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Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals™ Trains First Responders in Oil Spill Simulation

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), the only U.S. organization devoted to the professional advancement of the hazardous materials management field, brings together leading hazardous materials professionals for its 2014 National Conference in New Orleans, LA from August 24-27, 2014. Through interactive sessions with world-renowned experts and a real-time emergency response scenario simulating an oil spill on Lake Pontchartrain, the conference will train first responders who help ensure the security and safety of U.S. citizens.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of AHMP’s National Conference and will bring together approximately 500 of the leading experts on environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) management to network, showcase new products and services, and learn about policy and industry trends.

Emergency Response Scenario Prepares First-Responders

The possibility of an oil spill is all-too real and something that hazmat professionals and citizens of the Gulf Coast have dealt with first-hand. With thousands of oil drilling locations off the coast of the U.S., the risk of a spill remains a constant threat. The Emergency Response Scenario will take participants through the stages of an oil spill emergency. Participants will learn how to contain the spill with a standard issue spill kit, and then begin cleaning the waterway by utilizing equipment such as containment boom and oil skimmers.

“This year’s Emergency Response Scenario simulation of an oil spill gives real-time, hands-on training to the very professionals who would be responding to this type of situation,” said Cedric Calhoun, executive director, AHMP. “This real-world simulation gives hazmat professionals the same materials they would have on hand, and trains them how to work through this type of crisis with a limited supply of equipment available.”

Industry Experts Share Best Practices

The conference also will feature over 70 technical sessions and will open with Michael Callan as he discusses with the audience how most emergencies start out small and grow in to major event dues to the magnitude of a release or through poor planning and communication. The conference will close with Lt. General Russel L. Honore (Ret.) who led the Joint Task Force-Katrina - leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Community Service Project to Build Affordable Housing with Habitat for Humanity

The conference’s fourth annual Community Service Project will offer attendees the opportunity to work alongside families in need with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. AHMP professionals will spend the day building affordable homes alongside families in need.

The seminars and exhibitions at the AHMP 2014 National Conference, co-supported by Clean Harbors®, will be held at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency. Additional sponsors include the Veolia ES. For more information about AHMP and the AHMP 2014 National Conference, visit

About the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals

The Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) is a professional association with a membership of nearly 3,000 of the nation’s leading experts in environmental, health, safety and security management. AHMP is the only national organization devoted to the professional advancement of the hazardous materials management field.


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