Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Unraveling DOT Shipping Descriptions
Key Steps for Classification

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Registration: 6:00 –6:30 PM
Networking: 6:30- 7:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Program: 8:00 PM


  • Members and Guests ………………………. $25
  • Unemployed or Retired Members ……….. $15
  • Students………………………………………………No Charge


Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2693 or e-mail at rsvp@njaiche.orgby January 6th.


Hazardous materials regulations require that any person who offers a hazardous material for transportation must properly classify the material and describe it on a shipping paper. The presentation will provide a step-by-step primer including practical advice on how to determine if your product or waste is considered a hazardous material, how to classify it according to the DOT hazard criteria and how to determine the DOT shipping description. The presenter will provide information in general for all materials and additional detail for the most frequently shipped materials.

Speaker’s Biography

Prokopis A. Christou has more than 20 years of leadership, technical, and teaching experience in environmental, safety, transportation, regulatory, engineering and communication. He is a licensed professional engineer and a Certified Hazardous Material Manager. He is manager of corporate environmental affairs and DOT for Benjamin Moore & Company. Prokopis is also president of the Fine Speakers Bureau™, a non-profit group that provides speakers for events and meetings for no fee. For more information, visit www.finespeakers.com .

Executive Committee Meeting

There will be no The Executive Committee meeting for January.

Future Meetings

Have you heard someone speak that would be of interest to our group? Would you like to speak? We’re interested in both technical and general interest presentations. Let us know.

Directions to Sbuffys

250 Park Ave
corner of Park & Mountan Avenues
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Tel: 908-322-7726
Fax: 908-322-1810

Directionsb Search Tips

SNUFFY’S is located is Scotch Plains, NJ. Entrance to parking lot is made from Eastbound lane of Route 22 or Mountain Ave.Coming from New York City – Lincoln or Holland Tunnels or George Washington Bridge – take NJ Turnpike SOUTH to Newark Airport Exit #14.Common Directions
Pick up Route 22 West to sign reading “Mountain Ave. – SCOTCH PLAINS”. Take Mountain Ave. thru 2nd traffic light to parking lot entrance on the right (just after intersetion). From Parkway 8 miles – From Newark Airport 12 miles

Coming from Staten Island – Go over the Goethels Bridge and exit to the NJ Turnpike NORTH. Take the Turnpike to Exit #14 to Route 22 WEST and follow the common directions above.

Going NORTH on Garden State Parkway – Exit #140 to Route 22 EAST. Bear to LEFT to take jug handle to Route 22 WEST and follow common directions above.

Going SOUTH on Garden State Parkway – Exit #140A to Route 22 WEST and follow common directions above.

Coming from New Brunswick and Points South – Pick up Route 287 NORTH (Exit #10 at Edison from the NJ Turnpike or Exit #127 from the Garden State Pkwy.) Take 287 NORTH to Somerville, Exit to Route 22 EAST to Scotch Plains. Entrance on right, after Blue Star Shopping Center and before park Ave. overpass.

Coming from PA or Points West – Route 78 EAST to Exit #41. Follow signs to Route 22, Scotch Plains. At 3rd traffic light turn right to go over Overpass to Park Ave. Stay in right lane of overpass and at next light turn right onto Mountain Ave. Make first right turn to enter parking lot.

Job Search TipsThree Resume Rules for Baby Boomers

The most common concern among job seekers over 50 is that their resume tends to date them. While it’s true that with age comes wisdom, it’s also true that securing a great new job becomes challenging after a certain age. If you are a member of the baby boomer generation you’ll want to take note of the following three resume rules.

1. Don’t make it a history lesson.

One sure way to date yourself is to take your resume all the way back to your first job out of college. That type of ancient history only serves to give a time line to your age. Worse yet, it may show a zig-zag career path that leaves the reader wondering how you arrived at your current career destination.

When deciding how far back in your career history to go, think in terms of relevancy rather than years. As a general rule, go back only as far as it relates to your current career objective. There are a few exceptions to the rule. First, if your current career path is five years or less you’ll need to show a few years prior. Otherwise the reader will wonder where you came from and how you got there. The second exception is if you are returning to a previous career path and wish to show the experience. In that case you’ll want to use the hybrid resume format to allow your most relevant accomplishments up at the top of your resume.

2. Get rid of ancient technology.

Another way your resume says “old codger” is by your choice of technology information. Selling your skills with outdated technology is as ineffective as an ad for buggy whips. It tells the reader that you are living in the past rather than solving today’s problems with today’s technology.

One way to weed out your resume of old technology is to test your resume against current job postings. Compare the needed technology skills with what your resume lists. Delete what is no longer current. If you find gaps look around for ways to bring your skills up to date. Professional associations often provide certifications and special training to help bring you up to date.

3. Make the present as alluring as the past.

The worst resume error for post-fifty job seekers is when their chronological resume shows all the best accomplishments in earlier employment entries. Nothing says “has been” like accomplishments that don’t show up until page two or three. If your resume has no accomplishments illustrated for the most current five years the reader has no choice but to conclude you are an “over the hill” worker with no ambition left. No employer wants to hire dead wood.

Given the downward trend of business over the past several years, lack of resume accomplishments is a common problem. None the less, make all effort to include accomplishments in your most recent years even if you feel that your best years were pre-2001. Think in terms of problems you’ve solved, costs you’ve cut, man-hours you’ve saved and clients you’ve kept.

Another way to get accomplishments on page one is with a hybrid resume format that allows you to create a highlight of accomplishments section at the top of page one.

