Environment & Safety

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:
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How to Prevent Greenwashing

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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Greenwashing is the practice of claiming that your processes are environmentally sustainable without proof. Greenwashing is visible in every industry, and is becoming especially prevalent when consumers seek out environmentally sustainable auto facilities.
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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.
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Get Serious About Slip Trip and Fall Prevention

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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Dealerships are subject to a variety of safety risks; the largest being slips, trips, and falls. Statistics show that these accidents account for 15% of all accidental deaths and account for the majority of Worker’s Compensation related losses at most dealerships. Luckily, you can take preventative measures to lower your slip, trip, and fall risk significantly.
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Will OSHA use my documentation against me?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Clients frequently ask, “can my own OSHA documentation be used against me?” KPA receives this question frequently, and as such, myKPAonline is programmed to document your hazards correctly as well as to note your documentation’s deficiencies.

Unfortunately there is occasional risk that your records may be used against you by OSHA, as noted by the following federal OSHA policy document on the subject:

“OSHA will not:
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Carbon Monoxide in the Service Department

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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Compliance with OSHA standards often includes awareness. For example, while carbon monoxide overexposure is unlikely to result in a fatality, exposure can still cause health problems. For instance, employees exposed to carbon monoxide may become slow of wit and brain, which often leads to accidents and have been known to perform an improper repair. A common complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is overexposure to carbon monoxide.
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OSHA Looking to Revise Current Permissible Exposure Limits

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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OSHA recently announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue is a request for information on the management of hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace and strategies for updating permissible exposure limits.
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Idaho Facility Charged with Violating Whistleblower Rules

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against an Idaho auto facility after an employee was terminated for raising safety and health concerns in the workplace. The termination violates the whistleblower protection provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
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Determining DOT Civil Penalties

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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To prepare yourself against Department of Transportation (DOT) violations, it is not only important to understand how to stay in compliance, but also to understand how a DOT investigator weighs and determines citations. (more…)

Staying Safe with Car Jacks

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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When working on automobiles, it is often necessary to use car jacks. While these tools are easy to use, they also create potential danger if used inappropriately. Without knowing load capacities, operators may overload the jack and cause the automobile to fall. It is imperative that car jack operators know prior to use if the jack is capable of lifting and sustaining the load.
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