Environment & Safety

The OSHA Bullseye: A Case Study of Dollar Tree Stores

Monday, July 7th, 2014

violation compliance

When you think of BIG OSHA violations, you may think of dangerous operations, mining, agriculture grain silos, Alaska king crab fisherman, or some of the local stories on the street in automotive. You probably don’t think of a $1 value retailer as being a prime target for OSHA, but here’s why you should, especially if you operate multiple locations. (more…)

Protect Yourself and Your Employees with Respiratory Protection

Monday, June 23rd, 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. (more…)

Is Your Dealership Exempt from Keeping an OSHA 300 Log?

Monday, June 16th, 2014


Many businesses, including dealerships, are currently exempt from keeping an OSHA 300 Log, depending on which SIC code their accounting department uses. All business activities that generate revenue are assigned a SIC code, based on the activity that generates the most revenue. Applicable dealership Exempt OSHA 300 Log SIC codes include New and Used Car Dealers (SIC Code 5511), Used Car Dealers (SIC Code 5521), and Motorcycle Dealers (SIC Code 5571). (more…)

Automated External Defibrillators

Monday, May 19th, 2014

aed blue What is an AED? An Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, is a computerized device that can analyze a persons’ heart rhythm to deliver a lifesaving shock. AEDs are used in life-threatening cases of cardiac arrhythmias, which lead to cardiac arrest. Although AED’s are easy to use, certification is required because an AED is used in conjunction with CPR. (more…)

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.