Foot Protection Requirements, October 2015

BACKGROUND: Safety inspections of the shop, parts, and car wash area have revealed that many employees are not wearing appropriate footwear that will protect them from foot injuries caused by crushing or falling objects, such as a rotor or a battery.  Penetrating actions may happen from a sharp object left on the shop floor. Also, footwear in the shop area must be slip resistant when employees are working on slippery surfaces, since slip hazards are common due to accidental spills of lubricants in the shop.  The porters in car wash are also subject to slip and fall hazards created by water and/or soap on the floor, and as such, their shoes must provide traction.

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Workers’ Compensation, Experience-Modifier, and How Litigation is Adding to Our Claims, August 2015

Introduction:  Workers’ Compensation (WC) insurance costs to the dealership are increasing more than other costs and much faster than inflation.  In this newsletter, we explain:

  • How WC Insurance Premium is calculated based on payroll
  • How manual premium rates are based on risks of the worker, e.g., the office worker has a lower manual rate compared to an auto service technician due to hazards on the job
  • How employers with greater injury rates have a higher Experience Modifier (ex-mod)
  • How a higher ex-mod results in higher premiums
  • How WC rates have climbed over the years
  • How Medical Indemnity has more than doubled over 15 years
  • How Allocated Loss Adjustment Expense (ALAE) per Indemnity Claim has tripled over 15 years

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California Regulations on Air Conditioning Equipment & Service Requirements, July 2015

Background: California has regulations on virtually everything, including what to look for when you are fixing the AC in a car. The AC regulations have been around since 2003 with relative low compliance. Last year, California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) issued six-figure fines and ordered temporary suspensions of BAR license for failure to comply with California regulations, indicating that this is serious business. The awareness in the California dealer community on this issue is lacking so we have taken this step to inform dealers of this regulation and possible compliance steps.

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Accident Investigation: The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How, May 2015

Accident investigation should be the cornerstone of any safety program.  Many safety programs concentrate on safety inspections and training, but omit accident investigation.  Investigating accidents is not only a good idea, but also a requirement.  Below, we provide some guidance and tools to complete an accident investigation.

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Recordable Injury vs. Reportable Injury, March 2015

RECORDABLE:  Federal-OSHA requires auto dealers to keep a record of occupational injuries and illnesses using Log of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses (OSHA Form 300).  We discussed this in great detail in our October 2014 Newsletter.  We note that first-aid is not recordable on OSHA Log 300.  The federal legal definition of first-aid is as follows:

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Fall in Oil Prices & Hazardous Waste Cost Recovery, February 2015

Background:  California auto dealers are charging for expenses related to management and disposal of hazardous wastes generated during servicing an automobile since 1989.  The dealers are allowed to recover the expenses, both direct and indirect, incurred in managing and disposal of wastes generated during servicing automobiles.  The used oil haulers who were once paying dealers for oil in the amount of $0.85 to $1.00 per gallon are no longer paying.  This is the direct consequence of the reduction of the price of crude oil.

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California ARB Regulations Impacting Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST), Gasoline & SCAQMD Rule 461(e)(7)(D) for both AST & UST, January 2015

CALIFORNIA ARB REGULATIONS IMPACTING ABOVEGROUND GASOLINE TANKS

California Air Resources Board (CARB), a division of Cal-EPA, is the regulatory body that controls emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere in the state of California.  CARB rules regarding gasoline AST upgrades such as Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) Standing Loss Control (SLC) can be found at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/cp-206.pdf.  APCD’s that require SLC and Phase I EVR are as follows: San Joaquin Valley (SJVAPCD), Sacramento Metro (SMAQMD), Ventura County (VCAPCD), San Diego (SDAPCD), BAAQMD and SCAQMD.  Check with your District for upgrades and related application that maybe necessary.

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