On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ), in conjunction with American Compliance (ACS), provided members with a helpful tool to avoid fines and penalties resulting from OSHA inspections. In this free, one-hour webinar, members were warned about what OSHA has been looking for, and ways to prevent thousands of dollars in fines.
Recently, local body shops have seen a dramatic increase in OSHA inspections due to a National Emphasis Program (NEP) that has been targeting auto body shops. Under the NEP, OSHA area offices are mandated to conduct inspections, often fining shops anywhere from $10,000-$40,000.
"We've noticed many of our members being hit with pretty large fines," said AASP/NJ Executive Director Charlie Bryant. "We partnered up with American Compliance to create this webinar to arm our members with as much preventative knowledge as we possibly can. If they know what OSHA is looking for, they can prepare in their shops accordingly."
For many years, American Compliance has worked with AASP/NJ members in complying with OSHA requirements, in addition to fighting OSHA penalties. In the webinar, members were shown actual citations other shops have recently received, and what they can do to avoid these fines going forward.
The webinar was such a success, AASP/NJ reached capacity on how many viewers could participate, and the association plans on having another webinar in the coming days to educate even more members on how to plan for future OSHA inspections.
To get the latest on the next OSHA webinar, and for more information, please visit aaspnj.org.
For more information on the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, please visit aaspnjnortheast.com.
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