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March-April 2012
Safety 101
Safety compliance is an important part of running a safe automotive shop. A safety program is a necessary part of doing business in a safe and compliant manner. Setting up a safety program is not as difficult as it may seem once you break down the necessary components in to smaller steps, using the ARA Certified Automotive Recycler (C.A.R.) program as a model.
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Compliant Pro
ARA members take pride in the quality of their work, reputation, and the parts they sell. They generally go above and beyond what is required for certifications, such as Certified Automotive Recycler (C.A.R.) or Gold Seal, and comply with federal regulation on the environment, HazMat, and other areas. Forward thinking companies should make airbag protocol a mandatory part of safety training, because it is a viable profit center and it is part of compliance law.
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Getting a Lift
According to data analysis conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the single largest cause of forklift accidents that result in fatalities is vehicle tip-overs. The second highest number of fatalities is caused by accidents where employees were crushed between a vehicle and a surface. In both cases, proper training could have helped to avoid those accidents in the first place.
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Safety 101
Safety compliance is an important part of running a safe automotive shop. A safety program is a necessary part of doing business in a safe and compliant manner. Setting up a safety program is not as difficult as it may seem once you break down the necessary components in to smaller steps, using the ARA Certified Automotive Recycler (C.A.R.) program as a model.


Compliant Pro
ARA members take pride in the quality of their work, reputation, and the parts they sell. They generally go above and beyond what is required for certifications, such as Certified Automotive Recycler (C.A.R.) or Gold Seal, and comply with federal regulation on the environment, HazMat, and other areas. Forward thinking companies should make airbag protocol a mandatory part of safety training, because it is a viable profit center and it is part of compliance law.


Getting a Lift
According to data analysis conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the single largest cause of forklift accidents that result in fatalities is vehicle tip-overs. The second highest number of fatalities is caused by accidents where employees were crushed between a vehicle and a surface. In both cases, proper training could have helped to avoid those accidents in the first place.


All About OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. The OSH Act covers employers and their employees either directly through federal OSHA or through one of the 27 OSHA-approved state programs. Four of these 27 however only apply to public service employees (CT, IL, NJ, and NY). OSHA uses its 10 regional offices and 90 local area offices to carry out its mandate.


Clear Views
According to Bill Velin, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, it is extremely critical that auto recyclers have a good safety plan in place. Over the years, he has seen many cases where the auto recyclers who had a good solid safety plan put more money to their bottom line, instead of to paying workers compensation penalties.


The Big Lie
The recycling industry hurts and kills a disproportionately high number of people compared to other industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, workers in the refuse and recycling industry were killed on the job at the rate of 29.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers. That's compared to a rate of only 18 fatalities per 100,000 for police officers. Given the nature of the work we do, it seems inconceivable to me that our jobs are 33% more dangerous than that of a cop.


 
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