Terminal Operating Practices Symposium
International Liquid Terminals Association
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2021 Virtual TOPS Meeting - More information coming soon! 


ILTA’s Terminal Operating Practices Symposium (TOPS) is an educational series designed to provide terminal operators a forum to exchange lessons learned from facility incidents and near hits and discuss effective operating practices with their peers.

Presentations are provided by terminal operator employees who will share their experiences in addressing natural disasters, environmental releases, malfunctions, worker injuries and illnesses, near misses/hits and other abnormal operating events at their facilities. They will discuss the causes of these events and what was changed to mitigate or eliminate future occurrences. Each presentation is approximately 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for Q&A.

Industry Event for Industry
The symposium is for terminal operating company personnel ONLY. No service providers, vendors, consultants, members of the press, regulators or the public will be allowed to participate in the event. There may be times when an outside party has significant information to share with the industry (e.g., U.S. CSB), in which case that party may be allowed to attend only to make a presentation. Consultants representing Terminal Members may be allowed to attend so long as an officer of a terminal company (e.g., President, CEO, Vice President, General Manager) makes a request in writing to ILTA requesting an exception.

New Presentations Needed Every Year
To be successful with this event each year, ILTA is always looking for new presentations and presenters. We also need to hear from a diverse array of terminal operators that are different in size, the geographic scope of operations and product types. The learnings shared help others in the terminal industry avoid operational incidents that can lead to the significant public, personnel, environmental and reputational impacts. 

This year, terminal operators that want to be considered for a Platinum Safety Award must submit a TOPS proposal. A company’s proposal does not need to be accepted for the TOPS program to fulfill the eligibility requirement for the Platinum award. 

If you would like to offer a presentation at a future TOPS or know of an incident or learning opportunity that should be presented by another operator, please contact us at TOPS@ilta.org.