Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OSHA & CCAR Renew Alliance for 5 Years

OSHA has renewed its alliance with the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR). The alliance will provide CCAR members with training and resources to help protect the safety and health of workers in the car repair industry, as well as information on workers' rights and employer responsibilities under the OSH Act.

OSHA's Alliance Program works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources; share information about agency initiatives, resources, and programs with workers and employers; and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. CCAR, was established in 1994 and is a nonprofit organization that provides safety, pollution prevention and HazMat training, along with educational and environmental best practices for the global motor vehicle industry.

The 5-year agreement will see both parties develop training for automotive lift safety and working with absorbed glass mat batteries and automotive air conditioning refrigerant with an emphasis on the hazards of contaminated refrigerant.

"Workers in automobile repair shops are exposed to a variety of chemical and physical hazards," says OSH Administrator David Michaels. "Our renewed alliance will continue to focus on training and education about the hazards workers face in their jobs and the necessary actions that employers must take to keep them safe."