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Posts Tagged ‘workplace injuries’

Are You Encouraging Injured Employees to Get Back to Work? (Safety Culture Tip #4)

October 30, 2012 by Nick Hardesty

Injuries happen. Auto dealers who have successfully implemented a positive safety culture have created effective procedures for helping an injured employee get back to work. A lot can be done to communicate to the injured colleague that they are valued and wanted back. He...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety, Safety Culture, Uncategorized Tags: return to work policy, safety culture, tips, workplace injuries Read More

Are These 4 Dangerous Chemicals Lurking in Your Dealership?

August 20, 2012 by Deborah Gibbs

Efficiency is critical in a service bay. Mechanics and body shop specialists have to clean breaks, paint fenders and complete many other similar tasks as quickly and thoroughly as possible. This makes it tempting for them to resort to chemicals that product results – but pos...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety, Safety Culture, Uncategorized Tags: chemical hazards, dealership, workplace injuries Read More

7 Safety Pitfalls in Your Parts Department

July 23, 2012 by Deborah Gibbs

How would your Parts Department fare today, if you received a safety inspection? Our engineers have found 7 common areas where things go wrong. Some are pretty easy to spot, but some are less obvious. Let’s take a look at a few: 1) Unsafe storage on shelves  If you h...

Posted in: DOT, KPA, Safety Culture Tags: DOT compliance, DOT hazmat, hazardous materials, hazmat shipping, NLRB, OSHA, safety culture, video, workplace injuries 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

Yes, OSHA Can Cite Your Dealership for Workplace Violence.

September 15, 2011

This month, OSHA issued a new instruction for enforcement procedures for investigating or inspecting workplace violence incidents. It is effective in all Federal OSHA jurisdictions (State agencies are strongly encouraged to adopt this instruction), and tells field offices how...

Posted in: OSHA, Prevention Plans Tags: OSHA, Prevent workplace violence, workplace injuries, workplace violence Read More

New Safe Driving Online Training Course

September 01, 2011

You’ve asked for it and now it’s here: The Safe Driving online training course . If you or your employees test drive vehicles that have been in for service, shuttle customers to or from your location, take customers on test drives as part of the sales process, or transport ...

Posted in: DOT, KPA, Training: Industry Updates Tags: DOT training, driver safety, Online Safe Driving Course, online safe driving training, workplace injuries Read More

The Number One Least Asked Question at Your Dealership…Why?

July 07, 2011

In business, the “why?” tends to get lost in the shuffle. We understand the how and when of our jobs, but too often the why remains unanswered, or it is “You have to do it because that is what everyone else is doing.” Which leads to the question, "Why is safety culture impor...

Posted in: Safety Culture Tags: employee morale, safety culture, safety culture and improved productivity, Why focus on safety culture at a dealership, workplace injuries Read More

When to Align Company Safety Policy and Company Culture

June 24, 2011

In business, culture predicts outcome. For example, Adoflson & Peterson Construction, won the EHS 2010 America’s Safest Company Award . The company went on to attain 4.4 million consecutive hours worked without a lost time accident. Another safe company finalist, Armstrong W...

Posted in: Safety Culture, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: employee morale, safety culture, workplace injuries 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

Parts Grinder OSHA violation fixed at KPA dealer safety inspection

April 14, 2011

There's a reason that Parts Grinders are one of the top OSHA violations. Just last week I visited a dealer who has been a KPA client for more than 14 years and an excellent record when it comes to environmental and safety. Yet, during our quarterly inspection we found that t...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Citations, most cited violations, parts grinder, workplace injuries Read More