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Automotive Industry Safety & Health - Maintenance, Autobody Repair, and Finishing


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Provide a safe work environment for workers to return home safe.

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Automotive work such as engine, body repair, welding, exhaust, oil and tire changes, glass installation, spray-on bed liners and undercoating, and painting can expose workers to hazards:

  • Chemicals.
  • Loud noise.
  • Respiratory (sanding, sandblasting, spray-on and painting operations).
  • Sprains, strains, and awkward postures.

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  • Asbestos (brake and clutch repairs).
  • Confined spaces.
  • Entanglement (moving mechanical parts).
  • Falls (ladders, racks, walkways, and platforms).
  • Fires/Explosions (compressed gasses, sparks, combustible materials).
  • Flying debris or materials.
  • Moving equipment (forklifts).
  • Sharp objects.
  • Slippery surfaces.
  • Unguarded tools, equipment or machinery.
  • Vapors and fumes.
  • Workplace violence (angry customers and co-workers).

This can result in hospitalization for injuries, permanent partial disability and in some cases even death.

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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