New Globally Harmonized System (GHS) 

Matthew Snyder - Monday, September 21, 2015

Chemical Classification System
1. Established so that all data safety sheets look the same worldwide.
2. MSDS now known as SDS – manufacturers supposed to have had all SDS completed by June, 2015.
3. By Dec. 2013, you should have completed employee training on new forms, labels and pictograms.
4. By June 1, 2016 you must update your written hazard communication program to include GHS components.
Click here to access our hazard communication training videos free.   >> read more

OSHA Audit Guidelines & Self-Assessment Checklist

Matthew Snyder - Monday, August 03, 2015

The following checklist is based on requirements of OSHA Standards 1910. Please consult the Standards for specific requirements at Download our OSHA Checklist here >> read more

Use Proper Hoists and Latches to Lift Engines

Matthew Snyder - Thursday, July 23, 2015

Although there is no specific OSHA standard that defines which hoist and latch you use,  OSHA has fined recyclers under its general safety clause for unsafe use of hoists and latches.  Click here for a sample Hoist Checklist developed and used by an ARA Member Facility to provide you with common sense safety practices on hoists and latches.  >> read more


Matthew Snyder - Thursday, June 04, 2015

Don't Fall Victim To False Claims That You Must PURCHASE OSHA Documents To Be In Compliance
Employers continue to complain about receiving "official looking" announcements and -- in some cases -- threatening notices, messages, or telephone calls from various companies requiring that they purchase OSHA documents from them in order to remain in compliance with OSHA rules and regulations. THESE CLAIMS ARE NOT TRUE. OSHA's publications and posters are available free to anyone and can be found at   >> read more

Safeguard Your Power Tools and Train Your Employees

Matthew Snyder - Friday, May 01, 2015

As an employer you are responsible for the maintenance of your company’s tools, instruction on how to use the tools, providing the proper personal protection equipment and ensuring this equipment is properly utilized. If you do not have policies in place you could face fines from OSHA.  Although OSHA does not have specific regulations for each hand and power tool, it does require through regulation, 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) that you must train all employees on the hazards of the workplace.  Make sure your employees document that they have received this training.  >> read more


Matthew Snyder - Thursday, April 16, 2015

A designated person should inspect hoists before their initial use and on regular intervals to verify compliance with ASME/ANSI B30.16. The hoist inspections are classified into frequent inspections that do not require documentation and periodic inspections that require documentation. The interval between inspections depends on the service of the hoist. The owner's manual specific to the hoist is another good source for inspection and maintenance requirements and should be based on the requirements of this standard.  >> read more

A Professional Automotive Recycler's Safety Calendar

Matthew Snyder - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Some professional automotive recyclers have developed calendars specific to their facility safety needs and schedules.  They often import them to their employees' shared Outlook calendars.  The calendar pictured here is just a stock example of a general industry safety calendar.  Make one of your own to fit your needs and avoid OSHA penalties!  >> read more

ARA Workplace Newsletter

Matthew Snyder - Thursday, March 19, 2015

ARA's Safety Committee has created a safety newsletter (in brief) targeted for safety supervisors.  You have been identified as a safety supervisor at your facility and we encourage you to click here to see the first edition of this newsletter.  >> read more

Automotive Recyclers Must Post OSHA Form 300A

Matthew Snyder - Sunday, March 01, 2015

DOWNLOAD THE OSHA FORM 300A HERE that automotive recyclers need to post at their facilities between February 1 and April 30th, 2015.  Your summary must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2014 and be in a clearly visible location to all employees.  Form 300A reports a business' total number of fatalities, missed workdays, job transfers or restrictions, and injuries and illnesses as recorded on Form 300.  It also includes the number of employees and the hours they worked for the year.  If there were no recordable injuries or illnesses, a company must still post the form, with zeroes on the appropriate lines.  >> read more

Partnered with Planet Green

Matthew Snyder - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ARA Educational Foundation has partner with Planet Green to raise funds for the ARAEF. Click here to learn more   >> read more