OSHA IS COMING TO INSPECT YOUR SHOP!
ARE YOU READY?
In July of 2013, OSHA announced an enforcement initiative targeting collision and auto repair shops for isocyanate compliance.
These inspections have already begun and will continue for the next 3 years.
Fines can range between $5,000.00 – $60,000+ per inspection!
What Will They Be Looking For?
These are the basic items that the enforcement inspectors will review to evaluate compliance:
Review of paint and chemical MSDS (SDS) to determine if isocyanates are being used.
If isocyanates are present at your facility (s), here are the record keeping, written OSHA programs and air sampling requirements that must be in place:
o OSHA 300, 300A, 301 logs for past 5 years for companies with more than10 employees (but shops with less than 10 employees must still meet the remaining requirements)
o Exposure assessment/air sampling records for isocyanates.
o Written Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program and associated records and training. There are several requirements included under this program.
o Written Respiratory Protection program and associated records, employee medical evaulations and assessments. There are many requirements included under this program.
o Written Hazard Communication program and associated records and training. There are many requirements included under this program
o Housekeeping practices and procedures.
o Flammable and Combustible product safety controls.
o Whether or not your shop proper ventilation, paint booth, etc. to control employee exposure.
Shops in very poor compliance condition risk having the inspection scope broadened to include potential violations beyond isocyanate compliance!
Berg Compliance Solutions is now offering a limited time free and confidential evaluation to determine if your shop is in compliance with these requirements. The evaluation will note any deficiencies and include basic suggestions for improvement, and then if you’re interested we can provide a cost estimate to bring your shop into full compliance.