Many Texas home builder owners and executives feel overwhelmed by OSHA regulations, and complain that they and their superintendents are just too busy and lack the time, resources and expertise to properly manage everything. That may be true, but OSHA doesn’t care nor does it give “passes,” even to small companies. This dictum from OSHA’s website says it all:
All Employers Are Required by Federal Law to
“Provide a Safe and Healthy Workplace.”
As you can see, this requirement is extremely vague, broad and therefore puts an enormous burden on construction companies. To make matters worse, OSHA also expects that home builders ensure that their sub-contractors operate in a health & safe manner, even though often times sub-contractors are small operations and have no understanding of OSHA requirements, let alone how to manage compliance. That’s why it’s so critical to take the time to understand OSHA regulations, how they apply to your business, and take steps to ensure that your company and job sites are in compliance. By doing so, you’ll benefit by protecting your employees and sub-contractors from work related harm, while at the same time protecting your business from potentially devastating regulatory fines and penalties, and in extreme cases civil and even criminal liability. Another significant benefit includes protecting your company’s reputation. Businesses who get in trouble with OSHA often suffer significant public embarrassment and PR disasters when they issue press releases about violating companies that are distributed to local newspapers, trade journals and on line for the local community, competitors, and worst of all, your customers to read.
This guide will get you well on your way towards achieving these objectives and isa must-read for any home builder who doesn’t have a full time and experienced health and safety compliance manager, or for companies who are just getting acquainted with their OSHA regulatory obligations. By the time you’ve finished reading this document, you’ll have gained a much better understanding of what OSHA demands of your company and can then begin to use the knowledge gained to assess your company’s current OSHA compliance condition, determine what needs to be fixed, and hopefully begin work on making improvements.
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By Russell Carr|2020-06-01T15:55:31-05:00February 14th, 2016|Good To Know|Comments Off on OSHA Compliance for Texas Home Builders
How To Start A Workplace Safety Program
So you’re wondering how to start a workplace safety program at your company and not sure where to begin?
Building an effective health and safety program for the first time is a major undertaking, so it’s important to gain some perspective and understanding of the basic requirements and challenges you’re likely to face along the way, so we’ve created this WhitePaper in hopes of helping you do just that!
Think of this as an “Introduction to OSHA Compliance 101.”
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.
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
OSHA enforcement inspections, investigations and resolution in following industries: industrial services, manufacturing & construction.
TCEQ enforcement inspections, investigations and resolution in manufacturing.