When it comes to shop safety, there are some relatively simple improvements from the safety experts at 3M that you can make around your shop to improve your team’s safety, healthiness and injury-free work time.
The physical hazards threatening auto body worker safety include repetitive stress, overexertion and other ergonomic injuries, high-volume noise, oil and grease on walking surfaces, and cuts and lacerations from working with machinery. Workers in auto body shops are potentially exposed to a variety of chemical hazards that include volatile organics from paints, fillers and solvents.
While OSHA encourages all members of an auto body shop staff to use the appropriate safety gear, sometimes that isn’t always easy to ensure complete compliance. And, there are also some elements in the shop environment that can impact safety standards.
"Here are six areas where a shop owner can minimize the risks of their workers, and for overall shop issues," says Shawn Collins, Senior Technical Services Engineer and I-CAR instructor. "There are incremental levels of investment in the approach to shop safety, but each improvement provides benefits to the technicians who work there and, long term, for the owner in respect to reduced workers' comp claims, lost-time injuries, shop performance and worker retention, and ultimately, customer satisfaction."
Six Tips for the Path to Safety
Reduce Slips and Falls on Shop Surfaces
Eliminate Dust – One of Workers and Customers’ Biggest Complaints about a Body Shop
Protect Your Painters – and Those Working around the Paint Booth
Cutting, Grinding and Polishing Metal – the Life of the Body Man
Keep Equipment in Working Order
Create and Rehearse a Worksite Disaster Plan
Planning for safety and taking time to implement improvements may seem like a short term impact against shop productivity and profitability, but it can deliver benefits in the long run.
For more safety solutions from 3M, contact Mark Algie at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 3MCollision.com.