Guadalupe (Lupe) Sandoval


Early in his working life, Guadalupe Sandoval learned firsthand of the hazards of agricultural and construction labor. From childhood through adolescence, he hand harvested fruit alongside his parents and siblings in California’s Central Valley. Later, he worked as a laborer and then leadman for an underground utilities construction company. Lupe knows why these industries are classified by Cal OSHA as “high-hazard”.

Familia Sandoval, Circa 1969, (a younger Lupe Sandoval at far left)

From 1991 to 1995 Lupe worked as a pesticide safety specialist at the Agricultural Health and Safety Center at UC Davis, specializing in design and delivery of training programs and materials. His bilingual work with farmers and farmworkers is widely recognized and has resulted in consultation work for the Kellogg Foundation, NIOSH, and the Safety Center of Sacramento.

From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Sandoval was employed by USI Northern California as director of Risk Management Services. In this capacity, he supported a diverse set of employers in their management of worker safety programs, OSHA compliance, workers’ compensation insurance, and human resource issues.

As head of Sandoval Bilingual Safety Solutions, Lupe provides safety consultation and training services to employers in various industries. His primary areas of focus are the high-hazard industries of construction and agriculture – industries that rely heavily on the labor of Spanish-speaking workers. His areas of expertise include: safety supervision, ergonomics, workers’ compensation, OSHA compliance, and behavioral safety management. He has completed the OSHA 500 coursework qualifying him to provide OSHA 10 and 30-hour safety training programs for construction.

Mr. Sandoval has presented at many conferences at the national, state, and local levels. He has trained thousands of workers and managers on a wide range of subjects.

Mr. Sandoval earned his Bachelor of Arts degree after completing studies at California State University, Stanislaus, and the University of San Francisco. He has also completed graduate work in the field of Public Administration. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and past president of the San Joaquin Human Resource Association. He has earned the designation of Professional in Human Resources (PHR). He lives in Sacramento with his wife Donna Paul, who is executive director of the Sacramento Community Clinic Consortium.