Aug. 7, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) recently renewed their Alliance and will continue their joint efforts to promote workplace safety and health in the automotive industry. The agreement focuses particularly on workplace vehicle safety, abrasive wheel machinery (including associated silica hazards), and ergonomics.
"Numerous hazards exist in the automobile repair industry, and we are pleased with the efforts our Alliance with CCAR has taken to help employees prevent them," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We look forward to continue working with CCAR in our drive to provide our nation's auto repair employees with the safest possible working conditions."
The Alliance agreement, which was originally signed in February 2004 and renewed in September 2006, has seen the two organizations collaborate to provide CCAR members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help protect employees' health and safety. For example, the online guide Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry is a product of the Alliance. CCAR members participate on the editorial boards of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages for Motor Vehicle Safety and Autobody Repair and Refinishing, and have staffed exhibit booths at several national conventions offering information on OSHA and the Alliance Program. OSHA and CCAR will remain focused on developing additional strategies for the effective communication of safe and healthful work practices for the automotive repair industry, especially with regard to outreach to youth and Spanish-speaking employees.
"The need for automotive service technicians and automotive body repair technicians is growing every year, and CCAR recognizes the importance of providing information that can protect these workers and help them enjoy long, productive careers," said CCAR President Robert G. Stewart. "Through our continuing Alliance with OSHA, we will pursue all means of developing and distributing this kind of vital information."
Established in 1994, CCAR represents all segments of the automotive repair industry. The Committee works with 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.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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