspects of NFPA 77 will be addressed, including the requirement for bonding and grounding, recommendations for loading tank truck and rail cars, as well as guidance for handling flammable and combustibles for toe and drum filling.

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Thank you Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc. and Superior for sponsoring this webinar.

Webinar: Water Treatment Chemicals, How to Meet Regulatory Requirements

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET)

In the majority of U.S. states and Canada provinces, product certification to NSF/ANSI/CAN Standard 60 (Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals-Health Effects) is a regulatory requirement for chemicals used in the treatment of public drinking water supplies. Blake Stark, of NSF International, will provide a Standard 60 overview which is tailored for chemical distributors and will include information on the certification process for chemical repackagers/transporters as well as the process for private label certification of treatment chemicals. Answers to frequently asked questions will be shared, as well as a session for open Q & A.

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Webinar: Product Master Data Unlocks Business Transformation

  • Thursday, March 7, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET)

The industry is actively pursuing digital transformation and distributors are finding themselves being slowed down by the same core problem: organizing and digitizing product data.

Successful digital transformation starts with organizing the product data collected from principals, which is often trapped in PDFs, spreadsheets and SharePoint drives. Organizing and harmonizing this data unlocks distributors to pursue their larger digital transformation goals.

Learn about digital transformation trends and challenges specific to distribution and how you can enable your sales team to win more business, while empowering customers to discover your products online from all of your principals.

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Thank you Azelis Americas and IMCD US, LLC for sponsoring this webinar.

Webinar: Preparing for 2024 TSCA Chemical Data Reporting

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET)

Every four years, chemical manufacturers and importers are required to provide EPA with information on the production and use of chemicals in U.S. commerce. The information gathering process is often not straightforward and missteps in reporting can invite enforcement and commercial liability. The 2024 CDR submission period will be from June 1, 2024 to September 30, 2024, during which manufacturers (including importers) must report if they meet certain volume thresholds at any single site for each calendar year from 2020 – 2023. CDR data is published and supports EPA’s information needs for prioritization, risk evaluation and risk management under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

In this webinar Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Director of Chemistry, will present best practices to prepare for this reporting cycle. This webinar will offer decision making training on identification of relevant reporting requirements and exemptions for companies and chemical substances. The electronic data reporting system, EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system and its registration requirements will be reviewed, including role management.

Note: Active ACD membership required for registration approval.

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Thank you Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. for sponsoring this webinar.

2024 Central and Southern Region Meeting

  • February 26-28, 2024 | Charleston, SC | Learn more

In response to high demand, we've once again merged our Central and Southern Regional events! From February 26-28, 2024, participants will convene in Charleston, SC, to propel their professional development, build valuable connections, and cultivate their business pursuits. Attendees will engage with their local colleagues but also broaden their network by connecting with professionals from a different region. We look forward to welcoming everyone in Charleston, SC!

Online Training: Microsoft® Office Excel®: More Formulas and Functions

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)

Do you want to become more efficient with formulas and functions in MS Excel? This may be the class for you. We explore advanced functions, work with named ranges, use database functions and resolve errors. This class is a terrific lead-in to the more advanced Data Analysis classes as well.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain practice using functions and formulas, creating range names and perform advanced database analysis taking advantage of Excel functionality.  As a prerequisite, attendees should be familiar with MS Excel basics, such as creating formulas and using Excel Sum and Average functions. 

Attend this training if you want to:

  • Write Custom, Complex Formulas
  • Use Vlookups and Xlookups
  • Understand the functions within inherited, confusing workbooks
  • Automate your worksheets

Join us to strengthen your business skills!  Stephanie Hutcheson, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Office Expert (MOS), who also holds the Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT) certification, will present this offering for ACD Members and Affiliates.

Member Price: $119
Non-member Price: $139

Webinar: Global Implementation of GHS: Current Status and Recent Updates

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET) 

This webinar offers an in-depth look at the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for chemical classification and labeling across key regions worldwide. It will focus on the United States, the European Union, Asia-Pacific, and Latin American regions. In this session, Lucy Wang of CIRS will cover the unique aspects of GHS adoption in these areas, highlighting the latest regulatory changes and updates. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of how GHS is applied globally, the variations in implementation across different regions, and the implications for international chemical compliance and trade.

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Thank you LBB Specialties for sponsoring this webinar.

Webinar: The Power Grid: A Strategic Growth Roadmap

  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)

The Power Grid is a framework that brings together core concepts for igniting growth and productivity as derived from some of the most powerful personal growth and business books in print: Atomic Habits, The Compound Effect, Getting Things Done, 10x is Easier Than 2x, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, and more. The Power Grid helps shine a spotlight on: Why so many companies get stuck debating game-changing moves instead of taking action; the blind spots that keep us in a trial-and-error cycle of slow growth; the phony excuses we use to play small while fighting customer problems instead of preventing them in the first place; and why some companies drive explosive sales growth while others are stuck in first gear. Most importantly, Brent Johnstone of ACTvantage will help give concrete tips and tricks to develop your 2024 “Pathway to Power” in which you play big and drive growth faster, more easily (less energy), and with maximum results. After understanding your own Power Grid, you will look at your 2024 goals and how you execute against them in a whole new light. Are your New Years Resolutions already leaving you drained? Let’s get you on that Pathway to Power.

