Nicol Cadet

Nicol started her career in Viticulture, working for Robert Mondavi Vineyards as a field sampler and later as Assistant to the Vineyard Manager at Domaine Carneros. She finished her AS degree in Viticulture and Winery Operations at the Napa Valley College and pursued her Bachelors in Wine Business at Sonoma State University.

Meanwhile she worked for various wineries in both Sonoma and Napa Valley.

Her mother Robin Nicola trained and mentored her in safety for over 10 years, as Nicol perused her OSHA certifications.

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Nicol's Resume

Key Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Cal/OSHA Regualtory Specialist
  • Highly Motivated Public Speaker
  • 20 plus years experience in the Wine Industry
  • Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer (General Industry)
  • Certified Safety Health Officer (CSHO)

Employment:

2012-Present: Owner, Office Manager and Trainer for Nicola Health and Safety, Inc.

2009-2012: Bilingual Wine Tours

2007-2009:  Sales Representative for the Henry Wine Group

2005-2007: Hospitality Manager for Moon Mountain Vineyard and Winery (Diageo Wine Estates) 

2003-2005: Special Events for St. Supery Winery and Pine Ridge Winery

2000-2003: Hospitality Gundlach Bundschu Winery (Worked Harvest 2001)

1999: Assistant Vineyard Manger for Domaine Carneros

1997-1999: Field Sampler for Robert Mondavi

1998-1999: Hospitality for Madonna Estates

Education:

  • Napa Valley College: Viticulture and Winery AS Degree
  • AgSafe: Certificate in Agriculture Safety
  • Sonoma State University: Wine Business Strategies
  • Tractor and ATV Trainer (AgSafe)
  • Pesticide Trainer for field workers and handlers (UC IPM)
  • Forklift Trainer (Accurate Forklift)
  • Sexual Harassment non-supervisor and supervisor (CA Farm Labor Contractor Association)
  • OSHA 10/30 Authorized Trainer
  • Red Cross: CPR/AED First Aid Certified Trainer
  • Certified Health and Safety Officer - Federal OSHA
  • Aerial Lift Trainer (Ives Training Institute)
  • Certified Fall Protection Competent Person (Guardian)
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Jeff Vargas

Jeff has spent half his career working in Costa Rica’s Tourism Industry and the other half in California’s Wine Industry. He graduated from Costa Rica’s Universidad Técnica Nacional and went on to work as a Travel Agent specializing in customized Adventure Travel Vacations. In 2010, Jeff moved back to California and worked harvest as a cellar worker, then as an FLC Regional Manager, and to working for Treasury Wine Estates as Vineyard Operations Coordinator for Northern California.

Passionate about safety, Jeff enjoys working with California’s diverse Spanish Speaking Community. In his free time, Jeff loves to kayak and go fishing with his wife Margarita and son Samuel plus  discovering new California Wines. He currently lives in St. Helena.

Also, trained and mentored in safety by Robin Nicola for over 10 years in California and Costa Rica.

Jeff's Resume

Key Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Agcode
  • Cal/OSHA Regulatory Specialist
  • Forklift Operator Trainer Certification
  • Tractor and ATV Trainer Certification
  • Aerial Lift Trainer (boom lift and scissor lift)
  • Pesticide Applicator Certified Trainer
  • Respiratory Fit Test Certified
  • Hazard Evaluator
  • Health and Safety Program Developer
  • Accident Investigation and Workers Compensation Specialist
  • Skid Steer Trainer Certified
  • Fall Protecion Competent trainer and inspector

Employment:

2017 -Present - Owner and trainer of Nicola Health and Safety, Inc.Wine Industry Safety consultant specializing in the development and implementation of Injury Illness Prevention Programs.

2014-2017 Vineyard Operations Coordinator - Treasury Wine Estates - Vineyard Operations and Winery coordinator for implementation of TWE Health & Safety, federal, state and regional policies, Corporate Interpreter, Worker’s Compensation claims, Operator recruitment, safety and equipment trainer, site inspector, and monitor of employee work practices for compliance with health and safety standards.

2012-2014 Regional FLC Manager - Jaguar Farm Labor Contracting- Managing Vineyard Labor Crews providing grower with vineyard labor while complying with all State and Federal safety and labor regulations.

2011-2012 HVAC Service Technician - Jeremy Jack Inc

2010 Wine Cellar Technician - Beaulieu Vineyard

2009-2010 Corporate Services Officer - British Embassy Costa Rica

2007-2009 Travel Agent - Costa Rica Expeditions

2000-2003 Technical Viticulture Harvest Intern-Robert Mondavi Vineyards

1998-2000 Vineyard Trellis Installation Technician-SK Fencing

1998-1999: Hospitality for Madonna Estates

Education:

  • 2001 Vintage High School, Napa, California
  • 2007 Universidad Técnica Nacional, Alajuela Costa Rica, Group Management
  • Instituto Costarricense de Turismo Licensed Naturalist Guide
  • American Red Cross Instructor CPR/First Aid, AED
  • AgSafe Safety Certificate Program
  • Tractor and ATV Trainer Certification (AgSafe)
  • Pesticide Trainer for fieldworkers and handlers (UC IPM)
  • Forklift Instructor (Accurate Forklift)
  • Aerial Lift Instructor (Ives Training Institute)
  • Skid Steer Instructor (Ives Training Institute)
  • Respiratory Fit Test Instructor (Honeywell)
  • Certified Fall Protection Competent Person (Guardian)
  • OSHA Permit Required Confiend Space Entry
  • OSHA Accident Investigation
  • OSHA Respirator Trainer
  • Non-Supervisor Sexual Harassment Trainer (AgSafe)
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Rose Avila

New trainer at Nicola Health and Safety.

