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November 2015 The Shop 47 ReSTyling/AfTeRmARkeT AcceSSoRieS program development and employee safety training are services that clients should begin to expect from their insurance agency. OSHA Many of the most common ways in which auto shops violate OSHA regulations is by not providing adequate safety equipment for their workers. Shops are required to have written plans and safety equipment to deal with the hazards that many employees are exposed to at work. For example, workers are supposed to use respirators when painting. Auto shops are required to provide safety equipment, ranging from goggles to hearing protection, that is readily available and maintained in good condition. Some of the more common citations for body shops involve inadequate use or supply of respiratory safety equipment and insufficient numbers of fire extinguishers. The 10 most-cited violations of OSHA standards in the automotive repair industry in 2014: Hazard Communication – Properly transmitting information on chemical haz- ards through a comprehensive program, container labeling, SDS and training. Respiratory Protection – Properly admin- istering a respiratory protection program, selecting correct respirators, completing medical evaluations to determine which employees are required to use respirators and providing tight-fitting equipment. Wiring Methods, Components and Equip- ment for General Use – Using proper wiring techniques and equipment to ensure safe electrical continuity. General Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements – Selecting the correct PPE, providing instruction, monitoring its use and maintaining the PPE to standards. General Electrical Requirements – Ensuring electric equipment is free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. General Duty Clause – Ensuring that place of employment is free of recog- nized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. Abrasive Wheel Machinery – Following all OSHA guidelines on when, where and how abrasive wheels may be used. Portable Fire Extinguishers – Placement, use, maintenance and testing of portable fire extinguishers provided for the use of employees. Powered Industrial Trucks – Ensuring safety of employees on powered indus- trial trucks through fire protection, design, maintenance and proper use. Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes – Ensuring every stairway floor opening has proper railings and other protection. Justin Matney owns RPM Offroad, a Bristol, Tennessee- based shop that specializes in off-road performance, accesso- ries and customized enhance- ments for off-road race teams, as well as recreational motors- port enthusiasts.

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