ASQ - Energy and Environmental Division

Today's business environment is changing rapidly and the approaches taken to problem solving, improvement and new system implementation must keep pace. The new ISO quality documents, 9001:2000 and 9004:2000, have changed from quality system models to quality management systems advocating the process approach to implementation. This same approach can also be taken with the implementation of environmental and health and safety systems and aid in the integration of these programs. The new ISO quality management system identifies the need to consider processes in terms of added value, and there has been a harmonization of quality and environmental management system requirements.

The Energy and Environmental Division National Conference to be held in Richmond, Virginia August 26-29, 2001 will assist in addressing system implementation issues. With the theme of "Adding Value with Quality and Environmental Management Systems," 14 technical sessions will explore ways to implement and integrate quality, environmental, and health and safety programs for professionals in both government and industry. Other technical sessions will cover the new ISO 9000:2000, changes from Guide 25 to 17025, integrated audits, training, and life-cycle analysis.

The conference is organized along two tracks-government and QEHS integration. The government track will be of particular interest considering the current government emphasis on implementing environmental management systems in all agencies and activities. This track will be introduced by an executive panel session that includes Maureen Sullivan, Director of Compliance, U.S. Department of Defense; Olga Dominguez, Director of Environmental Management, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and William Garvey, Director of Enforcement/Compliance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The QEHS integration track will also be introduced by an executive panel session made up of government and industry representatives.

Technical sessions include presentations by many leaders in government and industry, such as Dr. Marcia Davies, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Pat Gallagher, New Mexico Environment Department; and Mary Albani, Consolidated Edison of New York.

Five division technical committees will hold meetings on Tuesday afternoon, offering an opportunity for participation by conference attendees.

The conference site, the OMNI Richmond Hotel, is located in the historic Shockoe Slip district of downtown Richmond, a few blocks away from the state Capitol building. Many nearby historic sites offer leisure time activities of interest. A wide variety of restaurants offer something for every palette. The Sunday evening reception and the Tuesday evening dinner riverboat cruise down the James River will provide an opportunity to meet the presenters and discuss information gained from the sessions in an informal atmosphere.

This conference is a rare conjunction of experts and expertise. Don't miss this opportunity to gain comprehensive insights and information that will benefit you and your organization.

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