HCG Associates has been providing professional health, safety, environmental, and hazardous materials compliance advice since 2004. We understand the unique challenges that small to mid-size businesses face, from managing day to day operations, to payroll and personnel. We've been helping local business owners achieve their mandated health, safety, environmental and regulatory compliance requirements for years, with advice and expertise that is based upon experience.
HCG Associates strives to provide professional safety, environmental, and technical hazardous materials compliance advice in an efficient and cost effective manner, so as to add value to our clients and the functions they perform. Our mission is to understand, educate, and build strong relationships with our clients through the delivery of customized solutions that adapt to our your ever changing needs. This allows our partners to alleviate the burdensome aspects of compliance, and focus on their core business and mission. Ultimately, HCG Associates will provide both stability and professionalism to your EHS program.
The HCG team utilizes years of knowledge, various professional backgrounds, and industry experience in formulating your custom compliance blueprint. HCG Associates is led by an experienced group of health and safety professionals that have worked in a myriad of capacities, and they bring this experience when acting as your EHS Representative.
Scott Sweet BA, MPA, CHMM - President Mr. Sweet is primarily engaged with assisting clients in formulating compliance solutions, and enhancing the effectiveness of their EHS Programs. This includes client representation with regulatory agencies, interfacing with client counsel, and assisting with all aspects of regulatory compliance, investigation, negotiation, and coordination within a myriad of industries. With more than 25 years of experience, including roles as the Deputy Director of Hazardous Materials Response for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and leadership roles within the Massachusetts Hazmat Response Teams for 20 years. He has held positions in health and safety in the private sector as well, and utilizes both his knowledge and experience in formulating your compliance blueprint.
Lauren Lamontagne CSP, JD - Director of Environmental Health and Safety As a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Ms. Lamontagne utilizes her wide range of regulatory compliance experience to work with clients in evaluating and enhancing all aspects of their EHS programs. From risk assessments to program/policy development and implementation, Lauren brings practical solutions to the table that allow clients to strategically integrate EHS improvements into their day-to-day businesses. Coupled with a legal background and strong negotiating skills, Lauren’s ability to liaise with both industry and regulatory stakeholders yields consistently positive outcomes for her clients. In addition to nearly a decade of general industry experience, Lauren is certified as an OSHA Outreach Trainer and brings a wealth of training development experience to the table. Additionally, she holds certifications in Hazmat, PSM, and a number of other specializations, as well as being bi-lingual in Spanish. Lauren holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish, a juris doctorate (J.D.) from Northeastern University School of Law, and an A.A.S. in Occupational Safety and Health.
David Ladd - Director of Compliance and Risk Management David leads the Compliance and Risk Management Group, and utilizes his cross functional background both in the private and public sectors to provide client guidance through technical and regulatory support. Mr. Ladd served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Fire Services, as the Director of Hazardous Materials and Counterterrorism Response. Over his 17 years of service, David built what is reputed to be the best hazardous materials response system in the nation, and possibly the world. Through leadership and innovation, he advanced capabilities, interoperability, and supplemented his organization with a vision to develop solutions where none existed.
While developing these capabilities, Mr. Ladd also earned a national reputation for his ability to bring responder needs and viewpoints to scientific deliberations and national policy discussion, earning invitations to sit on several national panels and committees. In combination, these experiences and exposures allowed him to develop and implement highly effective new methods to respond to threats of terrorism in mixed hazards, maritime and major venue arenas.
Leadership and innovation have been the foundation of Mr. Ladd’s career. As the Chief of Operations for the City of Boston's Emergency Medical Service, Mr. Ladd advanced rapid response techniques, implemented Incident Command System concepts well ahead of national acceptance and created much of the doctrine, still used today, in managing mass casualty incidents. His experience in this realm extended beyond local disasters, but furthermore to national disasters as an early pioneer of the National Disaster Medical System.
This 35 years of critical thinking, management of real-world crisis, leadership and innovation are the hallmarks that he brings to our network of world-class consultants.
Frank Fabian BS - Director of Client Solutions Mr. Fabian assists clients with assessing their regulatory compliance and developing effective resolutions in conjunction with the customer. Frank will typically be the client’s primary contact with HCG during the development of the scope of work and will utilize both his experience and regulatory knowledge to assist the client with cost effective actionable guidance. Frank’s combined years of experience as a Compliance Engineer with Ammonia Process Safety Management (APSM), and as Manager of Process Safety Management for Lamb Weston, will expertly assess your program needs and find the right solution for your organization or situation. Mr. Fabian holds true to the concept “that Process Safety Management is designed for the safety of employees and the surrounding community, and if done properly – only then is full compliance achieved.” Having worked on hundreds of PSM programs in nearly 30 states, Frank has a wide range of audit experience with the EPA, OSHA, CalArp and the NDEP, which translates into a broad knowledge of how PSM programs are interpreted by those tasked with enforcing the statutes. Frank has 12 years of Military service, with 9 of those years on active duty. Frank honorably served in the United States Air Force, the United States Air Force Reserve (Active duty), and the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Frank is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, with a B.S. in Pulp and Paper Engineering, and a minor in Chemistry. Additionally, he holds a Green Belt Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova.
