Case Studies

Case Studies 2018-11-10T18:28:54+00:00

EHS Compliance Case Studies For Small Business

When our typical clients starts working with us, they have little or nothing in place regarding environmental, health and safety compliance.  That means no written programs, no policies and procedures, no employee safety training, no environmental registrations or permits. and nobody on staff who understands the regulations.  To make matters worse, the company often has no idea which of these regulations apply to their company.

This is a very common dilemma facing small manufacturing, construction and industrial companies who have EHS compliance obligations and risk.  So if this sounds familiar, don’t feel bad because you’re definitely not alone, and help is only a call away!

The good news is that we’ve helped many small companies like yours go from “zero” to full compliance with applicable OSHA, TCEQ and EPA regulations, and have done so in a relatively short period of time and with minimal disruption for the business.  Checkout some of our case study success stories below to learn more….

Paradigm Metals, Pflugerville, Texas

Paradigm Metals utilizes Berg’s turn-key services to manage all of their EHS compliance needs, including environmental & safety consulting, as well as hazardous waste transportation and disposal.

Situation:

Paradigm Metals is a specialty steel fabrication manufacturer with significant EHS compliance requirements.  This includes OSHA health and safety as well as TCEQ environmental compliance.  The company’s customers are in the high-tech industry and require that their vendors comply with these regulations.

Challenge:

Paradigm Metals lacked an internal full-time environmental, health and safety manager and therefore tasked staff managers with compliance responsibilities.  This management structure created challenges and gaps in their compliance programs, because staff management lacked the expertise and time to keep up and manage everything.  The company wanted to achieve and manage compliance but couldn’t make it happen due to this structure.

Solution:

The company hired Berg Compliance Solutions two years ago to help them achieve and manage their EHS compliance requirements, including hazardous waste disposal, utilizing our Assured Compliance service.  Our turn-key services allowed Paradigm Metals to deal with a single source for all their compliance needs, rather than having to hire separate safety and environmental consulting firms, and a hazardous waste management vendor (most consulting companies focus on either safety or environmental compliance,  not both)

The service began with two separate compliance assessments:

  • One assessment to address the company’s OSHA health and safety compliance requirements;
  • The other assessment to address their environmental and hazardous compliance requirements. The environmental assessment was conducted under the Texas Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Privilege Act, which protected Paradigm Metals from potential regulatory fines and penalties (add link).

Once the assessments were completed, BCS presented the findings and recommendations to Paradigm Metals’ entire management team.  During the presentation, all findings & recommendations were explained, and questions answered.  This allowed Paradigm Metals’ management to understand the project scope, align resources, and provide the foundation for management’s commitment to help ensure success.

During the next 12 months, The Berg Compliance Solutions’ consulting team implemented all corrective actions identified in the initial assessments, with help from Paradigm’s management team.

Results:

Paradigm Metals has significantly benefitted from our Assured Compliance Service which addresses all aspects of environmental, health and safety compliance:

  • The company achieved baseline OSHA health and safety compliance within the first year and continues to manage safety compliance with our ongoing annual service contract.
  • The company achieved environmental compliance per TCEQ requirements. This includes the following regulations: Industrial & Hazardous Waste Management, Stormwater, Air Emissions and Hazardous Materials reporting.
  • Paradigm Metals has renewed our service contract knowing that EHS compliance is an ongoing, critical process that not only protects the company and its employees from associate liabilities and risks, but also contributes to the company’s overall sustainability and success.

Other Successes:

  • In 2017 the company was inspected by OSHA as a result of a National Emphasis Program which targets companies with amputation hazards (specifically, steel fabricators). These programmed inspections typically result in “Comprehensive Inspections,” which assess all aspects of compliance including written programs, training records, OSHA 300 logs, as well as factory floor inspections that can last up to several days.  As a result of the expanded scope of these inspections, they typically result in the largest fines which often exceed $100,000. A Berg Compliance Solutions consultant happened to be on-site when the OSHA inspector arrived and, along with a Paradigm representative, immediately greeted the inspector, assuring him  that the company was already managing health and safety matters.  Our combined presence helped to limit the scope of the inspection which lasted a couple of hours and only involved inspection of their machine shop area and didn’t include review of any administrative items.  In other words, our presence likely prevented a full “comprehensive” inspection from occurring, not to mention the significant fines that often accompany these inspections.

Had Paradigm Metals not hired BCS prior to this targeted inspection, the outcome could have been catastrophic for the company.

  • BCS consultants have assisted with comprehensive accident investigations and Workers Compensation claim assistance.

Paradigm Metals has achieved all of these environmental, health and safety compliance successes and benefits for a fraction of the cost of hiring a full time, qualified internal EHS compliance manager.

Kager Industries, Fredricksburg, Texas

Specialty Machine Shop Achieves OSHA Compliance After Being Cited by OSHA

Situation:

Kager Industries is a specialty machine shop and manufacturer of precision parts and components serving the medical, governmental, automotive, and hobby industries.   It’s a small family business so ownership and management wear many hats, leaving little time and resources for managing health and safety compliance requirements.  As with many other small businesses, the company also lacked adequate understanding of the OSHA regulations that impacted their operations.

Kager’s ownership was always committed to providing a safe workplace for their employees, and established firm policies such as “if a piece of equipment is falling, get out of the way and let it fall,” ensuring that forklift operators were trained, etc. but they knew that this wasn’t enough to meet OSHA’s strict and extensive standards.

“We lacked the time to read through and really understand the regulations that we needed to comply with like, especially employee training and keeping up with regulatory changes.  It was very time consuming and felt like an overwhelming challenge especially while trying to run my business.  Robert Kager, Owner”

Challenge:

The lack of a solid safety program caught up with Kager Industries in 2017 when OSHA conducted a surprise inspection and issued the company several citations.  To make matters worse, “the clock was ticking” for Kager Industries because OSHA required that the violations be resolved within a very short period of time, and management wasn’t certain about what needed to be done.  

Solution:

Kager Industries contacted us and requested assistance.  Upon meeting with Kager Industries, it was obvious that ownership was concerned about their workplace safety issues and committed to not only addressing the OSHA citations, but also achieving overall health and safety compliance for the company.

“We wanted an outside expert, who understands the regulations and has seen other shops like ours, to come in and identify problems that we weren’t even aware of, and make our company a safer place.”

The company immediately signed an Assured Compliance service contract and we went to work on a prioritized action plan that first focused on resolving the OSHA citations, and then attacked the companies overall health and safety compliance condition.

“Berg Compliance Solutions took control of our safety program and took the burden off our shoulders with minimal work or disruption on our end.  They wrote our manual, developed our procedures, trained our employees.  Everything was done on-time & professionally.”

Results:

  • The company was able to correct all OSHA violations within deadline, allowing them to take advantage of OSHA’s “expedited settlement offer” for reduced fines and penalties.
  • Berg also conducted health testing to confirm that exposure levels for a potentially hazardous metal were below threshold levels.
  • The company achieved overall OSHA compliance within a short period of time, and committed to maintaining their ongoing safety compliance by renewing their Assured Compliance contract after the first year of service.

“I would definitely recommend Assured Compliance.  They got our company into compliance and I believe they will get your company compliant too.”

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