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Team Safety LLC

Team Safety Inc

1273 S. Rice Rd. Suite 92

Ojai, California 93023

United States

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Team Safety, Inc. is a safety consulting firm dedicated to helping clients build organizational excellence through Skills-Based Safety Leadership and Worker Fitness. We train executives, managers, and first line supervisors Skills-Based Leadership systems ... more

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Speaker: Colette Bruce, Team Safety LLC

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Open containers in the mixing room are a health hazard and potential OSHA fine, says Team Safety LLC Owner Colette Bruce.

Open containers in the mixing room are a health hazard and potential OSHA fine, says Team Safety LLC Owner Colette Bruce.
Colette Bruce, owner of Team Safety LLC, which specializes in employee safety and environmental compliance for the collision repair industry, said with proper engineering controls, there won't be high levels of isocyanates in the work environment.
Although a supplied-air respirator is considered the ultimate in worker protection, Bruce said in all of the assessments her company has done, tight-fitting air-purifying respirators with organic vapor cartridges meet OSHA's assigned protection factor requirements, although those require annual fit-tests (which can be performed by the shop itself, a representative from the respirator manufacturer such as 3M, or the paint jobber) and a respiratory medical evaluation for each worker wearing a respirator, which should be conducted at least every two or three years.
For spray environments with less-optimal airflow such as some cross-draft or semi-downdraft booths, 3M's technical data bulletin, "Air Purifying Respirators in Automotive Paint-Spray Operations," shows a powered air-purifying respirator or a supplied-air respirator may be required. Certain worker health conditions, including asthma, may also require those respirators, Bruce said.
She said her company can perform a test in which a painter wears a device incorporating an air pump attached to a cartridge with a tube in the zone of the painter's breathing zone to take airborne samples at the breathing zone. Because the test costs about $400, she said, the company doesn't perform the test for each client.
Instead, she said, her company normally shares the results of shops with similar equipment and spraying conditions to assess the exposure levels, an OSHA-accepted option.
Where many shops could best improve their operations, Bruce said, is in controlling the number of open containers in the shop.
"The paint shop is the most vulnerable for OSHA citations because of open containers," Bruce said.
Bruce pointed out that keeping a lid on some containers even saves money in the form of reduced solvent loss, which also helps get shop owners to enforce the rule with painters, who can sometimes be stubborn to change. The best practice, which is mandated by OSHA, is for the painter to don a respirator upon entering the mixing room, which will ensure he wears it during all mixing activities, she said.

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Presented by Colette Bruce, owner of Team Safety, LLC, the award for Outstanding 10 Year Achievement in Employee Safety and Environmental Compliance recognizes the long-standing contributions these stores have made toward educating employees about and encouraging compliance on safety and environmental standards.

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The majority of OSHA citations occur because shop operators aren't aware of every rule, says Colette Bruce, owner of Team Safety, a consulting company that works with the collision industry on OSHA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance issues.

The number of OSHA body shop inspections has increased since 2006, says Bruce. The collision industry was targeted because of employee health concerns.
OSHA studies revealed that isocyanates-which are present in various materials used in shops-are seriously dangerous to employee health, Bruce says. "Exposure to those chemicals causes occupational asthma."
So OSHA launched local emphasis programs across the country to investigate body shop air quality. They want to make sure repair shops are complying with respiratory requirements, and that shops are equipped with the proper safety equipment, Bruce says.
If you can't eliminate the hazard, implement a control measure to protect employees from it, Bruce says.
Shops have to conduct training whenever something changes in the facility, Bruce says.
For example, if you've already conducted your annual hazard communication training and you bring something new into the shop, you need a process in place to update your employees about the safety features and considerations. They can't start using the new item until they've been trained on it.
• Lids and labels. Simply put, put lids and labels on everything, Bruce says.
Bruce says a safety consultant could run you about $1,000. Consultants typically provide facility assessments, safety manuals, training DVDs and self-inspection checklists.
"If you don't fully understand the regulations, it's worth your money to hire someone," Bruce says.

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