Infographic: A Mechanic's Guide to Shop Safety
September 13, 2016
Professional mechanics working in auto shops or garages should always take the proper safety precautions when working on vehicles. This is because trained auto mechanics are typically required to work with flammable materials and various chemicals on a daily bases. Additionally, these professionals also lift heavy car parts and operate complex machinery regularly. As a result, auto mechanic colleges like Automotive Training Centres, for example, teach students the importance of shop safety.
Through their auto mechanic training, students receive comprehensive instruction throughout their courses to help them work safely, and most auto shops also enforce strict health and safety procedures.
Here are some of the most important things you’ll need to keep in mind about shop safety once you begin your career.
A Mechanic’s Guide to Shop Safety
- Don’t slip up! Oil, transmission fluid and other liquids can leave mechanics at risk of falls so make sure to clean up all spills immediately.
- Give work hazards the boot. All mechanics should wear proper steel toe work boots for protection, with non-slip soles to reduce the risk of falling on the job.
- Sweep up Regularly. Dust particles from drum lathes and the residue of chemical substances can be hazardous to the health if inhaled, so be sure to sweep and clean the floors daily.
- Too Hot to Handle. Engines and other auto parts can get very hot, so be sure to wear gloves before you handle them.
- Don’t turn a blind eye to safety. Protective safety goggles should be worn when welding grinding, or working with chemicals to prevent eye injury.
- Not just a fashion statement. Overalls protect the body coming into contact with dangerous chemicals. Keep them on at all times.
- Don’t take lunch on the job. Try not to consume food and drink on the shop floor, as it can be at risk of being contaminated, and always eat off clean surfaces.
- Dispose of waste wisely. Follow proper guidelines for disposing of chemical waste such as gasoline, especially if it’s flammable.
- Breathe Easy. Make sure that your shop is properly ventilated in order to limit inhalation of harmful fumes.
- Don’t get a shock! Cut the power supply to all electrical components before working on them to prevent electrocution.
- Don’t lift more than you carry. Use proper lifting techniques when handling heavy parts. Lift in pairs, and use hoists when necessary.
- Make sure the vehicle is stopped. Ensure a car’s brakes are engaged before working on it. If you are jacking a car, make sure the wheels are properly blocked first.
- Fire safety is crucial! Mechanical work is full of fire hazards, so make sure that your shop has working fire extinguishers and test fire alarms regularly.
- Organize Your Storage Properly. Make sure all parts and tools are stored securely, especially if they are up high.
- Keep exits clear! Make sure the path to your main entrance and the emergency exits are clear at all times, so that staff can easily evacuate in the event of a fire.
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