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OSHA Instills New Automotive Lift Inspections

July 02, 2013

Since 2007, 15,000 U.S. workers were treated for automotive lift, jack, or jack stand injuries, causing OSHA to implement a new program to inspect, identify, and evaluate lift safety in the auto industry. A local emphasis will be placed on the Hawaiian region beginning in ...

Posted in: Environment: Industry Updates, Environmental Health and Safety, OSHA Tags: OSHA, safety culture Read More

Retaliatory Firing: Don’t Fire Whistleblowers, No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

April 24, 2013 by Kathryn Carlson

Employees have a right to report alleged non-compliance to federal and state agencies without fear of retaliatory firing or demotion- no ifs, ands, or buts. A violation of an employee’s protected conduct of reporting potentially illegal or dangerous circumstances, the Depart...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management, OSHA Tags: Department of Labor, HR compliance, OSHA, retaliatory firing, whistleblower protections Read More

Are we required to fill-out the OSHA 300 Logs?

January 18, 2013

Under the OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements, most employers are required to record work-related injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Logs. However, many businesses, including car dealerships, are currently exempt from most of the requiremen...

Posted in: OSHA Tags: 300 logs, I2P2, OSHA Read More

I2P2 status update

January 09, 2013

For those of you wondering what is going on with OSHA’s I2P2 regulation: it’s still in the pre-rule stage. There are 3 stages to regulatory promulgation: Pre-Rule, Proposed Rule, and Final Rule. The rule is scheduled to have a “Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness A...

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Two of the nation’s largest safety associations are pushing OSHA to make the injury/illness prevention program (I2P2) rule a top priority in 2013

December 14, 2012

I2P2 was presented a few years as a top priority for OSHA and then we didn't hear much about it for a while. Earlier this week we read an update again in this article  that two of the nation's largest worker safety associations -- the American Society of Safety Engineers an...

Posted in: OSHA, Safety Culture, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: I2P2, OSHA Read More

OSHA's Housekeeping Regulation Explained (Housekeeping Part 2)

December 06, 2012 by Amanda Rawls

At a glance the OSHA regulatory standard 29 CFR 1910.22 states that all places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service room shall be kept clean and sanitary. So this regulation will cover every square inch of your facility. Everything from your service depar...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA Tags: dealerships, OSHA housekeeping Read More

OSHA Top 10 Citations for Dealerships and Service Centers in 2012

November 27, 2012

Managers need fast, straightforward answers to their compliance concerns. To meet this need, KPA researched the Top 10 OSHA Citations for Dealerships and Service Centers by combining OSHA’s annual Most Frequently Cited Regulations for Dealerships, and OSHA’s annual Most Frequ...

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August Tip of the Month: When It’s Really Hot, How Much Should You Drink?

August 02, 2012 by Deborah Gibbs

We all know that drinking enough fluids is an essential part of staying safe during the summer. But exactly how much water is enough, especially when it’s really hot? And does it really matter what you drink, or when? For employees who are physically active in extreme heat,...

Posted in: OSHA, Tip of the Month Tags: OSHA Read More

Compliance Inspections Save Lives, and Are Good For Business

June 15, 2012

OSHA's inspections not only prevent workers from getting hurt on the job, they also save billions of dollars for employers through reduced workers' compensation costs. A recent study by business school economists at the University of California and Harvard University followed...

Posted in: OSHA Tags: inspection, money, OSHA, study Read More

New Heat Safety APP from OSHA

June 03, 2012

This summer, when you're walking across the blistering pavement of the inventory lot, or checking under the hood of a heated engine, you can grab your Android, Blackberry or iPhone and calculate the heat index for your worksite. Based on the heat index, the app gives you a...

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