Crystal Lake, IL (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
Automotive Compliance Consultants, leading automotive retail compliance experts, cautioned auto dealers today to keep facilities in compliance with various health and safety procedures to avoid potential fines and penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“OSHA continues its sweep of auto dealerships in a somewhat heavy-handed way to intimidate auto dealerships by searching their premises for health and safety violations,” cautions Terry Dortch, CEO of Automotive Compliance Consultants.
“Compliance to OSHA is good practice for any dealership, as OSHA regulations do prevent worker injury and death and otherwise ensure worker safety,” Dortch added. “Too often though, these compliance measures aren’t getting done and then OSHA takes advantage of this slackness.”
Dortch suggests dealers address common compliance concerns now before OSHA does:
1. No free-flowing eyewash stations accessible within a 10-second or roughly a 55-foot walk for any technician in the shop.
2. Eyewash stations not inspected and cleaned weekly.
3. No individual in the parts department trained in the newly created “globally harmonized system” for shipping and labeling of hazardous materials.
4. No annual test documentation for fire extinguishers.
5. No recent forklift-operator safety training. Must be every three years.
6. No regular checking of proper labeling of bottles of chemicals kept by a technician or detail person.
7. No recent first-aid kit inspection and restocking
8. No recent lift safety and functionality inspections; evidence of safety features being bypassed.
9. Improper battery core storage. Must be on a proper pad with secondary containment.
10. Unsafe use of extension cords or use of extension cords in an unsafe environment.
“These are all easy fixes if the dealer takes care of them before OSHA sweeps in unannounced. After that, OSHA fines for noncompliance can be painful,” Dortch said.
Automotive Compliance Consultants specializes in dealership compliance, providing in-dealership consultations and analysis, compliance audits, and training, and offers solutions for all compliance needs. It also provides document management services.