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Two of the nation’s largest safety associations are pushing OSHA to make the injury/illness prevention program (I2P2) rule a top priority in 2013

Friday, December 14th, 2012

I2P2 OSHAI2P2 was presented a few years as a top priority for OSHA and then we didn’t hear much about it for a while. Earlier this week we read an update again in this article that two of the nation’s largest worker safety associations — the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Assoc. — are pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make the injury/illness prevention program (I2P2) rule a top priority in 2013.


Dealers United Selects KPA from 70 Website Vendors for August Member Deal

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

From today’s Dealers United press release:

Sarasota, FL – August 7, 2012 – Dealers United, the first service to truly leverage the buying power of individual dealerships, launched their August member deal today, website design services from KPA, through its TK Carsites acquisition. Based on the negotiated terms, members of Dealers United will save from 40% to 48% off website services depending on which package they choose. Available KPA packages include website only, website plus Premium SEO or Website plus Elite SEO.

Watch Dealer United’s video about this deal at

Read more in KPA’s press release at

News Release: KPA Announces New Automotive Social Media Service

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

KPA announced today the launch of KPA Local Engage, the first social media service in the automotive industry to include collaboration with a social media expert, localized promotions, and social media management software in one service. Auto dealers can buy the social media service separately or combined with other KPA Internet Marketing products. The collaboration with a KPA social media expert includes the execution of a Monthly Action Plan (MAP) with a clearly defined schedule of social media posts, unique landing pages, coupons and web banners. This Monthly Action Plan will increase the dealer’s social engagement and build local exposure. Read the full press release at

Fixed Ops Marketing: Social Media is Word of Mouth Digitized

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Social media expert Kathi Kruse (twitter: @kathikruse) presented recently a webinar on Marketing for Fixed Ops where she explained that “Social Media is Word of Mouth Digitized”. That stuck with me. She discussed how Gen X and Gen Y are talking about your dealership on social media, but they’re ignoring your coupons and ads – and your service department.



Listen to this 2 minute 56 minute YouTube video I extracted from the webinar when Kathi explains how “Social Media is Word of Mouth Digitized”, and where Kathi provides a few examples how to market Fixed Ops on Facebook. If you want to hear more ideas, you can watch the full ondemand webinar at

Do you have good examples how to market Fixed Ops?

OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury/Illness Summaries

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Employers who are required to keep the OSHA Form 300 Injury and Illness log must post OSHA’s Form 300A from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2012 in a common area wherever notices to workers are usually posted. The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2011. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive.

Copies of the OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available for download on the OSHA Recordkeeping Web page. See OSHA’s Recordkeeping Handbook for more information on posting requirements for OSHA’s Form 300A.

OSHA Top 10 Violation: Electrical Safety Explained

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The use of electricity has become so common that many people ignore or overlook the dangers it presents. Accidents caused by electricity are largely due to poor maintenance of electrical cords and equipment, improper use of electrical equipment, and unsafe working conditions. Three of the most common issues with electrical safety in a dealership are:
1. Access to Electrical Junction Boxes
2. Proper Breaker Box Labeling
3. Use of Extension Cords as Permanent Wiring

Beaten on the job: get tough gloves

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Browsing through the news emails this morning, I thought it’s an interesting (funny?) coincidence how the placed one of their top stories next to sponsored content. It almost suggests that if you get beaten on the job you should get a pair of these gloves. As a provider of Human Resource Management services and expert advice, we definitely do not recommend this, and we’re pretty sure that this wasn’t the intention of Safety News Alert.







How to Implement a Successful I2P2 Program

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Like most Auto Dealers, you probably want to know how OSHA’s I2P2 (Injury and Illness Protection Program) will impact your business. Last week, EHSToday published an article “AIHce 2011: The Ins and Outs of I2P2 and Worker Involvement” about a roundtable discussion with William Perry, CIH, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance, and Bill Kojola, who works in the safety and health department at AFL-CIO.

My take-aways from this article came from the comments from Kojola. He said that for an injury and illness prevention program to be successful, it must accomplish the following goals:

  • It must encourage reporting – not just injuries, but ideas to control hazards.
  • It must shift from lagging to leading indicators.
  • It must get at root causes.
  • It must make use of documentation.
  • It must remove barriers to worker participation.

It’s no coincidence that our online safety system myKPAonline can be the make-it-or-break-it answer to implementing such a program. myKPAonline was partially driven by California’s IIPP program which can be considered as a precursor to I2P2. The picture shows a screenshot of myKPAonline for a dealership and provides reporting, documentation, root causes, and actionable information to implement a safety program.

Implementing I2P2 with myKPAonline

Implementing I2P2 with myKPAonline

OSHA Fines Auto Parts and Used Car Dealer $49,000 for Safety and Health Violations: Conclusion

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Yesterday’s post discussed training violations OSHA issued to a parts and used car dealership in Illinois. Physical hazards were also a large part of the 14 safety and 6 health violations facing the company.
Here is the list of physical hazard citations from Bill Smith Auto Parts, Inc, along with recommendations for improvement.*


Violation image Violation descriptions and recommendations for improvement
Missing machine guarding 

This usually happens on parts grinders. Check the machine for side guards, correct adjustments on the tool rests and tongue guards, and proper anchoring. If in doubt, this 2 min. video gives a good overview of grinder safety.

