Safety: Industry Updates

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

Friday, December 14th, 2012

I2P2 OSHAI2P2 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 and the American Industrial Hygiene Assoc. — are pushing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make the injury/illness prevention program (I2P2) rule a top priority in 2013.


Get a Safe Driving Program at Your Dealership

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Workers who drive as part of the job should take a safe driving course (here’s why). KPA offers a training course that starts with a self-assessment of the driver’s current driving habits. From there, the course moves through the basic safety issues around driving. It includes driving distractions, accidents, planning before you drive, defensive driving, and concludes with practical applications. The entire course takes the learner from knowing what it takes to be a safe driver and helps them internalize the lessons to apply what they learned every time they get behind the wheel.

This is an excellent resource for your dealership’s salespeople, valets, and shuttle drivers to increase the number of safety precautions they take every time they get behind the wheel. It uses multiple teaching strategies including attention-grabbing videos, interactive experiences, and a series of lessons that adjust to an individual’s learning pace.

Have you taken the safe driver training course in myKPAonline, yet?

How to Turn a Compressed Gas Cylinder into a Torpedo

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

If your dealership doesn’t follow safety procedures around storing, maintaining, moving and using compressed gas cylinders,  the consequences are explosive. Ignore the safety tips in this two minute video and you can set your dealership up to be the scene of an explosive accident. Carelessness is a fast and easy way to turn your compressed gas tanks, including air compressors, acetylene torches, oxygen, nitrogen, propane tanks, and fire extinguishers into fast-moving projectiles with potentially fatal results.

Why Car Battery Safety Matters

Monday, October 15th, 2012

All car batteries contain sulfuric acid and produce hydrogen and oxygen gases. If the hydrogen gas comes into contact with an ignition source, the battery can explode, sending pieces of the battery and acid flying. There are several safety precautions technicians should routinely follow when handling car batteries. This three minute video covers the basics, including

  • How to store car batteries at your dealership
  • What to do with battery acid if it spills
  • How to transport car batteries
  • Personal protective equipment to use when transporting car batteries
  • Safety equipment for charging car batteries
  • How to clean up battery acid without creating hazardous waste
  • Hybrid safety gloves

How do technicians keep safety the first priority at your dealership when handling batteries?

Fire Extinguisher Safety

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Summer brings an increased fire risk- both indoors and out. Fire extinguishers can save lives in an emergency situation, but only when they are properly maintained and used. Take two minutes to watch this video and brush-up on  the PASS technique, how to maintain the fire extinguisher, and the best way to store the extinguisher.

Pop Quiz:

Fire extinguishers at your dealership or service center are designed to:

A. Put out the fire

B. Give you about 20 seconds to escape the area

C. Always be fully charged and ready for action

(The answer is in the video)

Respiratory Protection for Undercoating Operations

Friday, April 27th, 2012

If your business offers, or is considering offering undercoating and rustproofing services, then it is important to remember that the chemicals involved in the process generally require the use of a respirator- or even a full supplied air system.

Information about safe product application, respirators and other forms of required PPE, is available on the product’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the undercoating or rustproofing product. It is a great resource that should always be referenced before allowing employees to apply the product to vehicles. Using this information keeps the employee safe, and it insulates your business from regulatory fines, workers’ compensation claims, and lawsuits.

If you are a KPA client, you can access the Automotive Industry MSDS database including many undercoating and rustproofing products by logging in your mykpaonline account.

Read more about respiratory protection for undercoating operations.

How OSHA’s Final Rule on Hazard Communication Changes Your Safety Program

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

As the dust settles around OSHA’s final rule on Hazard Communication, it is easy to see how this is going to affect safety programs at small businesses in the automotive industry. This final rule will become effective, in part, on June 26, 2012, with a built-in transition period and a fully effective date of June 1, 2016.

The standard changes OSHA’s current hazard communication requirements to conform to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and international trade laws. There are three parts of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Requirement that will be affected: system-labels, SDSs, and employee training.


Part of the new requirement mandates that labels will contain a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category. Labels will also have to disclose voluntary threshold limit values (TLVs) established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). They will also disclose carcinogen status from nationally and internationally recognized lists of carcinogens.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) becomes Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Under the new rule, hazards will be communicated through a set of 16 hazard categories, including a new category of hazards – “Hazards Not Otherwise Classified” and labels will also include combustible dust in the definition of “hazardous chemical.”

Employee Training

Employee training will have to be updated so that employees are knowledgeable about the new system labeling requirements and new hazard classifications. The training requirement will go into effect December of 2013.

The final standard can be found on OSHA’s website. Compliance guidance on the new standard, including Highlights and FAQOSHA Fact Sheet and OSHA Quick Cards, can be found on the agency’s website as well.

What’s your take on the changes to the hazard communication standard? Is your safety program ready for this new rule? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with the KPA blog community.


Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Webinar- Ask the Expert: All Your Environment and Safety Questions Answered

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Don’t miss this practical guide to keeping your facility in compliance with laws and regulations. In this webinar you can ask nationally recognized Environment and Safety Expert, Eric Schmitz, your most pressing questions.  Find out what challenges other automotive professionals are facing so you can be prepared at your facility. Also, Eric will discuss some of the most recent fines from the EPA, OSHA, and DOT.

This event is part of KPA’s educational webinar series, and takes place at 12:00 EST.

Click here for more information and to sign-up for this free webinar.


A Few Things You Should Know About OSHA’s Pending I2P2 Requirements

Friday, January 20th, 2012

This month OSHA published a whitepaper on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2).  Leading up to this publication, there has been a lot of regulatory activity around I2P2. Shortly after proposing a federal standard for I2P2 in 2010, OSHA held a series of stakeholder meetings on the subject.  In this newly released whitepaper, OSHA makes clear that they see overwhelming value in moving forward.  The paper discusses the needs and benefits associated with a well-run program while downplaying the cost to business.

Questions raised by the whitepaper

What will the final regulation look like?  Who will it apply to?  And when will we see the first draft?  There are some preliminary indications in the white paper as to which industries the new regulation will affect, but the timeline for the new guideline is still up in the air. Additionally, there is a precedent for political pressures to get involved with crafting guidelines. In this case, it means that the federal standard will be based on a combination of state programs, the ANSI Z10 standard, and the OHSAS 18001 standard.  References in the whitepaper indicate that the regulation will require employers to abide by plans with some form of “management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.”  The tone of the whitepaper indicates that OSHA sees benefits for all sizes of businesses but may lean towards reduced regulation for business under a certain threshold of employees (less than 10 or 15).

Guidelines for an I2P2 Program

Based on the whitepaper and influencers in the legislative process, programs are likely to be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Does management participate and encourage involvement in the safety systems and processes in your workplace?  This involvement is the key to letting your employees know that you care and that safety is an important part of everyone’s job.  There’s no better way to build a strong safety culture than to lead by example.
  2. Do your workers participate in the safety program?  This includes participation in safety committee meetings, gathering and acting on employee suggestions, or as part of your hazard identification process.  Remember that employees are more likely to know about the hazards they face than management.
  3. Do you have a system in place to identify hazards in your workplace?  Once identified, is there a process in place to ensure timely correction?  Identifying and correcting hazards not only eliminates risk of injury, but sends an important message to your employees that you value their safety.
  4. Do you proactively evaluate your employees work practices and new processes to prevent and control new hazards?  This is where it’s good to look at industry experts and pool resources among many similar businesses to identify trends and new hazards before they occur.
  5. Do you conduct regular health and safety training for your employees?  Training can be specific to a particular task or general in nature – either way taking time out for safety training sends the message that your business values safety over speediness.
  6. Finally do you measure the effectiveness of your program and seek ways to improve it?  Can you measure your facility against your peers or departments against each other?  A good software tool will make these metrics easier to manage and simple accident investigations and evaluations will give you insight into where to improve the process.

The Point

If you’re a KPA Environment & Safety Pro client, then you already have the foundations to comply with the pending I2P2 requirements. Our programs include safety committees, incident tracking, and written programs based on industry best practices. Currently, these programs meet proposed I2P2 regulation requirements.  If things change in the legislative process, KPA will modify our programs to ensure compliance with any new regulations.


Additional information on OSHA’s I2P2 initiative and a copy of the whitepaper are available at:


What do you think? Have you been watching these developments as OSHA crafts new regulations? Are you ready if it goes into place in 2012?

OSHA Updates Multi-piece and Single-piece Rim Wheel Charts and Manuals

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

OSHA just announced that updated charts and manuals for servicing multi-piece and single-piece rim wheels are available, and that updated manuals will soon be distributed to the regulated community.

In updating this information, OSHA decided not to print large posters with the updated information, but to provide an 8.5 inch by 11 inch printed manuals containing this information that employers could use in the shop as an alternative to displaying the large posters. The manual would be more portable and accessible than a large poster, which employers typically mounted on a wall.

To reduce the distribution burden, OSHA will print and mail the manuals, but not the posters. The posters, as well as the manuals, will be available in electronic files (PDF) on the OSHA Web site at (and type “tire chart” in the search field).

OSHA also is revising the content of its two existing charts. The “Multi-piece Rim Matching Chart” will provide an updated list of multi-piece rim wheel components, both current and obsolete, while the “Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Truck/Bus Tires” chart will consist of two separate charts entitled “Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Tubeless Truck and Bus Tires” and “Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Tube-Type Truck and Bus Tires.”

Consistent with these revisions, OSHA is amending the definitions of “charts” in paragraph (b) of the standard to refer to the new Department of Labor charts (i.e., manuals or posters), or to any other information or poster that provides at least the same instructions, safety precautions, and other information contained in OSHA’s charts, and that is applicable to the types of rim wheels the employer is servicing.