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Essentials of Product Stewardship

Wednesday, September 26 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

$495 Premium Members | $595 Basic Members & Nonmembers

Product Stewardship is a critical element in a company’s day-to-day operations and license to operate. This course will provide a sound, disciplined set of Core Competencies that can enhance the product stewardship professional and benefit the company. We will examine these core competencies through a holistic approach to product stewardship, not just a discussion of unrelated regulations, buyer requirements, and emerging issues to be addressed on an ad-hoc and uncoordinated basis. We will learn to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and manage the Product Stewardship issues that face consumers, producers, and public.

This full-day course is specifically designed for new and early career product stewards, as well as mid-career professionals looking to enhance their core competencies; industrial hygienists and other EHS professionals wanting to better understand the role of Product Stewardship; as well as professionals that interface with Product Stewardship activities, including legal, research & design, and business development.

​​Key Takeaways

  • Maintaining awareness and responding to societal expectations, emerging trends, Product Stewardship regulatory requirements, and their implications on Product Stewardship
  • Capitalizing on the Product Stewardship opportunities in supply chains to enhance performance and gain competitive advantage
  • Determining, communicating, and managing product haz​ards, exposures, and risks
  • "Greening” a product and incorporating Product Stewardship into all phases of a product’s life cycle​


​7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Registration​
Check in and pick up your badge.
​​8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome & Introductions
Meet the instructor and your fellow attendees.
​8:15 AM - 9:45 AM ​Supply Chains
The importance to product stewardship and how to prepare and evaluate from a product stewardship prospective.
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM​ Quick Break
A short break to stretch, network, check messages, or anything else you need to do.
​10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ​Maintaining Awareness & Responding to Product Stewardship Requirements
From society concerns to requirements, emerging issues and trends and how to identify them, relevant regulations and framework, and the regulatory surveillance process.
​12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LUNCH
Some time to eat, recharge, and connect with other attendees.
​1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Product Risk & Its Management
Hazards, exposure, risk communication, and a risk management approach.
​2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Capitalizing on Product Stewardship Opportunities
Wtih immediate customers as well as both upstream and downstream in the supply chain.
​3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Quick Break
Another short break to stretch, network, check messages, or anything else you need to do.
​3:15 PM - 4:30 PM ​"Greening" Products and Integrating Product Stewardship in the Product LIfe Cycle
​4:30 PM - 5:00 PM ​​Question & Answer
Finish up the day by taking what you've learned and put it into practice. 


Gailen (Gail) Hart, BSIE, MBA currently serves a member of the product stewardship faculty at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. Previously, Mr. Hart spent 38 years with ExxonMobil, initially holding a range of chemical plant manufacturing assignments, including project and cost engineering, and supervision of mechanical design and plant maintenance. Later Headquarters assignments included management of export/import operations; new business development; and product management. In the latter half of his career, Mr. Hart held several product stewardship management positions, ultimately leading to the executive role in global product stewardship services for the corporation. Mr. Hart holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Rutgers University.​

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