Age discrimination may be against the law, but we all know that it takes place. Don’t let your resume stop you from getting your chance to interview for your next job. Make sure your resume draws attention to your skills, abilities and accomplishment rather than your age. Let your success stories show how you can solve today’s critical business problems.

December Holiday Party

Holiday Party
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Holiday Party
December 13, 2011



Our December meeting will be an opportunity to socialize with other members and guests in a holiday setting. We’re planning to have some party games and the price is right. Please feel free to bring a guest.
Please reserve as we’re planning a buffet and need to give a fairly accurate count to Snuffys. They’ve shown an extraordinary amount of flexibility in responding to our needs and we’d like to help them prepare.
If you are not a current local section member and would like to come, we’d be happy to sign you up at the meeting.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Registration 6:00 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Program 7:30 PM
Snuffy’s Restaurant
Mountain and Park Avenues, Scotch Plains
Section Members/Students and One Guest Free if Reserved by Friday December 9, 2011
Non-Members …………………………$25

Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2670 or e-mail at rsvp@njaiche.org by Friday 12/09/11.

November Meeting

November 8, 2011 

Global Implications of REACH and TSCA – Moving towards Comprehensive Chemical Management Accountability

Jacqueline Sibblies,
Environmental Compliance Consulting, Somerset, NJ


The recent publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed rule to modify the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will certainly cause members of the chemical manufacturing and distribution industry to evaluate the impact of any resulting new and/or modified regulatory requirements that would directly affect their business. And with many companies having international affiliations, the onset of changes in regulatory requirements in one global region would most likely affect operations in several other regions. Methods of manufacturing in one country for example may have to be revised in order to meet the product standards of another.

Then there is also the consideration that must be given to the effect of interrelated regulatory requirements. New or modified regulations could be burdensome to some members of the regulated community, while others may find the new requirements complimentary with existing subject regulations. For some chemical companies, this may be the case with the TSCA IUR and REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemical Substances regulations) administered by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). This paper will present a summary of key requirements of both REACH and the IUR rules with an analytical look at their effect on global operations in the chemical industry

About the Speaker

Jacqueline Sibblies is a professional engineer with over sixteen years of environmental engineering experience, having expertise is air compliance management. She has a BE degree in chemical engineering from City College of New York and an MS in management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Meeting Details
Tuesday,November 8, 2011


Registration 6:00 –6:30 PM
Networking 6:30- 7:00 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Program 7:00 PM


Snuffy’s Steakhouse
Mountain and Park Avenues, Scotch Plains

Members and Guests ……………………. $25
Unemployed or Retired Members ……….$15
Students……………………………………… No Charge


Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2670 or e-mail at rsvp@njaiche.org ASAP. If you reserve, we will notify you of a cancellation or change.

How To Avoid Job Interview Brain Freeze

Have you ever experienced brain freeze during a job interview? You are asked a question and your mind goes blank—it’s horrifying. You lose composure as well as confidence. Your interview goes down hill from there. Brain freeze most often happens as a result of behavioral or situational interview questions that are not anticipated before hand. As a career coach, this is the most common interview problem I hear about from my clients. With the right preparation you can avoid the nightmare of brain freeze and improve your interview performance greatly.

First of all, it’s important to understand what a behavioral or situational interview question is. It is any question that start with:

Tell me a time when …

Give an example of …

Describe a situation when …

Employers ask these types of questions with the assumption that past behavior indicates future performance. These questions reveal a lot about a candidate, including a candidates ability to think fast on their feet. Given that interviews are inherently stressful, many job seekers find it extremely difficult to think fast during interviews. Here are four steps that will help you prepare for any interview question.

  1. Take inventory of your accomplishments.

This requires more than a cursory mental note of the good stuff you’ve done in the past year. Take a systematic approach by asking yourself what challenges you’ve faced in each of your positions over the past five or more years. Try asking yourself

What processes have I improved?

How have I made work easier for others?

What did I do to save my company money?

When did I find a solution to a departmental problem.

How did I save time?

When did I go beyond the call of duty to solve a customer problem?

Write out your answers to these questions. Remember to include the quantitative details when appropriate. Include dollars saved, hours cut, percentage increased etc.

  1. Study the job description.

With your list of accomplishments in hand you are ready to turn your attention to the job description. Study the requirements to determine the all possible challenges involved with the job. If the actual job description is skimpy in details, look to other similar positions listed to help fill in the blanks. Additionally, ask others who hold similar positions what their greatest challenges of the job are. Write out your list of anticipated challenges.

  1. Create a list behavioral questions.

Turn your list of challenges of the position into a list of questions that start with:

Tell me a time when you …

Describe a situation when …

Have you ever had to …

Your list will look something like:

Tell me a time when you had to cut costs out of your annual budget.

Describe a situation when you had to fire a friend.

How would you go about repairing a relationship with a disgruntled client?

  1. Use your list of accomplishments to answer your behavioral questions.

Ask a friend to help you role play your interview answers. You should feel very comfortable communicating your success stories. The more time you practice actually talking about your accomplishments the faster you’ll be able to recall your stories in your next interview.

With interview performance more important than ever before it pays to prepare, prepare, prepare. There is no such thing as over preparation when it comes to interviews. Use this 1,2,3,4 approach to interview prep and you’ll be surprised at how much more confident you’ll feel in your next interview. The better you interview the faster you’ll be at your new job.



Deborah Walker, Certified Career Management Coach

Read more career tips and see sample resumes at:


email: Deb@Alphaadvantage.com