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ASE Technician Awards

Date posted: November 25, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: ASE

    Last week yours truly had the opportunity to attend the annual National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) annual meeting. The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the Awards dinner on Wednesday night, where 47 Technicians and Instructors from around the country were honored based upon their top scores on ASE tests, on-the-job excellence, as well as their community service. I had the pleasure of getting to meet some of the Award winners — including Erich Beer from Formula Automotive as well as Brad Greer from SpeeDee Oil Change & Tune-Up. Erich & Brad are true role models



Date posted: November 24, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA, Uncategorized

  Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries


CCAR addresses internal theft

Date posted: November 17, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: Press Releases

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Nov. 17, 2014) – The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) and its board of directors have uncovered an internal issue that has led to the arrest of a former staff member by Missouri authorities. Former CCAR official Daren Fristoe has been charged with theft, a Class B felony.  Fristoe joined CCAR in 2008, and served in several marketing and management posts.  He had served as executive director and he resigned in 2013. CCAR, which provides training in safety, pollution prevention and hazardous material handling for the automotive industry, was based in Lees Summit, Mo., prior to


ATMC honors CCAR (once again)

Date posted: November 10, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: DOT, Press Releases

  Last week was a special one for all of us here at CCAR and HazmatU; the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) honored us with their National Excellence in Training Award for our line of HazmatU online training courses. This is the second consecutive year that the fine folks at ATMC have recognized CCAR with this annual award. WOW. The award was presented at the ATMC reception at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 5th to coincide with the ongoing AAPEX and SEMA shows. Along with CCAR, some of the others who also received recognition included


Fiat 500e now available in Oregon too

Date posted: October 15, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: Uncategorized

  from September 23, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The fully electric Fiat 500e is now available as a 2015 model year at FIAT studios in California and Oregon for $199 a month for 36 months with $999 due at signing. Sales of the Fiat 500e expanded to Oregon earlier this year. Previously, the all-electric Fiat had been sold only in California, where it has been in high demand since its introduction in 2013. “Bringing the Fiat 500e to Oregon gives more customers in this environmentally minded state the opportunity to enjoy the Italian style and engaging driving dynamics of


OSHA’s 2013 Top Ten

Date posted: October 13, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA, Safety

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Fiscal 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013) The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards* following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.   1926.501 – Fall Protection 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication 1926.451 – Scaffolding 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring


EPA Diesel Technology Forum news

Date posted: September 8, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: EPA

    from Sept. 8., 2014—The Environmental Protection Agency held a Diesel Technology Forum at its recent annual West Coast Collaborative meeting, Sept. 4–5 in San Francisco. The meeting discussed the benefits of the technology, as a near zero emission option for the automotive industry. “Clean diesel is a national success story, and for the last 10 years, the West Coast Collaborative has played a key role in bringing stakeholders together,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “This will form a solid foundation for the future as attention shifts to increasing the penetration of new


Chrysler reports Q2 profit +22% to $619M

Date posted: August 7, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: Uncategorized

from August 7, 2014   Chrysler Group LLC’s second-quarter income rose 22% to $619 million, bolstered by rising demand for the company’s pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles and further underscoring its importance to Italian parent Fiat F.MI +1.39% SpA. Chrysler’s results come as Fiat shareholders weigh whether to go along with a planned reorganization of the parent company or cash out their shares. On Friday, Fiat shareholders voted to approve the reorganization, which via a merger would create a new Dutch-incorporated holding company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, that would become Chrysler’s parent. But those investors now have the opportunity to cash out their shares


OSHA planning to inspect almost 3,000 auto plants

Date posted: August 5, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

  from August 4, 2014 – 8:44 am ET TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Alarmed by what it calls higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, a top agency official said. The federal safety agency plans to send field agents to inspect some 2,900 factories — literally every auto parts plant in those three states — over the coming year. But as suppliers gather here in Northern Michigan for an annual industry outlook conference, they may be surprised to discover


OSHA fines Chicago Home Depot store $110K – lack of vehicle operator training cited

Date posted: August 1, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

News Release OSHA News Release: [07/30/2014] Contact Name: Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke Phone Number: (312) 353-6976 Email: or Release Number: 14-1326-CHI Home Depot USA’s Chicago store cited by OSHA for serious hazards US Department of Labor’s OSHA proposes $110,700 in penalties CHICAGO — Home Depot USA Inc. has been cited for six, including two repeat, one willful and three serious safety violations, at its home improvement store on North Kimball Avenue in Chicago. The repeat and willful violations involved lack of training and maintenance for powered industrial vehicles. Proposed penalties total $110,700. “Employees at this Home Depot store used powered industrial