Environmental Specialties International is a top-tier installer of geosynthetic materials, with projects in all regions in major infrastructure segments such as waste management, oil and gas, mining, and coal ash. The company may in fact handle more installation projects in the US than any other firm. Despite the scale of ESI’s operations, it maintains a very low Experience Modification Rate: an EMR of 0.73. One of the reasons for its strong safety record is team members like David Nolting, who is now an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer.

David Nolting (far right) with ESI’s first crew to receive the OSHA Outreach Program’s 10-hour training. Photo by Environmental Specialties International.

EMR values matter greatly to a business in controlling worker compensation insurance cost. The standard is 1.0, above which companies begin higher premiums. In geosynthetic installation work, above average EMRs (less than 1.0) can sign strong safety programs, experienced crew, and more efficient (less disrupted) work.


David Nolting is ESI’s Corporate Environmental and Safety Manager. With his 2017-acquired OSHA Outreach Trainer status, he is now providing in-house training to ESI employees for OSHA 10- and 30-hour construction safety courses. These are essential courses in construction-related fields.