Carlos Rita - Director of Technical Field Services Carlos and his team utilize their refrigeration and code expertise in the performance of mechanical integrity inspections and evaluating refrigeration systems. Carlos brings extensive compliance, refrigeration, and facility management expertise that assists clients in the management of their process safety programs. In addition, this technical subject matter knowledge is utilized during hazard evaluations and formal Process Hazard Analysis studies. With over 25 years of industrial refrigeration system experience, Carlos is also a licensed electrician and trained on Principals of Mechanical Integrity and Relief Vent Design at the University of Wisconsin (IRC).
Jack McCarthy BS - Senior Project Manager Jack ensures that client regulatory requirements, systems and infrastructure needs are defined and identified while delivering quality and efficiency to our customers. Mr. McCarthy's experience in Process Safety Management, Ammonia Refrigeration, Hazardous Waste, and Medical Manufacturing industries ensures that strategic partnerships are developed with each of our clients.
Daniel Westgate BS - Senior Project Manager Dan is responsible for the Management of select client Projects. He utilizes strategic compliance planning and technology implementations to companies in the manufacturing, warehousing, cold storage, and maritime industries. A graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Dan will define each client need and ensure that defined metrics and deliverables are achieved for each customer.
Bart Petracca BA - Project Manager With over 30 years in the Food Manufacturing industry, Bart has a wide range of environmental and safety compliance experience. From corporate national EHS compliance governance to individual industrial site compliance programs, Bart utilizes his competency and capability in Process Safety Management, Risk Management Plan, compliance auditing to assist clients daily. Bart also holds an EPA Section 608 refrigeration license.
David Kolator BS - Project Manager Dave works closely with our clients to ensure that their ammonia regulatory compliance programs are continually evolving to meet current federal and state standards. Dave has vast experience in Process Safety Management, Ammonia Refrigeration Management and Food Safety Management having worked in both food processing and cold storage industries. In addition he has worked with clients in the seafood processing, ice manufacturing, and a number of verticals that brings his decades of experience in both ammonia compliance and food safety to our clients. David holds a BS in Marine Sciences.
Eric Fisher - Senior EHS Project Manager With over a decade of experience as an EHS consultant and technical trainer, Mr. Fisher is skilled in all areas of OSHA General Industry as well as OSHA Construction standards. In addition to his certification as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in the Construction Industry, Eric’s subject matter expertise includes: DOT, HAZWOPER, IATA, RCRA, and emergency management. His professional background also includes work within the emergency medical response field and fire services, as well as a distinguished Navy career, where he received a multitude of commendations and meritorious citations for his stellar work ethic and performance. He has also volunteered his own time to local environmental causes and has a keen interest in environmental protection and resource conservation. In addition to his OSHA Outreach Trainer certification, Eric holds a range of additional OSHA and emergency response certifications.
Emily Noyes BS - EHS Project Manager Ms. Noyes brings a wealth of subject matter expertise in the area of emergency response and management, in addition to her certifications in OSHA general industry and HAZWOPER. Her professional experience includes Incident Command System Training and Exercises for municipal & state agencies, NGOs, private industry clients, as well as being retained for international engagements. Previous work and clients include: MBTA, Massport, Logan Airport, Dana-Farber, and most recently, MEMA. In addition to her professional expertise, Emily has dedicated significant personal time to public interest projects and non-profit initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity, Engineers without Borders, and Emergency Architects & Human Rights. A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Emergency Management, Emily has served in numerous leadership roles while pursuing her degree, such as Student Chapter President and Region 1 Representative for the International Association of Emergency Managers, Emergency Management Operations Officer, and Squad Leader.
Paul Frew BS - Project Manager Whether the project involves a compliance issue, emergency response, or a complex design/build project, Paul applies his construction experience and industry knowledge to identify the root cause of the problem in order to implement an effective, lasting solution. The key to success in designing effective solutions is ensuring that he and his team truly understand their client’s problem including the risks, regulatory drivers, and operational challenges associated with the problem. Paul is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Building Construction Technology, and an extensive fire code, prevention, and safety background.
Rich Renoni - Technical Field Services Rich is responsible for interacting with clients to ensure Mechanical Integrity and Operating Procedure Programs are compliant with current codes and standards. Rich brings over 30 years of experience in ammonia plant operations, facilities and production management as well as a keen knowledge of regulatory issues and compliance. Rich has been trained at the University of Wisconsin for Mechanical Integrity Inspection processes. Rich’s wide range of problem-solving experiences help to enhance client relationships.
Kristin Lambert MBA - Administrative Services With a background in business, Kristin Lambert, manages the day to day activity within our office. She is responsible for all the operational, administrative, and fiscal aspects that arise on any given day. Ms. Lambert received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Siena College and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UMass/Boston.