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How to Implement a Successful I2P2 Program

May 24, 2011

Like most Auto Dealers, you probably want to know how OSHA’s I2P2 (Injury and Illness Protection Program) will impact your business. Last week, EHSToday published an article “ AIHce 2011: The Ins and Outs of I2P2 and Worker Involvement ” about a roundtable discussion with Wil...

Posted in: Employee Relations, OSHA, Prevention Plans, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: I2P2 Read More

Evict Your Tire Mosquitoes

May 23, 2011 by Glorianna Cooley

Looking through the rain across the back lot, a pile of waste tires catches my eye. As I get closer to the pile, a buzzy little mosquito lands softly on my arm. I brush her away only to be attacked moments later by a hungry mob of blood suckers. State Health Departments and ...

Posted in: EPA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: EPA, health department, mosquitoes, tire storage, waste tires Read More

OSHA Fines Auto Parts and Used Car Dealer $49,000 for Safety and Health Violations: Conclusion

May 18, 2011

Yesterday’s post discussed training violations OSHA issued to a parts and used car dealership in Illinois. Physical hazards were also a large part of the 14 safety and 6 health violations facing the company. Here is the list of physical hazard citations from Bill Smith ...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA Tags: Citations, Department of Labor, Enforcement, OSHA, OSHA inspection Read More

OSHA Fines Auto Parts and Used Car Dealer $49,000 for Safety and Health Violations

May 17, 2011

Sometimes, good businesses make bad decisions. Small businesses are especially vulnerable to bad decisions in using substandard safety processes and systems. During a recent OSHA visit, an auto parts store in Urbana, Illinois learned the value of investing in safe operating c...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA Tags: OSHA, OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations, Required training, violations Read More

Who Are You Really Hiring?

May 17, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

If you aren't doing background checks and drug screens before you hire then you really don't know who you are hiring. KPA has found that over 30% of applicants we process through our HR system do not provide complete or accurate information on their application . To make ...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: background checking, drug testing, hiring, HR best practice, HR compliance, negligent hiring Read More

Expensing prescription safety glasses: how high is the bar on safety at your dealership?

May 12, 2011

“If I have to choose, I’d rather see.” An auto technician explains why he wears prescription glasses instead of safety glasses while working on cars. “And the OTG glasses/ glasses combo doesn’t fit right. It’s too heavy and gets in my way.” Considering that 126 million Ameri...

Posted in: Safety: Industry Updates Tags: corporate responsibility, Expensing prescription safety glasses, safety glasses, workplace injuries Read More

Finalized Form I-9 Rules Effective May 16, 2011

May 11, 2011 by Tamara Lischer

Effective May 16, 2011, employers must follow the newly finalized Form I-9 rule  (the rule was orginally published back in 2009). Here's what that really means... Don't forget that the final rules prohibits employers from accepting expired documents; revises the list of...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: Final Regulations, Form I-9 Rule, HR compliance, I-9, uscis Read More

Add Assessment Testing For Better Hiring Results

May 10, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

As employers start hiring again two question we are frequently being asked from our HotlinkHR clients is "how can I make sure I hire person who really fits in here, we can't afford a bad hire?" and "we've got the basic hiring process down but want to take it up a notch, what ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: assessment testing, hiring, HR best practice, management by strengths Read More

OSHA Cites Parker Hannifin $487,700. Fits Trend of Repeat Violations Across Multiple Locations

May 04, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  issued 33 citations to the Parker Hannifin Corp. plant in Batesville, Mississippi. Half are repeat citations (which come with much higher price tags) that are based on similar situations fou...

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

Who Needs DOT HazMat Training? It's More Employees Than You'd Think!

May 04, 2011 by Eric Schmitz

Under the DOT regulations (Title 49 Part 172.702) any employee defined as a hazmat employee is required to be trained. So you ask what is a hazmat employee? The definition is found in (Title 49 Part 171.8) and includes employees that: Load, unload, or handle hazardous m...

Posted in: DOT, Environment: Industry Updates, Training: Industry Updates Tags: DOT compliance, DOT Regulation, hazmat compliance, hazmat shipping, hazmat training, Title 49 Part 172.702 Read More