Auto Body Shop Safety

As boring as it was I figured I’d better go through the safety section and make sure I have the information for the test.  There really wasn’t that much new to me but here’s a run down on the basics of shop safety.

Respirators are very important in the shop and keeping dust and vapours our of your lungs and body is something you should take seriously. For sanding and grinding a dust mask is appropriate, for 1 part enamels and paints an carbon respirator (half-mask) is good and for isocyanate products (2 part) the best protection is a fresh air respirator and all skin covered as it can enter the body in many ways, through skin, eye sockets..etc….nothing most people don’t already know.

There is a push for preventative maintenance, keeping your shop clean and being prepared for emergencies.  Know the location of the shop’s first aid kit and the location of the MSDS information.

One interesting thing I wasn’t aware of was how magnesium parts will burn at extreme temperatures and it’s extremely hard to put out a magnesium fire. This is more common on hard parts so it’s more just a recommendation of caution with torches, welders around them.  Other fire warnings would be not to be smoking and to generally avoid an open flame where possible in the shop as so many products are flammable.  It’s also recommended not to keep a lighter in your pocket, something like heat from a torch close to your body can cause it to explode.

Some things I didn’t really think of was your clothe selection and not to wear loose close or jewellery as they can get caught in moving parts of an engine or drive train resulting in injury. They had some examples of real injury’s that didn’t sound pleasant. 

Pick the right tool for the job, don’t try to use something for an unintended purpose. An example they used was using a non-impact socket on an impact gun, the result was it snapping at high torque and injuring the operator.

A few other dangers would include CO2 from running engines,  not wearing eye protection and lift operation. When using a hoist look for the lift pads, if none exist your next choice is likely the pinch welds. Raise it up a few feet and give the car a shake to make sure it is on before raising all the way.

The last thing is not to mess around with compressed air. Avoid blowing yourself off with it and be very careful around open wounds as you can send an air bubble into your bloodstream, it would result in instant death.

There were a few other things about fire extinguishers, shop layout, handling hazardous materials, operating a jack..etc, but this is all I could bare to type about safety.

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