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Turning off Disaster – Avoiding Catastrophe with Simple Solutions

Accidents in the workplace have always plagued businesses. Some might say accidents are inevitable, but usually, even the most serious catastrophes have a simple preventable solution. Unfortunately, minor neglect does not only lead to minor problems. Sometimes the most disastrous events occur as a result of something as simple as overlooking a step on the checklist or leaving a tool on when closing down the dealership in the evening.

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OSHA Reporting Requirements: How should off-hour injuries be handled?

Now that dealers are required to maintain an OSHA 300 Log and the reporting requirements have changed, do you have a reporting protocol in place for all injury circumstances? Unfortunately, injuries happen at all times, even during off-business hours and on the weekends, and even after hours events may need to be reported to OSHA. If an accident does occur, do your employees know when to report and who is responsible for reporting?

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New California Heat Illness Regulation

CalOSHA has made a series of changes to the Heat Illness Prevention standard. The revised regulations may have a significant impact on dealers.

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ANSI’s New Minimum Requirements for First Aid Kit Supplies

What do you need in your First Aid Kit? As always, OSHA (1910.151) requires that a workplace assess the hazards present first. However, OSHA also references the ANSI standard in (non-mandatory) Appendix A as an example of minimum first aid kit requirements. As of January 12, 2015, those standards have been revised and can be a good starting point for your First Aid Kit needs (ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2014).

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Introducing the Environment & Safety Elite Award

Despite the high frequency of OSHA and EPA violations and citations, many dealers still take a reactive approach to compliance. With the larger focus on fixing, servicing, and selling vehicles, many dealers learn about regulations after an inspection, injury, or an environmental spill has occurred.

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Best Management Practices for Car Washing Operations (Florida)

Know the FDEP regulatory requirements and use this information to asses the practices used in your facility for car washing operations.

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KPA Releases New Features and Trainings for Upcoming OSHA Reporting Requirements

On January 1st 2015 a new OSHA rule goes into effect that requires all dealers to maintain an OSHA 300 Log and changes the reporting requirements for serious injuries at all workplaces. In the past, new and used car dealerships had been exempt from completing and posting the OSHA 300 Log based on their Standard Industry Code (SIC) code. However, under the new regulatory change dealerships have lost this exemption and must keep this accident and injury form up to date. For more information, view the webinar on Understanding New OSHA Injury Reporting Regulations.

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The Hazard Assessment and Personal Protective Equipment

OSHA requires that an employer perform a Hazard Assessment of their Workplace. This assessment should determine if Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed.

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Under What Situations Can My Employees Sue Me for an Injury?

Workers’ Compensation Insurance was designed to ensure adequate employee reimbursement if an employee is injured on the job and to minimize lawsuits between employers and employees in the workplace. This mandatory insurance provides for employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. In general, any employee with a job-related injury or illness can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault. When working properly, this system prevents an employee for further suing an employer for work related injury. However, there are some circumstances when the employer can still be sued for damages of injuries, and that is when the employer caused the injury or illness through a reckless or intentional act. To avoid injury or illness to yourself or an employee, it is important to follow OSHA regulations as well as to understand what a reckless or intentional act is.

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Winter Weather and Holiday Safety

Winter weather has made an entrance and the holidays are approaching. Safety is especially important as the seasons change and families come together. To maintain productivity and reduce injuries and time off, consider winter safety and create a plan for your facility.

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