Posts Tagged ‘OSHA’

OSHA Instills New Automotive Lift Inspections

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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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 July 2013.

Inspections will be conducted at randomly selected sites within the auto industry, including automobile dealers, automotive repair, accessories, and tire stores. OSHA will also respond to complaints, referrals, and incident related facilities.

Contact KPA for more information at info@kpaonline.com.

Boy Dies in Truck Repair Service Shop

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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Does your facility have a policy to only allow escorted customers into the vehicle service area? What’s the policy at your facility? Do you forbid customers to enter the vehicle service area? Do you allow them in on their own? Or do you allow them to be escorted into the vehicle service area? These decisions may seem minute, but in reality they play a huge roll in safety of your employees and your customers.
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PPE Hazard Assessments for Auto Facilities – Do you need one?

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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PPE Hazard Assessments, otherwise known as Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessments, are required at all auto facilities. What are they? PPE Assessments evaluate any hazards that may exist in your shop, what your employees do on a regular basis, what they’re exposed to, and what personal protective equipment they are required to wear.

It is possible to write your own Hazard Assessment, or, some companies, such as KPA, will provide Hazard Assessments for you.
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Is Your Dealership Exempt from Keeping an OSHA 300 Log?

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Many businesses, including dealerships, are currently exempt from keeping an OSHA 300 Log, depending on which SIC code their accounting department uses. All business activities that generate revenue are assigned a SIC code, based on the activity that generates the most revenue. Applicable dealership Exempt OSHA 300 Log SIC codes include New and Used Car Dealers (SIC Code 5511), Used Car Dealers (SIC Code 5521), and Motorcycle Dealers (SIC Code 5571)
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Are You Compliant With OSHA Forklift Laws?

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Not every dealership has a forklift onsite, but if you do, you are subject to the OSHA Powered Industrial Truck regulations. Review your OSHA paperwork and make sure you are compliant with the following laws:

  1. If you have forklift, you are required to have a written training program that spells out how you will ensure safe forklift operation at your facility. This should be kept on hand for an OSHA inspection.
  2. Forklift training must be completed onsite, at your facility, using your forklift. This ensures that training is done with the same equipment employees will be using, as well as any circumstances that may be unique to your dealership.
  3. An evaluation of each forklift operator’s performance must be conducted at least once every three years, or more often if they have had an accident, or are observed driving the forklift in an unsafe manner. This includes driving, safety and requirements, and procedure training.
  4. Any attachments must have documented approval for the forklift model by the manufacturer.
  5. A basic forklift inspection should be conducted at the beginning of every shift.

Keep your files up to date and your employees trained to avoid OSHA forklift fines!

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

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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 Department of Labor has made it very clear that retaliatory firing will not be tolerated.

A historical case of retaliatory firing landed one company with a $110,000 back wage payment, as well as fines imposed by OSHA, After an employee reported mechanical issues with his truck and was fired the next day, United Auto Recovery was required to rehire the employee, pay back wages and punitive damages, and was required increase trainings on employee rights, as well as to improve the workplace by posting employee rights posters.

Traditionally OSHA and the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) have been the primary investigators of complaints of retaliatory firing. Other agencies, including the SEC and FTC, have become involved with strong whistleblower protections under Sarbanes Oxley for employees of public companies; new laws including The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, which creates whistleblower protections for employees in the health care sector; and The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which provides expansive protection to whistleblowers in the financial services industries.

The bottom line is that you can’t afford to fire a whistleblower unless you have absolute, irrefutable evidence that the firing had nothing to do with the report of fraud, complaint of discrimination, or safety issues.

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

Friday, January 18th, 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 requirements, dependent on store’s primary Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code.

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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

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.

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How Old Are Your Labor Law Posters?

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Keep your labor law postings current with KPA’s new Employment and Labor Poster Store.

Have you ever paused in your break room and tried to read the labor law posters hanging on the wall? Perhaps you chuckled when you noticed the ancient soup stains, the faded letters … and the copyright date of 2002.

Maybe labor laws have changed since then?

HR professionals are pretty busy. Updating the state and federal labor law posters is one of the many compliance tasks they need to get done as quickly as possible.

This is why KPA has launched an easy-to-use online store with state and federal posters for the entire U.S. You can:

  • Buy posters in English, Spanish or bilingual (English and Spanish) formats.
  • Subscribe to annual updates (optional). When revisions happen, updated poster information will be sent to you via email, or replacement posters will be automatically shipped to your site.
  • Receive a separate NLRA poster with the standard state and federal poster combination.
  • Sign up for store coupons and promotions.

While a 10-year-old poster covered with Joey’s goulash accident may seem a tad funny when you’re sipping your morning coffee, it can trigger a hefty fine from the Department of Labor. Businesses are required to feature federal and state labor law postings in common areas frequented by employees and applicants.

We hope you’ll enjoy our new Employment and Labor Poster Store. If you have any questions, call one of our labor law poster experts at 1 (888) 369-9013.

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

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

 Compliance Tip of the MonthWe 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, KPA’s safety team recommends the following:

  • Drink about 4 oz. of water every 15 minutes.
  • Make it a priority to take quick breaks to drink – consuming small, frequent amounts of water is particularly important in extreme heat.
  • Drink even when you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid drinks with sugar, caffeine and alcohol, because they can dehydrate your body. (Sorry, folks, but iced coffee lovers are out of luck.)

Basically, keeping yourself and your staff hydrated in the heat takes effort and planning. If you’d like to learn more, read these blog posts: How to Keep Cool, Heat Illness Prevention Programs and How to Manage Heat Exhaustion at Work.