Professional Development Courses

Lunch is not included with any of the PDC courses


Monday April 26

PDC 1              HAZWOPER Refresher Training           9am - 5pm

Certification Course

Presented by Zephyr Environmental Corporation


This course satisfies the requirements for providing annual refresher training as required in the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard.  The course, which will be taught by Zephyr Environmental Corporation's HazMat Academy, is designed to provide HAZWOPER re-certification to General Site Workers, TSDF Employees, and Hazardous Materials Technicians by covering hazmat chemistry and reference materials, hazard analysis and risk assessment, incident management and emergency response operations, hazmat control and mitigation, and spill cleanup and decontamination techniques.


PDC 2a              Boot Camp (part 1)                                                                      8am - 12pm

Presented by S. Creighton, et al

Boot Camp is intended for EHS students and professionals new to either the Semiconductor or Photovoltaic industries.  Experienced EHS Professionals often attend Boot Camp to "brush-up" on aspects of EHS in Semiconductor and Photovoltaic manufacturing.

The 2010 Boot Camp will be focused on four aspects of semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing.  Boot Camp Part 1 will focus on: Semiconductor and Photovoltaic manufacturing processes; and EHS issues associates with Semiconductor and Photovoltaic manufacturing. 


PDC 2b              Boot Camp (part 2)                                                                      1pm - 5pm

Presented by S. Creighton, et al

Boot Camp is intended for EHS students and professionals new to either the Semiconductor or Photovoltaic industries.  Experienced EHS Professionals often attend Boot Camp to "brush-up" on aspects of EHS in Semiconductor and Photovoltaic manufacturing.

Boot Camp Part 2 will continue with Semiconductor and Photovoltaic process equipment and chemistries; and Facilities equipment and related EHS and permitting considerations for Semiconductor and Photovoltaic manufacturing.


PDC 3   Sustainability 101 for the High Tech ESH Professional              1pm - 5pm

Presented by A. Zude, et al

Governments, activists, and the media have become adept at holding companies accountable for the environmental and social consequences of their business activities. The general population, regulatory community and investors are now expecting that companies conduct business activities today in a manner that not only ensures their economic success but also preserves the earth's resources and viability for future generations. As a result, sustainability (sustainable development, corporate social responsibility) has emerged as a top business imperative for companies in every country. The concept of sustainability joins two important ideas: 1) that protection of the environmental and preservation of earth's resources does not preclude economic development; and 2) that economic development must be socially and ecologically viable now and in the long run. Increasingly, EHS organizations have been handed the responsibility for developing, implementing and managing corporate sustainability programs and activities. Unfortunately, many EHS professionals do not have the background or knowledge base needed for this new role. This PDC will provide an overview of sustainability concepts, terms and key knowledge areas necessary for the EHS professional to begin assembling their sustainability skills "tool box".



PDC 4              Ethics for the EHS Professional                                          6:00 -8:00 pm - Includes Dinner

Presented by: J. Teets


Tuesday April 27

PDC 5              Exhaust Gas Management                                                        9am - 12pm

Presented by M. Sherer

It is essential that a wafer fab develop a process exhaust management strategy to determine when point-of-use (POU) abatement devices are needed and what the best technology should be used. The development of a fab process exhaust management strategy will be discussed in detail. Information will be provided on the POU abatement device technologies, operations and issues. POU abatement device emissions and destruction and removal efficiency testing methodologies will also be presented. Greenhouse gases will be included.


PDC 6              Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment                                          9am - 12pm

Presented by L. Laurin

How do you measure green? How does carbon footprint relate to green? This course introduces the concepts of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the scientific and robust method of measuring green. Using ISO 14040 and 14044 as the basis, this course will teach the fundamentals of this method, which is becoming the measurement tool of choice for industries worldwide. Beginning with goal and scope definition, attendees will learn how to define a functional unit, assign cut-off rules, and define other aspects per the ISO standards. Next, life cycle inventory will be covered, including data gathering, the availability of data in databases, and finding data. We will also discuss how to allocate when more than one product shares the same resource. We will consider techniques to simplify modeling semiconductor processes. The most popular impact assessment methods will be covered, along with the concepts of midpoints and endpoints, characterization, normalization, damage assessment, and single score. The interpretation section will include the concepts of handling data quality and sensitivity analysis. Attendees will learn the stricter requirements for life cycle assessment results made available to the public. The means of turning an LCA into a greenhouse gas account per PAS 2050 will also be discussed, as well as an overview of the commercial and open source tools available for LCA. Upon completion of the course, the attendee will understand whether LCA would be of benefit, some of the criteria for selecting a tool or consultant, and have a basis of understanding to assist others doing an LCA. The instructor, Lise Laurin, began her career at Intel and spent 20 years in the semiconductor industry before founding EarthShift in 2000 to help businesses understand their environmental impacts.