Automotive Industry News

Update: Massachusetts “Right to Repair” Battle is Heating Up

2020-09-23T18:18:13-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

We continue to keep a close eye on this issue that would affect vehicle maintenance and repair in Massachusetts. Here's the latest, courtesy of Automotive News: A long, drawn-out battle over "right to repair" from nearly a decade ago [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Fire Prevention and Emergency Training

2020-08-25T11:41:58-04:00August 24th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Safety Tips|

Fire Prevention and Emergency Training: Fire Extinguishers: State fire prevention regulations mandate that all buildings required by the fire department to provide portable fire extinguishers must install and maintain them in accordance with the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Respiratory Protection

2020-08-25T11:39:15-04:00August 18th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

General Information (29 CFR 1910.134): Respirators protect workers lungs from hazardous airborne chemicals or particles. Employers are responsible for providing adequate respiratory protection that corresponds with the hazardous chemical exposure of the task being performed. Tasks in your shop [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Personal Protective Equipment

2020-08-25T11:35:43-04:00August 13th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

OSHA Requirements for Auto Shops: Listed below are the OSHA requirements and safety topics relevant to auto shops, which all of our members should have a part of their company safety program. Hazardous Communication: Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR [...]

Update: Massachusetts Right to Repair Law

2020-07-27T10:29:25-04:00July 27th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Voters in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to decide in November whether independent auto service facilities should have access to telematically transmitted vehicle diagnostic and repair data. The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee recently turned in 24,000 signatures, well [...]

Massachusetts Right to Repair Law Heads to Ballot

2020-06-17T10:46:53-04:00June 17th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has collected more than 26,000 additional signatures to ensure it's initiative of a new Car Repair Choice law reaches the November ballot, according to a press release. According to the release, the 26,000 [...]

Automotive Dealerships and COVID-19: Safety Q&A

2020-03-31T09:21:31-04:00March 31st, 2020|Automotive Industry News, COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

There are many challenges car dealerships face when it comes to operating their business during the Coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time ensuring the safety of their employees and customers. An effective strategy for a dealership to use [...]

Homeland Security Defines Vehicle Service and Repair as ‘Essential’

2020-03-23T12:07:17-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News|

Vehicle service and repair personnel are considered "essential" and may continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a guidance list issued of essential critical infrastructure workers by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The March 19 [...]

Car Dealerships Want To Be Considered ‘Essential’ So They Can Stay Open During The Pandemic

2020-03-20T11:37:23-04:00March 20th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Legislative News|

Trade groups representing car dealerships and auto manufacturers asked President Trump to declare car dealerships "essential" businesses, which therefore should be exempt from potential "shelter in place" rules prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 17 letter to the president [...]

Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition Discusses Current Law

2020-01-24T11:44:25-05:00January 24th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Massachusetts News|

Unless current law is updated, Massachusetts residents will increasingly lose the ability to take their cars to independent repair shops and be forced to pay more at dealerships, the head of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition told members of the [...]

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