Archive for June, 2015


Friday, June 19th, 2015

A “Contractor Operated Parts Store,” or COPARS, provides key supplies for military installations. While the Aerospace Division of Automotive and Industrial Supply has been serving our military for decades supplying various products and services including aerospace coatings, adhesives, sealants and lubricants, we’re now getting into the COPARS business. Recently AIS has expanded our service, developing a COPARS to supply auto parts for fleet vehicles for Utah’s Dugway Proving Grounds and Hill Air Force Base (HAFB).

Our COPARS store supplies products like windshield wipers, tires, filters, fuses, and many more necessary parts for fleet vehicles. These vehicles include fire trucks, light and medium-duty trucks, tractors, and even snow vehicles. James Johnston, AIS Central Purchaser at COPARS, says that some of the best aspects of his job are communicating with people from all over the country while working directly in such a great environment at HAFB.

We love working with our aerospace and military customers and look forward to many more years of serving them. Let us know how we can help you.

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Don’t Overlook Your Respirator

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015


Is your respirator legal according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration?

When working in the collision repair industry, it is of utmost importance to protect lungs from particles and debris. The OSHA has specific regulations and requirements for using respirators in collision repair facilities.

Faulty or improper use of respirator compliances has become the most frequently cited OSHA regulation in the industry. Don’t get fined for a respirator that doesn’t meet the code. Fines, on average, are $630 and can be more based on the severity of the situation (Industrial Safety and Hygiene News).

According to OSHA, all collision repair centers should follow these requirements for using respirators:

  • Site-specific written program
  • Medical evaluation for all employees required to use respirators
  • Annual respirator training
  • Fit testing is required prior to initial use, upon facial changes effecting fit and at least annually

Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could save hundreds of lives and avert thousands of illnesses each year.

Follow these steps to prevent fatal or possibly fatal incidents:

  • Have each employee required to use a respirator complete the Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire)
  • Schedule annual training and fittings for employees using respirators
  • Include training, medical evaluation and fittings for new employees

Call 800.531.1503 or email with questions regarding respirator requirements and regulations.

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