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How A Sales Guy Transformed Into An Environmental, Health & Safety Expert & Advocate For Small Businesses I've spent my entire 30+ year career working within the manufacturing and “industrial services” sectors. The first 15 years of my career focused on sales of hazardous materials related products and services to the manufacturing sector, then for the last 16+ years transitioned into entrepreneurship, founding 3 small industrial services related contracting businesses. As you’ll see below, running these companies eventually lead me to found yet a 4th business, but more on that in a minute…. Here’s a brief description of the first 3 companies: - Berg Environmental Services, Inc.: hazardous waste disposal & transportation services, founded in August of 2003 - 3rd party wind energy operations & maintenance services provider to utility scale wind farms throughout the US, founded in September 2007 - 3rd party oil & gas exploration & production services provider, founded in August of 2011 Each of these companies operated in extremely dangerous working conditions and exposed my employees to a wide range of serious health & safety hazards on a daily basis. To complicate matters, 2 of the companies also exposed the environment to significant potential harm. In other words, I learned very early the critical importance of managing environmental, health and safety issues so as to ensure the safety of our employees and the environment, as well as minimizing related risks. But I also learned how incredibly difficult and challenging this endeavor can be due to the wide range of complicated and continually changing environmental, health and safety rules and regulations that impacted the companies. To summarize the challenges: First I had to determine which regulations applied to each company, then I had to build compliance programs to meet those regulations, and finally I had to ensure that the programs were being managed and followed by our staff on a daily basis. All while trying to run and grow 3 profitable businesses…. It was overwhelming and I always struggled to keep up. To make matters worse, throughout this time I also witnessed the devastating price that companies, management and ownership can pay for failing to manage EHS compliance. This included seeing one of my hazardous waste management clients get sent to jail over environmental issues, another client’s management team threatened with jail time, a direct competitor get fined $378,000 by OSHA fine after an employee was nearly killed, and many others face major fines and penalties. Full disclosure, one of my companies got fined by OSHA at one point, & another was cited by TCEQ, so I know how it feels. In summary, I learned first hand how incredibly difficult it is for small companies to manage EHS compliance due to a common lack of the critical expertise, time and resources that are needed to keep up, and how this situation then ends up exposing them to these potentially catastrophic risks that can literally destroy lives and businesses. This later inspired me to found my 4th company, Berg Compliance Solutions in 2012, which is dedicated to helping other small businesses, and business owners, to manage EHS compliance and risk. Education • BA, Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder, December, 1990. Summary of Professional Experience & Qualifications: - 30+ years serving the manufacturing & industrial services sectors - 30+ years of sales and marketing experience - 16+ years as small business owner & entrepreneur: Founded and operated 4 small businesses since 2003. Environmental, Health & Safety Compliance & Program Related: - 19 plus years of hazardous waste management including EPA, TCEQ & RCRA regulations - 8 years of DOT/FMCSA compliance experience, including hazardous materials transportation - 8 years of combined experience implementing and managing OSHA health and safety compliance programs for 2 high risk energy services businesses - Successfully implemented and gained ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Service) Certification for wind energy maintenance business. Regulatory Enforcement Related Experience: – Served as expert witness in criminal environmental compliance enforcement cases – Superfund-CERCLA – OSHA enforcement inspections, investigations and resolution in following industries: industrial services, manufacturing & construction. - TCEQ enforcement inspections, investigations and resolution in manufacturing.

What Happens To Business Owners Who Don’t Pay OSHA Fines?

OSHA answered this question in a press release issued this week:  They will come after the offender until they collect, plus penalties! Just ask Vasilios Saitis, owner of Altor, Inc. a construction company in New Jersey who was found in contempt of court, and was not only forced to pay the original $412,000 OSHA fine for multiple safety violations, but also $30,000 in penalties, not to mention all of the legal fees that accrued during extensive litigation. This statement [...]

By |2019-12-04T19:16:52-05:00December 4th, 2019|Government Regulation, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on What Happens To Business Owners Who Don’t Pay OSHA Fines?

OSHA Announces “Significant Inspection Increases” in 2019

Despite the current administration's promise to reduce regulation, today OSHA announced that they have conducted more enforcement inspections in 2019 than in the previous 3 years. Although one could certainly argue that there's a difference between adding/reducing regulations, and enforcement of regulations, it seems clear that the administration is continuing their commitment to workplace safety for American workers by ensuring that employers are held accountable to this goal. In addition to increased OSHA inspections, the agency has also [...]

By |2019-12-04T19:04:47-05:00December 4th, 2019|Fed Regulation, Government Regulation, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on OSHA Announces “Significant Inspection Increases” in 2019

The Texas EHS Audit Privilege Act Explained

Texas manufacturers are required to implement and manage a long list of environmental and hazardous materials regulations mandated by TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and/or EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). But this is much easier said than done due to, among other things, the volume & complexity of these regulations, not to mention the fact that they often change. Here is a list of some of the more common regulations: Storm Water Permit & Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan [...]

By |2019-11-25T18:36:08-05:00November 25th, 2019|Good To Know, Hazardous Waste Management, Texas Environmental Regulations, Texas Hazardous Materials Regulations|Comments Off on The Texas EHS Audit Privilege Act Explained

Free OSHA 10 Hour Construction Classes in December

TDI is offering several free OSHA 10 Hour classes in December for construction. Classes will be delivered in English and Spanish and is a great opportunity for at risk workers to improve their safety awareness. Here's the schedule: Austin, English: 12/3 and 12/4 Austin, Spanish: 12/5 and 12/6 Fort Worth, English:  12/10 and 12/11 Register Here    

By |2019-11-25T12:10:53-05:00November 25th, 2019|Good To Know, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on Free OSHA 10 Hour Construction Classes in December

2020 Texas Workers Compensation Conference

We're posting this update to relay that Texas Department of Insurance  will host their 2020 workers compensation conference in Austin, TX on May 19-21. The conference will focus on human factors that contribute to workplace injuries and how to manage these factors to reduce associated risks. The agenda will include the following general topics:  claims management, return to work, dispute management, workplace safety and other related topics. Learn More Here  

By |2019-11-21T11:16:55-05:00November 21st, 2019|Good To Know|Comments Off on 2020 Texas Workers Compensation Conference

OSHA Compliance 101 For Small Companies

Hello my name is Russell Carr, and I’m the founder and president of our company. If you’ve had any time to research us, you might already know that I founded Berg Compliance Solutions, after struggling for years trying to manage environmental, health and safety with 3 of my small contracting business and later noticing that I definitely wasn’t alone in this struggle. Our company mission is to help small companies manage environmental, health and safety regulations and related [...]

By |2019-11-14T11:17:14-05:00November 14th, 2019|Good To Know, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on OSHA Compliance 101 For Small Companies
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