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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.

How Safety Consulting Can Improve Your Company’s Culture

We spend a lot of time at work, and most of us are pretty proud of what we do, but under no circumstances should your job ever risk your safety or live. Safe work environments should be a priority for all employers; after all, the health and safety of your workers is your biggest responsibility. Protecting your workers starts with a strong culture of safety at all levels of your company, however creating this culture can be challenging, especially for [...]

By |2021-08-01T15:21:31-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Good To Know|Comments Off on How Safety Consulting Can Improve Your Company’s Culture

What is an OSHA Inspection?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has every right to inspect your workplace, impose penalties, and record violations of governmental safety regulations. What gives them the right to do this? OSHA is a government agency that is responsible for enforcing workplace health and safety regulations . However, there’s simply no way that they could inspect every workplace. Relevant questions to ask are: What triggers an OSHA inspection or what are the different types of OSHA inspections? Types of inspections [...]

By |2021-09-09T14:37:10-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Good To Know|Comments Off on What is an OSHA Inspection?

Workplace COVID-19 Risk Exposures

Updated September 2021:  As the Delta variant continues to spread and account for the vast majority of new infections, and new variants continue to emerge, workplace COVID-19 infections will unfortunately continue to be a threat for the foreseeable future.  The exposure risks below continue to be valid and are a reminder of the importance of implementing and managing workplace exposure controls. How At Risk Are Your Workers? As the country opens back up and workers return to their jobs, it’s [...]

By |2021-09-09T13:16:58-05:00October 25th, 2020|COVID-19 & Coronavirus, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations|Comments Off on Workplace COVID-19 Risk Exposures

Is Your Texas Hazardous Waste Disposal Company Putting You At Risk?

Introduction: Is your hazardous waste disposal vendor putting your company at risk by failing to understand and advise you on EPA and TCEQ hazardous waste generator compliance regulations? We were recently contacted by 2 Texas companies who got into trouble with TCEQ and EPA for hazardous waste violations that were actually caused by their hazardous waste disposal company. These cases inspired me to write this blog post which is designed to explain how this can happen, what simple step [...]

By |2020-08-10T16:24:00-05:00August 10th, 2020|Hazardous Waste Management, Texas Environmental Regulations|Comments Off on Is Your Texas Hazardous Waste Disposal Company Putting You At Risk?

Is Your Company COVID Safe?

Given the recent spike in COVID-19 infections across the country, we decided to re-post this vital infographic we created to illustrate the key aspects of an Infections Disease Response Plan. The plan contains combined guidance from both OSHA and CDC and is designed to help employers control workplace COVID-19 infections. You can find more related information and guidance below the infographic. Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to Berg Compliance Solutions with this graphic. [...]

By |2020-11-10T16:33:55-05:00July 1st, 2020|Good To Know|Comments Off on Is Your Company COVID Safe?

Handling Complaints Related to COVID-19

Fear of the novel coronavirus has been spreading throughout every corner of the world for the past few months, including the workplace. Because essential businesses have remained open, and others are partially reopening around the country, employers have seen a significant increase in reported concerns. So, how can you respond to these complaints, and what can you do to prepare yourself? First of all, you should know that a worker complaint to OSHA regarding COVID-19 does not mean that you [...]

By |2021-08-01T15:25:23-05:00June 26th, 2020|COVID-19 & Coronavirus|Comments Off on Handling Complaints Related to COVID-19
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