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Automotive Industry Safety & Health - Car Wash Facilities and Detailing


Photo courtesy of NIOSH. Employees who work around dangerous machinery are at high risk for serious injury when training is lacking on how to safely perform cleaning and other tasks

Employees who work around dangerous machinery are at high risk for serious injury when training is lacking on how to safely perform cleaning and other tasks.

Photo courtesy of NIOSH.

For owners who love their vehicle, going to a car wash or having it detailed can be a normal ritual, but for those who do this type of work, it can become a tidal wave of hazards such as the following:

  • Being struck by moving vehicles and machinery.
  • Corrosives and strong chemicals (hydrofluoric acid).
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Working outside in various weather conditions.

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  • Contact with sharp objects.
  • Electrocution.
  • Entanglement (moving mechanical parts).
  • Explosions (compressed air tanks).
  • Falls (from ladders).
  • Heat illness.
  • Loud noise.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Workplace violence (angry customers).

Information provided in this industry page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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