In the past several weeks there has been a lot going on in the world of auto body collision repair and auto body painting. We would like to take some time today in order to address some of the more influential stories and discuss the impacts that the industry may feel in the coming weeks and months.
Just yesterday, April 22nd, the National Auto Body Council announced that Dan Young, VP of insurance at CARSTAR, would join the ranks of the Board of Directors at the NABC. Detailed in his duties as a board member, Dan will head up NABC’s Distracted Driving Initiative. This program is directed at educating young people about the dangers of distracted and inattentive driving, something that has been on the increase in recent years. The statistics associated with these types of related accidents has become something of a rising concern in regards to those involved in serious accidents when texting and driving. He will be advising and guiding this initiative to ensure that the word gets out about the extreme dangers associated with this type of driving.
Dan has served CARSTAR for 10 years as the Senior Vice President of insurance relations. His responsibilities include overseeing regional and national insurance partnerships, nation wide insurance program initiatives, and data analysis associated with claims management. His years of experience will likely help him be successful at starting, growing and managing the new Distracted Driving Initiative.
OSHA Targeting Isocyanate Exposure
In other news surrounding the industry the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is cracking down on body shops across the nation for exposing their employees to isocyanate. Isocyanates are highly reactive chemicals found in most clear coating material that is put on cars after a new paint job has been completed. During the annual Collision Industry Conference earlier this month, a representative from GMG Envirosafe warned attendees of the coming crack down due to the incredible statistics behind this chemical. It was found that employees of auto body collision centers, particularly those that do auto body painting, have an incredible 80 times more risk of occupational asthma from isocyanates than regular industrial workers do – thus confirming why OSHA will be targeting this auto body industry particularly.
At Martin’s Collision Center and Sanford Paint and Body, we ensure that all of our employees are more than adequately protected against such exposure. We have top of the line ventilation systems as well as safety masks that everyone is required to wear to ensure no exposures to these chemicals. We take our employee safety as our number one priority and want to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for all of our auto body collision experts. Come visit us today at one of our two locations in Sanford, FL for a free estimate!