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OSHA's Hazard Communication Requirements Explained

August 31, 2011

There are five parts to an effective Hazard Communication program at your dealership. Your central record keeping should include a written program that demonstrates a commitment to chemical safety by management, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for every chemical on pre...

Posted in: OSHA, Prevention Plans Tags: chemical hazards, chemical management, hazard communication, MSDS, OSHA Read More

What’s the Plan?

August 26, 2011

This year has been marked by earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods, and now hurricanes. As a result, contingency plans are saving workers’ lives at businesses across the country. Contingency plans only work when they are in place and fully understood by staff before something...

Posted in: Prevention Plans, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: contingency plan, Contingency plans, dealership, how to plan for a natural disaster, hurricane Read More

Worth a Read

August 19, 2011

I consolidated some of the most relevant environmental and safety content from the news this week. Here is a round-up of this week's 'must reads' for safe dealerships.

Posted in: Environment: Industry Updates, OSHA, Safety Culture Tags: OSHA, Safe Dealerships, safety in the news Read More

OSHA General Duty Clause Explained

August 12, 2011

OSHA enforces thousands of health and safety standards and rules. In addition to all these standards, there is one regulation that covers all hazardous conditions. This is the General Duty Clause (GDC), or section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It state...

Posted in: Environment: Industry Updates, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Dealerships and General Duty Clause, General Duty Clause Explained, OSHA General Duty Clause Read More

Managing Compliance: Checklist for Flammable Liquids

August 05, 2011

It seems to me that just about every liquid in an engine is flammable- from the obvious like gasoline and oil all the way down to windshield wiper fluid. Add acetone, paints, paint solvents, degreasers, and detergents to the mix, and anyone can see the extent we need flammab...

Posted in: Checklists, OSHA Tags: dealerhsip, fire hazard, flammable liquids, muffler shop, OSHA fines, service station, worker safety Read More

Start Writing Effective Job Descriptions

August 03, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

A well written job description is a key component in all phases of the employment lifecycle. Having a job description for each position and providing the job description to applicants and employees will assist you in: Recruitment, Interviewing and Hiring Orientation...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates, Tip of the Month Tags: dealership human resources, Effective car salesperson job descrition, good template for position at dealership, HR best practice, template for job description for dealership Read More

A Note About Hazmat and FAA

August 02, 2011

Recently, we received this note from one of our clients. I'd like to thank them for the kind words, and share it with our online community because it has some helpful information about Hazmat shipping by air. "Just a note to let you know, we had a visit from an FAA hazardous...

Posted in: DOT, KPA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: airbill, FAA, fuel pump, hazmat airbill, hazmat shipping, hazmat shipping by air Read More