Environment & Safety

Automotive Parts Warehouse Cited for Unsafe Forklift Operation

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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After an OSHA inspection on February 12, 2014, an automotive parts warehouse was cited for unsafe forklift operation with the possible penalty of $52,000. The inspection occurred after multiple complaints of a forklift incident at the facility. (more…)

Heat Related Deaths Due to Lack of Acclimatization Programs

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the primary risk factor for heat related illness and deaths is due to the lack of acclimatization programs. Acclimatization is an important part of heat safety, allowing workers to gradually build up their workloads and exposure to heat through the use of frequent breaks for water and rest in shade or air conditioning.
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Does your Facility Require a Blood Borne Pathogens Program?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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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…)

The OSHA Bullseye: A Case Study of Dollar Tree Stores

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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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

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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…)

Is Your Dealership Exempt from Keeping an OSHA 300 Log?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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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

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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.
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