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Planning a Trunk or Treat Event? Don't Forget the Dress Code.

October 28, 2011

If your dealership is gearing up for a Spooky Savings event complete with candy, costumes, and lots of customers, take a moment before the party starts to remind employees that Halloween can be a lot of fun, but this is still a work environment. Here are a few tips from an HR...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: dress code, dress code for dealership sales event, dress code for halloween, dress code for trunk or treat event, halloween sales event HR, Office Party guidelines Read More

The Secret to Getting Ahead of Corporate Responsibility

October 28, 2011 by Eric Schmitz

Corporate Responsibility used to refer to a few fortune 500 companies, and their efforts to not seem well, “corporatey.” The idea was that companies should care about the environment and their employees as much as their profits (the buzzword for this was triple bottom line). ...

Posted in: Environment: Industry Updates, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Corporate Responsibility and Service centers, Dealerships and Corporate Responsibility, Dealerships and regulatory reporting, GRI reporting, GRI reporting and small businesses, Public Reporting and Small Businesses Read More

What is the OSHA Top Ten for Dealerships in FY 2011?

October 26, 2011

What is OSHA citing dealerships for most frequently these days? We compared our notes from KPA inspections at dealerships and service centers across the country with the most recent numbers released by OSHA for the transportation industry. We used this information to put toge...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Read More

SPCC 101: What You Need to Know About SPCC Plans

October 17, 2011

SPCC stands for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure. At this point, the SPCC is expected to become required for businesses on November 10, 2011. The SPCC rule is complicated, and has implications for many industries. This post focuses on what the rule means for deal...

Posted in: EPA, Prevention Plans Tags: dealership, EPA SPCC Plan Template, SPCC and EPA, SPCC Plan, What goes in an SPCC plan, Who Needs an SPCC Plan Read More

Do You Need a Bloodborne Pathogens Program? Here's the Straight Answer

October 14, 2011

KPA’s latest project, the Bloodborne Pathogens Quiz , helps dealerships and automotive service centers decide if a bloodborne pathogens program is right for their facility. The online self-assessment tool takes into account all federal regulatory compliance mandates, interpr...

Posted in: OSHA, Training: Industry Updates Tags: Bloodborne Pathogens Quiz, Self-assessment Compliance Tool Read More

NLRB Delays NLRA Employee Rights Notice Posting Requirement Until January 31, 2011

October 11, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The National Labor Relations Board has pushed back the requirement to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act from November 14, 2011 until January 31, 2012. A number of trade and industry groups have challenged the posting req...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Labor Unions Tags: employee rights, NADA, national labor relations act, national labor relations board, NLRB Read More

How Do You Know if Your Safety Program Is Working?

October 07, 2011

How do you measure success? You look for things that you can track and measure. These key indicators are pretty standard, and should be documented and communicated as part of your safety program: Workplace inspections (KPA audits and your account are exce...

Posted in: Prevention Plans, Safety Culture Tags: I2P2, Investigation, OSHA, safety indicators, workplace injuries Read More

Firing for a Facebook Post? Maybe Yes, Maybe No

October 05, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

An NLRB administrative law judge has ruled that a Chicago-area luxury car dealership did not violate federal labor law when it terminated a salesman who posted pictures and comments about an accident on his Facebook page. The judge rejected the NLRB's argument that the termi...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Facebook, Firing, NLRA, NLRB, Termination Read More

DOT Hazard Signs Memory Game

October 04, 2011

Did you take the October Newsletter matching game challenge? Think fast! This is a quick refresher for DOT signs that you might see around the service bay. Match symbols to win. See how fast you can go! Play solo or with a group. Follow this link to test your skills: htt...

Posted in: DOT Tags: dot hazard signs game, dot hazards signs, dot training game Read More

Are You a Focused, Distracted, or Dangerous Driver?

October 03, 2011 by laura_payette

Sixty-six percent of people feel their safety is threatened by other drivers talking on the phone…yet 66 percent of people also admitted to talking on the phone at least once while driving in the last month. How well do you pay attention when you’re behind the wheel? Are you ...

Posted in: Safety Culture Tags: Safe driving Read More