Category: The Green Link


January 28th, 2013 by

Way back in the early 80s I was hired by Gould battery to be one of their mobile technicians, where I was dispatched across the Chicagoland area with a van stocked with a carousel of lead acid batteries and some basic charging system diagnostic equipment and tools. As a result, I still have a soft

CCAR And ShipMate Inc. Offer New HazmatU Courses

January 21st, 2013 by

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Charles Ayers, president of the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR), has announced a suite of new HazmatU courses offered by CCAR and its business partner ShipMate Inc. “Of special interest to original equipment manufacturers, automotive dealers and groups is the fact that the courses have been pared down to the

NHTSA calls for black boxes in all cars

December 8th, 2012 by

Automotive Black Box Data Recovery Systems By Don Gilman Introduction For years, airplane crash investigators have had the benefit of retrieving data from the flight-data recorder, or “black box.” This data has proven invaluable for helping to determine what happened in the seconds before a crash. Now, in order to improve vehicle safety, General Motors

OSHA Goes Global

December 7th, 2012 by

OSHA Aligns with United Nations for Globally Harmonized System of Safety Data Sheets via Hazardous Communication Standard. The U.S. OSHA has agreed to the United Nation’s standard for Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This simply means that the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for chemicals will look the same in all

Toyota Environmental Report

December 5th, 2012 by

Toyota recently released their 2012 North American Environmental Report. Within the report, you will find information about Toyota’s environmental activities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Information, data and stories cover all aspects of the vehicle life cycle—research and development, manufacturing, logistics and sales. The report also describe our relationships with suppliers and dealerships,

OSHA releases fact sheet on internal combustion engines as ignition sources

December 5th, 2012 by

Investigations by OSHA and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have documented a history of fires and explosions at workplaces (oilfields, refineries, chemical plants, and other facilities) where an internal combustion engine was identified as or suspected to be the source of ignition. Internal combustion engines present an ignition hazard when used in facilities processing

NHTSA Study Demonstrates Effectiveness of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

November 29th, 2012 by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued survey results on the effectiveness of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). The technical report analyzes a sampling of data collected from tires mounted on model-year ’04–’07 vehicles. The survey found that 23.1% of the vehicles without a TPMS had at least one severely underinflated tire (25%

CCAR Attends ASE 2012 Annual Meeting

November 28th, 2012 by

Earlier this month Rod Enlow (CCAR’s VP of Industry Relations) and  I were thrilled to be part of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) annual meeting and Technician awards ceremony in San Antonio, TX.  This was our first time at this event — and I am certain that it won’t be our last