About Russell Carr

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.

Berg Compliance Solutions Launches New Company to Help Small Texas General Contractors Manage OSHA Health & Safety Compliance & Risk

Berg Compliance Solutions Launches New Company to Help Small Texas General Contractors Manage OSHA Health & Safety Compliance & Risk Based on Berg’s many years of experience helping small Texas construction companies, the company has recognized that small general contractors in particular face some of the most serious health & safety compliance challenges & risks in the construction industry, yet are often least equipped to manage them. This realization has lead Berg to found Texas General Contractor Safety Consulting, with [...]

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How to Build a Manufacturing Safety Program

Three Secrets to Building an Effective Manufacturing Safety Program Safety is one of the first lessons we learn as kids—don’t touch the hot burners on the stove, don’t run with scissors, and don’t push your sister too hard on the swings. But developing a comprehensive safety program for your manufacturing plant isn’t so simple—and the stakes are much higher. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal workplace injuries rose 5.7% in 2022. Injury and illness cases were also [...]

By |2024-01-14T13:10:43-05:00January 14th, 2024|OSHA Health & Safety, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on How to Build a Manufacturing Safety Program

How Much Could a Failed OSHA Inspection Cost Your Company?

Are you worried about the possibility of OSHA showing up at your front door for a surprise inspection and you're not exactly sure how to prepare for that possibility? If that sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place! If you're not prepared for the possibility of an inspection, this can cost your company literally $tens or even $hundreds of thousands dollars. Those fines can stack up quickly so you may want to be prepared and prevent [...]

By |2023-12-08T16:57:42-05:00December 8th, 2023|OSHA Health & Safety, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on How Much Could a Failed OSHA Inspection Cost Your Company?

What Manufactures Need to Know about OSHA Emergency Action Plans

What Manufacturing Leaders Must Know about OSHA Emergency Action Plans  What Manufacturing Leaders Must Know about OSHA Emergency Action Plans  Do you know the difference between an OSHA emergency action plan and basic workplace safety protocols? If not, you’re almost certainly putting your employees and facility at risk.  We all know something about basic safety standards and try to minimize risks in our facilities. However, that hard work doesn’t always meet OSHA safety requirements—which means you’re gambling with your bottom [...]

By |2023-10-12T14:35:21-05:00October 11th, 2023|OSHA Health & Safety, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on What Manufactures Need to Know about OSHA Emergency Action Plans

Why Manufacturers Need an OSHA-Compliant Lockout/Tagout Program

Have you ever had an employee injury or death because of a machine that wasn’t completely turned off? Even if you’re among the lucky few who haven't experienced this type of incident, nationwide lockout/tagout violations are on the rise. With an increase of 279 violations between 2021 and 2022, OSHA inspectors are cracking down on one of the highest-risk situations on the floor.   2023’s numbers are already climbing, and you can’t afford to get flagged for non-compliance—or worse, risk the [...]

By |2023-08-21T10:44:57-05:00August 21st, 2023|OSHA Health & Safety, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on Why Manufacturers Need an OSHA-Compliant Lockout/Tagout Program

What Can Trigger an OSHA Inspection?

Are you worried about the possibility of OSHA showing up for a surprise inspection? Are you not exactly sure what to do about that and how to get prepared? If so, you've come to the right place. Triggers are not random events and do not happen by accident. There are very specific triggers that you need to be aware of that prompt safety inspections. A lot of these triggers are caused by deficiencies and mistakes made within your [...]

By |2023-07-24T17:46:13-05:00July 24th, 2023|OSHA Health & Safety, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on What Can Trigger an OSHA Inspection?