Keeping your employees safe over the long-term is challenging in a shop environment like a collision center. Employees can be exposed to Volatile Organic Carbons, Solvents, Isocyanates, and a myriad of other chemicals.
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 day? Chances are, the answer is yes. And although forklifts can make tasks easier and more time efficient, they can also cause serious injury.
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 policy addressing the issue: “OSHA will not: Routinely request self-audit reports at the initiation of an inspection, Use self-audit reports, (including 3rd party reports), as a means of identifying hazards […]
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 communicated as part of your safety program: Workplace inspections (KPA audits and your myKPAonline.com account are excellent resources) Exposure assessments Injury, illness, and incident tracking Employee input OSHA assessment A […]
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, and more. But before you can implement a successful safety culture, you have to know what it is. In simple terms, safety culture refers to groups that prioritize safety through […]
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 safety, machine guarding, and fall protection. After being cited for 24 safety violations, the fines totaled over $700,000. While this case is unfortunate, many lessons can be learned: It […]
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 such as electric shock and oil slicks. What many people don’t realize is that one of the most effective ways to implement a strong safety culture is to start with […]
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). During the recession as profits grew slim, the concept evolved. […]
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 into effect November 1, 2016. Employer Incentive Programs For years OSHA has promoted the workplace safety incentive policies that encourage employees to report injury and illness. But OSHA has recently […]