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Stacey Phillips

Stacey Phillips photoStacey Phillips is a freelance writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has 20 years of experience as an editor including writing in a number of businesses and fields.

 

She can be reached at sphillips.autobodynews@gmail.com. 

 
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 15:06

Best Body Shops’ Tips: Best Practices for an Effective Health & Safety Program

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Wayne Curtis of KPA said providing regular safety training for employees helps collision repair facilities establish a safety culture and is proven to reduce injuries.   Wayne Curtis of KPA said providing regular safety training for employees helps collision repair facilities establish a safety culture and is proven to reduce injuries.  

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An effective health and safety program can help collision repair facilities reduce injury and illness rates, decrease workers’ compensation costs, increase productivity and improve morale across the workforce, according to Wayne Curtis, director of field services at KPA.

Based in Lafayette, CO, KPA provides environment, health and safety (EHS) and workplace compliance software and services for a wide range of industries, including automotive.
 
Each year, about 100 KPA safety specialists conduct audits at more than 2,000 auto collision-related facilities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada to determine if businesses are compliant. Once the evaluations are complete, the company then discusses concerning issues, offers recommendations and conducts training if necessary.
 
“The goal is to help companies proactively identify risks, stay up-to-date on evolving regulations and keep workers safe,” said Curtis, who has worked with KPA for 17 years.
 
He estimates KPA completed more than 20,000 in-person and virtual field visits to auto dealerships, collision repair shops, trucking and rental car locations in 2020. This is a similar number that took place prior to the pandemic. In addition, the company conducted 1.2 million trainings last year, the majority of which were online.
 
“It was certainly challenging for us during the pandemic,” said Curtis. “I was impressed with our team keeping up with the services and demands.”
 
Autobody News reached out to Curtis to learn more about the importance of establishing an effective health and safety program that ensures compliance with national and state regulations.  
 
How can a collision repair facility ensure proper compliance?
 
I recommend starting with the basics. The first step is to evaluate the shop’s current situation and do an assessment.

 

I’m emphatic that all collision repairers should perform an audit to identify environmental and safety risks. This will help determine the necessary actions to meet mandatory requirements, avoid citations and potential legal action. Third-party companies, such as KPA, are available for these types of audits.
 
After reviewing the inspection results, the next step is...


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