Employees at car dealerships are exposed to a variety of daily hazards, both in the air and in liquid form. It’s important to understand the types of chemicals they are being exposed to, and ways to prevent injury or illness as a result of the exposure. Talk to us about using the services of a risk management consultant.
Body shops, car washes and service bays can produce airborne materials that can damage lungs if inhaled. Welding, spraying, mixing chemicals, cleaning agents, sanding, painting and finishing can all create dangerous hazards.
The presence of chemical hazards in certain workplaces is greater than others, and often depends on the depth of work your dealership is equipped to perform. In many cases, specialty advice and equipment is required to provide respiratory protection and training to you and your co-workers. This training is aimed at keeping you and your staff safe from airborne chemical hazards.
Ensure safety from long-term health effects by:
- Making sure staff alert the supervisor or manager if there is any condition, such as breathing problems that would prevent the use of a respirator.
- Making sure that staff are using the appropriate respirator for a given task.
- If when using a respirator that requires a tight face seal, make sure the staff member are free of facial hair. Consider staff members shaving any beard or moustache to allow your respirator to fit tightly, and therefore, work effectively.
In some form or another, all car dealerships use chemicals that (when used incorrectly) can cause problems ranging from minor skin irritation to serious illness or injury.
Solvents to clean engine parts, acids for metal preparation, body filling products made from zinc or lead, and various paints can all pose serious hazards.
An outside risk management consultant will provide you with the training necessary to handle and use any dangerous chemicals.
You should expect all employees trained to work with chemicals to be able to:
- Communicate the hazards of any product they are using
- Know how to adequately protect themselves from chemical hazards
- Understand the emergency procedures in case of spill
- Know where to find more information on a chemical or product
- Understand how to read SDS sheets and chemical labels effectively.
Manage Your Risks
Your business is exposed to numerous special risks. A complete appraisal of what you face and a bespoke policy will help protect your business and ensure future profitability.
Contact Higos Insurance Services Ltd today on 01458 270 428 for more information on crafting a robust motor trade insurance policy.
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