|Mr. Kaarlela received his Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from
Stephen F. Austin University in 1986. While attending college, Matt worked in
local government as a city health department compliance officer. Upon
graduation, Matt spent 5 years as a project manager under EPA's superfund
program. He spent the next 5 years as EHS manager for fortune 500
commercial printing corporation with over 2000 employees located in four
facilities across multiple states. Matt served as the Vice President of the
Printing and Imaging Association of Mid America for the next 11 years. He
now serves as President of Safety Solutions On-Site, llc.
With over 20 years of combined Government, trade association and private
sector experience, Matt has a strong grasp of environmental, health and
safety issues. Over the last 20 years, Matt has personally trained over ten
thousand employees on safety and environmental issues. He sits on
several advisory committees and works closely with regulators to develop
practical regulations for printers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Western
Missouri. Matt has been the voice for the printing community at many public
hearings, community forums in addition to interviews with local television
and radio stations.
Matt’s background makes him well suited to assist business owners with
complex regulatory issues. He has represented private companies on many
complex air permit issues and other environmental regulations and has
successfully negotiated favorable enforcement case settlements across the
United States. He has also represented businesses in numerous OSHA
investigations. Matt routinely works with OSHA and business owners to
reduce the number and severity of OSHA citations. Having worked in both
local and federal government, Matt maintains excellent working relationships
with regulators greatly aiding in his ability to negotiate reasonable outcomes
during enforcement cases.
Matt has written or contributed to many EHS articles and has been featured
in publications such as American Printer and the Dallas Business Journal.
He is a sought after public speaker and has made presentations at
conferences and seminars across the United States. Matt is an OSHA
Certified Safety Instructor and holds the title of Certified Professional
Environmental Auditor (CPEA).
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