OSHA Kicks Off Summer Campaign

OSHA kicks off summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities among outdoor workers Educational materials and mobile application available OSHA has kicked off a national outreach initiative to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses. OSHA’s 2012 Heat Illness Prevention Campaign

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EPA Drafts First Report of Electric Batteries

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment April 30 that highlights strategies for improving the environmental profiles of batteries used in electric vehicles. With the help of battery manufacturers and suppliers, recyclers, trade organizations, scientists and the Energy Department, EPA conducted a screening-level life-cycle assessment (LCA), which the agency claims provided some

NRDC Petitions EPA to Ban of Refrigerants

On April 27, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict the sales of all refrigerants to anyone other than certified technicians. In calling for the sales restrictions, the NRDC points to the upcoming transition from R-134a now used in most vehicle air conditioners to

DeMoulas Super Markets Fined

DeMoulas Super Markets agrees to correct hazards, enhance employee safety at all Market Basket stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire The Department of Labor has reached a settlement with DeMoulas Super Markets Inc. in which the Tewksbury grocery chain has agreed to correct all hazards and take substantive steps to enhance safety and health measures for

CCAR presents to NAAHAC at COSTHA

You’ve heard the phrase “can’t tell the players without a scorecard”; well, how about you can’t decipher the acronyms without an ‘insider’. Earlier this week the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) was offered the opportunity to speak with a very select group of people; the North American Automotive Hazmat Action Committee (NAAHAC) while the

Irreversible Eye Damage

“Causes irreversible eye damage. Harmful if absorbed through skin. Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, chewing gum or using tobacco. Remove and wash contaminated clothing before reuse” (from Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes; MSDS 0020) The other day my better

Employee Rights Notice Posting

As of April 30, 2012, most private sector employers will be required to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. (The original effective date was postponed.) The notice should be posted in a conspicuous place, where other notifications of workplace rights and employer rules and policies are posted.

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Refrigerant Review: R-40

“Extremely toxic… flammable… highly reactive…” As you might imagine, anytime we hear those words used in our industry it causes our antenna to up in a big way. More and more we are learning about the dangers of a very volatile refrigerant called R-40. This dangerous and harmful material is NOT suited for mobile air

Pneumatic vs Electric Hand Tool for Savings

By Sue Schauls Pneumatic tools are a regular part of the dismantling operations at auto salvage facilities. Air compressors are expensive to purchase and to use. “Right-sizing” is an important part of management. Downsizing the compressor to the job at hand can save money. A compressor running at part-load is generally less efficient than when

CCAR to Participate at 2012 NATC

CCAR is once again sponsoring three work stations at the 2012 National Automotive Technology Competition and Automotive Career Fair, held in conjunction with the Greater New York Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.    The annual event is set this year for April 10th and 11th. CCAR’s Rod Enlow, VP