Changing the world with words . . . .Mexican born and raised and educated in the US with 30 years experience in the agricultural industry, the last 20 in the wine industry. Passion is to educate and empower the workers in the wine industry, the backbone of our valley.

In her spare time she likes to travel between Mexico and California. She loves to explore new wine industries and cook traditional Mexican food. She currently lives in Napa.

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Margarita Murillo

Upon arrival to California Margarita dedicated herself to learning about California and its many wonders. She learned about the wine industry and safety with her mother-in-law Robin Nicola.

She used her bilingual skills to help coordinate the housekeepers at Meritage Hotel in Napa Valley.  She later moved to St.Helena where she worked at Wells Fargo in Customer Service and then worked as a teacher assistant at the local Montessori School in St. Helena. There she taught Spanish to students.

She loves spending her free time with family and friends visiting and exploring California. She especially loves visiting her beautiful country - Costa Rica.

Margarita's Resume

Key Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Real time translation
  • Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Adobe

Employment:

2018 -Present - Office Administrator and Trainer at Nicola Health and Safety, Inc.Wine Industry Safety consultant specializing in the development and implementation of Injury Illness Prevention Programs.

2014-2018 - Teacher assistance and Spanish teacher. Provided integral support to ensure that students had an authentic Montessori experience and also helping the student communicate and understand the Spanish language.

2014-2018 - Wells Fargo - Saint Helena CA - Provide customer service, cashing checks, account transactions, bank product sales and resolving bank service issues.

2012-2014 - Housekeeping Dispatcher - The Meritage and Vino Bello Resort - Napa CA Coordinating over 100 Housekeeping staff members including Supervisors, Housekeepers and public area attendants, ensuring cleanliness, guest requests, lost and found, inventory, safety and esthetic appeal to the hotel.

2010 - 2012 - Office Coordinator - Nicola Health and Safety - Sonoma CA - Specializing in Health and Safety by providing document translations, PowerPoint presentations, translating CPR and First Aid classes for companies, invoicing and document filing throughout the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country.

2007 - 2010 - International Air Freight Data Quality Specialist - Kuehne Nagel - Heredia Costa Rica - Team Leader specializing in air freight data quality for a leading global provider of integrated supply chain solutions. 

2002 - 2007 - Assistant Manager - Costa Rica Real Estate - Alajuela Costa Rica - Answering phones, talking to customers and clients, creating fliers, ordering supplies, developing a copy, create transactions folders, making floor schedule, setting up meetings for agents.

Education: 

  • High School – Centro Educativo San Diego, Costa Rica
  • Universidad Técnica Nacional, Alajuela Costa Rica - English
  • Universidad Técnica Nacional, Alajuela Costa Rica - Occupacional Safety
  • Universidad Hispanoamericana, Heredia Costa Rica – English
  • Red Cross CPR-AED-1st Aid Adult and Infant
Robin Nicola

Robin Nicola

March 3, 1952 - June 9, 2018

The founder and legacy of Nicola Health and Safety.

On June 9th, 2018 Robin (our beloved Mom) passed away after a long 5 years of battling cancer. A true fighter! 

Both her children Jeff and Nicol continue her legacy, training and consulting employees on how to work safely in the wine industry. 

Robin began her career in occupational health and safety in agriculture while working for Robert Mondavi Winery in their vineyard department located in Oakville, California in 1997. She was invited to join the AgSafe Board of Directors in 2000. Shortly after joining the AgSafe board, she created a regional safety group called Agriculture Resource Safety Alliance (ASRA).

Robin worked two years with the Beringer Vineyard Dept for Foster's Wine Estates in St. Helena. There she worked with the field workers in Napa, Sonoma and Lake County, developing and promoting their safety program through training and awareness.

In 2005, then the President of AgSafe, was invited by the Chilean government and the Chilean Safety Association, to teach the AgSafe Safety Certificate Program to a group of Chilean agronomists and safety professionals. There she applied an emphasis on consistency and sustainable safety programs.

Robin later went to work for Diageo Chateau and Estates in Calistoga, California. She participated in the implementation of the Diageo Zero Harm Program which included:

  • Leadership in Safety
  • Safety Improvement Report Card
  • Charity Awards
  • Hazard Assessments
  • Accident Investigations
  • Safety Committee Meetings
  • Safety training in the field and winery

In 2009 she started her own business Nicola Health and Safety. She continues to teach the bilingual AgSafe Safety Certificate Program and is active on the Board of Directors. She is currently studying for her APMA (Agriculture Personnel Management Association) certificate.

In 2015 Robin was awarded the Professional Lifetime Achievement Award from the AgSafe and Dupont “Always Safe” Agricultural Safety Award Program.

Robin, her daughter, Nicol Cadet, and son Jeff Vargas own and manage Nicola Health and Safety Inc. They both continue to work and grow their safety caress as safety consultants for vineyards and wineries in the Northern California.

Robin lived in Sonoma and had a home in Costa Rica. There she was a safety consultant for several coffee and sugar cane plantations.

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