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Two (2) Idaho mechanics fatally crushed in separate incidents

Date posted: April 20, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA, Safety

    Here at CCAR we have been aware that OSHA has had lift safety on its key-initiatives radar for quite some time now, and it appears that this issue will remain in-focus for the foreseeable future. Tragically, since 9/1/14 there have been nine (9)  workplace deaths in Idaho — and five (5) of those nine (9) involved workers being crushed under or by vehicles. The most recent incidents occurred in January, and happened only two (2) weeks apart. What follows is the press release offered by OSHA;   News Release OSHA News Release: [04/15/2015] Contact Name: Leo Kay or

 

California SB 778 stipulates 10K mile minimum for motor oil manufacturers

Date posted: April 11, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: From The President's Desk

  An interesting bit of information just crossed our desk, involving motor oil sold in the State of California. Senate Bill No.. 778 — introduced by Senator Allen and Amended in the Senate on 4/6/15 reads (in part); “This bill, on and after January 1, 2018, would require all automotive oil sold in this state to be certified by the oil manufacturer to achieve a minimum useful life of 10,000 miles when used in accordance with the automobile manufacturer’s recommendations, and to meet current automotive industry standards.” The language in the Bill goes on to say “Used automotive oil is

 

EPA releases final risk assessment for paint removal chemical

Date posted: March 31, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: EPA

  from http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/87d434efbaf9ab2985257e1100706ea8!OpenDocument Release Date: 03/23/2015 Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn (News Media Only) Milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-564-7849 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. EPA released the final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal. “By completing this assessment, we have taken an important step in protecting pregnant women and women of childbearing age who are using NMP to remove paint,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and

 

OSHA cites manufacturer for failing to train; $294K in fines issued

Date posted: March 27, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

    The following is an OSHA press release dated 3/23/15;   OSHA News Release: [03/23/2015] Contact Name: Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke Phone Number: (312)-353-6976 Email: Allen.Scott@dol.gov or Burke.Rhonda@dol.gov Release Number: 15-0373-CHI Edsal Manufacturing repeatedly allows safety hazards, faces more than $294K in fines Citations for staffing company for failing to train temporary workers in safety procedures CHICAGO — Left unguarded, dangerous machines with moving parts cause hundreds of thousands of workers to suffer finger, hand or foot amputations and other serious injuries each year in the United States. Despite these dangers, one Chicago-based manufacturer has repeatedly ignored the risks and has been found in

 

Flooded vehicles whitepaper(s)

Date posted: March 9, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina caused motorists to ask, “What should we know…?” In particular, questions focused on the environmental and health concerns for personnel in the auto repair industry. CCAR posted its fourth updated version of a document titled “Industry Concerns Regarding Handling, Disposal And Repair Of Flooded Vehicles From New Orleans Following Hurricane Katrina,” at the CCAR-GreenLink®  website see:   Katrina white paper September 2005   Moreover, in 2012 CCAR published the following after Superstorm Sandy impacted the Northeast U.S.   CCAR Flooded Vehicles Nov 12 2012 v2

 

EPA resources for Clean Air Act compliance

Date posted: March 9, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: EPA, Links, Safety, Videos

Here are some EPA-provided tools to help you to comply with the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements;   Brochure Summarizing the Rule Sample Initial Notification Optional Owner/Operator Certification Form Sample form for Compliance Status Notification EPA’s New Air Quality Rule for Auto Body Shops: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating at Area Sources Spanish Version PowerPoint Overview The Published Regulation Spray Booth Filters The EPA Collision Repair Campaign   Moreover, please click here for a video regarding the key requirements for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).

 

DOT fines UAL $1.3M for 120 Hazmat violations

Date posted: February 10, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT

    Click here to read the letter from DOT to UAL   from the Denver Post dated 1/28/15 –   United Airlines is facing Federal Aviation Administration fines of $1.3 million stemming from at least 120 alleged violations involving hazardous material cargo on passenger flights, including several at Denver International Airport. The hazardous materials involved include lithium metal batteries, dry ice, corrosive liquids, detonating fuses, phosphoric acid, ethanol solutions and more. The FAA laid out the alleged violations in a Dec. 30 notice to the airline, which United spokesman Charles Hobart said is under review. “We will cooperate fully

 

Latest airbag recall not the same ‘ol same ‘ol

Date posted: February 1, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: NHTSA

    On Saturday, January 31st the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that approximately 2.1 million vehicles were being recalled due to concerns with their air bags. This time however, the recall involves concerns with the electronic chip(s) used within the air bag system. This is a separate concern — unrelated to the Takata air bag recall that has affected several million vehicles over the past several months. According to NHTSA, the affected vehicles — manufactured by Toyota, Chrysler, Pontiac, and Honda — could cause the air bags to deploy when they are not supposed to. In their

 

shipping Takata air bag inflators?

Date posted: January 23, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT

    Are you or your staff involved in any of the air bag recalls? Are you returning any air bag inflators to Takata? Has your vehicle manufacturer provided you with shipping instructions? Has your shipper (FedEx, UPS, etc.) provided you with any shipping instructions?   Many vehicle manufacturers and shippers are including language similar to the following in regard to preparing air bag inflators for shipment;   “THE PERSON PACKAGING THE INFLATOR MUST HAVE RECEIVED HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TRAINING PER 49CFR 172.702, AND THE TRAINING RECORDS MUST BE ON FILE AT YOUR DEALERSHIP.”   HazmatU (www.hazmatu.org) is the ONLY hazardous

 

EPA announces agreement to reduce copper in brake pads

Date posted: January 22, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: EPA

    On January 21, 2015 the EPA announced that an agreement had been signed to reduce the amount of copper used in the manufacturing of brake pads. Why should anyone care? Well, brake pads (much like a pencil eraser) are designed and built to wear down as they are used. It is no coincidence that the term “friction material” is used to generically describe brake pads and brake shoes. When a vehicle is moving and the brake pads come in contact with the rotor(s), a small amount of the compound used in the manufacturing of pad is rubbed off.