OSHA Targets Body Shops With New Enforcement Program
Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) aimed at helping to protect workers from the health effects (including asthma and sensitization) of occupational exposure to isocyanates, a class of chemicals sometimes found in automotive refinish systems. The NEP specifically targets auto body shops. The NEP will involve a combination of targeted inspections, employer outreach, and compliance assistance.
Dealerships with auto body shops should review NADA’s A Dealer Guide to the OSHA Respiratory Protection Rule. In addition, any dealership interested in reviewing their general compliance with federal and state health and safety standards should consider taking advantage of the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, which offers free and confidential safety compliance reviews for small- and medium-sized businesses. For more information on the isocyanate NEP, please click here or contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.