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Webinar: ACD Membership Resources and Benefits

  • Thursday, February 8, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET) 

Newly updated for 2024! Hear from ACD's Senior Director of Membership, Jenni Jenkins, as she reviews the various membership resources and benefits available to ACD's members and Affiliates.

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ACD Online Training: Completing the Biennial Waste Generators' Report

  • Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm (ET)

The deadline for Waste Generators to submit biennial reports to the EPA is March 1 – are you prepared? Both EPA and the state agencies review and use these reports, for various reasons, including enforcement activities. Ensuring that the information provided to the Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF), then documenting that information along with how your waste was managed on the appropriate reporting forms is critical to ensuring that you are accurately tracking your waste (and associated liability) from cradle to grave.

Course Description:
This training will review the process of completing the biennial Waste Generators’ Report. It will include a review of the information required, the forms to be used, and obtaining information from the manifests, so that a company can properly complete its report for submission to the agencies. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, and an open forum for questions and feedback will make this an exceptionally valuable program for all chemical distributors, manufacturers, and Third-Party Logistics facilities that generate hazardous waste in their operations.

Course Instructor: Peter F. Downing, CHMM, President, Environment and Safety Solutions, Inc.
ACD is partnering with Strategic Partner, Environment & Safety Solutions, Inc. to offer this training.

Member rate: $149
Nonmember rate: $199

ACD Online Training: Inventory Manager Certification Program

ACD is partnering with ACTvantage to offer an Inventory Manager Certification Program. The program provides a proven, practical approach to managing your inventory – equipping you with the tools and mindset necessary to assess your current inventory performance and processes, identify gaps, understand best practices, and ultimately implement them to align working capital with customer experience.

Training schedule

  • Week 1: January 23 & 25, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
  • Week 2: January 30 & February 1, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
  • Week 3: February 6 & 8, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)
  • Week 4: February 13 & 15, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET)

The program will focus on FIVE competencies

  • Service vs. Inventory trade-off
  • Fill Rate (Product Availability) Metrics
  • Item-level Profitability
  • Inventory Stratification
  • Inventory Risk Mitigation

For this 4-week certification program, we have partnered with ActVantage.

    Instructors

    Pradip KrishnadevarajanCo-Founder, ActVantage
    Pradip is passionate about using an approach that combines data and coaching to help companies drive profitable growth. He is recognized in the industry as a thought leader, with 15 plus years of experience assisting hundreds of companies directly.

    Senthil GunasekaranCo-Founder, ActVantage
    Senthil is passionate about driving profitable growth through analytics. An engineer at heart, he brings a quantitative approach to business challenges, leading to unbiased solutions to optimize value.


    Member Price: $1,500
     

    After your registration has been processed, prior to the first session, you will receive a Zoom meeting link from ACTvantage to join the training sessions.

    Webinar: Crisis Communication - It's a team sport, what position do you play?

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm (ET)

    Planning for and training employees for media inquiries is a critical component of Responsible Distribution Code VII: Emergency Response and Public Preparedness. Join Gerard Braud, Founder and CEO of SituationHub, as he explores creating effective crisis communication plans in your organization by understanding what each member of your team needs to know, understand, and the type of training they should receive.

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    Thank you Allied Universal Corporation and Webb Chemical Service Corp. for sponsoring this webinar.

    2024 ACD Legislative and Regulatory Outlook

    • Thursday, January 18, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET) 

    Please join the ACD policy team for our annual beginning-of-the year Legislative and Regulatory Outlook webinar. Entering this crucial election year, 2024 promises to bring more regulatory activity from the agencies and more oversight from Capitol Hill. Jennifer Gibson, Analisa Puzzanghero, and Nick Breslin of the ACD Regulatory Team will discuss the latest developments on the Superfund Tax, EPA, and OSHA regulations, the long-awaited OSHA Hazard Communication Standard updates, predictions for trade policy, and more. Doug Leigh and Brian Callahan of the Legislative Team will discuss what to expect from Congress on these and other issues, including updates on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, for which authority lapsed and funding is set to expire on January 19. Be prepared for what 2024 has in store on the policy front by participating in this timely webinar.

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    Thank you Brenntag and PVS Chemicals, Inc. for sponsoring this webinar.

    ACD Town Hall 2024

    • Tuesday, January 9, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET)

    ACD welcomes you to our 2024 kick-off town hall meeting. Led by President and CEO, Eric Byer, this meeting includes topics such as:

    • 2023 Highlights
    • ACD U Updates: New Learning Management System
    • 2024 Events Calendar
    • Policy Agenda Briefing

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    Thank you LBB Specialties for sponsoring this webinar.

    Webinar: A Hazardous Waste Refresher

    • Thursday, January 4, 2024 | Noon - 1:00 pm (ET) 

    This webinar will provide a simple overview of the hazardous waste regulations under RCRA-Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and how they may impact your facility. Participants will learn how to classify waste as hazardous or non-hazardous, profile the waste for safe disposal, and identify the appropriate land disposal methods for each. While the topic will be mentioned briefly, a more in-depth online training entitled, "Completing the Biennial Waste Generators' Report" will be presented on January 25, 2024.

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    Thank you R&S Compliance Group, LLC and Superior for sponsoring this webinar.