Improperly maintained industrial trucks 

Check that forklifts and other lift trucks are maintained in working order according to the manufacturer’s recommendations through. You should include documentation of maintenance.


This could also be a housekeeping issue. Outdated and unused equipment should be removed from the premises.

Improperly stored hazardous materials 

If they are flammable, containers need to be grounded, or outfitted with a bonding wire.

All containers need to be approved for their contents, and they need to have lids. Document inspections storage areas, and everything should be labeled.

Lack of guarding on open-sided floors 

All elevated work surfaces, including but not limited to alignment or lube racks, in ground lube pits and storage platforms should have proper fall protection measures.

Failing to properly store compressed gas cylinders 

Compressed gas cylinders should be securely fastened to rigid structures so they won’t fall or be knocked over.

Lack of guarding on pulleys and other equipment lower than 7 feet from the floor: struck-by hazards 

Replace guards/restraints on pulleys to ensure safe operation.

Damaged electrical cords in use 

A very common problem that poses a serious shock hazard. The damaged cord should be replaced. Never splice an electrical cord as a repair method, and make sure the cord is the right length to avoid using extension cords as permanent wiring. This handy Extension Cord Checklist is available for more information about shock hazards.

Unlabeled hazardous material containers  

Apply a “Hazardous Waste” label to the container and fill out the required information. Typically, this violation is cited with language like “potentially hazardous waste” because in general, the inspector does not actually test contents of each and every barrel. That is why all containers need to be labeled, including “non-hazardous waste.”

Use your imagination. Unsanitary conditions in restroom 

You might not be familiar with OSHA code 29 CFR 1910.141, but it requires that all restroom facilities, particularly those accessible to employees, remain clean and sanitary at all times.

Failing to post visible “no smoking” signs in areas where flammable materials were present 

All areas where smoking is prohibited in the facility must be labeled “no smoking or open flame.” Including flammable or combustible storage areas.

For more information, read this post, “Danger in Detail.”

“Employers are responsible for knowing what hazards exist in their facilities and for following OSHA standards to ensure the safety and health of their workers,” explains Tom Bielema, director for OSHA’s Peoria office. While Bill Smith Auto Parts is working with OSHA to use the inspection report as an opportunity for improvement, all  of these violations are avoidable, and precautionary measures should be part of your facility’s daily routine.

This is an opportunity for you to look over your facility, check your paperwork, and share this list with your employees as an educational opportunity, because the best environmental health and safety strategies are supported at every level of the company.

Many, if not all, violations and workplace accidents are preventable with KPA’s services. KPA’s Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) service is designed for dealerships to effectively manage and document safety and environmental compliance. EHS services include regular on-site facility visits conducted by a professional with environmental safety compliance experience including OSHA and EPA, an electronic MSDS database, online training courses, required signage and labels, and 24 hour hotlines. All of this information is available at your fingertips through, which features a dashboard indicating your facility’s overall level of environmental health and safety.

In the event of an emergency – including inspection visits by federal or state inspectors – your KPA engineer is only a phone call away.
*images are from KPA’s database, and do not represent the exact conditions at Smith Auto Parts.

OSHA Fines Auto Parts and Used Car Dealer $49,000 for Safety and Health Violations

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Sometimes, good businesses make bad decisions. Small businesses are especially vulnerable to bad decisions in using substandard safety processes and systems. During a recent OSHA visit, an auto parts store in Urbana, Illinois learned the value of investing in safe operating conditions the hard way. Bill Smith Auto Parts, Inc. was fined $49,000 for a combination of 14 safety and 6 health violations.

On the list of violations are the usual suspects from OSHA’s top 10, and are things to watch for at any automotive parts or resale facility. Here is the list of citations from Bill Smith Auto Parts, Inc, along with recommendations for improvement.*

For this blog, the violations are discussed in two editions: training and physical hazards in the work environment.


In order to remain compliant with OSHA regulations and reduce losses at the facility, all regulatory programs should be in place and

implemented including:

• Hazard Communication & Emergency Response Program

• PPE Program & Hazard Assessment

• Ergonomics Prevention (if applicable)

• Powered Industrial Trucks (if applicable)

• Respiratory Protection Program (if applicable)

• Heat Illness Prevention Program (if applicable)


Violation image Violation description
No Documentation of Respirator Safety Program 

In order to comply with OSHA regulations for Respiratory Protection, every facility that requires employees to wear respirators should have at a minimum annual training and fit testing records, medical records, and respirator maintenance records for the past five years.

No Documentation of Hazardous Communications Program 

In order to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication requirements, every facility that stores or uses chemicals on site should at least have a written program, MSDS data sheets, labeling on all containers, annual and new hire training. This program needs to be accessible (most facilities post a MSDS access poster) and updated annually.


… and Lack of Hazardous Materials Training

Training should be completed for all employees involved in the transportation of hazardous materials every 3 years.

No Access to Material Data Safety Sheets 

MSDS sheets need to be available within 5 minutes and contain records for all chemical compounds on site.

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