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Confront the Killer – Could Distracted Driving Unintentionally Hurt Your Dealership?

August 27, 2012 by Deborah Gibbs

If you ask your employees whether they’re safe drivers, they’ll generally answer, “Yes.” Truth is, most of us really try to be safe drivers. Your dealership has many employees who drive as a part of their jobs and may be unaware of how distracted they are. According to OSHA...

Posted in: DOT, Environmental Health and Safety, Safety Culture, Uncategorized Tags: DOT, Safe driving, training Read More

7 Safety Pitfalls in Your Parts Department

July 23, 2012 by Deborah Gibbs

How would your Parts Department fare today, if you received a safety inspection? Our engineers have found 7 common areas where things go wrong. Some are pretty easy to spot, but some are less obvious. Let’s take a look at a few: 1) Unsafe storage on shelves  If you h...

Posted in: DOT, KPA, Safety Culture Tags: DOT compliance, DOT hazmat, hazardous materials, hazmat shipping, NLRB, OSHA, safety culture, video, workplace injuries Read More

June Tip of the Month: Get Your DOT Training Up to Speed

June 01, 2012

KPA's new DOT course gives employees more control over the training process, cutting down on the amount of time it normally takes to complete DOT training. In addition, the course incorporates real world examples from dealerships and service centers as part of the interactiv...

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DOT Hazard Signs Memory Game

October 04, 2011

Did you take the October Newsletter matching game challenge? Think fast! This is a quick refresher for DOT signs that you might see around the service bay. Match symbols to win. See how fast you can go! Play solo or with a group. Follow this link to test your skills: htt...

Posted in: DOT Tags: dot hazard signs game, dot hazards signs, dot training game Read More

New Safe Driving Online Training Course

September 01, 2011

You’ve asked for it and now it’s here: The Safe Driving online training course . If you or your employees test drive vehicles that have been in for service, shuttle customers to or from your location, take customers on test drives as part of the sales process, or transport ...

Posted in: DOT, KPA, Training: Industry Updates Tags: DOT training, driver safety, Online Safe Driving Course, online safe driving training, workplace injuries 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

Compliance Tip of the Month

July 01, 2011

Training Requirements for Dealership Employees The quick guide to training: who needs it, in which areas and departments, for which enforcement agencies, and how often each training requirement must be renewed. Check the list at

Posted in: Checklists, DOT, Tip of the Month Tags: DOT Training, hazmat training, OSHA, PPE training, Training Requirements for Dealership Employees Read More

Who Needs DOT HazMat Training? It's More Employees Than You'd Think!

May 04, 2011 by Eric Schmitz

Under the DOT regulations (Title 49 Part 172.702) any employee defined as a hazmat employee is required to be trained. So you ask what is a hazmat employee? The definition is found in (Title 49 Part 171.8) and includes employees that: Load, unload, or handle hazardous m...

Posted in: DOT, Environment: Industry Updates, Training: Industry Updates Tags: DOT compliance, DOT Regulation, hazmat compliance, hazmat shipping, hazmat training, Title 49 Part 172.702 Read More

How To Ship Recalled Airbags

March 01, 2011

Airbags contain hazardous materials. Requirements for commercial shipping of these materials vary depending on if your parts department will ship the airbags by ground or air. Ground Shipments Dealerships are required to provide DOT hazardous materials training for any ...

Posted in: Checklists, Citations, DOT, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Airbag shipping, DOT compliance, DOT hazmat, hazmat shipping Read More

MSDS Gone Wild!

November 19, 2010

“Oh no! We have a serious problem. The plant office manager ran into my office with a frantic look of panic on her face. The company safety inspectors are here and they want to see an MSDS on the Wite-Out. What will we do?” Although this article written by Greg Klima tit...

Posted in: DOT, Environment: Industry Updates, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: 29 CFR 1910.1200, chemical database, DOT hazmat, MSDS, OSHA, Saftey Inspectors Read More