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Environmental Health and Safety Start At The Top

March 30, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

A successful environmental health and safety program has to start from the top. Without executive involvement, even those programs designed and implemented with the best of intentions, sputter and frequently fail. With the increase in regulatory audits management must be an a...

Posted in: Environment: Industry Updates, Safety Culture, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: DOT compliance, HR best practice, OSHA, safety compliance, safety culture, safety program Read More

Workplace Dangers in DETAIL: The Wash Bay Connection

March 25, 2011 by Trevor Stage

On a busy day, the floor can be covered in soaps, “engine juices,” oils, chemicals, and solvents. Flammable liquids in 55 gallon drums line the wall, with a high risk of explosion from any ignition source. This is where the safety culture at your dealership gets the road te...

Posted in: Citations, EPA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: dealership explosion, detail area, flammable chemicals, Wash Bay Read More

Internships: Paid or Unpaid?

March 24, 2011 by Tamara Lischer

With daydreams about laying by the beach and warm, hot summer days looming in the near future, comes the burning staffing question: are we going to need student interns who are on their summer break and (quite possibly more important) do we have to pay them? As defined by t...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, FLSA, HR compliance, summer interns, unpaid internship Read More

Want To Stop Whistleblowing? Give Out Whistles

March 21, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Never want to face a whistleblower initiated investigation or lawsuit? Encourage whistle blowing! Give your employees “whistles” and tell them to blow them, asking that they blow them internally first. Creating a strong culture of internal reporting and resolution of issues i...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: HR best practice, HR compliance, non retaliation, whistle blowing, whistleblower protections Read More

Does having "Adonis DNA" provide protection under GINA?

March 12, 2011 by Tamara Lischer

In the midst of the Charlie Sheen media frenzy, several important questions in the Sheen vs. CBS/Warner Bros. dispute are being overshadowed by the sensational personal videos and interviews. Should an employee’s personal life affect his/her employment? What if that employee...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Charlie Sheen and GINA, Department of Labor, employment discrimination, employment relationship, genetic information, HR best practice Read More

ICE Crackdown on Employers of Illegal Immigrants

March 11, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement , a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, announced a new audit office, the Employment Compliance Inspection Center . The center will be staffed with specialists who will reveiw I-9 employee files collected durin...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: Enforcement, HR best practice, HR compliance, I-9, illegal immigrants, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Read More

The Most Unusual Violations

March 10, 2011

Each year, KPA engineers conduct over 10,000 facility inspections across the country. Each of these inspections involves intense and detailed work. Why do they do it? Because a professionally executed inspection is the most direct way to measure risk exposure at an automotive...

Posted in: Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Safety culture Read More

The Pep Boys Story: A New Kind of Repeat OSHA Violation

March 08, 2011

Recently, OSHA cited Pep Boys for serious and repeat safety violations. The chain faces a total of $75,000 in fines. The unusual part of the report is the way that OSHA counted the violations. What happened is that in 2009, a citation was issued to a facility in one loca...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA Tags: most cited violations, OSHA Read More

Your Parts Grinder Can Pass an OSHA Inspection. Here’s How.

March 07, 2011

OSHA recently issued five citations totaling $75,000 to the Pep Boys auto service company after a facility inspection in Hamden, CT for a “repeat violation.” The previous citation was at a different franchise location. At the center of the fines is a parts grinder. Parts g...

Posted in: Checklists, Citations, OSHA Tags: OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations, parts grinder Read More

How To Ship Recalled Airbags

March 01, 2011

Airbags contain hazardous materials. Requirements for commercial shipping of these materials vary depending on if your parts department will ship the airbags by ground or air. Ground Shipments Dealerships are required to provide DOT hazardous materials training for any ...

Posted in: Checklists, Citations, DOT, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Airbag shipping, DOT compliance, DOT hazmat, hazmat shipping Read More