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Drive Safe this Memorial Day Weekend

Date posted: May 22, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: NHTSA

    With the long Memorial Day weekend upon us, many media outlets are reporting that Americans are taking road trips in record numbers. To help our readers to remain focused on staying safe, clean, and green we offer the following suggestions from our colleagues at the National Highway Safety Transportation Authority (NHTSA).   Basic Safety Check – Regular maintenance like tune-ups, battery checks and tire rotations go a long way to help with preventing breakdowns. In addition to keeping your car maintenance current, be sure to check your vehicle’s tire pressure, wiper blades, fluid levels, lights and air conditioning

 

“The Largest Recall in Automotive History”

Date posted: May 20, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: DOT, Safety

  On May 19, 2015 air bag manufacturer Takata acknowledged that a defect exists in its air bag inflators.  In a press release issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  Takata agreed to recall approximately 34 million vehicles — a number that is roughly double the number of vehicles previously identified. This recall involves ELEVEN auto manufacturers; BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota all have vehicles affected by the massive recall; specific model years are still being determined and will continue to be added to the NHTSA VIN lookup. Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator,

 

OSHA and CCAR Renew Alliance

Date posted: May 19, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA, Safety

    OSHA RENEWS ALLIANCE WITH COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR   ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 19, 2015) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) have renewed their alliance and will continue joint efforts to promote safety and health in the automotive industry workplace. Initial emphasis will be in areas of lift safety, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries and contaminated refrigerants. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local 701 along with representatives from ShipMate, Inc. have agreed to participate in the alliance implementation team.   “Workers

 

The Heat (App) Is On!

Date posted: May 18, 2015

Author: admin

Categories: OSHA, Safety

    Heat illness sickens thousands of workers every year, and severe cases can be fatal. To help keep outdoor workers cool, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration developed a free app to calculate worksite heat index and risk levels, and educate users about how to respond to a heat emergency. More than 187,000 people have downloaded the app since its 2011 launch. In the app’s first big update on May 5, iPhone users discovered new features. With an attractive, easy-to-use interface, the new version is optimized for the latest iPhones. The app automatically provides the current conditions and maximum

 

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 Source 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).