Eric Schmitz

Eric Schmitz

About Eric Schmitz

Eric is the Senior Vice President of Product and Business Development at KPA. Eric joined the company in 1995 as a field engineer and has served in multiple senior leadership positions within the company. He's our resident EHS expert.

Forklift Safety: Simple Mistakes Can Cause Tragedy

on February 24, 2019
Does your facility have storage space or a warehouse? Do you utilize forklifts? Do your personnel and your forklifts share the same space throughout the...
Eric SchmitzForklift Safety: Simple Mistakes Can Cause Tragedy

Will OSHA use my documentation against me?

on March 7, 2017
Clients frequently ask, “Can my own OSHA documentation be used against me?” KPA receives this question frequently, and back in 2000 OSHA released a formal...
Eric SchmitzWill OSHA use my documentation against me?

How Do You Know if Your Safety Program is Working?

on December 27, 2016
How do you measure success? You look for things that you can track and measure. These key indicators are standard, and should be documented and...
Eric SchmitzHow Do You Know if Your Safety Program is Working?

Respiratory Protection & Medical Evaluations

on November 14, 2016
Article Contributor: Eric Schmitz Keeping your employees safe over the long-term is challenging in a collision center environment.  Employees can be exposed to Volatile Organic...
Eric SchmitzRespiratory Protection & Medical Evaluations

How Does Safety Culture Affect Your Business

on October 11, 2016
Without a successful safety culture, it is difficult for dealerships to be profitable. Accidents and injuries increase costs dealership wide, affecting insurance rates, employee retention,...
Eric SchmitzHow Does Safety Culture Affect Your Business

Auto Part Manufacturer Charged With Hefty OSHA Fine

on October 4, 2016
Here is a case in which an Auto parts manufacturer continually exposed workers to hazards after several repeat violations for areas of lockout/tagout, personal protective equipment, electrical...
Eric SchmitzAuto Part Manufacturer Charged With Hefty OSHA Fine

Aligning Safety Culture and Senior Management to Work Together

on September 13, 2016
When creating a safety culture, our efforts are often focused on the people on the shop floor, those individuals that interact daily with obvious hazards...
Eric SchmitzAligning Safety Culture and Senior Management to Work Together

The Secret to Getting Ahead of Corporate Responsibility

on August 30, 2016
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...
Eric SchmitzThe Secret to Getting Ahead of Corporate Responsibility

New OSHA Regulations: Impact on Employer’s Safety Incentive Reporting

on July 15, 2016
OSHA has recently implemented new rules that could have a significant impact on employers.  Along with new electronic reporting requirements, amendments have been released going...
Eric SchmitzNew OSHA Regulations: Impact on Employer’s Safety Incentive Reporting

Do you know the difference between regulations and standards?

on July 6, 2016
Working at a dealership or auto services facility, you have a variety of OSHA regulations and consensus standards to stay in compliance with. The problem...
Eric SchmitzDo you know the difference between regulations and standards?

When to Align Company Safety Policy and Company Culture

on July 6, 2016
Company safety is a direct reflection of the decisions leaders make, the things they say, the systems they implement and oversee, and the value they...
Eric SchmitzWhen to Align Company Safety Policy and Company Culture

Chaos and Worker Safety

on June 22, 2016
Managers are accustomed to making data driven decisions for worker safety. They use the best information available, set company policies, and workers are responsible for...
Eric SchmitzChaos and Worker Safety

OSHA Cracks Down on Heat Stress

on June 22, 2016
Although workplace heat stress has no specific standard in most states, OSHA has begun to aggressively inspect for heat-related issues. This is especially true in...
Eric SchmitzOSHA Cracks Down on Heat Stress

Body Shop Safe Practices and Quick Guide

on June 8, 2016
There are a variety of best practices that will keep your employees safe. Implement the following to protect your employees: Dry Clean-Up Dry clean-up methods,...
Eric SchmitzBody Shop Safe Practices and Quick Guide

Turning off Disaster – Avoiding Catastrophe with Simple Solutions

on April 3, 2015
Article Contributor: Eric Schmitz Accidents in the workplace have always plagued businesses. Some might say accidents are inevitable, but usually, even the most serious catastrophes...
Eric SchmitzTurning off Disaster – Avoiding Catastrophe with Simple Solutions

ANSI’s New Minimum Requirements for First Aid Kit Supplies

on March 7, 2015
Article Contributor: Lori Matthews What do you need in your First Aid Kit? As always, OSHA (1910.151) requires that a workplace assess the hazards present...
Eric SchmitzANSI’s New Minimum Requirements for First Aid Kit Supplies

How can a formal incident reporting system help your company?

on January 14, 2015
While employers frequently have the opportunity to review their employees’ productivity through annual reviews, one-on-ones, and disciplinary action, it is much harder for an employee...
Eric SchmitzHow can a formal incident reporting system help your company?