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Hazard Communication Fines In Automotive & Collision Repair Shops

HazCom Violations in Automotive Body, Paint, and Interior Repair and Maintenance are on the rise.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released information about the types of violations that occurred in automotive and collision repair shops from October 2016-September 2017. Just beneath Respiratory Protection as the most common citation is, you guessed it, Hazard Communication.

With 41 federal HazCom inspections during the aforementioned time period, a total of 79 citations were handed out for violating the 1910.1200 standard. These penalties cost small-medium automotive shops just over $54,000. If you own an independent auto shop, an OSHA HazCom fine is not something you want for your business or employees.

For more information about common fines related to the automotive-repair industry, pleas view this link: www.osha.gov

For more information regarding the OSHA hazard communication standard, please view our blog post interpreting the requirements: hclco.blog.com

Common Chemicals in Auto Shops that are Frequently Cited

Many hazardous chemicals and solvents are included in common repair and cleaning items. For example, Methylene Chloride is commonly found in paint repair and other cleaning substances.

Other chemicals and compounds that often go unmarked are Hydrofluoric Acid, Antifreeze, Lead, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, and Silica Dust Hazards.

These are a few of many hazardous chemicals found in automotive environments that pose a serious health risk to employees and customers.

The OSHA hazard communication standard outlines a method of providing employees with the Right To Know about workplace safety hazards. HazCom refers to chemical hazard identification, labeling, and maintenance.

Protect your employees from workplace hazards and inform them a proper hazard communication program.

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