SSA announces plans for October virtual convention

The Service Specialists Association (SSA) will hold its annual convention virtually with two hour-long educational sessions this month.

On Oct. 6, SSA will welcome Craig Downey of KPA Online to discuss OSHA compliance in a session titled “COVID-19 Safety and OSHA compliance best practices.” Two days later on Oct. 8, Chris Sterwerf of Fairfield Auto & Truck Service will present a session titled “You don’t know what you don’t know” regarding the maintenance and service challenges of advanced driver assist systems.

SSA says Downey’s presentation on COVID-19 and workplace safety will address how service shops can protect their business and people. Together, Downey will discuss safety and compliance best practices and some of the longer-term challenges and “gotchas” shops may face due to the coronavirus, including: COVID-19 compliance and areas of risk; strategies to address these COVID-19 risks; how you can manage a COVID-19 response plan; general OSHA and EPA safety compliance requirements; HazCom best practices and common waste issues repair facilities experience.

Sterwerf, who serves as CFO and COO at Fairfield Auto & Truck, is a 25-year veteran in the world of heavy-duty body and frame repair. He says with the rate at which today’s equipment is evolving, “yesterday’s repairs without today’s knowledge can put motorists at risk if ADAS systems are not taken into account.” His presentation will touch on how today’s trucks are one large coordinated safety system and utilizing software, diagnostic equipment and calibrations are mandatory for repairs.

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