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Peter Zaidel

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Body Shop Safe Practices Quick Guide

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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There are a variety of best practices that will keep your employees safe. Implement the following to protect your employees:

How to Prevent Greenwashing

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015


Greenwashing is the practice of claiming that your processes are environmentally stainable without proof. Greenwashing is visible in every industry, and is becoming especially prevalent when consumers seek out environmentally sustainable auto facilities.

Winter Illness Prevention

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Winter is approaching faster than many of us even realize. With all of the positive fun and festive parts of the holiday season comes the additional risk of illness. Illness can quickly spread in a dealership, taking out many of your employees, and also increasing safety risk in a time when you are short staffed and your employees are not at their normal 100%. Instilling good health habits at your dealership will allow you continued success throughout the winter season.

Does your Facility Require a Blood Borne Pathogens Program?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014


Typically, dealerships, garages, and body shops do not require a blood borne pathogens program because they are not exposed to blood on a regular basis. To find out if your facility is required to have a blood borne pathogens program, take an assessment here.

PPE Hazard Assessments for Auto Facilities – Do you need one?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014


PPE Hazard Assessments, otherwise known as Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessments, are required at all auto facilities. What are they? PPE Assessments evaluate any hazards that may exist in your shop, what your employees do on a regular basis, what they’re exposed to, and what personal protective equipment they are required to wear. (more…)

Protect Yourself and Your Employees with Respiratory Protection

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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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. (more…)

What’s required in your First Aid Kit?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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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

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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.