Top 10 OSHA Construction Violations

The Top 10 Construction Safety Violations Day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year, OSHA inspects and fines small construction companies across the country for the same violations, which often adds up to $10s or even $100s of thousands worth of fines per inspection. Unless you're sure that your projects are keeping up, it’s vital that you take action and get prepared. With that in mind, here are the Top 10 construction violations that you [...]

By |2021-11-29T20:06:19-05:00November 29th, 2021|Good To Know|0 Comments

OSHA Lockout Tagout Standard Compliance

OSHA Lockout/Tagout - The Control of Hazardous Energy Standard Let’s take a deep dive into one of the most critical, complex and often mismanaged OSHA safety standards: The Control of Hazardous Energy standard, otherwise known as “Lockout/Tagout” or  “LOTO.” The  Standard was developed to help protect workers from the accidental release of stored energy in equipment during maintenance or service operations. A common misconception regarding LOTO is that it only applies to electrical energy.  Not true, it applies to any [...]

By |2021-10-22T12:29:40-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Good To Know, OSHA Health & Safety, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on OSHA Lockout Tagout Standard Compliance

The 5 Steps To Building a Strong Safety Culture

How To Build A Strong Safety Culture When we’re contacted by companies wanting help with safety, the conversation often starts with some variation of the following idea: “Our company just doesn’t take safety seriously enough.” “Nobody wears safety glasses or PPE” “Our employees often do dangerous things.” “We just don’t understand the importance of safety” The descriptions vary from person to person and company to company, but the common theme is the same, each is describing a lack of “safety [...]

By |2021-10-13T17:17:59-05:00September 27th, 2021|OSHA Health & Safety, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on The 5 Steps To Building a Strong Safety Culture

Top 10 Hazardous Waste Violations In Texas

Hazardous Waste Fines and Penalties Will Follow If Your Company Fails To Keep Up Here are the top 10 hazardous waste violations impacting Texas manufacturers which can result in major fines, penalties & disruptions: Failure to determine the company’s waste generator status (CESQ, SQG, LQG) Failure to create Waste Determinations to identify & characterize all waste streams Failure to properly label waste containers Failure to train employees on DOT hazardous materials shipping requirements Failure to create a Contingency Plan and Emergency [...]

DOT Hazardous Waste-Materials Training Requirements

Shippers of Hazardous Waste Must Get Training on US DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations The US department of Transportation, or US DOT, requires extensive employee training for companies who are involved with shipping of hazardous materials. This applies to anything that meets US DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (aka: HMR) from paints, chemicals and hazardous products, to hazardous wastes. There’s a wide range of impacted companies and activities that fall under this training requirement, but this blog only discusses training issues impacting [...]

By |2021-10-13T17:21:02-05:00July 29th, 2021|Berg Environmental News, Hazardous Waste Management, OSHA Health & Safety, Texas Environmental Regulations, Texas Hazardous Materials Regulations|Comments Off on DOT Hazardous Waste-Materials Training Requirements

EPA and DOT Hazardous Waste Labeling Requirements

Learn How and Why To Label Hazardous Waste Containers Throughout my 22 years working in the hazardous waste industry I’ve learned that the most obvious and common sign that a company isn’t properly managing their hazardous waste obligations is failure to properly label waste containers. In other words, if a company isn’t labeling properly, it almost always means that the company isn’t managing their other EPA/RCRA requirements either, including determining their generator status, completing waste determinations, training employees, developing waste [...]

By |2021-07-28T10:48:52-05:00July 21st, 2021|Good To Know|Comments Off on EPA and DOT Hazardous Waste Labeling Requirements