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Peter Zaidel

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What’s required in your First Aid Kit?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

first aid kit

OSHA stipulates that you must have a first aid kit on-site at your dealership, but what do you need in it? Federal OSHA Standard 1910.151(b) states that “Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.” In essence, this rule means that you must be prepared to treat minor injuries in the workplace.

Why IIPP is Important to You

Monday, May 5th, 2014

You never know when a life altering event or fatality is going to strike. Unfortunately they do happen in the workplace and most often occur from unknown or unpredictable circumstances. The incidents frequently result from:

  • Distracted driving mishaps
  • Falls
  • Harsh contact with objects and equipment

Injury and Illness Prevention Plans (IIPP) help mitigate these issues and many more. Watch the video above to learn from employers and employees about the benefits off IIPP and how it can help you.

The Value of Safety Coordinators

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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As we’ve discussed many times before, a strong safety culture is born from teamwork; however, every successful team requires a leader. To create this success you need an individual who is in charge of action items, and facilitates change.

How does Safety Culture and Senior Management Work Together?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

person demonstrating management

When creating a safety culture, our efforts are often focused on the people on the shop floor, those individuals that interact daily with obvious hazards such as electric shock and oil slicks. What many people don’t realize is that one of the most effective ways to implement a strong safety culture is to start with senior management.

Protecting Your Eyes from Digital Eyestrain

Monday, April 14th, 2014

eye protection

Due to the high use of electronic devices, both in and out of the office, a new study has found that 70% of US adults suffer from digital eyestrain. Digital eyestrain is due to the prolonged use of electronic devices; in an effort to prevent workplace eyestrain, the following is suggested:

OSHA Issues Guidance on Temporary Worker Injury Documentation

Monday, April 7th, 2014



OSHA regulation requires dealers to document when your own employee is injured on the job, but what happens if your temporary worker is injured? When you employ a temporary worker, both the staffing agency that supplies them, and you, the host employer, are responsible for them.

Auto Parts Suppliers Fall under OSHA’s Focus

Monday, March 31st, 2014


Due to hazards associated with the auto-parts-supplier industry, OSHA has launched a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) to improve conditions. The inspection program will last through January 2015, and will cover Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Protect Yourself and Your Employees with Respiratory Protection

Friday, March 28th, 2014


OSHA has instilled a variety of requirements for shops that have employees who wear respirators. This applies to any facility that conducts any spray coating operations including painting, priming, or rustproofing. To stay in compliance, make sure that you adhere to the following:

Is Your Shop AC 609 Compliant?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

car repair

As the summer quickly approaches, your shop will see an increased amount of vehicles with Air Conditioning issues. Are you prepared? For the past ten years, the EPA has been enforcing guidelines for air conditioning technician and equipment certification. Now is the ideal time to review your AC 609 certifications. (more…)

How Does Safety Culture Affect Your Dealership?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

think safety

Without a successful safety culture, it is difficult for dealerships to be profitable. Accidents and injuries increase costs dealership wide, affecting insurance rates, employee retention, and more. But before you can implement a successful safety culture, you have to know what it is.In simple terms, safety culture refers to groups that prioritize safety through consistent beliefs and patterns of behavior.