WASHINGTON — The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) has formalized an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to address worker safety and health issues in the automotive industry. The alliance not only highlights workplace vehicle safety, but will also focus on abrasive wheel machinery (including associated silica hazards) and ergonomics.
The alliance provides CCAR affiliates and others in the automotive industry with information, guidance and access to training resources that will further safety and health for industry workers. OSHA and CCAR plan to develop electronic assistance tools on vehicle safety and will also develop and disseminate information through both print and electronic media and from the organization’s respective websites.
“Guidance and training are key parts in protecting an employee’s health and safety in the automotive industry,” said Sean Ochester, CCAR’s information officer for Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We’re proud to be working with OSHA to ensure that the industry is armed with the best tools and knowledge to prevent injury on the job, and we look forward to a long and productive association.”
Both organizations will pursue opportunities to speak, exhibit or appear at conferences and other industry-related events such as the International Autobody Congress and Exposition and the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. OSHA and CCAR also intend to participate in forums, roundtable discussions and stakeholder meetings on issues related to the industry.
Established in 1994, CCAR represents all segments of the automotive industry. The committee works with all segments of the industry around the world, with career and technical schools and with governments and other organizations to provide best practice safety and health information and training for all who repair or maintain vehicles as a profession.
For more information on the Alliance, visit: www.osha.gov.
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