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FAQ’s on OSHA’s new reporting requirements

Date posted: December 19, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

    With the New Year soon upon us, please don’t forget to brush-up on OSHA’s new reporting requirements which take effect on 1/1/15. Beginning on that date, 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. Click here for a great website that offers answers to frequently asked questions (as well as a short video by Dr. David


The end of R-134a?!?

Date posted: December 17, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: EPA

  Bob Miller of Train Them Now LLC is an all-around good guy, and a respected colleague (and good friend) of those of us here at CCAR. With all the recent ‘chatter’ surrounding the evolution of automotive air-conditioning systems, we asked Bob to chime in with his 2-cents worth on this matter (thanks Bob!).   The End of R-134a Refrigerant – One Step Closer? The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that the use of HFC-134a (R-134a) as a refrigerant in passenger cars and light trucks should come to an end in the year 2021. Additionally, the use of the refrigerant


new MACS training addresses R-1234yf for Section 609 Certification Cards

Date posted: December 15, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: Uncategorized

  Our respected colleagues at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) are rolling out a new Training Program on 1/1/15. Here’s their official release –   (Lansdale, PA) December 15, 2014 – The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide will roll out a new Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Technician Certification Training Program on January 1, 2015. MACS will initiate proctored training, self-study training and online training simultaneously on that date.   Periodically, the U.S. EPA requires all Section 609 Technician Certification Programs to update their training materials, this year to “incorporate information on three new alternatives found acceptable subject to


Chrysler posts 20% increase in November sales

Date posted: December 2, 2014

Author: admin

Categories: Uncategorized

  The Chrysler Group — which includes their Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo vehicles — have been very strong supporters of HazmatU for a long, long time. It is very heartwarming then for us to relay some very good news — as found at;   December 2, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 170,839 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in November 2013 (142,275 units), and the group’s best November sales since 2001. The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in November


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