Date posted: May 19, 2015
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 in automobile repair shops are exposed to a variety of chemical and physical hazards,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Our renewed alliance will continue to focus on training and education about the hazards workers face in their jobs and the necessary actions that employers must take to keep them safe.”
Through the alliance, OSHA and CCAR also will develop methods to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of their joint efforts to prevent health and safety hazards in the automotive repair workplace.
“CCAR looks forward to continuing our efforts with OSHA to enhance safety for the tens of thousands of men and women who work in the automotive repair industry,” said Charles Ayers, president of CCAR. “Working together, CCAR and OSHA will seek innovative workplace solutions, develop effective training and education programs and communicate best practices for health and safety among employers and employees in the auto repair industry.”
The initial Alliance between OSHA and CCAR was signed in 2004 and was renewed in 2006 and 2008. The latest renewal is a five-year extension.
Click here for the OSHA press release regarding this Alliance Renewal.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to promote the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships and encouraging continual process improvement in the workplace for safety and health. For additional information, visit www.osha.gov
CCAR was established in 1994, as a non-profit organization that works internationally with the automotive industry, original equipmment manufacturers, career and technical schools, collision and automotive repair shops, governments, municipalities and other organizations to provide best practice information and training.
In addition to OSHA, CCAR has built and maintained close alliances and partnerships with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North American Automotive Hazmat Action Committee (NAAHAC) to keep automotive shop employees and students properly trained, safe and in compliance with current regulations. For more information visit www.ccar-greenlink.org.