What is a Commercial Vehicle? And Why Do You Care?
Published by Brian Riker and Mike James, September, 2018
What is a commercial vehicle?   Whether you realize it or not, most Auto Recyclers operate commercial vehicles.  What is a commercial vehicle may sound like a simple question, but it can be a confusing issue depending upon the nature of your vehicle operations.  A seemingly innocent factor such as the origin of the parts in your delivery van plays a huge role in determining which definition of a commercial vehicle applies to your company at the moment. more

Airbag Disposal In the Language of my Father

Published by Mike James, September, 2018

Some really good stuff for the recycler has happened in recent months pertaining to how to handle airbags. This is one of those subjects that I really wish I could claim some responsibility for helping make it happen. But that is not going to happen. The credit for all of this great solution on airbag disposal goes to a group of the senior leadership of the Scrap Metal Recyclers (ISRI) from across the country that met multiple times with the US EPA in Washington DC. They deserve a big thanks. All I get to do is help explain this good stuff to those of you dealing with end of life vehicles. more…
Did You Know?
Statement from OSHA Regarding Decline in Workplace Fatalities in 2017
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office of Communications Washington, D.C. For Immediate Release Date: Dec. 18, 2018 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999

WASHINGTON, DC – As thousands enter the workforce, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities in 2017 than the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017 (CFOI) report released today. The fatal injury rate also decreased from 3.6 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017.

“While today’s report shows a decline in the number of workplace fatalities, the loss of even one worker is too many,” said Loren Sweatt, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Through comprehensive enforcement and compliance assistance that includes educating job creators about their responsibilities under the law, and providing robust education opportunities to workers, OSHA is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the American workforce.”

In addition to the decline in overall fatalities, crane-related workplace fatalities, and fatal occupational injuries in the private manufacturing industry and wholesale trade industries reached their lowest points since the CFOI started in 2003.

“The scourge of opioid addiction unfortunately continues to take its toll on workers across the country, demonstrating the importance of this Administration’s efforts to tackle this crisis.”

The number of unintentional overdoses due to the nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol while at work increased by 25 percent – the fifth consecutive year overdose deaths rose by at least 25 percent.

Clarification of OSHA’s Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing Under 29 CFR 1904.35(b)(1)(iv)
On May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule that, among other things, amended 29 C.F.R. 1904.35 to add a provision prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. See 29 C.F.R. 1904.35(b)(1)(iv). In the preamble to the final rule and post-promulgation interpretive documents, OSHA discussed how the final rule could apply to action taken under workplace safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing policies. more