KPA has offered a list of the top 10 environmental and safety concerns for dealers. KPA says that in the past, dealers had to sift through OSHA’s annual publication of citations for the entire transportation industry. From that list, they had to decipher which citations were most likely to happen at their facility. KPA believes that the problem with this method is that the transportation industry is a general index, and there are differences between safety concerns at a dealership and a shipyard.
“That’s where we saw an unmet need,” says Eric Schmitz, vice president of products and development. “Managers need fast, straightforward answers to their compliance concerns. We have this incredible database in the myKPAonline system that records compliance incidents and issues for over 4,000 dealerships and service centers across the country. Using this information, we cross-referenced OSHA’s annual report, including the 2,061 citations for the auto service sector, and made an accurate list that is specific to dealerships and service centers.”
The top 10 list of dealer concerns includes hazard communication, respiratory protection, abrasive wheel machinery, general duty clause, electrical safety requirements, portable fire extinguishers, powered industrial trucks, exit routes and emergency action plans, medical services and first aid, and spray finishing using flammable liquids, especially at collision centers.
PRA says the list can help service managers decide where to start with compliance issues at their facility because it gives weight to issues that are most often cited at dealerships and service centers. KPA says for most managers, it’s hard to find time to do the research to build priorities while taking care of daily business.
KPA is building a new video library around the top 10 citations. Each video is less than seven minutes long and is designed to quickly help managers get to the heart of the issue and get a proven process in place to solve it as quickly and efficiently as possible.