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Questions on Compliance Issues? Water Use? Sustainability? IDFA Has Answers

May 09, 2013

All professionals involved in managing dairy facilities know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are getting tougher on compliance issues, and many questions remain unanswered.

  • Will OSHA's new Hazard Communications Standard be good or bad for the dairy industry?
  • Are there solutions that can help dairy processors with wastewater issues?
  • Will the recent explosion at the West, Texas, fertilizer plant, which involved anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate, exacerbate EPA's and OSHA's already rigorous inspections of anhydrous ammonia refrigeration systems?

Those questions and many more will take center stage at IDFA’s Conference on Worker Safety and Environmental Issues, May 29-30, at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.

The conference won’t just focus on dealing with regulators, though. Top experts in each of the three tracks – worker safety, environmental issues and sustainability – will address a variety of issues, including how to reduce water usage through wastewater recycling, recovery and reuse. They’ll also explore the latest sustainability practices and technologies.

In addition, representatives from HP Hood and Hilmar Cheese will explain how their companies are reaping significant returns by creating proactive safety cultures.

“To provide attendees with the opportunity to engage these experts, I have included open-panel sessions at the conclusion of each track,” said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and the host of the conference. “We will draw the audience out with real world issues and challenges that we can discuss as a group. There will be plenty of experience in the room which can be harvested.”

View Detlefsen’s video here for more details.

For a complete agenda and to register, visit the Conference on Worker Safety and Environmental Issues.

Contact Maria Velasco, IDFA meetings assistant, at for more details.

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