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2 OSHA rulings affect dealerships

April 8, 2016
Dealers will be impacted by two recent rules handed down by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, both concerning body shop operations.
First, OSHA has exempted dealership auto body shops from its newly released rule governing respirable crystalline silica, a hazardous mineral often found in construction materials but sometimes also in body filler. The exemption shields dealerships from costly new mandates for workplace exposure control measures, exposure recordkeeping and employee medical examinations. 
Working with data collected by KPA Inc., the Maine OSHA Small Business Consultation Program and others, the National Automobile Dealers Association successfully demonstrated to OSHA that the likelihood of exposure to respirable crystalline silica in dealership body shop operations is too minor to merit consideration.
Note: auto body shops was the only industry group specifically exempted from the new silica rule. 
Body shops performing tasks consistent with normal workplace health and safety controls may rely on the exemption, which is based on a recognition by OSHA that exposures will not exceed the new regulatory levels under foreseeable conditions.
On the second matter, OSHA has revised its workplace eye and face protection equipment rule to align with consensus standards adopted in 2010 (ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010). The new rule does not require dealerships to update or replace their current eye and face protection equipment if they are in compliance. But any eye and face protection equipment replaced or purchased after the April 25, 2016, effective date must comply with ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010. Rejecting an NADA request that it do so, OSHA is refusing to make ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010 available to industry at no cost. 
For more information on either matter, contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at