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Through the Alliance, the organizations will use injury and illness data, information on workers' compensation, non-injury incident data, information on potential exposures to health hazards and similar relevant information related to the automotive repair industry to identify areas of emphasis. The initial areas of focus under this agreement are lift safety, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, and contaminated refrigerant. The Alliance will also develop methods to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Alliance's efforts to improve safety in the automotive repair industry. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and CCAR recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance will be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals. The Alliance's goals include:

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process through the CCAR website and blog.
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on automotive industry safety issues, transportation safety issues, or general industry safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Develop effective training and education programs through online modules for workers in the automotive industry regarding lift safety, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, and contaminated refrigerant, and to communicate such information to employers and workers.
Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CCAR's good practices or effective approaches through training programs developed by the participants.
  • Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, as well as develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, OSHA's and CCAR's website and blog) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or CCAR conferences and local meetings, or other industry events.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to the automotive industry, transportation, or general industry safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
(L to R): Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of USDOL-OSHA, and Charles Ayers, CCAR President, at the Alliance renewal ceremony on May 12, 2015.

(L to R): Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of USDOL-OSHA, and Charles Ayers, CCAR President, at the Alliance renewal ceremony on May 12, 2015.

(L to R): Katherine Henmueller, CCAR Manager of Operations, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of USDOL-OSHA, and Charles Ayers, CCAR President, at the Alliance renewal ceremony on May 12, 2015.

(L to R): Katherine Henmueller, CCAR Manager of Operations, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of USDOL-OSHA, and Charles Ayers, CCAR President, at the Alliance renewal ceremony on May 12, 2015.

Alliance Program Participant Background

Milestones and Successes

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
  • May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Quick Card: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-Powered Vehicles - Automotive Repair Industry (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Coordinating Committee for Auto Repair (CCAR) Alliance, CCAR developed a Quick Card addressing issues associated with CNG-powered vehicles, including basic safety requirements before working on CNG vehicles. (2010, February).
  • Quick Card: Hexavalent Chromium - Automotive Collision Repair Industry (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Coordinating Committee for Auto Repair (CCAR) Alliance, CCAR developed the "Quick Card: Hexavalent Chromium - Automotive Collision Repair Industry." The Quick Card provides employees in the automotive collision repair industry with precautions that must be taken when refinishing motor vehicle parts. (2009, January).
  • Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry. Through the OSHA and Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) Alliance, CCAR developed a guide providing workers with information on safe driving and their responsibilities while driving a motor vehicle for their company. (2007, March).
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
OSHA eTools
Additional Resources
  • Asbestos-Automotive Brake and Clutch Repair Work (PDF). OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin. Informs employees and employers in the automotive brake repair industry of the precautions that must be taken when working with automotive brakes and clutches containing asbestos.
  • CCAR Greenlink, Documents in Spanish. The association has a number of documents in Spanish and links to Hispanic-related compliance assistance information on its Web site, including OSHA en Español and OSHA Compliance Assistance: Hispanic Employees and Workers.
  • CCAR-GreenLink Virtual Shops. Virtual tours of different sections of automotive repair operations (service and repair, open bay, mixing room and spray booth) that identify the key safety and health and environmental issues associated with the operations' equipment and materials.
  • CCAR/OSHA Alliance page
  • NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety. NIOSH Safety and Health Topic.
  • Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Hexavalent Chromium Standards (PDF*).

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