Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar | Facilitated by Berg Compliance Solutions

February 20, 2018 -

Join us February 20th for a seminar facilitated by OSHA, TCEQ, Berg Compliance Solutions and several prominent law firms. This seminar will cover which environmental, health & safety laws apply to Texas Manufacturers, how to manage them, and the significant liabilities companies face when failing to do so. The presentations will be led by regulatory officials and experts that can answer tough questions and thoroughly explain policy. Special thanks to Berg Compliance Solutions for all their help with organizing and facilitating this seminar.

ARMA Environmental, Health & Safety Seminar
February 20th, 2017, 8:00am to 3:30pm
Norris Conference Center
2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757

Members: $175

Non-members: $225

Contact Liz Gori with any questions or for a copy of the agenda:
512 225-5241 |


OSHA Regulations & Enforcement for Texas Manufacturers
Speaker: Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance Specialist with OSHA

  • New Regulations Update
    • Silica rule changes
    • Record keeping changes
    • Walking & working surfaces
  • Enforcement Update
    • 78% fine increases + 2% added in 2018
    • How the inspection process works
    • How companies are selected for inspection/what triggers inspections
    • Top 10 General Industry/Manufacturing Violations from 2016

Texas Environmental, Health & Safety Audit Privilege Act
Speaker: Michael De La Cruz, Section Manager in Office of Compliance & Enforcement

  • Discussion of this environmental compliance incentive program which offers fine and penalty immunity to companies who are out of compliance, but voluntarily self-audit, disclose violations, and commit to implementing corrective violations
  • Updates

Environmental Compliance: Fairy Tales, Scary Stories & Environmental Compliance
Speaker: Erich Birch, Birch, Becker & Moorman, LLP

  • Compliance is good business: the unrecognizable costs of noncompliance
  • Regulatory agencies using new approaches to find environmental violators
  • Factors that result in otherwise good people being cited for criminal violations
  • Insight on responding to regulatory notices of violation and enforcement
  • The often overlooked benefits and value of an environmental audit
  • Practical suggestions for meeting environmental regulatory obligations
  • Entertaining discussion of enforcement and compliance, with examples

Additional Liabilities & Costs For Failing To Manage OSHA Compliance, How To Manage OSHA Compliance & Common Misconceptions
Speaker: Bradley Prais, Senior Environmental, Health & Safety Consulting Manager for Berg Compliance Solutions, LLC

  • Recent OSHA Enforcement Trends
  • Injury Related Costs & Liabilities
    • Criminal & civil liabilities
    • Increased costs:
      • Direct costs: Insurance premiums, legal fees, repairs, etc.
      • Indirect costs: retraining lost employees, lost productivity
  • How to manage OSHA compliance
    • Self Audit & Inspections
    • Managing Physical Hazards
    • Administrative Requirements
      • Written Program Requirements
      • Employee Training Requirements
      • Record Keeping Requirements
  • Common Misconceptions & Myths Busters
  • Benefits of Being OSHA Compliant

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Staying Out of Trouble & In Compliance in Texas
Speaker: Elizabeth Frisch, Senior Environmental Compliance Consultant for Berg Compliance Solutions, LLC

  • The new improved RCRA hazardous waste regulation - Are you compliant yet?
  • The down and dirty of stormwater - keeping the $2,500 per event penalties away
  • The cheap, not so cheap and very expensive options for permitting air emissions
  • Spills in Texas - Who, how, when, where and what to you report?
  • Got oil? Better have evaluated SPCC
  • How are you shipping that hazardous material? DOT cares
  • The in’s and out’s of storing chemicals and oils - Regulations you must meet to keep them onsite

2017 Look Back/What to Expect in 2018 & Criminal Liabilities for Employers
Speaker: Michael F. Vitris, Associate at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

  • A look at OSHA rulemaking and enforcement developments from 2017 and look forward to what employers might expect in 2018. Participants can expect to learn about the status of OSHA’s leadership, the fate of several OSHA rules that were issued at the close of the Obama administration, rulemaking activity that is anticipated in 2018, OSHA enforcement and civil penalty trends, and recent OSHA guidance and policy developments.
  • Potential criminal liabilities for employers



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