Best Practice Tips for the Auto Mechanic
Whether you are a seasoned auto mechanic or are just opening your first shop it never hurts to take a look around at your safety for yourself, staff and customers. Here are a few tips to keep your garage accident free and keep the cars in your care safe.
Make sure that staff is clear they are not allowed to eat their lunches or snacks in the work area. There are dangerous chemicals in the garage and this practice can be risky. Have a fire safety procedure posted and make sure all staff are familiar with it and understand what to do in case fire starts. Spill control materials should be kept in the garage and all staff should be aware of the location as well as proper use. Eye wash and shower stations should also be available in case of emergency. Once all of these safety precautions are in place review with all staff members and be certain new staff members are taken through the routine.
The floor of your garage must have drains that are properly connected to the sewer as dictated and outlined by local council. You may also require an oil water separator. Epoxy shield garage floor coatings such as Armafloor must be applied and should be non-combustible as well as resistant to chemicals and oils. Floors should be free of cracks and damage that would allow for leaking and seepage of harmful chemicals.
Light bulbs used in the garage area should be Teflon coated. The use of mini-heaters and furnaces should not be allowed in the garage. Your lifts must be checked on a monthly basis to avoid deadly accidents. You should also do routine checks for things such as frayed extension or electrical cords.
Following these basic safety tips will help you avoid accidents as well as dangerous issues with chemicals and potential fire hazards.
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