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Peter Zaidel

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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.


Documentation is the Best Offense – The Yellow Box

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Yellow box

First impressions can mean everything especially when dealing with a regulatory inspection. If your manifests and documentation are orderly, the impression given to an Inspector is that the rest of your business is also in order. It also indicates that you pay close attention to the details involved in maintaining a safe and environmentally compliant business. Proper documentation also gives evidence of compliance as it is often stated that “if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen.”

Safety Culture and You: How Can You Create a Stronger Safety Culture?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

safety first asphalt

While some employees may think that dealership safety rests solely on the shoulders of executive management that is not the case. Dealership safety is a company-wide responsibility, and though it may seem that your team is doing everything possible, additional steps can always be taken. It is important to implement a system that encourages employees, and management as well, to take part in the safety culture. Implement the following tips to increase engagement in your safety culture:

Getting Started with Lift Safety

Monday, February 10th, 2014

car lift picture

There are a variety of lift training regulations and guidelines out there that include when and how employees should be trained, what kind of lifts you should be using, how to maintain lifts, how often lifts should be inspected, who should inspect lifts, and more. At times, this can make lift compliance seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Consider the following points when you begin working on your lift safety program: